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Earl

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Technologists: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city.

    Stephen says: "Good story ruined by poor reading"
    "Nice concept but over done and boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Matthew Pearl and/or Stephen Hoye?

    Stephen Hoye's narration was excellent but the material itself was way too lengthy and became boring. I would be cautious before picking up another Matthew Pearl book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm still interested in techno thrillers and action based history novels.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Realistically tried to personify the characters without over playing it. I did appreciate the changes in character being reflected in his voice but he did not go overboard.


    Any additional comments?

    Way too long to build up the story. Plot was predictable and juvenile (at times). I gave up about 2/3s the way though. Tired of hearing the back story and minor character development. Motivations of the characters was too simplistic.

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