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By Simon on 11-15-17
Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper
As The Martian Mark Watney was a real star of a character, his struggles and internal monologues really brought his whole situation to light. He was one of the elite, in the space program and with multiple degrees to his name. Jazz is the same in that she also indulges her narrative in the same low humour but she's progressed a lot less and through rather more dubious routes. If you buy into her you'll likely buy into the story.
This is a fast-moving sci-fi crime caper that gets increasingly out of control as it goes along. It's fun, it's laden with interesting science which I won't try to validate because cleverer than me people are still debating The Martian! I do think Weir lets himself go just a bit more with this one and the final part of the adventure does stretch things a bit but not any more than many authors do.
I'm quite shocked, genuinely, to read some early critical reviews of the narration. I think Dawson is an absolute star in this. She delivers Jazz pretty much perfectly for me and the other characters are easily distinguishable. If you have doubts listen to the audio sample of course and come to your own decision but I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance and not being put off even trying!
So, maybe not quite the all-time classic that The Martian was with of course the great RC Bray but definitely a highly entertaining read if you like this style of humour. Sure, the story has some weaknesses but I still found it thoroughly entertaining.
42 of 50 people found this review helpful
By Sam on 11-21-17
Written from a female perspective but is tone deaf in the details; reads more like a male fantasy of the way that a woman thinks and there are some really cringey bits. So...she is a hot, genius, welding, space engineer, smuggler, sci-fi tv geek, who can turn her hand to literally anything and has a smokin’ body: it just got really annoying to read someone’s teenage fantasy of a cool woman rather than a nuanced, developed character.
I loved his first book but this one just drove me crazy and the plot was rather dull, because an arsehole (sorry: anti hero) attempting to commit a crime is not as gripping as someone trying to save their own life by escaping from an impossible situation.
The narration was good - Dawson gave the character as much credibility as she could.
85 of 107 people found this review helpful
By Chris W. on 11-16-17
I dont understand the bad reviews.
I have listened to loads of rubbish on here lately and was pleased to have a great book to listen too for a change.
Rosario does a fantastic job with the characters and I totally get the plot.
shes offered a get rich quick scheme it all goes tits up and she has to think on her feet for life or death.
well done Andy weir and well done Rosario Dawson you had me hooked from the start.
23 of 32 people found this review helpful
By Mr. D. M. Edney on 04-09-18
Very weak. Poor plot, poor central character
What did you like best about Artemis? What did you like least?
Great voice performance, some interesting ideas about the moon base itself.
Really good voice performance by Rosario Dawson, she makes the most of the weak material.
What was most disappointing about Andy Weir’s story?
This is a very immature book, with a plot filled with holes and truly hopeless characters. The choice of language and speech patterns for the lead character are like a middle aged mans idea of how a "sexy young woman" would talk.
Only a man could write a female character like the lead.
She's like a Tesco Value Mark Watney, with needless sexual elements shoe horned into the text in a clumsy manner.
The plot itself is very weak too, failing to stand up to the most rudimentary application of critical thought.
You can see the benefits that Andy Weir had from the long development and continual peer review of "The Martian". none of which is demonstrated in this. The best use I can think of for this book is as an example of why writing a character from a totally different culture/background to yourself is very hard to get right, and painful to read when you get it this wrong.
Do you think Artemis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By P A WALKER on 02-19-18
Disappointing, in fact, terrible. Avoid
I was really looking forward to this following The Martian. The combination of detail, style and story was the hook.
Artemis falls short. I debated quitting this book at least 4 times.
The female lead is 1 dimensional, is too much like a guy writing as a woman and the performance doesn’t help. There’s no real performance, it’s soap opera stuff with stereotypical characters- middle eastern or Russian bad guys, matriarchal king pins, rugged enforcers. I cannot bring myself to elaborate on the ‘English’ pub owner and the accent or the ‘token’ gay friend.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 02-14-18
Essentially a great story
Really great idea for a story and lots of good tech stuff as one would expect from Andy Weir. It just got a bit baggy in the middle, but worth sticking with it for the denouement
Great performance, really good reflect of Jaz
1 of 1 people found this review helpful