I guess it's a penalty of getting actors to read books aloud, they often want to act. As a listener all I want is clarity and PUNCTUATION, both of which are in variable supply here. As an example, one of the most irritating things is where a reader changes scene without even pausing for breath, maybe they think that the dislocation is fun, but it's just annoying.
I wish I hadn't wasted my credit on this reading. I forgot how irritating and grating Harlen Ellison's voice is. He may be one of SF's greatest writers, but he should let someone else read his stories. I barely lasted 10 minutes before his vocal gurning forced me to give up.
I love this novel, and indeed all the trilogy, so I was looking forward to a new reading. I was soon disappointed however. Within minutes, the silly voices and over acting began. Sadly I wasted a credit. The lesson learned? Check out the samples more thoroughly before buying. This reader should stick to his day job.
This author was new to me, as was the narrator,(though of course I remember his roles in Star Trek etc with fondness). Hope it won't be the last. The reading was clear and well punctuated with only minimal thespian over-indulgence. I only tend to write reviews if I have something to complain about or something to praise, happily, this is the latter. The book had me almost rolling on the floor in stiches, a rare event for a Science Fiction book, Audible Frontiers has come up trumps again, well done!
The author at her brilliant best.
Some other narrators please take note; this guy has at least a passing acquaintance with punctuation.
As with all Niven/Pournelle's collaborations, a great read, but sadly I was unable to finish the audio version because of the irritating reader. Too much acting and silly voices. Not enough punctuation. My star rating refers only to the reading. For the book itself I would give five stars.
Yet another great book ruined by crap narration.
I was looking forward to enjoying this book, I listened to a sample and concluded that the narrator had a nice clear voice, and the blurb seemed interesting.
Sadly I've given up on it.
This narrator reads the words totally deadpan, his punctuation is virtually non-existent, he moves from one storyline (or viewpoint) with barely a pause for breath, so one is constantly lurching from one storyline thread to another, having lost the plot, and this is a fairly complex book.
What i'm talking about here is the audiobook equivelant of a book printer using different fonts, italics, bold typeface etc to differentiate between storylines etc, as an aid to clarity and comprehension.
Some narrators go to the other extreme, trying to give every character his or her (or it's) own voice, and this can be irritating too, (check out Larry Niven's "Protector" for an example of what I mean), whereas for an example of best practice, check out WWW.Wake, by Robert J Sawyer, a model of clarity.
This is a missed opportunity because I guess that this book is unlikely to be re-recorded in a more sympathetic reading, so I'll never get to hear it or the rest of the series, (or indeed anything else by this narrator).
AUDOOBOOK PRODUCERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE!!
Superb is the only word that suits. I've been hoping for this book to appeat in audio for years now, and happily this recording does not disappoint. One of the best Science Fiction (as opposed to the usual "sci-fi" trivia) books ever, and well narrated too. Hopefully this will sell like hot cakes and encourage Audible to continue with Beyond the Blue Event Horizon and the rest of the series.
Well done Audible.
I read this book shortly after it's first publication so it's a great pleasure hearing it in audio form. I only need to comment on it's superb, expert narration. Flawless.
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