Maybe. The content was all well-researched and contained a few tidbits that were new to me (I've read/listened avidly to WWII books). It is an interesting blend of small details and big events that makes the narrative come alive. However (and this is a big one) it seriously lacks in punctuation. I don't know if the original version contained so many run-on sentences, if the translator failed, or if the narrator just inserted pauses whenever he wanted but it felt like 5 minute sentences. These odd pauses made it is really hard to concentrate and I kept losing the train of thought. The narrator would also insert long awkward pauses before almost all German words (and there are quite a few of those). I wanted to like this, I really tried to listen to it, but overall it was just hard to follow the narrative.
Meh - not sure. The narrator's voice just grates on my nerves. I read the print version before listening, and the narrator makes it sound like some of the characters are 60 years old.
No. Not at all. I've never had to change the volume so much while listening to an audiobook. She goes from whispering to shouting hysterically and back within minutes.
The narration does not really do the story justice. Its classic N.R. but its a painful listen.
Yes, I preferred the audio version since the length of this book made it hard to read.
His voice is perfect for narration. The cadence and speed was great. He put pauses and emphasis in just the right places to draw your attention to certain points and it made it more engaging to listen.
The portion regarding the concentration camps and resistance movements understandably are difficult to listen to.
As has been previously mentioned on several websites - this book contains some very prejudiced and bigoted statements. Remember that it was written in 1960 and it thus contains the mentality and paradigm from that era.
Yep. Interesting story with interesting characters. It is a relatively straightforward plot line with good guys and bad guys put in almost implausibly precarious situations. The main character - Alex Hunter - is the protagonist of the series and is introduced in this book. He starts as a normal soldier and as the result of (trying to avoid spoilers), he becomes a super soldier. What I enjoyed about this premise is that he isn't just a Superman super soldier and we also encounter the downsides to his new situation. This becomes a recurring theme in the books and one I particularly enjoy.
The backstory behind the monster (human and otherwise). It really added dimension to the book and engaged me as a listener.
Overall, good pace and cadence. Every once in a while I was irked by pronunciation, but nothing that was too awful.
I listened to it while running and it made it easy to literally go the extra mile. It is action-laden and easy to follow. Not a deep, thought-provoking book but a very fun escape.
Overall, I found this to be one of the more interesting N.R. novels. I really liked the strong female lead and as always, just the right amount of humor. I listened to this audiobook over the course of a three day cross-country drive and it really made the trip more bearable. As I write this, I am trying to remember if I noticed anything about the narrator and interestingly, I don't. In my opinion, the narrator's voice and style should almost fade away so you can focus on and enjoy the story - Rebecca Lowman definitely did that. I would absolutely consider another audiobook with her narration.
So in short, good story and good narration.
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