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  • Coyote

  • A Novel of Interstellar Exploration
  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good potential, bizarre narration...

  • By Russell on 22-04-09

Good potential, bizarre narration...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-09

I wanted to like this book, I have heard good things about Allen Steele, particularly this series but I find myself seriously considering giving up on it.
Not because of the story, so far it is good, the concept, plot and writing style are fine, interesting even.

No; the problem is the narration.

To call it a monotone would be a gross understatement. It honestly sounds like a computer text-to-speech program. It is utterly without character, pacing or engagement of any kind. It feels like the narrator has absolutely no comprehension of the words he is reading.
The narrator reads the exclamations of characters in dire trouble in EXACTLY the same dead flat tone he uses to describe a tree or the colour of a wall.
It is more than off-putting it is truly awful.

I have bought many audiobooks from Audible both the US and UK sites and this is far and away the worst narration I have come across.

I would like to make clear that in general the quality of the audiobooks on Audible are very good and this is in no way representative of their usual fare.

However this is bad... I strongly advise potential listeners not to buy it.
The only reason I have given this 2 stars instead of 1 or none is that I believe a rating should be made up of a combination of the book and the narration and I believe this book has promise.

I shall fulfill that promise with a printed copy of the book, however rather than this very, very bad audiobook.

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