I tried so hard to listen and enjoy this version of the story. Full disclosure: I've read Railsea a number of times prior to listening. I know the characters names, and journey, by heart. I love this story, but I didn't love the narrator.
I don't want to spoil it, but suffice it to say this is a story of trains, giant mole rats, and growing up.
He was okay, and I think that was the problem. Coming off of American Gods and Fractal Prince, I had high expectations for the narrator, and perhaps that's a bit unfair. However, it definitely felt like he was very unfamiliar with the story. The inflections in speech and annunciation patterns were a bit off. It sounded like he was having trouble getting into it, which in turn made it hard for me to lose myself in the telling.
Definitely. When you get to the end you'll know why.
I absolutely love this book series. I'm a huge fan of physics, and any sci-fi that follows the vein of quantum tomfoolery is high on my reading list. This is not a review of the book, the author, or the series. This rating is solely based on the terrible narration by Roger Wayne. Those that didn't listen to the first two books might find joy in this one, but I warn you: If you listened to Scott Brick's excellent renditions of the first two novels you will not enjoy this audiobook.
Light, by M. John Harrison.
I could forgive the robotic narration (his pacing is terribly inconsistent) even if the random breaks in speech tore me out of the story. I could even forgive his initial hesitance when trying to pronounce the author's name. However, I cannot forgive the mispronunciation of main character names. The voices do not fit the characters. There's no subtlety to the performance. I'll admit, I only made a little ways into the story. That's how hard it was to even give this new narrator a chance. At first, I told myself, he wasn't that bad. Then he chewed through several big names in the series and I couldn't handle it anymore.
Please bring back Scott Brick and have him narrate the last book in the series. His narration of The Quantum Thief and Fractal Prince are what made me love Audiobooks. I'd really like to finish this series with him at the helm.
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