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.
Nevil Shute Norway wrote several tales of the Australian outback. This is one of the most inspired, and like many of his works leaves the reader with a little tweak. Very highly recommended.
There are claims that it's an allegory. No - it's simply awful. Really - it is poor. The only reason I haven't returned this one is I wanted people to read my review and save their credit. I got it on one of the daily promotions.
If you really want a glimpse into gender issues in 1951 America, here's an example...
Spoke by the hero... "She was a better gentleman than I was."
I suppose some will argue that the performer was trying to capture the 1950's. It just does not work.
... so maybe the authors are really former soldiers.
Even though it gave me some insight into an xyl's mind, it's a good thing this was free. I'd have asked for my money back if it wasn't.
It's quite clear that this was a work in progress when TC died. Unfortunately, it does not exhibit the polish of his earlier novels. There are many errors of fact, errors of logic, errors of language. These are disappointing and should have been picked up in proof reading.
The book reads like the last third was in the outline stage and those tasked with making something saleable lacked the ability - or perhaps brief - to complete the novel properly. As a result, the story winds up in a very unsatisfactory way.
To conclude then, I do not recommend this book - even to TC fans. It is simply poor and completely forgettable.
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.
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.
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.
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