Zoe's Tale was fun to listen to. The reader was skilled at adding emotion to the story and was a good actress.
The story itself filled in some gaps and added some dimensions to the story told in "The Last Colony". Whether that information was enough to justify another book must be left for the individual reader/listener. For myself, there was too little new.
The most glaring problem that I had with the audio release was that the reader of this story had obviously not listened to the previous volumes. The differences in pronunciations from previous volumes to this one always took me out of the story. A common pronunciation guide should be a "must".
Still, this book fleshed out characters that otherwise would have, for space reasons, recieved too little attention otherwise. Worth listening to, especially if you have an extra "credit".
I really enjoy most of the works of Michael Resnick. I love the Santiago books. I like the Widowmaker books and the fantasy detective novels are extrenely good. So when I saw that Audible had this series available I was happy to give them a try.
And was disappointed. Some characters only seemed to exist to prop up the main character's personality in a "Gee wiz, you are great and smart" sort of way.
Too much work had to be done by the author to make the story come out as he desired. Too much deus ex machina. Truthfully, I only made it through a couple of hours of the audio, so there remains the possibility that things could have turned around.
Listen to Santiago. Read Michael's other excellent books. Give this series a pass.
This reading/cast recording of The Rolling Stones is very true and faithful to Heinlein's book. I found the cast very capable and believable. I especially enjoyed the actress who played Hazel Stone, though all the actors and actresses were very good. Even Buster, the child part, though by the part required to whine and wail, did so convincingly, neither overblowing the requirements or making a caricature of a small child. Very well done.
However, the down side to the production was the music. I grew to hate and dread the chapter changing "goofy fifties family" music that would punctuate a mistake on the twins part or some other family oversight. Otherwise, the music tended to help give the production a "fifties" feel, which I thought appropriate to the book.
So, all in all, good marks. Turn down the goofy music, please, when you make (hopefully) Star Man Jones and Space Cadet!
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