This gripping continuation of the world made so real in Pandora's and Judas is once again marred by the director. I assume that would be who is responsible for the complete lack of transitions from one scene to the next. There's barely a breath between what would have been a clear division in story line had you been reading the book. The result is that you're suddenly scrambling to figure out why there are new people on a different planet in a completely different setting than there were in what seemed to be the previous sentence. As a veteran of 8+ years of audiobooks, I've never encountered another series of books that do this so badly. As a commuting listener, I'm constantly rewinding to catch where the transition was. It's annoying to the point of marring an otherwise excellent listening experience. Yes, these are long books but please give us a few seconds pause to acknowledge the change in chapter/setting.
What I liked about the audiobook: Great depth in the Forensic Anthropology details, very interesting stuff!
What I didn't like: Tempe can string together minute details in a saw cut to link several cases together, but she never sees the bad guy coming even after a glaring warning that he's out to get her. Is she a clever girl that doesn't miss a trick? Or an idiot that has to be whacked with a 2x4 repeatedly to get her attention? Depends on the needs of the plotline, I guess.
Worst part of the narrative: The 3 pack-a-day growl on the narrator. You can actually hear the Emphysema whistling in her lungs. I had to download a lower quality recording so I could finish it, there was just too much disturbing incidental sound on quality 4!
To suspend your disbelief enough to swallow the outlandish happenings in this tiresome tale. They should also help with the simplistic characters and repetitive "He screamed!" and "She froze!" passages that seem to be on an endless loop. I used to think I could listen to Scott Brick read the phone book. This drivel proves my assumption wrong, even he can't save it.
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