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The Extended Cut

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-19

Immensely thought-provoking and as affecting as your emotional investment allows, although I’d say this version possesses less impact than the original draft. Relatively untouched by the passing years - and such a well-judged performance.

Ridraculous!

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

Not so much the story itself, although the Count’s powers are extravagantly extrapolated from the original. Be prepared to suspend your disbelief more often and more determinedly than before - which would be helped a lot more if the narrators had been speaking with accents and vocabularies suited to their parts, not this mis-matched company. Why, Penguin? Two outright Americans, another trying to sound British. I mean Bram’s sister is American in her letters but either English or Irish elsewhere. Many expressions jump out as anachronistic and frankly some passages are just poorly crafted.
Very well (Dacre & co would say ‘OK’)
that’s me done; I can’t recommend it, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t enjoy it.

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Staggering, sobering and engrossing

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-18

‘Read it and weep’ as the saying goes.
Scott Brick does an incomparable job of handling the material: I was riveted.
A long audiobook felt like half the length. I was a little puzzled at the lack of any reference to Starfish Prime though, but I guess more than that had to be trimmed; pity, it would’ve fit right in (RIP Telstar).

A sequel would be nice

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-18

To add to to “The Martian” comparison, I would hazard Duncan Jones’ “Moon” was somewhat of an influence too - it certainly gave me that feel in my gut now and again. Anyway I loved it. Some reviewers felt the secondary characters were rather shallowly drawn but I felt they were about right for the plot and a book of this length, so I’ve no complaints there.
For me the story flew by - particularly as I had no desire to listen to any other material once I’d begun and that’s not true of many.

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...wish I'd kept it for Christmas Eve...

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-17

To Audible from a most grateful listener: a truly appreciated gesture; not so keen on the first tale, but Simon Callow enhanced them all with his inimitable diction and playful exchanges with his audio technician - especially the final one - very moving.

Everything seemed perfect - but then...

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Reviewed: 13-11-17

Time and again such moments arrive, with the monstrous weather systems playing utter havoc with every alternative survival plan Shackleton attempts to effect. This is gripping stuff in any company. Endurance, indeed - as Hamlet ejaculated: Oh my prophetic soul!
(Also, Simon Prebble perfectly embodies Alfred Lansing's spirit)

Full stars, no dark

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Reviewed: 24-10-17

Sorry - couldn't resist :-/
Actually, though there is much bathos there is a good deal of dark pathos and a sincerely felt author's end note to underline that. More manic than most PKD and very entertainingly handled, with Paul Giamatti fully committed to every phrase.

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Among the best sf ever

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-17

Just now completed this for the third time since I got it several years ago and it's still giving. Exceptional. Complex, but worth the focus.

Totally immersive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-17

There's no one quite like PKD, although his output can be somewhat inconsistent, but this one is worth your time and energy. Another first class performance too by Luke Daniels.

Totally awesome!

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Reviewed: 13-10-17

...as one of the characters might say.
Exceptionally well performed and entertaining throughout, a mix of Pratchett and Adams certainly, but with a twist of Matrix and with large dollops of sarcasm.
My one beef is with the philosophy of having the opening 30mins of Book 2 included in the advertised timing: I feel this should be stated - perhaps in brackets - ie, 'Length: 10hrs15mins + 30mins Sample of Book 2' - along those lines. Still, that's not a deal- breaker. I loved it.