I first listened to the radio broadcast of Hitchhiker's in 1980. It was only aired once and served as my introduction to the books, TV series, and all things Douglas Adams. It was such a pleasure to find the original version, tidied up, and available to listen to again. I cannot say enough about the casting or the humor that stills tickles me today. If you have never experienced laugh out loud science fiction, this is the genre at it's very finest. Do yourself a favor and get this broadcast today!
I was searching for something a little different from an author I had not read or listened to before and was absolutely gobsmacked by how much I enjoyed everything about this book. The universe that Larry Correia concocts and the varied characters he populates it with left me a fan who will be acquiring more of his works.
The story is set in a world where magic is an accepted part of life although not always welcomed. The parallels that are drawn between this reality and our own are nicely done and, provided you do not hiccup, you will hear a brief reference that links them together. The characters are nicely developed with varied backstories that are compelling and allow us to understand their motivations. This is where Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job. The interpretations he gives to the cast greatly adds to their personalities and made them come alive. As an example I know that if I had read this book, my impression of Faye would have been completely different. His impression of her adds warmth and humor which serve to endear her to the listener.
There is plenty of action, humor, spectacular set pieces, plausible explanations of the magic, and some unexpected twists that kept me looking for excuses to listen to more. If you are in the mood for something refreshingly new that is just plain fun, this is the book you are looking for.
As much as I enjoyed this book, it became clear that we only received part of the story and a large volume of what went on at the installation remains censored. What we were given was a very interesting look into the development of spy planes and of the US nuclear arsenal while also shedding some light on UFO sightings. The tone of the book changes dramatically in the final chapter and left me a little disquieted, but you will have to listen for yourself and draw your own conclusions! As for the narration by Annie Jacobsen, I thought she did a good job. I chuckled at some of her pronounciations of place names, but otherwise found her very easy to listen to, with clear diction and good pacing. Overall, for anyone with an interest in the subject matter, you will not be dissapointed, but I can pretty much guarantee you will be wanting more.
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