Yes, the narration starts off badly technically sampled, but the quality gets very good a little less than halfway through. In all, the audio quality wasn't bad enough for it to significatly effect my understanding or enjoyment of the book. The content however is a bit like the Mississippi, rather meandering and long.
The book follows Twain down and back up the Mississippi who gives picturesque vingettes of everything inbetween. He also gives an excellent and detailed history of river navigation and how to be a steamboat pilot, from his own experience as one in the 1800's. There are many exciting and interesting stories in the narration which are frustratingly enjoyable as the rest of the novel can be quite dull. Frustrating because they are good enough to keep you plodding through the dull stuff to hear another good one :) Just be prepared for a very long read as it can put you to sleep often. It took me two months to get through it. But, again like the Mississippi, it's slow, peaceful and soothing. Do listen to the appendix at the end as it contains an excerpt he recorded about an old Indian story titled "The Head that Wouldn't Die" In my opinion, it's the hilite of the book!
I was thrilled to see audible add another of Heinlein's "juvenile" novels! These books were written for younger audiences, but they still have great appeal for adults as well.
It's nicely paced, interesting, and full of adventure and great characters. Also, if you're not careful, you might even learn a bit about how navigation and physics in space really work. Neat stuff!
Like "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" it's read by full-cast audio which I really enjoyed. The reading of this book is done much better than their reading of "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" which I found to be somewhat annoying. Because of the large amount of primary characters to keep track of, the full cast really helps to know who is speaking what during complicated conversations. It makes it very easy to follow and very enjoyable.
All in all, a wonderful book and a wonderful read...
After a listening to a few good, but somewhat disappointing Heinlein books, I was thrilled to have seen another one of his "jueveniles" available. I had thoroughly enjoyed "Have Spacesuit will Travel" even though these novels were written for a younger audience. This is because Heinlein focuses more on story and adventure for this audience. In most of his other novels he tends to give more attention to politics and social reform rather than story.
The story has interesting characters and takes place in many unusual and detailed settings in the classic 1950's sci-fi style. The main character goes through a variety of adventures and experiences as the he finds life harder than he thought as a farmer on Ganymede.
I enjoyed the story throughly, and it was also read quite well and easy to listen to. I would surely recommend it.
Wonderful and varied assortment of sci-fi short stories from the master of classic sci-fi. Time travel paradoxes, romance, human race in peril... this collection spans the gamut and holds your interest.
This is one of Heinlein's books for young adults and it reads like a Hardy Boy's Novel. It's absolutely delightful for youth and adults of any age. It invokes nostalgic images of classic 50's concept rocketry and moon bases. Simple, easy to follow storyline with clearly defined good guys and bad guys. The audio's "full cast" is absolutely a treat. Each character has it's own actor behind it with very clear, unique voices. I did however find the flutely, musical voice of "the mother thing" to be a bit trying at times, but it's not a big concern.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice, clean, fun adventure.
A most excellent story! Well developed, interesting characters, great storyline and a great concept. I've now noticed there is a whole "Ringworld" series and I hope Audible gets the rest. I would love to revisit the most interesting Ringworld. My only problem was the odd rather truncated ending. I think a few more plot points needed to be completed before he ended it like he did.
I expected more from Wells. This story is a long, tiresome read from the diary of the main character; a poorly developed, self-absorbed, self-depricating pitiful waste of human life. It contrasts his life before and after "the change" brought on by the Comet's arrival which brings on a cliche, impractical utopia in the human race.
The story is paced mindnumbingly slowly with more than one sudden climax coming out of nowhere. Just when you think it's over, there's yet more meandering and mucking around in this character's very uninteresting head. You keep waiting for the author "to get on with it" but he seems to come up with more and more meaningless dribble just to fill space.
The reading is monotone and could have easily been read by computer. It is completely without the passion the story was supposed to be invoking in the reader. Perhaps this was the most important reason why it failed to elict in me any sympathy or joy in the reading of the character's angst and salvation.
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