This is a true action tale that keeps moving from start to finish. If you enjoy edge-of-your-seat action like I do, you should find this book very enjoyable.
The ONLY drawback was the narrator. Throughout most of the narration, Mr. Meagher seemed to be trying to whisper the narration as if he was in a location where he wanted to ensure others did not hear him. I kept visualizing him reading this at home in the middle of the night, trying not to wake his family. This proved to be very irritating. The style might be effective for a quiet, dramatic story, but just doesn't work for a true action story like this. Unfortunately for that reason I'll surely be rejecting any books in the future with his narrations.
Let me just say I was skeptical about all the fantastic praise this book has had here, but after listening, I couldn't agree more. I've listened to a huge number of great books on Audible over the past 8 years (and a lot of mediocre and bad ones as well) but this is my new, all time favorite. The story is excellent and Wil Wheaton is the perfect "performer" of it.
The plot isn't bad, but the I found it very boring. I'm not sure if it was the writing of the primary character or the deadpan voice of the reader for that character. It's primarily a typical narration of an old "private eye" story, but with a sci-fi twist. The other characters weren't bad and helped to add interest. (I was listening for the "Mr. Burns" voice other reviewers talked about just to keep me awake!) I would not recommend for listening in the car during a commute (like unfortunately I was) but it might make a great listen if you want something to put you to sleep.
I enjoyed this book. I almost didn't purchase it because of the reviews about the political undertones, etc., but I'm glad I did. Listen to this audiobook as just a good, fictional diversion. While some may disagree, I heard this as no more of a political statement than The Matrix. (I could have done without the author interview, but I'm sure some would think this adds to his mystique.) I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
I have to now rate this as probably my all time favorite book. I can't believe I never heard of it until I found it randomly searching for a good listen on Audible. Besides Mr. Card's excellent story and writing, this audible version also has the best narration of any I've heard. The multiple narrators provided style more attributable to a radio play than the normal "reading" style of most of the other audible books. A definite pleasure!
First let me say the STORY was an excellent sequel to Coonts’ original Saucer novel. The narrator, however, was the absolute worst I have listened to. After the first couple hours, I put away the audible version with the intent of buying the book (paper) version so I could get through the story.
After not finding the time and letting a few months pass, I finally forced myself to bear the narrator’s monotonous, 4th grade level reading through the end. (Apparently this narrator never learned what punctuation is!) Anyway, my recommendation would be to buy the paper version for a great read. Unfortunately I would have to say stay away from the audible version.
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