yes, it's a decent intro to a very good body of work. A bit slow to start, lots of things not adequately explained, but if you can bear with that, the series is terrific. I gave it to my wife after she has put up with me buying/talking about everything from L&M, but she really had trouble in the audio version w/ POV changes and cultural quirks that were not clearly explained. Next book is better, I think, but get this as the series is, overall, outstanding.
Theo rocks, although it takes her a while (as in "several books") to find her way.
no, but great voice, very clear, easy to listen to, and generally very well read.
There are many changes in POV, and a few alien society features, that are not adequately identified for an intro book. A chapter heading will say a place and person, and then immediately (and w/o warning) be some other person/place. In print it is a bit clearer. This is the result of a manuscript that is not ideally structured for audio, I think, not of the (very good) reader or of the writing or story. For comparison check out the Solar Clipper series, which are good in print but perfect in audio form. And L&M don't over explain things (good generally), but in the audio form I think there is an extra barrier in trying to stay with the story with a lot of unfamiliar/unexplained concepts.Audio book text needs to be a bit simpler, I think, to be picked up as easily...especially if you're unfamiliar and/or driving! :)
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