This was my first exposure to Harry Turtledove and I liked the way he wove the tale. I do wish though that he tried to bring this tale to an end instead of leaving you hanging. If I had known this was to just be a cliff hanger to get you to buy the next book I probably wouldn't have bought it. After spending over 20 hours listening, I think it would only be fair to have the story wrap up. Especially since the next book is NOT available as an audio book. The writing was great and I will end up getting the other books when they become available but I did end up feeling just a little cheated.
Neal Gabler has one of those voices you could listen to for hours. The story was well written and goes into amazing depth, This is no white wash of Walt's life. This is Walt Disney with all the warts, You will still end up sheding a tear when he dies if you have a heart. This is my favorite audio book and I have listened to it 5 or 6 times. Well worth a listen.
This book can be quite addictive. Great characters and a story you wish would never end. Thankfully there are lots of sequels. If you liked Rendevous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke you will probably like this one. Has a somewhat similar premise.
Being a big fan of the book, the movie and sci-fi in general I had high hopes for this audio book and it didn't let me down one bit. Many of the words and names in the book are tongue twisters and the readers (actors) did a splendid job in voicing tham. This was closer to a radio play than an audio book. This is the best audio book I have listened to and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
I think this story was more Pohl than it was Clarke. I kept reading Clarke's later work trying to find something to equal to what I consider his best work, Childhood's End, and I never found it. This was pretty good but you had to pay pretty close attention as the story got really involved. This isn't one of those you can listen to while you do your taxes and still keep track of the story. Worth a listen.
Always get a kick out of robot stories and detective books and this was the best of both worlds. Interesting bit of the story had a branch off to the later "Positronic Man" book from 1993 which became "Bicentennial Man". You will recognize the refference to "Little Miss" in the book. Well woven story by the master and well voiced. I was confused and thought the reader was William Devries at first as he sounded similar to the actor and the spoken version of his name is a little confusing. That was my fault though. Well worth a listen.
Being a big fan of Niven I have to admit there isn't much he writes that I don't love but this was very well done. Despite the long length, I never tired of it and even though I had read the story years ago, I still enjoyed the audio version as well as if it were new to me. Great job!
I have read both the original version and several of the rewrites of the paper versions and this audio book could definitely use a similar face lift. For one thing, the use of the rifts of loud classical music get pretty annoying as time goes on. In addition, the reader doesn't spend enough effort to emphasize the key points at the end of each chapter. Remembering those points is essential if you are going to get anything out of the book. I highly recommend that you hit Wikipedia before you listen and print out the list of key points listed there before you listen. That will help you get the most out of the book. This however may be one of those books that just don't translate well into an audio version.
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