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  • Ilium

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the towering heights of Olympos Mons on Mars, the mighty Zeus and his immortal family of gods, goddesses, and demigods look down upon a momentous battle, observing - and often influencing - the legendary exploits of Paris, Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, and the clashing armies of Greece and Troy. Thomas Hockenberry, former 21st-century professor and Iliad scholar, watches as well. It is Hockenberry's duty to observe and report on the Trojan War's progress to the so-called deities who saw fit to return him from the dead.

    Ryan says: "Achaeans and robots and post-humans, oh my"
    "Great story considerably diminished by narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'm a big fan of Simmon's stories, and this is another great time warping, world building, epic installment.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ilium?

    Honestly, it's tough to pick out a single stand out point. I listened to the story pretty quickly, and thuroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I particularly enjoyed the Moravec storyline.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Unfortunately, the narrator almost trivialized the entire story for me. There was very little differentiation between characters, and regardless of the way the dialogue was supposed to be interpreted ("he shouted," "her voice shaking," "rumbled Zues, the god of gods,") the narrator generally imparted a plain conversational or petulantly comedic voice. The story would have been far more dynamic and engaging with a more equipped narrator. The silver lining: I thought he did an incredible job with Caliban's character.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was a little too long for that kind of endeavor, but I did get through this story quicker than usual.

    Any additional comments?

    Despite the lackluster narration, Simmons' incredible world building and imagination come through. I'll certainly be tackling Olympos sometime soon (but probably on my Kindle).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Big ideas, engaging story, passable narration"
    What did you love best about Pandora's Star?

    The scope and environment of the universe that Hamilton builds. Since finishing the Hyperion Cantos, I've had a difficult time really enjoying sci-fi. Simmons just set the bar so high with that series. Hamilton delivered with Pandora's Star. I'm really looking forward to continuing the series.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The world / universe building is wonderful. It was a pleasure to sink into the Commonwealth universe and just let the imagery and concepts take over. This was one of those stories that you find yourself day dreaming of between readings.

    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    There's a pretty sizable cast in this book, but Lee seemed to fall back on about 3 voices, which made it really difficult at times to follow along during dialogue heavy passages. I made good use of the 30-second rewind button in the phone app... too good of use. Additionally, on the production end of things, there were no pauses at transitions between chapters and sections, which, combined with Lee's narration, made it extremely difficult to tell where one character/scene/storyline ended and the next began. Much confusion. More 30-second rewinds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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