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I have every Battletech book written. I like the universe that has been created. I was very excited to see Audible had a great Battletech series for download. I do however like unabridged stories. I was happy with the narrator, he did a fine job, I was also happy with the production,some sound effects and scene dividing music.
I however was not happy with the way they chopped the story. In my view they left out parts of the story that would be critical to explain the motivations of the characters. They also did not try to explain how the mechs worked, or even really what Mechs were.
I would be very interested to see hat a person new to the story, storyline would have to say. If Audible could get the Battletech stories unabridged I would buy them all. IF youare looking for a short piece to listen to, that does not require a lot of thought by all means get this audio book, but do yourself a favour if you like it... go buy the print edition and read that.
synaubrey: You get your wish.
I've never read any of the Battletech series. I grabbed this selection (the collection) because Defiance Audio was the producer and I loved what they'd done with the Deathstalker series. I'm a serious audio-book "reader" (I used to work in the industry); I own well over 500 and have read far more, around 2-4 per week. With that having been said, I'm REALLY disappointed.
The narrator is decent, the production is quality, but the plot is so severely abridged that it doesn't make an ounce of sense. Think in terms of the way the later Harry Potters and Eragon translated into movies: no exposition, rising action, denouement. Just action sequence after action sequence with nothing tying them together, no back-story, no character development, nothing. I've no doubt that they hit every major plot point in the book, but they don't relate them to anything, even each other.
Further, I can't help but believe that this is not the first book or story-arc in the series, so what little plot is exposed appears to simply pre-suppose the reader already knows what's going on. I'm a little over an hour in, I haven't the foggiest clue what anyone's motivations are, why characters are being beaten up for their professions, why these big power-armors are blowing one another up in asteroid fields, why it's significant that Character A is in a wheelchair or that Character B is joining some "Prince's Guard" (or even what said guard IS).
I give up. This abridging editor should be shot. I can list the number of audio books I couldn't finish on both hands (and with my count, that's saying something), but this is garbage, plain and simple. The book may be amazing, the series grand, but you'd never know it from this example. If you like high-quality sci-fi, go get Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon or Simon Green's Deathstalker, but pass on this one. Maybe if they re-release unabridged.
Tone down the sound effects. They caused me pain in some spots since I was using earphones.
It was typical Battletech. If you read the series when it came out, you know what I mean.
The narrator was good. It was the sound effects that were a problem. They did enhance the performance at times but they just flat out played over the narrator to often.
With MWO coming out soon, my mech passion was running hotter than an AWS-8Q after an alpha strike. I was looking forward to revisiting this series, but having trouble finding them in print I turned to this audible version. Poor decision.
The abridging in this series is awful. The vast majority of character development, lore, and political intrigue has been removed. Battle scenes are well done & Christopher Graybill does an outstanding job, but in the end it's just a black & white pencil sketch of this fantastic universe.
Off to the library for me!
No more abridged versions of audible books for me. Sadly, at the moment that means no more audible Battletech.
The battle scenes on Twycross were okay.
I have read just about every battletech book from the 1980's till now. The audio versions leave too much information out of the story. The sound effects are a bit over the top also.
I can't complain about the reader. His performance is good and his voice is similar to that of the author's. It's the abridgment that hurts. It makes the story difficult to follow and damages its overall impact. Maybe another Battletech series would've been a better choice to record. One with fewer characters and a more linear narrative would've been easier to fit into the this three-hour format. For this reason I would've rated it even lower but this is the only Battletech series available in audio, and I enjoy the line. So if your looking for Btech to play in the car, this is it. Check it out. Then go buy the paperbacks. I'm sure Fasa and Stackpole would appreciate the shekels.
I wish I had read the reviews first,I did not know the storys were abriged versions,(I did not pay attension in the listing where it said abriged, My bad.) I would have got the books instead. The stories are Ok, but as pointed out by others a lot of info is missing, and one big gripe I have with these books are the sound effects,I really did not pay to listen to music,it is not needed for the story and the sound effects of the battles drown out the narrators voice.I am going to try the other books recomminded by another reviewer.
i have read the books and listened to most of the audible reading. the books are better. while the narrator does an excellent job with the voices and dialog, it seems that about two thirds of the books themselves are not included. many of the characters are given no backgroud, and many of the occurances that stand out are dull due to this lack of background knowledge
I was highly disappointed to learn they left A LOT information out in these books. Those who do not know much about the battle tech universe will find themselves wondering what is going on the entire time. The audio book is abridged which means in other words A lot of the story was left out.
I could not get past the first Chapter before I realized it was not the complete book.
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