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A quick 'read': Interesting, though short

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Reviewed: 07-31-14

Crypt of the Soulless Ones is told in the style of a classic sci-fi short story: the characters are few, but potent, and the story is keenly focused, but offers hints to large and complex world. Honestly, I don't know how far I'd have gotten in had I been reading the text: the story is full of expository dialogue and old fashioned phrases that feel clunky to modern readers. But because of the stellar reading performance and the overall way that the medium of audiobooks works, I kept listening until the end and enjoyed the experience. The story isn't amazing: the characters could be more developed, and the major theme came off to me as oversimplified. These two elements combined to deliver what felt like an abrupt and somewhat flat ending. However, I can't feel too bad about it - the world presented was clearly well crafted, and I got a lot out of just being there for the duration of the story. It is also worth mentioning that Piper Lewis' reading performance gives a human feel to the characters, making their old-fashioned speech flow more naturally. Overall, an enjoyable experience, and one well worthy of a sequel, or at least a follow-up of some sort.