Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.
This has all the right ingredients. Written by Andy Weir, read by Rosario Dawson - what can go wrong?
A lot apparently.
The book is bad. Weak story, awful main character and the science feels artificially placed. It’s good science but it does not drive the plot nor it is very interesting.
As for the performance - I am conflicted. Something was not working. Rosario has great voice, good accents, and the production is very well done. But the overall result is bad. I just don’t know if it’s because Rosario is missing something or just the bad story and awful main character comes to life through her voice and projecting on the performance.
I am still very hopeful and Weir’s next book. The Martian was great and I very hopeful this book is a temporary setback.
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Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.
The story is classic Heinlein - boy learn skills and uses them and in between we get lots of cheap sociology and psychology. Not the strongest Heinlein of this kind but not the weakest. Lots of fun if you like this style.
The problem is the performance - the book is read in a monotonic tone, almost text-to-speech.
Also, you can really hear the editing. It seems like corrections and touch up and were done by different narrator or maybe the same one with very different recording equipment. This is annoying.
Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.
There are multiple problems with this book:
Plot - VERY predictable, almost a cliche. The horror is exaggerated for no real reason and characters are too flat.
Performance - Both narrators basically do a great job - their voice is pleasant and quality is good. But the over-dramatization and the unnecessary music and background noises ruin it. Seriously - do we really need to hear people eating when there is a scene in a bar? It's a book! Let us use our imagination.
Also, for meany reasons - it was better if there was only one narrator.
So why the ish? Well - it's written well, easy to read with lots of cliff hangers that keep you in suspense. If you can get over the juvenile plot - this book is enjoyable...ish.