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Having initially written a poor review of the introduction (2 hours!) of Helliconia Spring I have found myself finishing all three of the books. It's quite a marathon but the series is massive in scope. Aldiss introduces us to his ideas of nature, evolution, GAIA and so on within the worlds of Helliconia, the space station Avernis and later Earth and it's colonies. It is a grand vision, carefully imparted in the various stories of the inhabitants of Helliconia.
An excellent series.
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Sometimes you buy an audio book with high expectations of the story, taking it from the sample that the narration is ok. In this case the story is fine. A little slow to start but if you go with it you?ll probably enjoy it. However the narration completely spoils any sense of drama or suspense. Delivered in the style of a primary school teacher reading a Famous Five novel to a class of 8 year olds, the narrator shows a limited sense of the emotion the author is trying to convey and an even more limited ability to convey it. No effort is made at characterisation during passages spoken by the characters. The narrator begins to sound slow and tired 4 hours into the first half of the story. Long pauses make you wonder if your listening devise has stopped for some reason and at one point echoes, as though the piece was recorded in a village hall and the narrator has moved away from the microphone, spoil enjoyment. I checked this wasn?t my device by playing the same part on another.
I like the story enough to listen to the rest of the trilogy even if the same narrator has been used but will avoid other books narrator by this person in future. Come on Audible, there are far more competent narrators out there.