Before this book, and to some degree before this series in general, I'd have said yes. I like some of their other books, but this was simply terrible. It fails in so many ways.
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Sigh... there were some OK parts, sections of the book that touch on science fiction. It all seems so forced though; those parts of the book were contrived and inexpertly jammed into a very bad story arc. It makes even the better scene's somehow feel outside the story.
So disappointing; I'm not so much bitter, but just incredibly disappointed. This really isn't worth your time. This is the first negative review I've written in over 100+ books.
The first few minutes are full of ineptitude, and perhaps even maliciously inaccurate reporting. I can't believe the author and editing process that presumed to understand so much without even basic fact checking. It's not even about any one specific fact, whole themes presented in the book or misleading. I think everyone is worse off for listening to this book, professionals and science writers will have to spend hours correcting the misconceptions and re teaching the basics of computer science.
Walter Dixon also does a disservice with unnecessarily strict diction, and strange emphasis on parts of words. He's emphasizing particular components without any rea-son- why, see there's no reason to emphasize son in reason!
This book really is a disservice to the field, both from the point of you as a technical expert as well as In terms of the gross misconceptions it will spread amongst people trying to learn. This is not how you should learn about algorithms or even hear interesting stories about their use in real life. Read the MIT technology review instead.
Don't let the cover fool you, it almost stopped me from reading it. This is a good book, and a funny one.
Do I have to give it one star?
This is the worst production of an audio book I've found to date in my 80 listens.
I think the story is a big step down as well, but if you've read the first two it's still worth your time. Just not in this format as the narration really is terrible. A monotone would have been bettter, heck my old comodor 64 text to speech programs would have bene better narrarotrs.
I'll activly avoid William Dufris in the future. Just one inexcusable example, after making the pronunciation of the main characters name a highlight of the first books, this guy screws it up completely by making the exact mistake made fun of in earlier books. In general his style, and skill, are poor. The echo other mentioned by other reviewers make the book inaudible if you listen on a blackberry or other less than superior speaker system.
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