I like Douglas Adams' humor. But what makes this audiobook really special is Lalla Ward's reading. She is a great story-teller. And some of her characterizations are priceless. I wish Lalla would do more fiction audiobooks.
I don't really care for military/shoot'em-up stuff but I do like science fiction. For some reason, I decided to give this series a try, and I did enjoy the first three books. But this last story in the series was lousy. There's just way too much silliness in this story. And if I was forced to listen to more of the narrator's female readings, I think I'd shoot myself. A little more action and a lot less Navy-ology would have been nice. No I don't recommend it.
Out of 38 reviews so far, only a few have been accurate assessments of this story. I find this to be very strange. Very, very strange. And I will certainly be more careful in the future about selecting books based on ratings.
The few little parts of the book having anything to do with science fiction are good. Not great, but good. However, the vast bulk of this work is just boring and irrelevant filler. There is far more of this than would be needed for any character development. I suppose the author imagines himself to be a very clever and gifted writer of dialog. But he should try to craft a story that will actually make sense and entertain science fiction readers. It isn't all that clever to take a short story and throw in tons of junk to make it a (more lucrative?) novel.
Also, I didn't much care for the narrator. At times, his inflections definitely reminded me of an infomercial announcer. I have a pretty good idea of what he did before reading books.
As someone who has read science fiction for the past 35 years, and who eagerly looks for more good books to read, I have to say this one was a big disappointment.
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