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  • Proxima

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story, odd accent

  • By Gadget on 24-01-15

Great hard sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 14-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Proxima the most enjoyable?

A great story with a scale that would expect from Baxter.

What other book might you compare Proxima to, and why?

Complicated question, perhaps Olaf Stapleton, or other Stephen Baxter novels.

How could the performance have been better?

The performer has either a rather peculiar accent or a speech impediment. He seems to have problems with long vowels. It's slightly distracting to hear him mispronounce words such as water, daughter and similar.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Don't bother. Way too complex for a reasonable movie version.

Any additional comments?

It's a mystery why Audible (or their partners) contine to employ readers who can't pronounce simple words. Another example would be Cameron Beierle reading the David Eddings' novels. The word quay is pronounced "key" not "kwaii". It's a little thing perhaps but completely destroys any kind of immersion.

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