I love this book, and decided to try it as an audiobook. I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed from a production standpoint. When reading the book, the dialogue sounds witty and bantering, yet very literate - when read aloud, it often sounds stilted (In fairness, I have not heard another reader attempt this, so cannot say whether this is the writing not translating to spoken word or poor presentation on the part of the narrator). I was somewhat underwhelmed by the emotional range shown by the narrator. Additionally, anyone who has read Heinlein knows that he comments on the "tall corn, rusty Midwest" accents. Unfortunately, the narrator takes this to extreme, with most character's voices representing some variant of "hick accent". Having listened to Lloyd James' presentation of "Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", I wished he had been available for this one as well.
While a bit slower than some of the later books in the series, it makes sense from the storytelling standpoint - this is an excellent start to a fantastic series. Mr. Beierle overall does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life, rather than just reading blandly (although there are a few stumbling blocks - he never seems to quite decide what he wants to do with Durnik's accent, for example). My main gripe is the poor editing. Common sense would suggest splitting it between chapters; for whatever reason (I suspect a computer, rather than a human, made this decision), the parts are split in the middle of a scene. It was split between sentences, rather than mid-sentence, but really.
Hopefully what this title is will be clear to everybody considering it (if not, at least it's free). Still, I think it's a bit deceptive for Audible to mark this as "Unabridged." Really? It's a single chapter. By any reasonable standard, this is abridged. I suppose the chapter is unabridged, but really.
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