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Huston's Skinner is an intriguing variation on the espionage thriller genre. The title character is so named because of have spent his early years as an experimental subject by his parents, in a box isolated from the rest of society (in the psych field, this is called a skinner box). Skinner is basically a highly intelligent, high functioning autistic sociopath who specializes in "asset protection" or basically a personal bodyguard for someone that is the target of others. In this case, Skinner protects a woman renowned for her "supercomputer-like" brain that can discern patterns and piece together the big picture particularly useful in intelligence / spy fields. The duo is on the trail of an apparent cyber attack on the US electrical grid that has led to several deaths.
The sci-fi elements are minimal with some loosely relevant small robots and nondescript computers and software. The timeframe is current. The story concerns the detective work piecing together all the disparate connections which leads to a totally unexpected plot twist at the end. The appeal of the tale is the interaction between the two main, but mostly asocial characters. The story is related in a nonstop series of staccato bursts both in terms of actions and dialogue that offers a glimpse into the minds of these two fascinating persons.
The narration is outstanding and mirrors the tenor of the author's intentions with a unique perspective into the thought processes of the individuals.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Better narrator, less monotone, creepy cyborg killer voice
Would you ever listen to anything by Charlie Huston again?
I love Charlie Huston's work. This story was awful, however.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay Snyder?
Any other human on the face of the earth (or Mars)
Any additional comments?
I want a refund. Not kidding.
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