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By James on 06-03-17
This seems like a good story but I could not finish it -- because of the performance.
I realize that my reaction must be unusual, but I feel compelled to write it down anyway. Normally I like MacLeod Andrews as a narrator. In this book he uses three accents. One is a neutral "standard American" accent which he uses for general narration. That is fine. Another is a Scottish accent, which he uses for one of the two main human groups in the story. That is also fine. I have noticed that Scottish accents are often used in science fiction audio books to represent some foreign or minority group of humans.
However, the main human group is represented using the kind of "North Jersey" or New York City" accents used by gangsters in "the Sopranos" or in shows like "Jersey Shore". In that accent I would be "writin dis review" instead of "writing this review".
There is no reason why people in the future could not speak like that but, for me, it just seemed weird that scientists and senior military officers would speak in that way. Maybe one or two characters, but not everyone. I had to give up on the book. Possible I am only person on the planet who would be bothered by this.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Daniel on 02-06-17
Honestly I just couldn't decide on a book so I clicked a recommended one from Audible.
Glad I did, this book was intelligent without being too dry, had excellent concepts of Military strategy without geeking out overly on gear.
The Captains made some odd choices at times when it came to diplomacy with Alien species, and the Aliens were conveniently dumb at times where I don't think they would have been.
overall tho I deeply recommend, audio performance was as good as they come.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful