I read this series several years ago, and when I say it available on Audible, I was very happy. I prefer unadbridged versions, but this one was abridged quite nicely, without taking away from the story. If you want to know what the sailors life was like during the late 1700's early 1800's this series of books is unsurpassed. I only give it 4 of 5 because: its abridged, and at 5 hours, it could be priced a little lower.
Tim Pigott-Smith does a good job of narration, making the book enjoyable to listen to.
kept my attention
reveal at end
did a good job keeping characters voice in sync. emotions verbalized well. no real complaints about his narration at all.
some books take a while to catch your interest and hold it. This book did from the start.
I was unsure about this book - yeah, bad superhero type folks. How can this work? Well, the story is much more complex than that. very original, believable. The universe the author creates holds together quite well, give its uniqueness. The end is totally unpredictable, and not in a bad way with aliens invading earth at the last minute. 9 out of 10 books I can tell you how they are going to end. This one took me by surprise. Very enjoyable experience. I commute 3 hrs per day so have listened to a lot of books over the last 15 years. I would rate this one right up there with the best.
coherent story? I kept waiting for a theme, or something to actually happen.
i am really not sure. it reminded me of my wife droning on to me about doing yardwork, cleaning the garage, emptying the dishwasher, etc.. until I just tuned it out....
i enjoyed the narrator - it is the only reason i made it about half way thru the book.
dissapointment. I like all the neal gaeman stories, and hoped this would be some type of derevitive. I never connected with this book, character, or anything else.
the universe it creates is complete, and somewhat origional for a sci fi book. I listen to a lot of books, and prefer classic sci fi, and this fit that vein. characters were well fleshed out, believable, and you could actually care about them and remember them from day to day. I cannot say that about some books i listen to.
The alien side of the story.
He is a good reader, never taking away from the book. I think he could use more inflection in different characters, but that is a minor observation.
good guys win?
The book starts out in full narration. After the first hour, I still did not have a clue where this was going, and contemplated not listening further. I gave it another hour, and things started coming together. making sense. I would encourage the listener to hang in there, as he book is worth it.
I have been a big fan of Brian's books (Drummond series) and was happy to try this book. For me, this book just did not have the cohesiveness of his Drummond books. I found myself saying 'There is not way the character could possibly make this decision, given the plot line to this point' several times. About half way thru, a brand new cast of characters are introduced. This took me by surprise, as I was already struggling to continue. The last third of the book picks up pace again, and comes to a somewhat satisfying conclusion. This is definitely not a listen to twice book. Once, OK. Just don't expect this to be as good as his previous books.
Scott Brick does his usual efficient narration. Unlike another reviewer, I kind of liked his russian accent.
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