I suspect I'd enjoy this even more were I English, or more
knowledgeable about the English cast system, accents, and
so on. Even without that, this (as others in the series) is a
Books available on Audible have a lot of great narrators. But also
some who are just ho-hum, and some that are annoying (depending,
of course, on your personal preferences). IMHO, Katherine Kellgren
ranks among the best of the best.
Perhaps on something like a documentary -- but not a book that has characters and dialogue.
The book's central concept was interesting, if perhaps a bit farfetched. Still, a good read. But, I had serious problems with the narration. Every sentence was spoken with one of a handful of intonations. He did voices OK -- sounded like different people -- but every character's manner of speaking was similar. There were a lot of really, really funny lines in the book -- but I had to think about them, "oh, that was funny," because it didn't come across in the narration.
I don't want to be too down on the narrator ('cause I have great respect for anyone who does that job!). I just don't think this type of story is Mr. Scarlato's forte.
Definitely worth a read. The narrator has a good voice, unf, he doesn't "do voices," so all characters sound the same. I found this frustrating. I ended up reading (most of) the book on an android tablet, and imagining voices from the "Monster Hunters International" narrator (sorry, can't remember his name)
Coben, absolutely! Marosz -- not without lisetening VERY CAREFULLY to the preview, and being assured his cadence has changed from what he used for this book.
I thought the story fantastic: oodles of plot twists that kept my attention. The narrator -- well, he does "voices," and they're OK. BUT, when he's reading either narrative or 1st person (the book is partly in 1st and partly in 3rd person), EVERY sentence has the same cadence. This drove me to distraction. The only reason I finished is because the story was so interesting.
I gave "overall" three star only due to the narrator
Combination of literary steepage and science fiction. Wish I was more steeped in literature to get more of the jokes/connections. Reading Wikipedia entries added much to my enjoyment. As a bicycle mechanic, I did get the references to Sturmey Archer and Bowden Cable. Which made me realize I likely missed dozens of others.
I give a 5 for the story, but had much trouble with the narration. All the fun back-and-forth between the detectives from the first book was missing. OK, it was there -- but the narrator made it seem like it wasn't. Please listen carefully to the sample before purchasing! (your mileage may vary)
Please see review from David, from Glenview, IL; he's said it very well. Only thing to add: I hesitated about this listen because, judging from some of the publisher's comments, etc, I feared the religious overtones might be strong, obnoxious, and pro "intelligent design." I was very wrong! This book is full of ideas, debates about ideas, and great fun. If you like great sci-fi (as opposed to fantasy -- when will they stop being lumped together on the shelves!) I believe you'll enjoy this read.
Perhaps no brilliant new sci and/or fi insights (I'm only 1/2 way through), but brilliant satire. Don't know if the author intended that, but very enjoyable. A very fon listen. The narator sometimes seems to lose track of his accents---but I don't care, his reading is still topnotch. And maybe that was his intention, in keeping with the satiracal (sp) theme.
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