Haldeman has a great track record writing SciFi. Starbound only enhances his reputation. One of the most interesting and entertaining characteristics of this book is the use of multiple narrators. The integration of the characters, text, and narrators is so well done this might qualify as a dramatization. The only reason it could not qualify as a dramatization is the narrators do not assume different roles exclusively. Still, the way the author has woven the use of the multiple narrators into the fabric of the story is commendable and makes this one of the best books I have listened to in this genre.
Absolutely. The actors bring a dimension to this performance that cannot exist in the print version.
It reminded me of Tolkien's books. The key characters pass into an alternate dimension where they carry out their quest.
James McAvoy gives an outstanding performance. He is so believable.
Never read the print edition.
MacLean was the best thing about this story. Her accent make you feel like you are on the scene. She is perfect for this book; perfect for a great many books.
First time listener but it won't be the last. I would like to see her read many, many more books.
It turned out that way; not a feeling I had going in. But, MacLean makes you want to keep going.
Story starts slow. I was 4 hours in before I became caught up in the action. Stick with it and you will enjoy the listen.
Near the top. Reginald Hill is a top mystery writer. The problem with his stories is once you start listening to them, you can't stop.
Normally I would say the Daiziel & Pasco series but this is way different. Sort of a cross between Ian Fleming and Ian Rankin.
I have not - my loss. Keeble makes the book come alive. He has the accent and diction to make you feel like you are living the story.
I would not characterize the reaction as emotional. Rather I think of it as one that holds your interest. For example, the central character likes to rock climb but is an accomplished spy, assassin, and financier. Quite a combination of traits.
Once you start listening you will find it hard to stop. I would allow myself several hours to listen once I start the book.
Ms. Coomes is an outstanding narrator and perfect for this story. Ms. Casey is a superb mystery writer and, in combination with Ms. Coomes story telling this story comes alive. One aspect of the performance I did not care for was switching the character that Ms. Coomes is representing between Rob and Mave. There is no difference in the voice so it becomes distracting. It is hard to tell who Ms. Coomes is speaking for. I would prefer that the narrator sticks to representing one character.
One very memorable moment is when Mave finds Patricia in the attic of a house that Mave and Liv broke into without a warrent. I don't want to give away the story but it will have you on the edge of your seat.
As I said above, Ms. Coomes is at least 50% of the success of this story. She adds the ambiance and, with her accent, you really think and feel like you are listening to Mave. She makes the story come alive.
It did not make me laugh of cry but it did keep me on the edge of my chair.
Great series. I hope Ms. Casey continues to add to it.
Yes. The first three quarters of the book leads you to believe the ending will be predictable and that you understand what is happening. You don't. Also, so many books have a storyline that does not comport with the narrator's style. This one has the right narrator for the right story.
As I mentioned above, this book is all about the ending. I don't want to give it away so just read (listen) it. You will not be disappointed.
The narrator is superb. You fell as though you are in England; you are walking the streets; you are hearing the crowds and the traffic; and you are asking the questions.
Not an emotional reaction but a psychological one. It was great!
Davina Porter made the listening experience marvellous. She has a tremendous repertoire of voices and accents. When the characters were in Scotland I felt like we were on the streets of Edinburgh.
A memorable moment is when the female victim returns to the train to collect her belongings. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the experience or the scene.
As I said above, I liked everything about her performance but I especially like the accents.
I don't know if "moved" is the right term but there are many, many exciting scenes.
Superbly written and superbly delivered. If you like crime mystery you will not go wrong with this book.
Yes, This is the best compilation of cyborg and military sci-fi I have yet listened to. I love both and this book puts them together in five exciting yet unique stories.
I think the most memorable moment was in the first book where the protagonist is about to be crushed by a giant. When I was listening I thought I had bought the wrong book. Based on the first few lines, I thought the books would turn out to be fantasy which I dislike. However, there was a pause when the reader said let me explain how we got to this situation. From then on, the book was complete "on the edge of your seat" excitement.
The narrator was perfect for this series of stories. He has the exact pitch and tenor to make the stories interesting and easy to listen to.
Cyborgs in the 23rd century
I usually don't like compilations but you would miss a great book if you passed this one by.
Jon Stanton is a reluctant police officer with strong moral fiber and a PhD in Psychology; not a combination likely to make him popular. The department he works in is rife with corruption at the same time a serial killer(s) set up shop in his town. He uncovers the corruption, maintains his integrity despite repeated attempts at compromise, but puts those around him at great risk. It is a fascinating ending for an unusual police story.
yes, with the twists and turns the author wove into a very believable story about an individual who had strong moral conviction and very poor financial security.
The book made me not want to shut it off until the end.
I was very impressed by the narrator. Ms. McDowell made this book great with her reading of a room full of bones. One of the best books I have had the pleasure of listening to this year. I look forward to other books in this series and I hope to find others that Ms. McDowell narrates.
This is the best of the trilogy. Hamilton has created an interesting, exciting, and engaging SciFi book; Longworth does a magnificent job of presenting it. I found the other books in the Mandel series sort of mundane but this one is very well done.
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