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James

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  • Permutation City

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Greg Egan
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    The good news is that you have just awakened into Eternal Life. You are going to live forever. Immortality is a reality. A medical miracle? Not exactly. The bad news is that you are a scrap of electronic code. The world you see around you, the you that is seeing it, has been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reality program. You are a Copy that knows it is a copy. The good news is that there is a way out.

    LAURA says: "Not recommended."
    "Excellent Hard SciFi done right! AWFUL narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Permutation City to be better than the print version?

    No, the narration was awful, about as bad as possible without causing me to stop listening or return the purchase to audible. His voice is nasal, and his style monotonous: A deadly combination. On top of this, his accents were awful


    What other book might you compare Permutation City to and why?

    Anything else by Greg Egan; The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick


    What didn’t you like about Adam Epstein’s performance?

    His voice is nasal, and his style monotonous: A deadly combination. On top of this, his accents were awful I don't recall listening to anything else by him, so maybe he just had a bad day.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Permutation City, the Movie: WTF, Hollywood Actually Made This?


    Any additional comments?

    Permutation City amounts to a compelling thought experiment on the nature of consciousness, self-identity, and the implications of artificial reality & existence. This is not SpaceOpera scifi; It's hard scifi and requires thinking about the ideas & concepts presented rather than passively enjoying a good story. One of my favorite books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4249)
    Performance
    (3969)
    Story
    (3971)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Very good, up there with Abercrombie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As the title says; The narrator was good, but great. There was very little difference or change in tone during some of the dialogs, requiring a few short replays to determine who had spoken. Still, there was no major problem, and the slight gritty/raspy voice the narrator used did add to the immersion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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