Another reviewer said that the narrator only speaks in all CAPITALS. That reviewer couldn't be more right. It's as if Mr. Delloro speaks with capslock on at all times. This voice suits action scenes, which there are many, but it does not change for the non action scenes and becomes distractingly annoying to listen to.
The book has won many awards for good reason, but it's not really my preferred sci-fi. What made the experience of reading this audio version one of the best yet, for me, was Jenny Sterlins narrative performance. She made the characters alive, very distinct from each other, and gave them believability. I believe that her performance made the story even more moving than it would have been had I simply read the txt of it.
Throughout the book are whole chapters of schizophrenic commercials chopped off and randomized to give the reader an impression of someone changing stations rapidly. I'm sure the author intended this to help immerse the reader in his universe, however in AUDIO book form it has the opposite effect. If you're the kind of person that mutes tv or radio commercials you will hate the Audio version of this book.
The narrator does a great job of painstakingly voice acting every commercial in the book. This is part of the problem. Imagine you're listening to any given audiobook you've already bought from audible. Now imagine that story being CONSTANTLY interrupted by 7-15 minutes worth of well voice acted radio commercials.
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