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Michael O'connor

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reasonable stories, read by a robot.

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

Reviewed: 23-04-19

The individual stories are okay and entertaining enough to pass the the time. There's nothing here to really give you a scare however.

The narration is very monotone and lacking in emotion to the extent where the experience of each story is reduced as a consequence of the lacklustre effort put in by the narrator. Glad it finished when it did and overall was disappointed with all.

okay story, irritating production and acting.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

This is a mammoth audio book, the biggest I've listened to so far. It consists of around 248 chapters. The story itself is not bad at all. Considering when it was written, it still holds up well today as a credible Sci-fi adventure.

The let down with this particular audio book is the (over) production and overly romantic notion of the Scottish, who feature heavily in the story from around two thirds in. I am a Scotsman myself and I found the voice acting pretty grim and the image of "The Scatts" (say with a dramatic American accent to appreciate what is to come your way in the audio book) with their Lachaber axes and Claymore swords to be amusingly stereotypical and a little annoying after a time.

The real downfall is the closing tune that accompanies the last 30 seconds of EVERY chapter. At first it sounds very dramatic and fits the scene. There are maybe 10 different chapter tunes and you'll soon tire of listening to them. I found myself racing for the skip button as soon as I could sense the music coming on. With so many chapters you will be forced (unless you master the skip button) to listen to around 2hrs of chapter closing tunage.

Despite the criticisms I think overall it was worth a credit and if you are struggling to find something to listen to and you like sci-fi then give it a go, but only if you've got nothing else on your wish list.

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