This book had the right combination of an excellent story and an excellent reader. I would put it as one of my top favorite audiobooks. It has the rare quality of being a book which I would listen to repeatedly.
The book, coupled with the narritor's accent, were enchanting. It was easy to get caught up in the world of the story.
This is now my all-time favorite audio book. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat. The narration is perfect and adds to the experience, and the characters and description of the NASA culture are 100% believable.
I haven't read this book in decades. The audio version gave it a fresh spin. Not that it needed one. The sci-fi aspects have aged well and the anomalies add to the charm of the story. I loved the narration, especially the way Mike's voice matured over time. Definitely worth a listen!
Many times during this book I paused to wonder about the author and what sort of mind has the capacity to make up something this creative, on so many levels. The envisioned technology, the cultural aspects, the interwoven storylines are all complexly imaginative. I found myself thinking of this book and it’s characters long after it was over.
The first two hours or so are a bit tough though. There is a lot of background to understand before the plot takes off. Keep going, it's worth it.
On the plus side: parts were very creative and entertaining. Good suspense building. The characters were interesting and well developed. On the minus side: other part were s-l-o-w. So slow. And the story was missing the dog and the quirky humor normally found in a Koontz story. It's a good use of a credit if you want something to moderately entertain you for a long time. The narration felt "over-the-top" at first, but I got used to it and at times appreciated the extra interest it added.
As good as the movie was, this book is orders of magnitude better. I had struggled with whether to choose the abridged, with Ms. Foster, or the unabridged. I am glad I chose the unabridged. As fan of science, I enjoyed hearing Dr. Sagan’s perspective on science and religion and I suspect those passages were what got chopped in the abridged. Those plus there were times when the plot wandered about. So if you’d rather focus on the main plot line, the abridged might be a better choice.
Laurel Lefkow’s narration was excellent. Only one of the accents annoyed me, the New York street accent. But honestly, that’s not her fault – she was true to the description of the accent given in the book.
Whichever version you chose, you will not be unhappy. It’s a great audiobook, well worth the listen.
A good book is like a good friend and Patrick Rothfuss' stories have been good friends to me. They have kept me company on road trips and through chores and many quiet evenings. I was sad to get to the end of them. The narration was stellar. If you like a good story you will enjoy these books.
I took a chance on this one and was so glad I did. I thought it would keep me entertained in the car, but ended up listening to it whenever I had a free moment. And thinking about it the rest of the time! The story draws you in, emotionally as well as intellectually. And there is scifi, but the "sci" part is along biological lines. I would recommend it to any one.
The story. At times, it was the creepiest and scariest thing I have yet listened too. But there is a credible, uplifting side as well. And of course, a dog. Dean Koontz is terrific about writing about dogs.
One of the best reading performaces I have experienced. I honestly think I would not have enjoyed reading the book as much as listening. Her interpretation added tremendously to the experience.
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