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Several attempts thwarted by the readers

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-14

What disappointed you about The Incrementalists?

The female reader really spoiled - the intonation in her voice was unconvincing and irritating in the extreme.

What was most disappointing about Steven Brust and Skyler White ’s story?

The female reader was the most exasperating. The story line was very poor.

How could the performance have been better?

A better reader

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Incrementalists?

pretty much all

Take my advice - don't bother!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-14

What disappointed you about Pray?

I confess to having an interest in this genre but I don't want to commit to buy the 10+ books series that you so often see. I wanted a complete story in one book. I expect these stories to come from those with a religious rather than literary background but I thin I am right to expect some standard. The story (part from the Apocalyptic progression) is so very poor. An actor goes on TV with world leaders and announces he will take over the world governments and everyone is OK with this - no opposition! Ridiculous when 'werewolves' start to become part of the revelation story. And the writing ... ' ...the military drilled into the mountain like Tolkien dwarves..' really? I really struggled through about 7 of the 14 (or so) hours of this story but when the character of Miss Netty was introduced, I could;t continue. Absolutely appalling on so many levels.

What could John Prescott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There's just too much nonsense in the book to sustain it. The author should really cut unnecessary sensationalism by about 30%.

Would you be willing to try another one of Wayne June’s performances?

No, the performance is almost as bad as the writing. Very limited and stereotypical.

What character would you cut from Pray?

I would cut Miss Netty - the 'uncle Tom' stereotypical black woman from New Orleans, from the book. I would like to think we have moved on from there.

Any additional comments?

One of the worst books I have listened to.

The Collected Stories cover art

Mainly for the converted

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-11

I downloaded this because of the authors reputation and discovered examples of Clarke's (very) early work. Being someone who is more interested in the story rather than the genre, I was disappointed at the simplistic settings of some stories....understandably given that they range from late 1930's onwards. They do improve considerably (at least for me) as the collection develops. It's a huge work and although the entire work would be mainly for true science fiction acolytes , there is still much here for the general listener/reader.

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Pretty Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-10

A longish, complex but fascinating novel. If you're new to the world of The Culture, best start somewhere else and work your way up to this one. Good quality recording, well read and performed throughout.