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Jason W. Bowen

Madison, WI
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  • Diaspora

  • By: Greg Egan
  • Narrated by: Adam Epstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Behold the orphan. Born into a world that is not a world. A digital being grown from a mind seed, a genderless cybernetic citizen in a vast network of probes, satellites, and servers knitting the Solar System into one scape, from the outer planets to the fiery surface of the Sun. Since the Introdus in the 21st century, humanity has reconfigured itself drastically. Most chose immortality, joining the polises to become conscious software.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Story, Disappointing Performance

  • By Ben on 12-08-13

Love Egan, don't care for the narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-15

What disappointed you about Diaspora?

The ve/vis pronouns take a little getting used to, but other than that no complaints.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Epstein’s performances?

This is the second book I've tried to get through by Adam Epstein and I would not be willing to try another of his attempts at narration. The voices he does are overly cartoonish and grating and he mispronounces words constantly. If he's going to narrate so many of Greg Egan's books, he could take a few minutes to figure out how to properly pronounce things.

Any additional comments?

Thankfully someone else narrates my favorite of Egan's books, Schild's Ladder.

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  • Permutation City

  • By: Greg Egan
  • Narrated by: Adam Epstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

The good news is that you have just awakened into Eternal Life. You are going to live forever. Immortality is a reality. A medical miracle? Not exactly. The bad news is that you are a scrap of electronic code. The world you see around you, the you that is seeing it, has been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reality program. You are a Copy that knows it is a copy. The good news is that there is a way out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book. Amazingly bad narrator.

  • By Treasure on 01-28-15

Great story, but narration isn't terrific

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-14

Would you listen to Permutation City again? Why?

I will read Permutation City again because of the subject matter, but I won't listen to it again (see my comments on the performance below).

What other book might you compare Permutation City to and why?

This book is similar to Egan's Diaspora and Schild's Ladder. They borrow some of the same concepts and features of the universe.

How could the performance have been better?

The accents the narrator affects are rather jarring. The German accent sounds more Russian and the Australian accent is a cartoonish caricature. It may sound petty, but it really does take you out of the story. Another minor thing is the pronunciation of the acronym ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations). It should be AH-zee-ahn, but the narrator pronounces it A-shawn.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful