The story line is solid, the characters are complex and interesting, and the performance was top notch. The plot is a new twist on the old theme of aliens taking over the earth, but in this version, the heroes/heroines are also aliens with super-powers who team up with humans to save Earth. The good aliens embody the best qualities of humans (and also some of our faults) and are easy to identify with. The histories of the aliens' planets of origin provides a plausible back story. The addition of a loyal shape-shifting companion that resembles a lovable beagle (when he's not fighting alien monsters) is a nice touch. The use of two readers (one male and one female) really made this audio book stand out for me, as even the best performers are rarely able to produce a convincing voice for a character of the opposite sex. The readers here are well able to perform several characters each, producing distinctive voices for each character. The imagery is vivid and the action scenes keep the listener on the edge of their seat. Listening to this performance was like being there. I plan to get the earlier audio books in the series.
Loved this story and can't wait for the next installment from Pittacus Lore.
Pendergast has to be oe of the most memorable charecters in the murder mystery genre, and Hill's performance is perfect. Lincoln and Child's Pendergast series crosses genres, incorporting elements of suspense, mystery, crime and horror. This sequel was just as gripping as Relic, and I look forwad to listening to the rest of the series.
My favorite Audible books have been those that use both a male and a female reader. Even talented male readers such as Hill, who can believably perform a range of ages and accents, don't seem to be be able to perform a believable female voice. Even the stongest female characters end up with high pitched, breathy, girly voices, or they sound like drag queens. This is hard on the ears of your female readers who enjoy the strong female characters. Please, please do more books with two readers!
Haven't read the print version but I loved the audio book. I listen while I commute to work and I missed my exit several times in the past couple weeks because I was so engrossed in the story!
Neil Kaplan is a great audio performer and the voices of both Four and Henri are distinctive and memorable. Because I had listened to The Rise of Nine before I listened to this one, I was disappointed to find that only one reader was used for the performance of this book. In my opinion, no male reader can produce a believable female voice and I found the high-pitched, feminine voice of Six to be completely incongruent with her impressive warrior character. She and Sara are so much more believable in the second and third books in this series.
These books would be great in film--I'd love to see it!
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