I read this book as a kid, and it's aged quite well (I'm 44 now). Rudnicki turns out a good reading, as usual.
For the story, I am surprised how some sections paint a better picture in my head than when I read it, but some are glossed over. I was wondering if this is an abridged version or not, but the ending sort of didn't work as well as I had remembered, and for that it loses a star. 4/5, I enjoyed this light SF book which was evidently written for teenagers :)
I had no idea what to expect, and can't even remember why I bought this particular audio book, but I am very glad I did. Lisette is spot on as a narrator, and really made you fall in love with Botswana and the lead character.
The writing is simple, yet solid. No flowery prose, but every word goes to build a beautiful landscape in which the heroine goes about her business.
Once you get past the first three chapters - in which we meet the heroine, understand the relationship with her father, and how she got married - you're straight into the vignettes of each case as they weave the story until the end. You have to understand the first three chapters to get an idea of what drives her, but the journey is well rewarded.
I finished the book wanting more.
Brick does an excellent job of painting the characters and atmosphere of the SW a hundred years ago. I've never read a Cussler book before, and after this I'd certainly pick another.
The story sagged a little in the middle, when I think Cussler was trying to sneak out of the mystery genre and into romance, but it soon got back on track (pun not intended).
Not exactly a "romp", but I enjoyed the hero and the baddie battling it out.
It took me a chapter or two to get into Rudnicki's style, but once I got the hang of it I really started to like it.
The book, as a beginning of a series, has good points and bad points. Some of the action is great, some of the philosophical meanderings of the "gods" not so much. I'd probably have a go at the second book in the series, but I have almost a dozen other audio books lined up before it.
Maybe it has a place in SF history, but it has not aged well at all. Summerer tackles the narration well, though the story is not one that I would call decent SF. It didn't leave me feeling fulfilled, nor excited.
Too many questions went unanswered. Why? Who? and Why? again. If you want to complete your SF library, or adore Clarke, then you may as well get this one, because there are better audio books on offer out there if you're looking for something meaty.
If it wasn't a Clarke, I'd have said "meh"
Barrie does a fine job of getting the nuances of all the characters. It's not exactly the same as an episode of the TV show, but it's a good reading of the book. If you've read the book, you'll know what to expect. If you haven't, it's not exactly the same as the TV show, but all in all it's an enjoyable 8 hours.
The author provides a great canvas and colours - the narrator paints such a vivid world. It took a few minutes to recognise the voice, but I'll definitely be seeking out more audio by Michael Hogan.
I will also likely be getting more of this series, the world is intriguing enough to have me thinking of it after the end of the excerpt.
I managed to get through one chapter before I had to switch to another book. Imagine Steven Wright playing Spock - that's how monotonous this narration is. The Sci-Fi story may be fine but I'll never know. There are some voices you could listen as they read the phone directory, but this narrator kills what may have been a good book, or a crappy book. Either way, I'll never buy one of his narrations again.
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