The story has a timelessness about it. The alien technology is sufficiently different to not make it out of date in the early 21st century. But the writer continually reminds of us of the how long the planet was floating in space and, well, all manner of dangers and mysteries that just slow down the book and diminish the experience. Peter Ganim is an able narrator but combined with the writing style I found it a bit overly formal as well. Maybe that's the way it was in the 30's, but towards the end I found it annoying.
Nevertheless, it's a good story and a worthy listen.
I found this an enjoyable listen over all, however the writing style is quaint, highly embellished and somewhat stilted to 21st century ears. In fact, I can't believe people actually spoke like that in the 30's. The narrator does an excellent job of interpreting it, reflecting the formal tone but embellishing with good characterisation. The formality of the narrator's tone took some getting used to it, but once I realised it reflected the writing style, I appreciated it far more.
The science is quite outdated - pre-space travel and pre-nuclear trying to imagine both. It must have been thrilling when it was written and while even to layman's ears is obviously wrong, it doesn't detract from the story and the search for a suitable casement for the nuclear reactor adds to the tension. A novel set in the 21st century would be very different, but probably wouldn't have the same drama as technology would be at hand to overcome many of the obstacles. The 1930's, however, provides a far more challenging and thus interesting setting.
I'm looking forward to the sequel.
First impression of this audio book is Alfred Molena's butter smooth voice and British accent. It is simply and beautifully read and an absolute pleasure to listen to. This is my first encounter with the Illiad so I can't compare the translation, but found it thoroughly accessible and engaging. As for the story itself, in a word, gruelling. Not in a negative way but this is, if you like, 'R rated' reading for the violence. But the macchinations and quarrels of gods and men are intriguing and Homer's use of imagery is delightful.
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