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Simon

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interestingly, Skippy does not work as Audio Drama

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-19

to be honest: I prefer the normal novels way more than this audio drama version. the performance is weird from time to time. the background music is mostly horrible. some good comedy becomes cringy. this might be an issue if a movie or TV show adoption of expeditionary force does not learn from this special. still: I liked the story and overall it's still much better sci-fi than most other out there.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

I forgot how good space team novels were.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

One of the books I just listen to at every free minute. Just great humor, amazing characters and performance. :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Dang. That was surprisingly brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-19

loved it. one of the few books that I did continue to listen to outside of home to work commute. at lunch breaks. in the evening. whenever possible. great story. even greater humor. weird Deadpool-esque meta level. felt way to real for a scifi satire. I want more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

horrible narration - off-putting, hard to finish

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

it's hard to put a finger on it but the narration is just horrible. it doesn't help that the story is overly detailed - this just results in the fact that there is more narration than necessary. anyways: I find it super hard to finish the book. the dialects are especially bad. if I hear "InspektoRR" one more time I'll throw my car stereo out of the window. :(

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

half way decent, 2nd half just really meh

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

It's like LOST with a great setup and a highly disappointing final season. Just that this final season least half the book. narration is good. but that does not help.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Interesting physics ruined by outdated characters

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Except for a few unfortunate misconceptions the physics in this book is very intriguing. However, the author failed to predict any advances in society. This becomes even more relevant considering the entire book is character driven. It's more about how the crew deals with the situation than about the situation itself. Hence, from the first to the last page, the men are praying and the women are crying. Through in some slightly outdated cosmology and you got the perfect 70th sci-fi narrative that definitely did not age well.
In addition the narrator is just terrible. He is ok when impersonating individual characters, but his standard voice is monotonous and he seems to be oddly annoyed by his own performance. It's an unpleasant listening experience. I'd love to see someone try to bring the story into the 21st century. But in it's current form I cannot recommend this at all.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

great continuation, some issues with pronunciation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-17

it's a worthy 2nd book, but in such a big new universe with so many Bobs and planets around, there is so much story (or better so many individual stories) to tell that that each story can only advance to much. I with the author could write much much faster. I want more Bob.

the performance unfortunately is just ok. I love the narrator, but some sentences seem to be recorded after the book was done with a low quality microphone and just inserted into the overall narration. wired. also he mispronounces a couple of star systems (which he did not in the first book). overall it seems like a very rushed recording.

Great performance for a good (but childish) story

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-17

I really enjoyed the book. The performance of the narrator is excellent which helped a lot. The vision of the future is quite realistic. The main characters are very relatable. The story itself is a bit too black and white and a bit too teen / childish. The few shocking events that take place in reality are not specially highlighted by the book and I can easily see how they will be completely ignored by a Steven Spielberg adaptation. Also: I'm a bit too young (born in the 80th) to get all the references in the book. But I got enough I guess. Was highly entertaining. :-)

GREAT book albeit being bit of a slow start for me

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

it's a wired ride. book chances character half way through. although it was a descent book and great story until then, it gains a lot in the second half. I'm as excited about this series as I am about the Bob series. and actually hope, Bob meets Skippy one day. (I could actually see how We are Bob is an origin story for Skippy :-D). anyways: great story, joyful ride, beginning of an exciting new universe, great narration. fun, full of action without ever getting boring, excellent physics. :-)

nope. nothing like the first book.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

I really enjoyed patient zero. this being advertised as direct sequel I was really looking forward to this book. but I don't know what the target audience is. 50% of the narration is a recap of the past books. and although I don't know any of the books between patient zero and this one, all the recap of stories I did not know felt like annoying advertisement. the recap parts of patient zero were unbearably boring since I already knew the story. the worst: these recaps happened again and again, repeating themselves over and over. so you are annoyed and bored most of the time. the parts which are new are confused jumps between different storylines. a real try hard that feels like a cheap action movie with way too many unnecessary opponents, more and more powerful, and then combining the most powerful ones to make the hero even more heroic (and laughable). in between the story tries to be overly dramatic, heartwarming, paints the hero as the biggest victim there is and ever will be. the author needs to dial everything back by an order of magnitude, including the number of pages, and it might have been an enjoyable read. (narration is excellent)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful