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I hesitate to call this good old fashioned Science Fiction, because that would suggest that since it was written in 1958, that it is dated. I believe this could easily have been written today. The only difference is that instead of 8 hours long it would be 28 hours long and have two sequels.
There is quite a lot in this 8 hours. You pretty much know from the start that this is a generational ship and the population has gone back to the dark ages. What you don't know is several other mysteries that get discovered at the end of the book.
Our main character's name is Complain and even though his people are described as primitives, there language is more of medieval England. Here is a typical exchange: "Keep a civil turn of phrase, Complain: your own carcass isn't worth a crust to me."
After Complain loses his woman, he joins a group of rebels, led by a priest named Marapper, on a quest. Marapper heads a religion that worships psychology. Jung and Freud are part of the trinity. Marapper's character of selfishness is down right roll on the ground funny at times. On their quest they run into Giants, Mutants, Forwards, Outsiders, Intelligent rats, telepathic rabbits and Moth Scouts.
Towards the end there are a couple of chapters of fighting and burning of the ship that seems to go on far too long and there is a scene where discovering how to open trap doors comes a little to easy for me, but this is minor. The ending is a surprise and very inventive.
This is one of the very few books were I gave the overall rating more stars then the story. In most cases I feel the story should be more important, but the narrator is so good, I believe he increases the value of the book.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
An enjoyable read with a decent narrator. Non-stop is a classic generation ship yarn. We follow members of the Green Tribe who move corridor by corridor nomadically through the hulk of an ancient starship. And like any good generation ship story they progressively realize that their world is a lot more than they had imagined. Adventures and revelations ensue. It's a fairly short book (8 hours) so don't expect a lot of epic surprises or character development, but it makes for a speedy and fun read.
My only gripe was the narrator's "tensely" spoken character dialog. Really grated on my nerves with how often he chose to use it... I could see him sitting in front of the microphone with bulging neck muscles and madly quivering eyes. Other than that a fine performance.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A tale that is set in an unusual environment, the listener is never really sure until near the end, you think you know but is it or is it something completely different? Could this really happen, it?s quite possible, man?s primeval fear of strangers, something new or different are all explored in this adventure of what appears to be an ordinary man living in an extraordinary environment and his exploration of that environment. A Sci-Fi audio book that makes you thing. Highly recommended by a lover of Sci-Fi.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
'Non-Stop' is one of the classics of science fiction, and this telling does it real justice. Brian Aldiss is, of course, a towering figure in the genre. This was his first published novel, and although it shows a few touches of beginner's clumsiness, his genius shines through.
The story follows the adventures of Roy Complain, a hunter belonging to the semi-nomadic Greene tribe. Right from the beginning, the astute reader (or listener) will notice a strange blend of primitive and high-tech elements in the tribe's daily life. I can't say more than that without giving it all away! Suffice it to say that Complain and his companions end up discovering exciting and painful truths about themselves, their world, and the universe.
David Thorpe is an excellent reader with a voice that's easy to listen to. He also personifies the characters well by their voices, without over-acting. A few simple words are persistently mispronounced wherever they occur, which made me grit my teeth, but I survived! And it wasn't nearly enough to lower my opinion of this wonderful rendition of a sci-fi classic.
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