It goes in my heartily recommend file. A gripping story well read as usual by Robertson Dean.
The narration suffered from stiff timing and over pronunciation. The female narrator was the most trying of the bunch but they were all poor.
Too much time spent on the business side and not enough on the on-air or even production staff. I really was looking forward to this and the whole execution of the idea left me more glad to be done with it. Several times I wanted to abandon it but plowed ahead anyways in some masochistic stupor
The first hour of the book is excruciating. The topic for this section is how this researcher performed his research and a seemingly endless recitation of other author's works and the conclusions the other authors reached. This book is an academic exercise, not an effort to engage the listener in the narrative. Coupled with the author's tedious style, the narrator has a fast paced monotone that had me fighting to stop until I finally became able to tolerate it enough to get through the book.
The interplay with the biologists and the sharks was the most engaging part of the story to me. I found it fascinating and wished there was more of it in the book (couldn't get enough of it)
The history of the islands was fascinating. It is well served to be intertwined with the story than presented separately
I enjoyed the reader's voice. I found it engaging and conveyed the timbre of the story without over dramatizing.
I was left with a mixed reaction to the book. The results and consequences presented at the end changed my view of the author I had held for most all of the book. I would still recommend this listen to my friends that are interested in sharks or nature.
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