I was taken in completely with the premise of the story. The narrator, Mr. Elliott, carried me through the world without hesitation or doubt. The main character, Peter Ambrose, is trying to figure out who is killing his old cohort and why. Peter is convincing in his flaws and mistakes through the story; he is the imperfect everyman who is everything but average. In a world where memories are altered every day, knowledge can be uploaded into the brain, and people are never who you think they are, this novel might cut too close to the truth in half a century. If you liked, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," you should read "Nimbus" as a fun companion to Philip K. Dick’s classic. Peter is not as likable as Deckard, but I found myself enthralled with Peter’s weaknesses. And while few people can compare to Dick, Jablokov does a great job of writing an exciting story.
There was a moment during "Nimbus" when I paused and asked myself, “Is this our future?” Any novel that makes me stop the story in order to ponder possibilities is one I will certain listen to again. There were many moments when the ideas engendered by the story gave me pause later in the day.
As a narrator, Mr. Elliott brings a lot to this noir story, filled with gritty characters and shadowy motivations. Each character is unique without being distracting, and convincing for their role in the plot. Mr. Elliott's range of voice acting is magnificent and at the same time subtle enough to transport my suspension of disbelief. Action scenes are exciting and chase sequences reminiscent of “The Third Man.” I have listened to many narrators and Mr. Elliott ranks among my favorites. I look forward to listening to more of his work.
Without hesitation, I suggest this novel to science fiction and detective noir aficionados.
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