Eighteen months after the Collapse of 2027, the former United States is divided. On one side is the evil and tyrannical Unified American Empire, controlled by President Simon Sterling, the man responsible for the death of the last legitimate president, Malcolm Powers. On the other side, President Howard Beck controls the Pacific States of America, the last hope for democracy and freedom. The two adversaries become embroiled in a bitter game of deception, betrayal, and espionage while battling an even more imposing menace that could easily destroy the very nation they are both desperately fighting to control.
©2013 Richard Stephenson (P)2013 Richard Stephenson
I have listened to a LOT of audio books, and while there have been readers that I felt could have done better for the story I've never listened to one where the reader ruined the book.. Until now. Even though this is a great story, the reader was so bad that I almost gave up on it. When doing narrative he is passable, but when doing a character, especially a female character, it was just like listening to a 8 year doing a school play, literally. It was as if he was just trying to be silly on purpose with his lilting falsetto cadence. I cannot believe that a production company sat for that many hours and recorded him and thought it was all good. Maybe the author had no say-so in the matter but if someone butchered my story that bad I would never allow to be distributed. I may go back and read the print versions of these later, both books in the series really were quite clever but I'll be sure to nix any book I ever see again with this reader.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
Book 2 has the same review as book 1 because it applies pretty much equally.
At first I had a problem with the narator/performance but once I got involved in the story line I truly enjoyed it, the narator needs some experience I would guess though. Over all you'll enjoy the book if you pay more attention to the story line than the guy reading it.
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