The somewhat predictability of the story line was my least favorite part. Since this is only a teaser I can't say if it will get better as it goes along.
Bernadette did a reasonably good job of making the voices seem real and in character.
A bit slow in building but I liked the overall writing style. I don't think I'll get the full version of this book but I'll be looking at some of their other works to see if I like other of their story lines better.
The writting feels inexperienced, I've no idea what or how many stories K.C. Blackmore has written, but the work seemed unpolished and overly preoccupied with trying to "feel real" ... and overly occupied with toilet paper. I found the main, really the only, character in the story unbelievable. He seems not the brightest of people and how he alone managed to survive makes no sense to me. The best of science fiction brings to bear man's superior intellect to defeat those bad things that might happen, this character just seems to stumble along making his way using bad movies as his guide. I found him uninspiring and I just, as he would put it, didn't give a f**k about him and whether or not he survived. It's possible seeing more of the book, especially if there are earlier chapters, might improve my attitude toward him, but I don't see myself desiring to pay to find out.
Mr Bray brought some color to words lacking in color. He brought some urgency where I believe had I just read the story I would have felt none.
The main thing this sparked for me was a desire to care about the main character. I just couldn't.
As I understand it, despite it's release date, this is the first of Heinlein's novels. Very obviously so. Heinlein had a great deal of learning to do when he wrote this though what was to be his style is still very evident.
I don't think I agree with the many comments that say there is no plot. It is there, a bit thin that's true, but it is there.
The one thing I enjoyed was getting a chance to look at a young Heinlein and see where he came from.The book is loaded with miss-conceptions and fanciful idea's that just would never work. I enjoyed the book just the same, it's just a long way from the best of his work.
In short if you're looking for another great book by Heinlein, this isn't it. If you're looking to get to know a little more about who Heinlein was, it's worth a listen.
The voice matched exactly what I would expect Kira to sound like. But all the voices were well done.
I found Andre to be the most memorable in that he developed and grew more through out the book than anyone else.
A strong recommendation the all listen to the forward as written by Ayn in 1958. It does much to give you understanding about her, as well as her reasons and desires in writing this book. The characters in the book are very real and very believable and I believe you'll find it hard to not both love and hate many of the prime characters. Often loving and hating them at the same time, you can experience their feelings at an exceptional depth.
(a little bit of a spoiler here so read at your own risk)
I think most westerners, myself included, will find the resolutions within the book a little hard to take and a bit unsettling, but I understand the necessity and the value of the reality expressed. Written any other way it would not be exceptional book it is.
I like Ray Chase, but his voice seemed a little "gentle" for this particular story. I would have preferred someone with a more gruff tone.
Loved the story line, I did find it a little predictable but it was so well written I really didn't care. The development of the characters was terrific and found myself drawn into the scene at every turn despite it's predictability. I had to hear it anyway. If this was made free in order to draw readers into purchasing the rest of the series, it worked!
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book but I really wish I knew who narrated this book so I could avoid ever getting another by him.
By no means the best of what these authors. Many of the endings were a bit predictable and trite but I still enjoyed them. Just the constant hesitations and extremely odd breaks by the narrator detracted and made the book hard to listen too.
Not by choice but I can't find his name.
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