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Mark Pack

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Solid rather than entertaining<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-05-20

A really good overview with lots of fascinating detail. Despite the high drama of many of the events, this is more a solid description of them than something with the narrative drama of a well-written thriller.

Promising but audio version starts at chapter 9

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

The book itself seems very good so far, but the audio version alas rather less so - it starts at chapter 9.

Great novel, excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

What did you like best about this story?

As you might expect from the author of The Martian, there's a detailed and (to my non-expert mind) plausible scientific background to the world created for this book. The plot takes a little while to get going as the world is set out for the reader/listener, but is very enjoyable once it does. There's one moment where the cast of main characters is assembled in a room for a briefing that feels like it was written with half an eye on a future film adaptation, and likewise, near the end there's a twist in the plot that feels like it sets up the sort of conclusion that Hollywood prefers. But very enjoyable even so.

What does Rosario Dawson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Narrator Rosario Dawson is excellent for the audio book version, using subtle changes of pace, tone and accent to help distinguish the characters and to bring out the personality of the main persona (so much so, that I suspect this works rather better than reading the book).

Great book, great narrator, surprisingly poor edit

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Would you listen to Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 2 of a 3-Part Recording) again? Why?

The book is brilliant, the story fascinating and the narration excellent.

Any additional comments?

But the editing of the second part of the three-part audio book is surprisingly poor. On more than a dozen occasions bits of text are repeated as the audio track suddenly doubles back by a few words or even a few sentences. The first part was edited professionally without such errors. It looks like by the time of the second part time or budget was too short to avoid repeatedly making a basic mistake.

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Great book, but beware the "unabridged" claim

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

Reviewed: 21-08-14

If you could sum up Wide-Eyed and Legless in three words, what would they be?

It's a great book, but watch out for the "unabridged" claim. The audio version is incomplete, as it misses out several of the appendices at the back of the book, even ones that are quite amenable to be read out loud.

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Book good, but audio recording - oh dear

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-13

It's a good book let down by a poor audio recording. Or more precisely, let down by the very strange and even confusing mis-pronunciations that feature very heavily in the recording. Some are just bizarre, but some also undermine the meaning, most particularly the way Boulogne (in France) is pronounced as Bologna (in Italy). Unless you already know otherwise, that makes for some very confusing sections,

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Appendix missing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-12

Something to watch out for if you buy this audio version: when I got it, the book's Appendix ("A Reader's Guide to Using These Ideas') was missing.

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Last chapter is missing from the audio book

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-11

Luckily the last chapter is more an epilogue than the climax of the book, but even so to be missing the last chapter is a pretty disappointing error in an audio book.

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Great book, shame it's not genuinely unabridged

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-11

The book is deservedly known as a science fiction classic, but watch out for this audio version as it is heavily abridged. Although it's title 'unabridged', in fact all the side bars in the text have been removed.

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