I'm sorry, the performance is dreadful. Much too fast a read and so flat it doesn't deserve to be called a "performance". I wonder what the story would be like with another.
The performer and/or producer of this third installment has diverged so far from the tone of the second volume that the characters are unrecognizable.
Mr. Hill reads this installment as if we've been dropped into the mob culture of the roaring twenties. Our heroine, an accomplished pilot and confident woman, has been transformed into a sheepish maul. Our hero, a punk. Everyone else a mobster or thug.
Just two hours? This is a short story, not a book. For the cost I would expect MUCH more.
I really couldn't believe that this was written by K. Anderson. I've enjoyed many of his other works and to think that this is the same author who gave us the Sage of the Seven Suns is just hard to believe. Unless, Mr. Anderson, decided to write "a children's book" and this is the result.Could be, I guess, since the narration belongs in a Saturday Morning Library Reading Room where eager tweens sit around and listen to a condescending volunteer reader who turns pages to show pictures as they over-emote.Did I like it? Nope. Would I like it if someone else had read it? Nope.
It's going to be a chore to get through this book. I love this series but wish it were read by the past narrator.
I'm sorry but I just hate listening to this narrator. She has just one manner of speaking that does not change through the entire book. Her range is just not there and it becomes a chore to keep up with which character is speaking and what the drama is. Flat, unemotional and boring.
The few women that have narrated just can't pull off the right tone.
This is not sci-fi, it is god-fi.
The religious right has a friend in Robert J. Sawyer. I should have Wiki'd... "Sawyer's work frequently explores the intersection between science and religion."
I could not get very far into this before I just had to yank the earbuds out of my ears. It's not that I don't mind a religious theme now and then but this was blatant preaching and lecturing.
There is a remarkable percentage of this book devoted to the sexual tension between scientists. I'm not being prudish, just saying that there is VERY little science or fiction - mostly angst and drama - and juvenile at that. Pass this one by.
Seriously. If this book started any slower I'd need a defibrillator. I'm an hour into this and I could still give a rat's butt.
Please do not buy this audio book - you will be very disappointed.
1. The audio quality is very, very poor. The worst I have ever heard from this site and I got the best that is available and played it on an iPhone.
2. The production is rushed - the speaker flies through the text such that you might miss much of the content. Pauses between scenes? Non-existant. You'll wonder want is going on because the dialog suddenly seems completely out of context when all that was required was a simple 2-3 second pause.
3. Ms. Barbeau should never read another book aloud. Her performance is geared towards 1st graders, is condescending, and does no justice to this series. Her characterizations are appalling. The rendering of Jaxom and all young characters, is infantile and does not communicate the maturity of the culture. Litol sounds like a witch-hag from a Disney cartoon or the wicked witch of the west. Just dreadful.
The customer reviews are obviously based on the value of the written work as this performance has no value whatsoever.
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