Complex, original, and as the best speculative fiction does, this book immerses a reader in a world they never imagined. A stunningly creative and original writer. It had me wishing this world were real and at the same time dreading the dangers the characters faced. The answers to those dangers were truly haunting. The narration was a perfect match to the story. This is fiction operating way at the top of the curve and a writer like no other. I'd be happy to see a sequel, another adventure in this world, or anything else Mr. Mieville wants to write. I've read three of his novels and will be reading all of them.
I would and will recommend this book in an instant. S. L. Stebel has managed to craft a superbly engrossing story populated by some of the most complex characters I've encountered in years. Most striking are the moral conflicts. Good people, people who share the same opinions, hopes, and fears, can have radically different ideas about how to deal with events, and those different ideas can lead to shattering outcomes. This is a book about a little-discussed and deeply important part of history, and I can't think of a better piece of writing about that time. How to heal after horror? Can you, or are there some people who still live, yet are destroyed? A fast-paced story, a deeply satisfying surprise ending, and a perfectly matched narrator make this audiobook a winner.
The main character was particularly fine, and grew in complexity in surprising ways throughout. There are no cardboard characters here anywhere.
I have not listened to him previously, but would again. He handles character voices well and his delivery matched the material.
Yes, it was, but at the same time I didn't want it to end. I listened to it over the course of a week.
I hope you will add more of S. L. Stebel's work!
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