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This one's really fantastic. Shiner’s 1980s debut novel, right in there with Neuromancer and Bruce Sterling and the others of the cyberpunk movement with which he was a big part, and with a real solid hard sf space mission to Mars element as well, finally in audio. I think I've finally found an audiobook that I can point to when someone asks about "Hey I liked this book The Martian what else you got?" It’s a lot, lot more f'ed up than The Martian; bigger cast (there’s the titular Mars colony) and a couple decades into a further, weirder future with cyberpunk influences (brain implant tech, corporations, genetic drift, psychedelic drugs, …). I’m a huge, huge, raving Lew Shiner fan, and Rudnicki is one of my favorites, and both he and Gabrielle de Cuir are fantastic on this one, as always. This one's aged uncannily well, as Shiner's extrapolations (crumbling Soviet Union fragmenting, collapse of US government space program and rise of private space interests) hit the bullseye all too well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Frontera? What did you like least?
Best...the performance by both readers but especially Gabrielle. She rocks this book. Goodness, owns the emotions, the intensity ( and there is that! ) and the story.
Least is the wimpy ending, but that is subjective.
Would you recommend Frontera to your friends? Why or why not?
I would for the performances alone.
What about Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance did you like?
This story is relatively derivative, and is dated in it's technology. That said, these 2 performers bring it to life, and the characters they inhabit ( esp. Gabrielle's ) walk through the listeners lives. Stunningly good.
Could you see Frontera being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Nah. Too derivative, and too dated.
Any additional comments?
All that said, a wonderful offering. Stefan is Mr. Mars, and his companion seems to be along for the journey. If you like Mars oriented SciFi with amazing reading, get this. Highly recommended, for the genre!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Not quite sure what to comment on this one.
The concept sounds interesting.
The narration at first feels weird, but once you're used to it, it does work well.
The story. The story, well it feels forced, it feels as if it was written in a way to make it easy to transition to the big screen, and it was written in such a way as several sequels could be spun off. As a result it just doesn't work for me.