I read all the reviews about how the narration was less than satisfactory. But really? I don't think even Scott Brick could have made this book interesting. I don't remember it being so dry and uninteresting on the read, but I read faster than I listen so the story didn't get a chance to get on my last nerve like this audio version did. I can only hope that had Asimov survived, his next Foundation book would have been *much* more interesting and a lot more lively. And that a narrator could be found that didn't read like he was doing a picture book for kindergartners in the media center.
This was a good book the first time I read it, and the second time, felt the movie was as true to the book as possible, and now I got to listen to it. This audible performance was just exquisite in that the women who performed the narrations were spot on with their dialect and accent -- that Southern accent isn't as easy as some people may think. Though there has been a great deal of controversy over this book, I think the insight it offers in into the other side -- offering the perspective of the black woman in the 50s and 60s waiting on the white woman --- was laid out in a way that it could not fail to open all but the most bigoted and stiff-necked eyes. To know that peoples' lives depended on them swallowing all the garbage the Southerners poured out on the black community, is to understand much better what led to the Civil Rights Movement. And while the "terrible, awful" is truly terrible and awful, that particular white woman more than deserved what she got. It is truly horrifying to know that the black person had no rights and no recourse, that their jobs and indeed their lives rested on the whims of the people they served. It is no wonder that those who could, fled North. A good read, a good watch, and an excellent listen.
Maberry delivers once again in The Extinction Machine. The rock-n-roll action never stops from start to finish and is Maberry's usual gotta stay up to finish this type story. So I was totally pumped to find the first two books in this series, Patient Zero and Dragon Factory, on sale here on Audible. So now I get to listen to the first two books I read before! Ray Porter does an outstanding job on the narration, bringing Joe and the gang to life, and is perfect for the series.
I never thought I'd find a Terry Pratchett book I didn't like. But I didn't like this one. It was loaded with atheistic philosophy which is fine except when you put an entire bit of narrative in that had absolutely nothing to do with the story line at all. I found the book a depressing and disappointing listen. Narrator was good, story wasn't worth reading to me. Sorry.
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