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Stress Pattern Audiobook

Stress Pattern

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Publisher's Summary

The essence of a truly null-Earth logic may never be as clearly defined as in this novel-length package of interplanetary surprises. Ride The Wormway To No-Wonderland. Consider this marooned astronaut. His spaceship and supplies are swallowed in one gulp by something from beneath the featureless plain of an unknown world. The natives are not hostile but incurious. He fathers a child without ever touching the mother. It's when he does physically create his true offspring that he gets his most startling surprise.

©1974 Neal Barret Jr. (P)2014 David N. WIlson

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    giffin 24/08/2016
    giffin 24/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "As colourful as the setting."

    Other reviews promised a humorous antagonistic dealing with a bizarre set of circumstances.
    Two ironic comments later and it settled in to an at times disturbing short story with all the pace of a bicycle with seized brakes.
    The narration was as flat as the overly described stones so prominent in the landscape.

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  • Kingsley
    Henely Brook, Australia
    26/06/14
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    "Ignore the publisher's summary this is really good"

    I read the publisher's summary for this and it sounded bad but a friend promised me it was good and worth the read and I'm glad I took their advice. The summary is not wrong in what the book is about but it makes it sound... awful. And it isn't.

    The book opens with Andrew as the only survivor of some sort of interstellar accident. He got to his life pod and his life pod got him to this planet. From there it covers his adventures on the planet as he discovers about the planet and its population, revealing more and more of the planet right up until a nice climax.

    The book itself is a slow burn and a bit difficult to go through in the first half. It has no real narrative drive, in that Andrew just ambles about from one thing to the next without any real overarching reason. This to me was possibly the biggest problem with the book and if it wasn't so short I may have been inclined to give it up. but I'm glad I didn't. Andrew doesn't really have a "I want to leave this planet" drive, or have a mission, like John Carter in Princess of Mars does (another "thrown onto a strange world" book that actually does have a narrative drive). he has curiosity that keeps him going, and I guess that is what kept me going. Curious as what the world was like. And also the snarky humour, which I always enjoy.

    The world itself is interesting. The aliens are humanoid, but not straight "earth like creatures" that you sometimes see. while reading through the aliens actually had an otherworldly feel to them. While different they reminded me in some ways of the Piggies from Speak For The Dead and in other ways of the alien in Solaris. As more and more is revealed (the first half is a bit of a slog to get through) about the world it gets more and more interesting.

    The narration was really good. Each character has distinct voices and characteristics. The story was clear and carried well. The snarky humour was also conveyed well by the narrator.

    Overall, thoroughly enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bmac
    01/07/15
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    "Odd Nth Encounter Novel"
    Where does Stress Pattern rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle of the pack. The story itself is where this fell short but the performance that accompanied it gave it enough to make it an enjoyable listening experience.


    Would you recommend Stress Pattern to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to friends just because it's an interesting perspective both of the main character and the world that it exists on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was probably Andrew's first encounter where he was attempting to follow someone who had no interest in him whatsoever. The narrative would detail him getting absorbed in something then looking up to see where the being had gotten and he'd catch up and repeat the process.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was entertaining and whatnot and there were some elements that made me think about how I'd react in the situation, but those reactions were mild.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook through a giveaway by the narrator but that fact has not altered my view on either the story or the performance. I will be looking for more of Jeff Hays narrations, and keeping Barrett in mind though perhaps making sure the story better fits what I'm looking for before taking subsequent dives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    17/02/15
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    "Overlooked Classic Sci-Fi"
    If you could sum up Stress Pattern in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Science Fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator - dry, nearly emotionless, in the first person. A very unlikely hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene in which all is revealed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Jared
    Indianapolis
    05/11/14
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    "Heinlein contemporary and a great narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Stress Pattern the most enjoyable?

    The story is a offbeat tale of a Castaway on a foreign planet. Story was engaging and moved at a good pace. Reminds me strongly of Robert Heinlein's work (which I love).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Remak- the character tho curious struggles with understanding Andrew (our Castaway) yet evolves into a warm caring hero.


    What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hays narration was a little on the dry side. Not a bad thing, and I believe to be intentional and reflects the main character's personality.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Remak and the New Person.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian M. Walker of Walker's Words
    Los Angeles, CA
    15/08/15
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    "Fascinating and captivating."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stress Pattern to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version. I'm certain I would have enjoyed it but it wouldn't have been brought to life as this was.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stress Pattern?

    A plot point toward the end which I cannot reveal.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, no, just a desire to continue.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

    As a fellow narrator I'm likely to hear things some audio listeners may not. So, there were a few clicks I picked up which initially made me hesitant. This is only because my ears have become trained for them, however, and I quickly forgot about them as I became more and more absorbed in the story.

    Jeff Hay's voices were terrific! They absolutely lent more immersion to the experience and helped create the tapestry of this (seemingly) bland world our protagonist finds himself marooned on.

    By the end, I was wanting there to be a sequel but I have learnt that, since the author died some time ago, it isn't likely. The book doesn't NEED a sequel, but I just wanted more of it.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael T Emerson
    New Bern, NC United States
    28/04/15
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    "Description doesn't prepare you for the story"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was very interesting. the story almost seemed like a coming-of-age (again) story in how he learned how to deal with all of the newly acquired problems he faces in his adoptive society.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Washington, DC
    08/11/14
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    "Better narrator than story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I guess, I definitely wouldn't stop them from reading it, but I am kind of stringent in the books I recommend to friends.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I kind of like how the author got around the communication problem at the beginning of the book, but I would have thought this would have been better explained at the end of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    [QUASI SPOILER ALERT] Considering how minimal the majority of the book is, the best scene in the book was the birth of Andrew's son. The only way to get the audience to understand how much latent emotional baggage Andrew was carrying around was to show it to the reader directly.[/SPOILER] The narration of this scene was also handled quite skillfully.


    Was Stress Pattern worth the listening time?

    Yes, this book wasn't very long and I never felt that it was dragging or anything. That being said, I always listen at x1.5 speed, so your opinion might differ if you listen at regular speed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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