Over the last 2-3 months, I listened to the entire 8 book series (and more are coming). I actually own these in book form as well, and regardless of the format, this is good brain candy. These adventures of Kris Longknife don't make you think, raise questions about morality or do anything but provide a pleasant diversion from life.
That being said, these audiobooks have a major flaw. Miss Pearlman has a pleasant enough voice and does a better and better job of presenting these books the further along in the series she goes. However, she also has two rather distracting flaws in her performance. Throughout all 8 novels, she regularly presents the wrong voice for a character, particularly using Jack's voice in place of Kris' quite frequently. The other problem I have might more fairly be described as a personal preference. Particularly in the early novels, Miss Pearlman regularly slips into a sort of children's storytelling cadence during the exposition. Its jarring to be hearing about a battle, when the rhythms of her voice sound almost fairytalish.
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an entertaining bit of brain candy. There are just enough though provoking points to keep you on your toes without drawing your attention from the story.
Except in one regard, Mr. Glick does a solid workmanlike job of narrating the book. In other words, his presence neither adds nor detracts from the story. I did have one initial problem with Mr. Glick's performance.
With all due respect, Glick sounds like he's about 15 years old. If this had been one of Heinlein's first person, juvie novels he would have been perfect. As it is, Mr. Glick sounds too young. This was jarring at first, but now that I'm about an hour in, I can say that I've gotten use to it. It still jars on occasion, but its not a major problem.
Be warned, this is not a single novel, but rather a collection of short stories connected by a framing series of interludes. Over the course of the book, we get to follow Emile as he goes from newly minted officer to experienced hand.
I first discovered this entire series as a child and loved them then. Listening to them as an adult, I find them even more remarkable. However, this particular edition (or at least my download) of All Things Wise and Wonderful has a major flaw. It seems that at some point, the dvds the Audible edition was created from was put out of order. The end of the book occurs about an hour or so before the recording actually ends. I suspect that a single dvd was placed out of order.
Other than that, these are remarkable stories about fascinating people and animals. I highly recommend them.
One of my all time favorite Golden Age novels that I've recommended to friends many times.
Mechanical and droning. He does his best with the accents, but this was a very difficult listen because at least 70% of the book sounded like it was read by a robot.
This is a fantastic book that is one of my all time favorites. Unfortunately, Mr. Ganim's performance is at best poor. He does his best with a limited range of accents, but his style of mechanically reading in a monotone, droning voice is incredibly distracting and really detracts from a wonderful story that is filled with all sorts of emotional moments.
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