Starting with an interesting premise, Butler squanders it with uneven story-telling, unlikable characters, and no true understanding of the world she has set them in.
This sounds like it was digitized using a pen-sized mp3 recorder in a 1978 Oldsmobile from an 8track while travelling through a wind tunnel and someone was also playing Outburst in the backseat. How can Audible let this amazing, classic story (far superior to "The Help") suffer like this? Make a new Audible Production. Talk to the publisher about masters. Buy the CD edition and rip it. Cause this version is complete and utter poop.
This is the best story/characters/YA that I have ever heard on Audible. Hands down. No question. If you have any interest in MG fiction or recent history or crazy awesomeness, you should hear this story Right. Now.
I thought that bullcrap, macho, no women in space, Mad Men attitude went out in the 60's, but apparently it is alive and well and here today, ladies and gents. Unfortunately, these dudes are no Heinlein, and there is nothing of value to stick it out through the misogyny. I want my credit back.
The reader for Full Cast has kind of a stilted delivery that I find dumbs the book down. The character actors are all really great, and this series shows a lot of development for Pierce since the Lioness books.
Hey, Audible, there's a fourth book in this series. What's up with leaving me hanging?
Don't they have producers for these things? She read sentences twice, gave the wrong accent to a character, and invented the most annoying voice in audiobook history for another. I call for a do-over.
I loved this book wholeheartedly. I loved the story, the way sci-fi fit in without BEING the story, the characters. All of it.
The female voice actor is hands down the best I've heard here. Another reviewer disliked her "breathy voice" but I found her tone perfect, regardless of the age and state of mind she was portraying. I will seriously considering listening to a book in the future merely because she reads it.
Maybe when actually reading a hard copy of this book, it would be possible to ignore the incredibly subpar grammar and sentence structure this author uses. When listening, it is not. I thought if I had to hear one more run on sentence, using only the word "and" to join clauses, I was going to throw my mp3 player in the trash. The plot may be intriguing for fans of the thriller/mafia/chase genre, if they can wade through the idiotic dialogue, and the absolutely impenetrable descriptions.
I enjoyed this book for its break from reality, and I didn't think about it for anything but fantastical imaginings, until I heard the interview afterwards, in which the producer talked to the voice actors. It seems the producer, an older man, actually thought that the school system might be this way. He actually thought there was the possibility that the American school system would tolerate boy crushes held out in the open, and lesbians holding hands in the halls.
It seems obvious to me that there was litle research for this book done in actual high schools, where acceptance does not happen as a general rule. Also, these kids all seemed remarkably in touch with gay culture from the 90's, when they would all have been about 5, which struck me as unlikely. But hey, if you're going in for fantasy, why not?
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