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Although Barrett Whitener is excellent as narrator of the other books in this series, it was really enjoyable to hear the author narrate one of his own book. To hear some of the voices, songs, and puns as the originator had envisioned them added another dimension to all the books. Recommend the whole series: Callahan's Chronicle (1st three books), Callahan's Legacy (4th), Callahan's Keys (5th) and Callahan's Con (6th).
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When I first found Callahan's series here on Audible, I fell in love with the series like so many other fans out there. But unlike those that first read the stories in the pages of Analog, I heard them vocalized by Brett Whitener.
Now I don't know about you, but on the few things that annoys me more than anything about audiobooks is when for whatever reason they can't, don't, or won't keep the same talent from book to book.
So when I plugged the new Callahan book into my iPod and started listening I was shocked because it wasn't Brett Whitener. In my haste to grab and listen I just didn't look to see who read this title. The voice was pleasant and seemed to have an intimate knowledge of the work -- which always helps -- and so I decided to listen to the whole thing before passing judgement.
Little things started to stand out. Like the special emphasis placed on "THE MACHINE" or the way the reader paused before delivering the final blow of a particularly horrid pun.
As for the story, the science content was thick in places but not so thick that a sci-fi nut would need a PhD to understand. The characters are witty, finely tuned, and well up to the task of taking from the tragic sacriface of the original tavern through the events that destroyed Mary's Place.
It was in the final moments of the title when Spider himself is speaking the credits does he identify himself, and what a gestalt that was. The creator himself was for whom Brett Whitener stepped aside. Thank you Audible, and thank you Spider. It isn't often that an author can pull off the reading of their own title as you have.
If you enjoy Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, you'll enjoy this, but do yourself a favor and read the titles in cronological order. He's not kidding when he says it takes three books to explain the history of Mike Callahan and his former bar, lucky for us those three books are available in an omnibus edition here on Audible.
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