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This book was a delightful surprise. It is well crafted, has some surprising twists, and, best of all, well developed characters.
My only criticism is the attempts of the narrator to do the male voices. I found them annoying and not believable.
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What made the experience of listening to One's Aspect to the Sun the most enjoyable?
I liked the relationships between the lead character and her family members. I also enjoyed the concept of a person who doesn't appear to age, but doesn't know why.
What other book might you compare One's Aspect to the Sun to and why?
I can't think of anything really comparable. It's tempting to try to find comparisons to Honor Harrington, due to the female ship captains as main characters. However, the differences in themes, plot, characterizations, and motivations are significant. Also, writing style and methods are quite different.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon Burgess?
I think the author would done better. I don't have any other specific female actor in mind.
Any additional comments?
I'd been "warned" about the reader in advance by looking at a few reviews on Audible, and I have to agree with them. It seems clear the reader was also her own director and sound editor, and has some work to do if she will continue to read books. Her voice acting wasn't bad as narrator and Luta, but her other voices ranged from absurd to annoying to hilariously stereo-typed. At times, I wanted to both laugh out loud as well as pull out my hair. I think the biggest problem was that she tried too hard to make each voice extremely distinct, and the male voices were almost all very silly and/or overdone.
The other issues I had were with pacing and pronunciation. Sentences tended to run together, and the cuts and splices were often done with almost no silence in between, causing the words to come on so fast that it was unnatural. A person couldn't start with the next sentence or paragraph so quickly without pausing for a breath. One common example of a pronunciation issue was the word "jettison". It was pronounced "jetson" every time. Also, the main character's named was spoken so it sounded like "Luda", and I didn't know for sure how it was spelled until I checked the book synopsis/teaser.