The Earth-like planet Peponi has vast riches, an abundant and opulent wildlife, and most importantly, compliant natives. But now that humanity is on the brink of opening up an entirely new world, has it learned its lessons from the past?
A thought-provoking novel from the author of Ivory.
©1989 Mike Resnick (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I like science fiction and fantasy. I get regular recommendations from a librarian. I have converted all my "reading" almost exclusively to audio-books because of my vision. I am very particular about the sound of the reader/actor's voice. My profession is quality analyst; make of that whatever you wish, but the fact remains, I know of that which I speak.
The entire story was told without much emotion at all. Which is strange because the story is a story about an interview, and is told as the first-person narrator relates the story to the interviewer; he is relating his life's adventures on a remote frontier-planet - my thoughts are that it SHOULD have been exciting to tell. Maybe the interviewee was monotone and boring, and that's what the director asked for, so that is what we got.
No, I am a big fan of interstellar exploration sci-fi, but this book reads like an African safari story written by a colonialist bigot talking about how it "just isn't the same since we mined out this region," or "before we hunted them 'nonsense-word' to extinction, you couldn't throw a stone without hitting 20."
It's hard to say, he may only be reading as the director instructed. But if I wanted to "just read the book" I could have done that myself. It was a flavorless and forgetable narration.
George Guidall is an icon in narration because he can make even the slowest story move well - I would like to see what he could do for this one.
It just never grabbed my interest. I listened to it three times, and it was emminently forgetable. I tried to use it as a focal point and as a background listen, neither method helped. The third time just sealed its fate with me.
Please take it back and give me a credit to listen to anything else.
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