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I find that listening to comedy and mystery suits best my "audible" tastes so coming across the description of "Bimbos" I knew I had a book credit to burn and was looking for something mindless to hear. In that sense, I was not disappointed. The story is quite dated by the fact that Sci-Fi "Cons" are far more sophisticated today and that computer technology has come so pervasive that the picture of Sci-Fi fans staying away from the "tech room" is laughable, just as is the image of a professor gushing about using "electronic messages" to send mail to colleagues instead of paper! The story is, well, fairly predictable and the characters are mostly one-dimensional. Her treatment of the subject of "Cons" DOES constitute a kind of social critique on the mindlessness of "fandom" of all stripes and the mystery is, well, not all that mysterious. There are a couple of interesing and all-too-brief hints at character-development that begin to delve into the psyche of those whose lives find meaning nowhere else but in living out someone else's fantasy. All that being said, the narration helps carry the weak plot and taking it along for an eight-hour bus trip was just the way to get through it. Fun in places, boring in others, Bimbos is nothing but a little junkfood for the mind, if you've got the time.
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This is the first audio book I just couldn't finish. It took a full three disks to even get to the murder; by the time it finally happened I didn't care who died or who did it. I realize the author has to give you a reasonable set of characters to have as possible victims and suspects, but this was ridiculous. I cannot recall a single murder mystery that took more than a quarter of the work (book, movie, or TV show) to set-up the murder. The narrator was also very disappointing. After listening to the Artemis Fowl books and the range of accents and voices performed there and in other works I just could stomach this narrator's inability to give distinct voices to the characters and her Scottish "accent" should be a punishable by law.
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