Combining metaphysics with cyberpunk post-humanism in the spirit of Philip K. Dick., Babylon Babies rides Nietzsche's prophecy: "Man is something to be overcome."
Translated by Noura Wedell.
Has some interesting ideas. The story was a bit choppy. The language and the graphic nature of the book was a bit much for me.
I wish it had been reviewed by other audible members before I downloaded it. I didn't even bother to finish it, even after slogging through the garbage. I kept hoping that there would be some interesting twist. There isn't.
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I have never bothered to write a review but felt it was necessary this time. While the concept was good either the translation or the original material was horrendously written.
Please Please Please do not waste your time or money on this book, even if your so bored you would listen to an audio version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, trust me you would be better of with the encyclopedia.
I really hope it was a case of "Something was lost in the translation."
while I don't mean for this to sound bitter and hateful that is how it is turning out so I'll stop now.
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What did you love best about Babylon Babies?
I felt compelled to write this review after I saw the below literally begging readers to avert their eyes. There is no disagreement here that the writing is choppy and the plot erratic but the combination of narration and collected ideas are worth your time. If you enjoy the frenetic globe and bleeding edge theme skipping of Gibson's work and the better stuff of Paolo Baccaglupia (sic?) you'll find more than enough to take with you from this maniac. The narrator also does a more than commendable job with the various voices/ accents to enrich the experience. Red pill or blue pill? Take both and get on with it.
Would you try another book written by Maurice G. Dantec or narrated by Joe Barrett?
No and yes to narrator.
What will your next listen be?
The Prestige. I am listening to it now. It's a good yarn.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I didn't enjoy this book.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Babylon Babies?
The swearing and blasphemy. It was totally unnecessary to the story. The story for most part was a dull fictional war story without action and more about the positions of the antagonists.
Any additional comments?
The Sci-Fi was more towards the latter part of the story but I stopped listening when the blasphemy kicked in. It is numbered as one of the dullest Sci-Fi books I have listened to.
This writer appears to have no respect for his readers and must think we are all from foul mouthed underclasses.
I would like Audible to put in a link to block writers we don't like so that we don't accidently purchase one of their books again.
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