I am a sci fi fan. I have read almost everything from the 60's onwards but somehow missed Sundiver. Now I get my books in audio format to listen to in..Show More » the car and most are brilliant.
This one is not. The narrator has the most boring awful voice I have heard. Dull, monotonous, rumbling, unclear and those are his good points. But that would be ok if the story was good. Sadly this is not the case. It is a sad and tired example of 70's/80's sci fi. 2d characters, boring overlong descriptions, totally unrealistic dialog and cringeworthy sex.
I gave up half way through - something I have never done on an audio book before.
The Uplift war is an enthralling tale of the Earth's three starfairing races' fight against the politics and prejudices of the Galaxy's older races to..Show More »ld through the experience of individuals from many angles. The characters are realistic and typical of Brin, lead you into wanting to listen to the whole story from start to end in one go. Quite enthralling.
I rarely give bad reviews but I have to make an exception. I like Brin as a writer and I listen to a lot of audio books. I can usually get into a book..Show More » even when the narration is not great. The narration here is impossible to listen to. Wilson has decided to read the alien voices, which make up most of the narration, with deliberately atonal intonation and random vocal emphasis. It may have seemed like a great idea at the time to convey alienness,, but after 20 minutes or so you lose total sense of what he is saying and the will to carry on. Just could not listen to it despite really wanting to hear this book. Shame. You have been warned.