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good story interesting characters. Feels written for TV. Just enough to qualify as good but not great. When action does happen it feels right very tightly written.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The change of narrator really made this a difficult book to get through. I probably wouldn't have stuck with if not for the knowledge that the next book goes returns to the previous narrator.
I wouldn't say that this book's narrator is inherently bad, but he did not seem to understand the characters who he was portraying. For example, Miller is made to sound like a robot, and his narration of Avasarala's lines is beyond awful.
The narration which just involves telling the story is fine, but this book is dialogue heavy, and as such the majority of the narration is quite jarring to listen to.
If you're invested in the series, there's still a good story here, so if you can handle the narration definitely still give it a listen...
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
So, full disclosure. I am not a fan of series which change narrators mid way. However, I try to get over that. In this case I just couldn't.
How could the performance have been better?
You know that style of speaking that American Journalists and voiceovers for film trailers employ? Like they're talking to a child? This guy was kind of like that. At least 50% of the time his intonation has absolutely nothing to do with the words he is speaking. His dialogue is stunted and weird, and does not follow the speech patterns of a normal human being.
Perhaps he's a very fine actor, but his narration was awful.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
They're making the Expanse in to a TV series.
Is this a useful way to analyse a book?
Any additional comments?
Luckily in book five they are returning to the previous, excellent, narrator.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
god awful narration. all the individual character voices are gone. avasarala is supposed to be Indian, not voiced as an American! can only listen for ten minutes at a time out of annoyance, no idea if the story is any good or not after 6 chapters. I'll read the book instead.
36 of 39 people found this review helpful
As always these book continue to be an awesome ride filled with characters I love to hear about. Was super happy to hear from Bobby and Avesarila again.
My major disappointment is from the change of the narrator. Accents change, and types of voices, which in the case of Amos change his personality to me.
Apart from that, an awesome listen.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Oh no! New narrator!
This guy delivered a stilted delivery and inhumanly bizzare inflection worthy of a nineties speech-synthesizer.
Way overcooked accents - British, German - and will male narrators please STOP voicing ALL women characters with this breathy, insipid tone that just belittles the characters and women everywhere.
Gahhhh, been loving the series up to this point, and this performance really took me out of the story. Thank the Lord Jefferson Mays is back for the next one.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful