This is a great reminder that the 1950's weren't as wonderful as some people seem to think. As far as I can tell, most of the female characters are pathetic and whiny. In several of the stories, female characters are bad not because some people are bad, but specifically because they are women. Pretty depressing book.
I hate to be overly critical, but Adam Epstein is not literate. He often mispronounces common words, which is annoying enough. He also inserts weird pauses at random intervals, often changing the meaning of the text.
I think I will abandon Audible for the rest of this series and go to something I can read in a more traditional manner. I know I'll do a better job of reading than Mr. Epstein.
The story itself is good. Nothing to take too seriously, but enjoyable.
This is book 5 in The League of Peoples. For the most part, all the books in this series are of the less than totally serious type. Oh, the protagonists get into trouble, there is mayhem and characters die, but still generally fun light reading.
This book is in the voice of Oar (as she always introduces herself, an Oar is an implement used to propel boats). Oar is a charming childlike, self-centered, beautiful, transparent (literally) woman who we met in book 1. She was not in books 2, 3, or 4.
Don't look for hard science in this series. It isn't like that. Read or listen to these when you want something light and entertaining.
There are quite a few humor gems. For example, top military council is made up of corrupt and incompetent people. One of the characters seriously complains that just a few hundred years ago, such people would never be put in charge of anything. :)
Yes, the story deals with some very dire happenings, but it manages to be light-hearted. This is book two and I intend to listen to the entire series.
My biggest issue with these books is the narrator, Adam Epstein. Maybe it's me but I just do not like his reading style. He adds weird pauses, for example: "...they knew how to stop a useless tactic" becomes: "...they knew how to stop, a useless tactic". These do not carry the same meaning. He tends to end sentences in such a way that it makes simple statements sound like they may be questions. He also mispronounces too many words.
I wouldn't want all my books to be like this, but they sure are fun once in a while. This book is filled with absurd characters doing absurd things from start to finish. I liked it a lot.
This was worth listening to, I guess, once.
I just couldn't get to either liking or hating the main characters. You know how sometimes you can't wait until a character is killed off? Or you dread the possibility? With these guys, I just couldn't care less.
I think I would have liked this better if it were shorter.
I really enjoyed this story. Who wouldn't enjoy a story about a sophont robot with a mutant police officer who produces reports on a typewriter? The style is so "world of the future" circa 1950 that at one point I actually checked the publication date.
Definitely worth a credit.
Yes, it's jarring that they switched narrators (though not as bad as another series that switched narrators and the new reader changed the pronunciation of the names of almost every major character). I don't mind that the new narrator is a man while the story is "told" by a woman. This is storytelling and gender doesn't really have to match.
The story itself is typical of this series. I figured the basic plot point halfway through, but it was still a pleasure to let the story wind itself out.
Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict are truly likable characters.
I am more than willing to accept that I'm just not sophisticated enough to appreciate this book. I just couldn't get interested at any point in the story. The characters seeme whiny and I didn't get the motivation behind their actions. The events and the way the characters responded just didn't seem reasonable or natural.
The end is abrupt and resolves nothing. I don't demand that books tie up every plot point at the end, but some sort of resolution would be nice.
The narration is very good, but it just wasn't enough to make this worthwhile for me.
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