Having just listened to the complete "Legends of the Aldenata" series, I was disappointed. Maybe this series was meant for children and teens, the story is light, the characters are kinda wooden and the replacement cuss words are "corny," thats the only way I can describe it. It must be for kids...
The narrator was OK, I guess I'm more used to hearing Marc Vietor doing Ringo's work.
I love the story of Friday, a super sexy courier in a future world that is both very close to where we are now and also very different. The "tech level" in this book doesn't distract the modern user like some of RAH's older books (it was published in the '80s). This is very much one of my favorite Heinlein books and I'd love to see it done into a movie.
That being said, this audio presentation misses the five star mark. While having a female narrator makes this audio vastly superior than the one that went before (what were they thinking!?), the characterizations were a little flat and so were the emotions. The narration was such that, if I wasn't careful, I'd slip away from being engrossed in the story, and pay attention to the voice.
Overall, it's a good audiobook and a great story set in a world you could come to believe is right around the corner from the world we are in now,
Star Beast is a great story and I thought well of the performance the voice actors gave it. If you're a fan of Heinlein, you'll recognize the '50s dialog style for what it is, a result of RAH's morality play and the time period when the original book was published. To new, young ears it might sound a bit stilted and "old fashioned" in a sci-fi context. I think the performers captured that '50s style well.
Overall the book is a great listen, as are most of RAH's books.
I read the book many years before I listened to this audiobook, so I already "knew" that the story would pull me in. But I soon discovered that the first person narrative of the female character "Friday" was done by a man. Now I can't even reread the book without hearing his monotone voice. Maybe someone will make a movie of this great story so that I can watch it and push this masculine voice out of my memories.
Great story, fast plot and very interesting characters, but the boring male voice talking about sex from a female point of view might put you off...
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