Deathwish World

  • by Mack Reynolds, Dean Ing
  • Narrated by Jem Matzan
  • 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a future Earth wracked by strife and shortages, Roy Cos buys into a lifetime of ease through the Deathwish Policy, but his privileged status makes him a target for killers hired by the elite Worldgov.

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I have mixed feelings about this book.

The good: it had an interesting enough story line that was mostly held together well. At times it has brilliant moments of social commentary that make you think, even when you do not agree with the view being presented. At other times it is rather overly done. There were some holes in the plots but they did not detract too much from the overall story. This was likely a product of the multiple story lines, but since I love stories with multiple plot lines that converge, I did not take off points for that. The book takes place in what is supposed to be a possible futuristic point, and to that end it includes some historical info which helps it feel realistic and like a plausible future (if we aren’t already on the way to it now).

The bad: As I mentioned before, there are some points the story tried too hard to get its point across. It was like beating a dead horse. It overly focused on some points, at the expense of leaving others which had plenty of potential unexplored. The worst offense for me however, wasn’t plot wise, it was the constant ‘….he said…..he said…he said.’ It felt like an editor needed to go through and rework some of the sentences so they didn’t all follow the ‘ x-character said “…”, ‘y-character said “…” ' formula on repeat. It may not have grated on my nerves so much in print, but in audio format because the narrator also had a habit of pausing before saying ‘he said,’ it was hard to ignore.

The narrator did a good job with having different and distinct voices for the characters. One or two of the accents left a bit to be desired, but most of them were quite good. In an audiobook with lots of characters it can be really important to keep vocal mannerisms of characters straight. The narrator did a good job of that, especially with the character Horace Hampton. I hadn’t listened to this narrator before, but I would listen to more of his work.

One thing to note: the cover at this review’s writing indicates a space station. While space colonies are mentioned and feature at some point in the book, the story itself takes place on earth.

Overall, the story was interesting and had some nice twists. If you like multiple plot lines like I do, then this will be worth your while. The narration delivered the story well and kept all the important characters straight.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
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- Alex

Dark story.

Would you consider the audio edition of Deathwish World to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would opt for the other edition. Be ready for some dark views of the world.


What did you like best about this story?

Expected more science but it turned out ok. It has some very interesting concepts.


Did Jem Matzan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I never got into it. Not sure why, but I found Jem's delivery of this book somewhat less inspiring than of some other books.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really. The book was just too dark for my taste.


Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

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- VladC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2016
  • Publisher: Wildside Press LLC