Yeh I'd give them a shot but I wouldn't expect depth from Cline. Wheaton was a great narrator - he was perfect for the job.
The VR world was cool and the idea of being able to explore so many worlds.
The least interesting parts where the info dumps. So many info dumps!
He was really enthusiastic and got into the story a lot. Very good performance.
It would be good if it examined itself a bit more so if that were to happen I'd give a sequel a shot.
Definitely not self aware enough. I find it hard to believe that a few decades on from now we'd be so utterly obsessed with the 80s that we'd build and ENTIRE UNIVERSE dedicated to it. I get it that this book was meant to be a fun romp back into the 80s but it neglected the future aspect of the story a lot. The implications of a society SO stuck in the past - what about the present? What about all those NEW games, books, movies, music vidoes and TV shows?
-- side note - the author likes LISTS a LOT - it got mega irritating him saying "games, books, movies, music vidoes and TV shows" about a hundred times as if he was trying to meet a word count. Give it a rest already!
Anywho...it felt like...this book used all the high tech stuff as just an excuse to go back to the 80s and have a giant nerd-gasm about 8bit arcade games 'faded Space Invaders tees'. While it was a fun adventure with some pretty good characters, I felt it ultimately too shallow for my tastes.
I havent read the print version but I thought the Audio was good. The narrator has a bit of a weird style of over emphasising everything which was kind of annoying - but the story was good enough to get past that. She also narrated the Hunger Games trilogy which brought to mind a sort of association between the books, even though there is none.
The Biologist in that she's relatable in her curiousity and wonder at Area X, as well as her introversion. The Psychologist is an interesting character but we dont ever know enough about her.
Its a little over the top in the way the sentences are constructed but it isn't too bad.
Nothing is as it seems
I think this book could have been a LOT longer as it has you asking more questions than the answers it gives you. I really hope the sequels will flesh out the story more as currently its a place where weird things happen but we don't really get very much of an idea at all about whats going on. The first person telling also allows the author to hide a lot from us and there really isnt even any history into the region.
Well worth listening to as its short and if you like the weird and the wonderful, then you will like this.
The plot was pretty flat and ended kind of boring. Its a murder mystery set in an alternate world but I feel that alternate world wasn't enough to set this apart from any other bland mystery
This is cross genre so no.
I liked the main character as performed by Lee. I love John Lee's narrating.
It might be better as a movie. And that's why its a pretty crappy book. Not enough substance.
A slightly better Mieville story but still not extraordinary or memorable. The reason for the duality of the cities was not very well explained - or I wasn't interested enough to remember it. And thus it can't have been that groundbreaking . The end was a let down.
Its another of those books where the protagonist goes here and does something and then they go there and do something and it never really adds anything to the plot or fleshes out the world any better.
It was a cool idea let down by a boring plot and poor execution. Even John Lee's fantastic narration couldn't save this one.
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