Average story, better than average performance
Baldwin's demise and the conclusion.
Somewhat preachy, but several honest and caring scenes. The viewpoint is different from many of his books.
No, but good
Mourning Sergeant Bothari
Miles or Bothari. They belong together.
And so it begins.
The stand off at the arctic base
Yes. Very well.
A good start too his career
After restoring the missing section in Chapter 3, now it's a coherent whole. Thanks for working with the publisher to fix a 4 minute gap, which while obviously an easy thing to do, had me worried for a while that it wouldn't be done in the short term. This relatively rapid response is much appreciated.
I think Studs Terkel would be proud. The various performers' interpretation of the text made the messages from the witnesses much more varied, both in voice and in the message. This makes it feel more like independent witnesses than in the original texts, and the emotion in some of the performances was much more moving. Some of the standouts for me included the K9 trainer, the feral young lady being treated and acting out the incident that orphaned her around age 4, Sinclair as acted by Alan Aldo, the performance of Redecker, and the Chinese submariner.
The narrator. He was also good in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Double Star by Hienlien
The first duels, as well as the Berserker God climbing the knoll that the spaceship was on
The emotion he brings to the reading.
When the Magnate was mentally dominated and shamed by the controlling Berserker
The story and the faithful way that the narrator had in evoking the feel of the book.
There were many, but I particularly liked the way that the story opened.
His feeling for the characters, and his characterisations.
The story stands on its own merits; it is one of his better juveniles, but not his best. As usual, he has interesting characters and makes you think about the science and engineering of what is going on in a natural way, without detracting from the entertaining and compelling characters, and the solid plot. The narrator did a nice job, and let the story roll along without being melodramatic. He also did a nice job of giving the characters unique voices.
I liked it, almost as much as I enjoyed the book.
I particularly liked Del Rey, Leiber, Schmitz (the first material I had read by him), Dick and Herbert.
I've read the novel before, and it is classic Burroughs. Not his best but not his worst by any means. The main problem I had with this audiobook was the narration.
There were two problems. First, the narrator used some sort of Eastern European accent for all the Martian dialogue, and a neutral American accent otherwise. This grated on me and detracted from the content of what was being spoken, since the accent was being pushed so much that the dialogue felt unnatural. Second, there was little feeling or emotion being expressed in the dialogue. I felt that the narrator didn't understand the feelings of the charactors nor the author's intent, and as a result it was difficult for me to engage with the characters or the story. It was like listening to someone reading a laundry list.
For me either aspect was a killer. I would not recommend this rendition.
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