No, while it was moderately entertaining, the story was not so engaging that I will relisten to it. However, I will read or listen (once they become available) to the other works in the series.
It reminded me of an adult version of the City of Ember.
I agree with the other reviewers that the narration is different but it is not that bad. You quickly get used to it. Basically, the narrator laughs, coughs, breathes heavy, as described in the text. Most narrators just read these parts without actually acting them out, I guess. in any event, it took me about 15 minutes to get used to her narration and then I was okay with it.
I listened to it in three days so it definitely held my interest. However, for the story, I'm an avid sci-fi reader and I felt it was a little weak. Almost no description, which many may like, but I think a world where all of humanity lives in a series of silos should be described in some detail at least. The story was mainly dialogue, interior or exterior.
I found the Great North Road to be entertaining and absorbing but ultimately a bit of a let-down. I've read several books by Hamilton and this is my least favorite. It is still good and you will be entertained but I didn't think the ideas presented were that original. The narration is great. If you are new to Hamilton and sci-fi in general I think you will really enjoy the story. For us older Hamilton fans, you will still like it but be prepared that it is not his best.
I listened to NOS4A2 without any idea of who Joe Hill is but early on I thought how similar the story is to Stephen King's work. Not in a plagirisim way but in the tone that permeates the novel. For me, calling your child heroine "the Brat" for example, is pure King. I was very delighted at the end to find out that the author is in fact the son of Stephen King. I think he does King proud. Joe Hill is good writer in his own right. He is good at characterization and he writes with heart. By the end of the book you really care about the major characters which is no small accomplishment. I wasn't crazy about the plot and don't think it is completely original but it held my interest due to my caring for the characters and due to an incredibly good narration by Kate Mulgrew. This is one of the finest pieces of narration I have heard since I started listening to audio books twenty years or so ago. I don't know that I found the story that scary but it was a great listening experience all the same.
The narrator and the characters.
Couldn't say without a spoiler.
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