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Better something simple well than complex badly.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

Tchaikovsky made a solid attempt at a difficult story but the complexity of his universe ends up a bit uneven and clunky:

The situation the humans begin with is imaginative and engaging but it's only really explainable through handwaves like "technology," "future", "that's just how it is." The reason for how things turned out like they did is basically ignored to enable the story. There's no 'mechanism' for it. As such the prominent Clarktech introduced at the start gets used for some things but not others and this is never explained.

The story features some non-human based sentience and a point is made about how far removed from the human experience they are. This is a very challenging thing to write and its done well but there are potholes. In some circumstances descriptions are scrimped on to emphasise how unrecognisable they are but in others the descriptions are embellished with anthropomorphic idioms and dynamics. I just can't help but get the sense there was a lot of missed opportunity here and it all fell a bit messy: "show it don't tell it" comes to mind.

The human character journeys are good and the effect of time skipping is great. Alternating between a linear skipped timeline of individual people on the one side reflected in a timeline of generations on the other. But the impact of this is drowned by identifying generations of characters with the same name; so it's quite easy for them to perceptual slip into the same presence so to speak.

Lastly, there's an aspect of a kind of alternative feminist parallel which just felt a bit unnecessarily woke and this vein was drilled pretty hard. Though given the circumstance I guess such a device was irresistible. Despite its oozing wokeness the parts were actually approached pretty well.

Overall I enjoyed the book but it just felt like there was something lacking slightly.

Hudson performed the story excellently. Her definition of characters were clear and her delivery was great - would listen to her more.

The Female Eunuch cover art

A terrible bore

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Externalised self loathing bourgouise feminism. An extended opinion piece juggling perfectly picked cherries to suit the needs of a pre-judged argument.

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Simply awful

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Very clumsily written with a horribly inappropriate narrator for the genre. About as sexy as venereal disease statistics.

Freaking awesome but weakest so far

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Exactly what's said in the title. The story is great but compared to the others it's not quite as strong.

Btilliant writer, fantastic performer.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-18

A very western focused view of the Korean war with the inherent bias of that perspective but it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Hastings is an excellent writter, very easy to listen to and explores very human elements of the war, and with it the variety of moods and emotions.

Stewart's delivery and narration is, as always, simply fantastic.

Ace addition to Weir's collection - keep 'em comin

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I got this book because I enjoyed Andy Weir’s – The Martian so much and it did not disappoint. Rosario Dawson was a wonderful narrator, providing a variety of voices for different characters and really presenting the story in a way you can just get properly engrossed in it.
The main character was great. Story was exciting with some nice twists and turns but not in a forced or convoluted way. Lots of tension but also humor, making it somewhat easy-listening. But that’s not to say you’ll take a half-assed attitude to it – chances are you’ll get through this book pretty quickly. Me and my partner did.

A very long average story.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Viewed in the light of fantasy, I found the immense amount of virtue signaling a little less obnoxious, being a somewhat interesting story. But that’s all it is. If considered in its religious context – there is the obvious lack of reasoning or explanations to its advice, logical inconsistencies, and the clear manipulation tactics found in any religious text.
The narrator was quite monotonous which made it quite difficult to interpret what was going on. Many other books on Audible have either a variety of voices for different characters or a narrator performing distinctively different voices, something absent in this recording. It would have added a lot to the story, especially considering the immense amount of different characters in it.

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Bland

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-17

Not my favorite Charles Dickens book. Martin Jarvis was a great narrator, as expects, but I found the story quite convoluted and uninteresting. It was all just a bit flat with quite two dimensional characters and a climax that felt like a dud party-popper.

Ominous yet moreish.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-17

I approached this assuming it was some modern rendition of Dante’s Inferno or something. It wasn’t at all and that was really a good thing. R. C. Bray, the great performer that he is, brings this well written, very descriptive and visual book to life. Even so, there were a couple of inconsistencies/clumsy mistakes in the story itself, especially towards the end (which felt quite rushed) – characters knowing things without being told, characters making unnatural assumptions to other character’s knowledge, “rules” applying to some but not others, that sort of thing. But overall this was a highly enjoyable and well thought out fantasy, solemnly dark but at the same time strangely palatable. I’d recommend checking out Brom’s awesome artwork on his website too.

The story is in the blurb

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-17

I was a little disappointed that the blurb basically tells the entire story of the book – it’s not a prelude, it’s literally a full summary of the entire story. This kind of ruined the book for me, making it seem predictable and hollow. This is a real shame because the story itself was really good and well written. I’m sure it would have been much more enjoyable without the pre-expectations, adding a bit of suspense. Thankfully, R. C. Bray’s excellent narration is always a wonder to listen to and that really helped a lot, saving the experience from total disappointment.

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