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  • A Colder War

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Here is a modern novelette in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Imagine David Cronenberg directing Dr. Strangelove, based on a script by H. P. Lovecraft. Imagine an alternate history in which nuclear bombs are not the ultimate weapon, but instead are merely a stepping stone to eldritch technologies accessible through certain trans-dimensional forces first encountered in 1920s Antarctica, technologies that neither the United States nor the USSR can quite contain.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Poor Reading

  • By Toby on 30-04-09

An unnendurable narration...

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

Reviewed: 22-05-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book might be fine, I just couldn't stick it out long enough to find out.

Would you recommend A Colder War to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd recommend buying the book perhaps, but not the audio book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Pat Bottino’s performances?

Categorically, no. I've heard text-to-speech programmes with more life in them - I'm not sure, but perhaps they decided a rambling, robotic monotone would be more science-fiction-like than a natural human voice? It was like listening to a list being rattled off, not at all easy on the ear.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment once I realised it was going to go straight onto the DELETE pile.

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