Absolutely. Philip K Dick is one of my favorite all-time authors, and Fred Stella's voice work is... stellar. ;)
It would have been more enjoyable if the author wasn't having an obvious mental breakdown.
The sincerity, tonality and diction were all top-notch!
Honestly, I felt guilty listening to the book. I love PKD's fiction, but this is an unfortunate case of a deep thinker and creative master going through a tumultuous mental trial. Drug addiction? A series of strokes? Whatever the case may be, PKD's psychosis is on display for everyone to point and say "look at the freak." He is obviously unable to separate fact from fiction and it's painful to see him falling further and further down into a seemingly unrecoverable spiral of self-conflicting delusion. Perhaps I will return to this at some point and finish it, but it's SO ponderous, repetitive and completely nonsensical that I just couldn't do it right now. But again, the production work and performance were fantastic. Kudos to every editor who worked on this project, but it's perhaps a slice of PKD best left forgotten.
The beginning of this novel is a great historical document. Nothing that hasn't been covered before in books like The 10 Cent Plague, Supergods or Marvel the Untold Story. Unfortunately, the last third of the book focuses on the modern age with some major errors, omissions, and ret-conning of history (both current and silver age) with an obvious (and somewhat bitter) feminist promotional agenda.
They could have checked their information more carefully and kept their 90s fanboyism in check.
Crisp, sarcastic, condescending.
It inspired me to avoid any more books by Laurence Maslon.
Enjoy the first two thirds. It's a fairly concise condensed version of previously published, superior works.
The book succeeds in the most important way - it's an interesting historical portrait most of the time.
What's disappointing is that Chris Campion comes off as a hate filled troll. Is he a failed musician himself? It sure sounds that way. He's one of those bitter old proto-hipsters who thinks Punk Rock was the be-all-end-all, instead of the corporate fashion product it was created to be. At least New Wave was honest about its shallowness, while giving us far more diverse and interesting music.
As usual, Fred Berman did a fine job narrating.
I don't really want ot know anything else about the author's life, except why did he bother to write this book? It's filled with so much venom directed at the entire Police organization, it's kind of baffling why Campion would torture himself.
Again, good for historical context, especially Miles Copeland's then-revolutionary marketing techniques - and I'm sure most of it is true - but all the positive aspects of the Police and their music have been completely swept away in favor of character assassination.
I have no problem with romance in a novel, or novels written from a female perspective. What I do have a problem with is boring writing. This story is poorly paced and downright dull. The characters are only marginally better than standard romance novel fair, and once you get by the initial setup, the novel drags on interminably . I couldn't finish it.
The most disappointing thing about the story is that it fails the first test of any entertainment form -- IT IS INCREDIBLY BORING.
I have not listened to any of Davina Porter's performances before, but I found her reading quite enjoyable. Like a junior Angela Lansbury.
What character would I cut from Outlander? Well... all the main characters/ There wouldn't be a novel left!
I have 427 items in my audible library. This is the first time I felt like I wasted a credit.
Like the installment prior to this one, Brandon Sanderson brings a focus and smoothness that just wasn't present in Jordan's solo novels. This might be an unfair statement, given that Sanderson is working from Jordan's notes without the latter's penchant for spontaneously adding and expanding to the storyline mid-stride. There is almost NO downtime in this novel and it made me realize that it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to condense the finale of the Wheel series into one book. Simply put, book 13 is a fantastic read/listen and I eagerly look forward to the next, and final, installment of this series. BRAVO!
I came to the Wheel Of Time series very late in the game, only to witness the heartbreaking loss of Robert Jordan. I must admit I was very skeptical of Mr Sanderson coming in to finish the job (visions of the Dune series haunting me) but he far exceeded my expectations.
Maybe it's blasphemous to say this -- but I think Sanderson's style is, in some places, superior to Jordan. It is very obvious (even without listening to the short interview included herein) that he adores the series and put all his creative passion into doing it justice.
Ignore the previous review about the ending. Utter foolishness. It's been known for a long time that it would be at least two books as the outline was far too long. Even Jordan quipped that he would finish even if the book was 1200 pages, which is simply not realistic from a publishing point of view.
I eagerly look forward to the next installment of Sanderson's vision.
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