As lothed as I am to be overly critical of a narators performance when reading the first in a new series. Not having had much to work with in regards..Show More » to tone, character mind-set and all that jazz... I hate to say that Christine Rendel totally misses the mark with this first book in the 'Cold As Ice' series. When it was first released I bought it thinking that the wonderful Kate Reding was narating. This turnned out to be a misprint on the sites part and after listening to the first chapter I almost returned it due to the naration.
The book itself is solid with a nice plot that doesn't overwelm the reader and characters that have lots of room to grow. (have to say I love Bat. Think morbidly obese version of Sheldon from Big Bang Theary and you've got an idea of what he is) But in order to get through the book I had to crank the app up to triple speed to deal with the labored naration.
If you have not read or listened to, the two previous books in the trilogy/series, the following will be of little use to you. My review is about the ..Show More »performance by Paul Michael Garcia.
At the beginning, I was annoyed that Christine Rendel was not narrating the third book in the unnamed trilogy as she had the first two. (Her work in both Cold as Ice and The Ganymede Club is wonderful, by the way.)
However, Mr. Garcia has turned in an outstanding performance. He has given a great depth to, most especially, the voices of Rustam Battachariya and Mord. He has given life to the words of Mr. Sheffield.
If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Sheffield's work, you are in for a treat. He is an outstanding author of hard science fiction.
I recommend you get both the print and audio versions of these three books, at the very least. A better move would be to get the print, electronic, and audio versions.