Sophia "Soap" Lazarcheck is a girl genius with a knack for making robots - and for making robots explode. After her talents earn her admission into a secretive university institute, she is swiftly drawn into a conspiracy more than a century in the making. Meanwhile, and without her knowledge, her cousin Dean wages a two-fisted war of vengeance against a villainous genius and his unwashed minions. Separately, the cousins must pit themselves against murderous thugs, experimental weaponry, lizard monsters, and a nefarious doomsday device. When their paths finally meet up, they will need to risk everything to prevent a mysterious technology from bringing civilization to a sudden and very messy end.
©2011 Marshall Sechin Tower (P)2016 Marshall Sechin Tower
Narrator Robert Macfadden and Publisher Siege Tower Entertainment have completely destroyed what should have been an enjoyable listening experience of a fun story. It sounds as if Macfadden has never had vocal performance training. While he certainly has a nice sounding voice, it is painfully clear that he has had no coaching on proper performance tone or inflection.
There does not seem to have been any editing done on Macfadden's reading. He can be heard coughing, correcting himself, starting sentences over and even making wet sounds which was quite uncomfortable to hear. Theses editing mistakes were only made during Macfadden's parts. As the audience, it was truly very frustrating to listen to.
I have only made it through roughly one third of the story. If it were not for the author's engaging story premise and the other narrator, Jennifer Knighton carrying the performance, I would not have been able to make it this far. I am very disappointed. I do not believe I will be able to finish listening to this story. However, like I said, the story itself is very engaging. I love that a young female engineering enthusiast is the star of the story. I am always seeking fun adventure stories with strong and smart female leads. Especially ones that do not have the female spending the majority of the story self-consciously pining over a guy. I CRAVE adventure stories with strong female leads. I will be picking up the book to finish this story.
I found the story to be very lackluster, the "surprises" were anything but, and the male narrator wasn't all that great. There were some interesting ideas that were shown to us and then nothing was ever done with.
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