I understand that narrators sometimes have to change. But the narration here was so bad it's hard to integrate the book with the others. The speech rhythms felt like the narrator was out of breath. And so many of the characters became different people than the ones Jefferson Mays brought to life, with Avasarala coming out by far the worst.
I get uncomfortable criticizing a person's performance so brutally, but . . . this was the worst narration of any audiobook I've ever purchased. They should have seen early on that this wasn't going to work and switched to someone else. Anyone else. I will not purchase another audiobook in this series as long as they use Erik Davies.
Feels like a book arising out of a pub discussion/argument about whether someone could survive alone on Mars. "Oh yeah, well what about *this*?" I can almost picture the scene as the author and some buddies actually start working it out. Add some research, construct the circumstances to make it at least possible, and . . .
Now, the kickoff of the story is silly, and the author occasionally misrepresents the consequences of conditions on Mars (specifically wind), but that's mostly just to get the protagonist in position. From there, suspension of disbelief is easy. The problem-solving was interesting, the problems themselves were believable, and the protagonist was easy to root for. I've seen complaints that he was too glib, too much of a smartass, but I figure a person would have to have his sense of humor just to keep from giving up.
Not Tolstoy or anything, but a smart, witty, interesting book. I really enjoyed it, and R.C. Bray narrated the heck out of it.
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