According to the author, of all the short stories he's written, this was the most fun and the most difficult to write. This hard SF is set firmly in the universe of the author's Night's Dawn trilogy and concerns the starship Lady Macbeth when Joshua Calvert's father, Marcus Calvert, was her captain.
Given the history already established in Reality Dysfunction, Hamilton had to write inside clearly defined parameters to make the plot dovetail with the Confederation timeline. The Lady Mac had to come out badly damaged but still space worthy. On top of that, the flight had to be an experience that stopped Marcus from wanting to fly her again.
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If you are a fan of Hamilton's space opera works then this book has a certain appeal. You can clearly see the development that this author has taken over the years. This book is not up to the excellent standard of later years, but you can see the seed of the brilliance that grew into the likes of Pandora's Star.
Unfortunately, the performance of this book makes it almost unbearable. In fact a number of times during this short work I came close to abandoning it. The sound of the recording had far to much reverb. It sounded like it was recorded in a large room with a cheap microphone. Then the performance itself was horrible. Doreck attempted to add feeling to the character's voices but it landed flat.
Bottom Line: a reasonable developmental work by Hamilton with an unbearably bad performance by Doreck.
I would love to give the story more than 3 stars, but as the narration was horrible, I just couldn't get into it. The editors obviously didn't want to spend a lot of money on the narration here, I suppose because it's a novella. I usually enjoy Peter Hamilton a lot (exception Night's Dawn) so found this to be quite a dissapoinment. Fortunately, I didn't spend money on this, as it was purchased with my bonus credits. If you like Peter Hamilton, try to get this in paper.
I contacted customer service after trying to listen to the book and requested a refund. The audio production is far below minimal standards of audio quality & narration to be sold by Audible. The book narration really does sound like it was produced as a class project for a Junior High School English class. The book itself shows the seeds of Peter F. Hamilton's writing style & core Sci-Fi ideals, but again the audio "dysfunction" makes any appreciation impossible. I would like to think that if Mr. Hamilton heard this production he, if he has any legal rights over the book itself, would pull this production out of the public domain and/or replace the title with a new audio production, using the great narrator as he has in the past, John Lee.
OUCH... i am not sure if this is a good book because I can't get past the tin can sound and terrible character voices. I love Peter Hamilton.. but not this one.
Clearly an immature work. I purchased this after reading Pandora's Star and was part way through Judas Unchained, and was expecting it to be sort of a prequel to this series. That being said, it was a major disappointment. The few rave reviews of the work were not likely all written by actual reviewers but by shills. Based on Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, I whole-heartedly agree with those who consider Peter Hamilton a first rate writer. Unfortunately, those kudos do not extend to this book. In addition, the reader left much to be desired, and I'm happy to see that his services were not retained for this author's subsequent works. Finally, the hokey sound effects between sequences are a serious distraction and do little to establish any mood which their inclusion might have intended.
This is the worst sound quality of an audio book I've ever heard. The narrator is awful and it sounds like they used a cheap microphone in a spare bedroom at his apartment. Really hard to listen to, which is a shame since Hamilton is one of the finest sci-fi writers of our time. Don't bother buying this audiobook, go buy the paper version instead.
I love Peter F Hamilton printed books but I found this audio rendition of "Escape Route" a disappointment. Lets hope the Void Trilogy or The Nights Dawn Trilogy will not follow the same path.
The tale was entertaining but the narrator was weak --especially his rendition of female voices. They all sounded whiney. Also the whole speaking through a tube effect does nothing for me. I hope if they ever do Hamilton's other books they use someone else.
Outstanding story! The quality of production on this story, makes you want to listen to it again and again. I can not wait to start listening to more of this company (infinivox) stories.
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