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  • Railsea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one's death and the other's glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea - even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she's been chasing since it took her arm years ago.

    H James Lucas says: "Talented Mr Cowley a mismatch for Railsea"
    "Mediocre narration hurts the telling"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Railsea?

    I don't want to spoil it, but suffice it to say this is a story of trains, giant mole rats, and growing up.


    Did Jonathan Cowley do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Do you think Railsea needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely. When you get to the end you'll know why.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Causal Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Rajaniemi's future is one in which quantum effects can be manipulated by the powerful to unknowable ends; an era in which some are gods and billions of others are enslaved for the processing power of their brains; where in the inner Solar System, the once-human Sobornost endlessly iterate themselves in vast, planet-sized guberniyas, while casually running experiments on the photosphere of the sun. In this world, Jean le Flambeur has broken out of a virtual prison and, later, into the mind of a living god.

    Zac says: "Why switch narrators on the last book in a trilogy"
    "Oh Audible, why did you switch narrators?!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Causal Angel to and why?

    Light, by M. John Harrison.


    What didn’t you like about Roger Wayne’s performance?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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