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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
As an avid reader of post-apocalyptic fiction I may be a bit jaded, so take this witha grain of salt.
The story comes across as a mix of Damnation Alley (the movie, not the novella) and Fallout (the video game). A well-worn plot that has the pitfalls of either being an exciting ride or a grind to get through.
As far as characterization goes, it was a bit hard for me to find anyone likeable. They were either one-dimensional background filler or stereotypical cutouts.
Has Earthfall turned you off from other books in this genre?
Not at all.
Would you be willing to try another one of Guy Williams’s performances?
Maybe in something purely narrative. His vocal range has a small spectrum and differentiating between characters was a little hard in some places.
Plus, and I'm not trying to insult Mr. Williams here, his vocalization of the main protagonist was an almost dead-on (and completely unintentional) impersonation of Zap Brannigan (Futurama). Add cliched plot points and dialogue to the mix and, yeah, its a grind.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Reminded me a great deal of the old move from the 70's "Damnation Alley" (which I liked, in a cheezy kind of way)
The reader first -- He's VERY talented and he voiced the characters with great skill and with enough differences between them that you could really tell who was speaking. Unfortunately, I thought he chose to over play some of their personality traits and it made them into almost comical archetypes when they didn't need to be.
The story --- So much potential, and so interesting, that it's a shame what the author did to the plot about half way through. I don't want to give it away, but he took a book that was based on a lot of thought and research and then dove off the comic book deep end to make an antagonist when it really wasn't necessary at all.
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