Possibly. The story itself was only ok, but the amount of real history it contains is extremely interesting.
The amount of work that went into creating the detailed background for this story was huge. I learned a lot about pop culture and a lot more about the history of video games.
Wil Wheaton's enthusiasm for and understanding of the subject matter gave this story a whole new dimension that I have not heard in audiobooks before. His use of accents and intonations brought it to life. It's likely I would not have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had read it myself instead of listening to him tell it.
No. Way too information to process all in one sitting.
The plot of the story was fairly predictable, but the richness of the background detail and Wil Wheaton's reading of it made it a really, really good listen.
Funny...I read this book forty years ago and it didn't seem out of whack with the times. Listening to it now, Heinlein takes way too long to say what he needs to say, he lectures, and the anti-gay and anti-feminist prose is obvious now. His protagonists, who are supposedly free sexual spirits, are disgusted by homosexuality and the main female character says at one point: "Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it's at least partially her own fault."
How times change. I could barely finish the book this time around.
The idea is terrific, and the author clearly knows his military history and weapons. The story line develops well and you get a lot of interesting tidbits of European and American history. But, the characters are one-dimensional. They are either good guys or bad guys, and the character development is a bit like a teen novel.
The worst part for me is the narrator. I know everyone else apparently thinks he's great, but I almost can't listen to him. He sounds like he always has such a mouthful of saliva that if you were talking face-to-face, he'd be spitting on you. I can barely get past that.
However, overall, I enjoyed the story enough that the whole package was a worthwhile read. I liked it enough to download 1633, so that says something.
Based on other reviews, I really, really wanted to hear this book. I learned a valuable lesson--never buy an audio-book without listening to the sample audio. I tried several times, but could not get past the first ten minutes, because the narrator's voice is that of a seventy-year-old, two-pack-a-day smoker. The hoarseness made me want to continually clear my throat.
I'll chalk it up to a lesson learned and buy the Tenth Anniversary, multi-cast edition.
The male voice was so annoying, I could not even get through the first 20 minutes. I kept hoping I would get used to it, but there was no way I could find anything the least bit erotic about anything being narrated in that voice. Sorry, it was a big fail for me.
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