The Century series started well. Like Follett's Magnum Opus (Pillars of the Earth and its less wonderful sequel), it chronicles the interaction of a few families and how the world. Some of the story is quite interesting.
The endless repetition, repetition, repetition that's supposed to explain why characters are doing things.. This _might_ be necessary in a thousand page book but it's hardly essential in an audiobook which people might listen to over a week or so.
I was also disappointed by Follett's inability to capture the true horror of WW2.
Finally, the audio production had random editing errors where the narrative jumped to a random place then jumped back. Clearly, it wasn't listened to before it was shipped out.
John Lee is a consumate performer. Like his earlier work, his range of voices makes the series,
No, I don't think it is movie material - things move way too slowly.
Please fire the editor.
This is a good story but the editing of the audiobook is very poor. There are frequent jumps in level, changes of the readers voice tone and at least one place where the same sentence was read twice.
There have obviously been a number of attempts at reading the volume and it's a slice and dice - but the recording settings and the acoustics of one of the versions were dreadful. A complete retake didn't stop someone from cobbling together a mess.
Plainly put, the quality control was non-existant. Someone should be shouted at... which is a pity because Stefan Rudnicki's performance was pretty good.
Seriously - I've read and listened to a lot of JA stories. The Clifton Series could have been his magnum opus. Instead it was spun out into a story version of a tv series. Poor. Poor. Poor.
The spoken performance is very good. He does slip accenting on a few occasions but it's not a huge distraction.
Alastair Reynolds writes a great tale. He's a former physicist and tries hard to keep his yarn consistent with the universe we inhabit... except in one thing. For some reason, he thinks the flow of time increases in a gravitational well... of course it does exactly the opposite (time slows.) It's a weird error and not even necessary as a plot device - so maybe it's better he sticks to writing. :)
JL's performance is excellent - far better than it was in Revelation Space
I have bought several books by Alastair Reynolds. I have several performances by John Lee, but this is by far the worst performance by John Lee that I've heard. The sound levels go all over the place, the background changes, his timbre changes. It really detracts from the performance. Put plainly, it's not up to his normal standards.
It was poorly executed - it really needs to be redone.
Yes, I think the series could be made into a space saga,
I've read most of Mr DeMille's books. This is an early one - so I expected it to be a little rough around the edges. I wasn't disappointed.
I'm ambivalent about this. Maybe if they were really desperate but I'd certainly not suggest this over (say) Word of Honour or In Country.
His performance is very good and his mastery of multiple accents makes it easy to distinguish the characters - even when DeMille doesn't spell it out.
Probably not. It's not that good, the plot reads like a film script and the topic is really dated.
I was annoyed by silly errors - things like expecting the moon to rise and set between sunset and sunrise. This NEVER happens.This might have been necessary as a plot device but it is either sloppy or it shows a lack of inventiveness..
It's also weird to think that at the time the story was written - 1978 - BAe and Aerospatiale hadn't realised that the Concorde was a technological triumph but a financial disaster.... Trying to convince readers that Israel - the most pragmatic nation on earth - would buy these aircraft is just weird.
It's not in the same league as Anathem or the Baroque Cycle, so it's far from his best.
A rather depressing one - the reader seems to skip a chapter or two which destroys the story... and then he goes back to a previous chapter. VERY POOR POST PRODUCTION.
Most of it was very good, then I started hearing about submarine guns... (instead of submachine guns.) Really, this is POOR
NO. it's supposed to be a page turner not a work of literature
Please fix part five
Tom Clancy fans will enjoy how old characters drom the 80's and 90's are being re-worked into the plot. It seems that Mr Clancy is setting up for another series. IMO, It's not worth a solid 4, but it's worth more than 3.5 so it gets my nod.
I don't think this is up to the standard of "The Windup Girl" - few books are - but this has some interesting ideas. It's clear that the author used these as fuel for WG - so it would probably be better to read this one first.
Dr Tyson clearly believes in the "tell them what you're going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them" method of teaching. Of course Dr Tyson is a respected educator and scientist... but honestly - did a professional editor even look at the manuscript?
This has got to be the worst popular science book I have _ever_ come across. In all seriousness, it is simply dreadful. I'm glad I only paid five bucks for it. Don't waste your money.
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