High Tech / Low Life

An Easytown Novels Anthology
Narrated by: Michael Soma, Samantha Vega
Series: Easytown Novels
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

Easytown is the city of a thousand stories; tales of betrayed trusts, tarnished virtues, easily obtained vices, and street justice are common.

Treat yourself to a glimpse into the dark future world of New Orleans, where humanity's base desires have overshadowed common decency, and very few are willing to stand in the way. With 10 stories by seven well-known independent authors, High Tech/Low Life is guaranteed to please.

It's a gritty world, full of murky choices where the line between good and evil is smeared with blood. Welcome to Easytown.

With stories by Martin Allen, Chris Philbrook, Valerie Lioudis, Joseph Hansen, C.T. Phipps, J.B. Havens, and Brian Parker.

©2017 Muddy Boots Bress (P)2018 Muddy Boots Press

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Excellent

As a big fan of the easytown novels I was pumped for this
The authors did their research making this a worthy addition to the series
Well narrated and highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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I was a bit disappointed...

After tearing through the Easytown trilogy, I wanted more... I Needed More! As a result, I was more than happy to find this book, and snatch it up, even though it's written by several writers that I don't know. I figured it would be Okay (like minded people, and all that), but wait a moment, at least two of the stories in this collection were written by Brian Parker, the original author of the Easytown trilogy! Score!!!
The stories were pretty good, but they didn't bring the magic as much as I'd hoped, just more Droids, Gangsters, Hookers, and how bad it was to live in Easytown, once known as the French Quarter in this futuristic New Orleans...
The real problem for me, though, was the narration, while Michael Soma was ok, he simply wasn't Daniel Penz ( who'd narrated the original trilogy), and then there was Santha Vega! The production value of her work was flat-out lousy! I found it very hard to hear her, almost as if her microphone had been wrapped in a dense, fuzzy blanket... really badly muffled. I believe that I may have even liked her voice acting and accent, if only I'd been able to hear her. So, yeah, I was a bit disappointed with this collection, when I'd wanted to Love it so.

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Interesting Cyberpunk

Solid collection of cyberpunk short stories.

Set in the world of Easytown, it was interesting to see just how people coped in the futuristic society. Though I haven’t read the original Easytown novels, I am tempted to after seeing what this collection had to offer.

Narration was well done by the male narrator, but the female narrator had points where it was difficult to understand/hear her.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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A good set of short stories

these stories were pretty good. I didn't like the female narrator as much, but all of the stories were interesting.

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Exploring a Dystopian New Orleans

After listening to the Easytown novels I was definitely interested in digging deeper into the town and this certainly satisfied that itch. Each author lends their particular style to a story about the town and it's obvious they understood the town before writing as they all fit into that universe. A pretty even collection, it was consistently great throughout.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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A glimpse of a seedy future?

High Tech Low Life.
The Easy Town world opened up to other authors. This is a collection of short stories set in Easy Town. And as such you'll probably love some and be uninspired by a couple.
The narration is more than excellent and the narrators carry the book in places.
Overall it is a good read/listen , and if you haven't already listened to the original stories this is a good place to dip in to Easy Town.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review . .

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This is a love story to the cyberpunk genre

This is a love story to the cyberpunk genre I think it's a fantastic anthology Michael Soma is ok as a reader but I preferred Samantha Vega. I cannot wait for more.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Gritty, Enjoyable Anthology

This book is an anthology of short stories in the Easytown universe, written by guest authors with a few by the main author.

This collection of stories helps give Easytown some needed depth. Just a word of warning: this is Easytown. Don't expect nice happy endings. Out of the collection of stories, my favorites were The Cigar Prince by Martin Allen, and Throw Aways by Brian Parker.

The only issue I could find in this collection was with the audio narration. The female narrator was difficult to understand at times.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Awesome cyber noir anthology!

Each story was awesome! I love the entire feel of the universe they exist in. I totally dig the idea of multiple authors penning stories based in the same setting. Would def pick up any further anthologies.

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EXCELLENT READ!

This book is excellent! I just finished reading the Easytown series and was excited to continue with this anthology. The narration was excellent. I look forward to reading more books in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-28-19

No one escapes Easytown.

The Easytown novels by Brian Parker, starting with The Immorality Clause, are superb but this book of short stories based within the world was disappointing. Ten tales in total, three of which are by Parker, himself, and these are definitely the best, little vignettes which fit into the overall picture. It is possible that a couple of others are also good but this reader found their narration impossible, and had to abandon the story altogether. This was especially true of C.T.Phipps's offering, The Set-up.
The order of appearance is as follows (The number given is the chapter number on the Audible recording)
iii) Adam and Eve.............. Author not given
iv) Doing Busines .............Chris Philbrook
v). Duster,...........................Brian Parker
vi). Hindsight is 20/20.......Valerie Lioudis
vii) Misha ............................Joseph Hanson
viii) Roots..............................Brian Parker
ix) The Cigar Prince ..........Martin Allen
x) The Set Up......................C.T.Phipps
xi) Throw Aways ................Brian Parker
xii) Welcome to Easytown...J.B.Havens

Narration is divided between two people, Michael Soma, who mostly reads well, with good enunciation and some voice differentiation between characters, and Samantha Vegas, who's awfully accented voice, little girl timbre, unedited line fluffs and, often, very fast paced delivery made her extremely difficult to tolerate, let alone understand. Playback at 0.75 did not help, but simply made her sound more slurred. Fortunately, she reads only four of the ten shorts.

Whilst Brian Parker's Easytown novels are not to be missed, this book sadly adds little to the picture especially given the difficulties with the audio experience. Better to read a print version. My thanks to the rights holder of High Tech, Low Life who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. A pity it was such a disappointment