©1992 Michael DiMercurio; (P)2007 Books in Motion
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
When telling a tale on audio you must make it believable and that means bringing characters to life. Gene Engene somehow turns every sailor into a parody of a southern ‘hick’ and every opponent into a knuckle dragging thug. America is rich in regional accents, as is Russia but the characters in this read are come across as simpletons. The real US and Russian submarine fleets must be made up of smart, well trained and responsible people so why of why make them sound so stupid? It turns a tale woven with technical information into a comic. Michael DiMercurio should get this re-read for the book deserves better treatment.
The book was only a three star to start with but the narrator is just horrendous. It is like listening to a bad imitation of William Shatner doing a parody of his James Kirk character. About every third word is over emphasized and his character voices are just a bad joke.
As for the book, it is highly predictable and rife with errors. I listened but never really enjoyed the book.
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