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A thought-provoking novel from the author of Ivory.
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By Levin on 12-31-14
Three strikes and I'm out
What would have made Paradise better?
The entire story was told without much emotion at all. Which is strange because the story is a story about an interview, and is told as the first-person narrator relates the story to the interviewer; he is relating his life's adventures on a remote frontier-planet - my thoughts are that it SHOULD have been exciting to tell. Maybe the interviewee was monotone and boring, and that's what the director asked for, so that is what we got.
Has Paradise turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, I am a big fan of interstellar exploration sci-fi, but this book reads like an African safari story written by a colonialist bigot talking about how it "just isn't the same since we mined out this region," or "before we hunted them 'nonsense-word' to extinction, you couldn't throw a stone without hitting 20."
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Zach Herries?
It's hard to say, he may only be reading as the director instructed. But if I wanted to "just read the book" I could have done that myself. It was a flavorless and forgetable narration.
George Guidall is an icon in narration because he can make even the slowest story move well - I would like to see what he could do for this one.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It just never grabbed my interest. I listened to it three times, and it was emminently forgetable. I tried to use it as a focal point and as a background listen, neither method helped. The third time just sealed its fate with me.
Any additional comments?
Please take it back and give me a credit to listen to anything else.
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