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If you could sum up Poseidon's Wake in three words, what would they be?
Exploration. Elephants. African. Family.
Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
no. quite good, but at times a bit hard to understand. e.g. too much played accent :)
Any additional comments?
If you want an action packed story look elsewhere. This is a story about people, their feelings, day-to-day interactions... Very interesting mix of hard science & nature animal story.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. Too drawn out. Way too much uninteresting dialogue. Towards the end of the book I couldn't stomach any more.
If you’ve listened to books by Alastair Reynolds before, how does this one compare?
Other books I've read by him are better. More inventive.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator in and of herself is good - but the high pitch, squeeky, African-simulated voices get annoying after a while, espc. as there is so much dialogue.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
There is a worthwhile story in here, but unfortunately it's buried beneath a large amount of unnecessary padding. This is one book which would really benefit from some editing.
In particular, it seemed very dialogue-heavy, with a lot of conversations not contributing much. This was not helped by the narrator making some of the characters speak rather slowly - albeit for a good reason.
That aside, the narration was very good, and it was not hard to tell who was who.
Incidentally, I don't agree with the synopsis above, where it states that "This novel is a standalone story." On the contrary; it draws heavily on the previous two books, and if you're going to go for this one, I'd recommend reading/listening to the others first.
So to summarise: an interesting story buried under a lot of padding, with a decent narrator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Poseidon's Wake the most enjoyable?
The narrator is fantastic with unique vocals for each character.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Eunice because of the sarcasm and humor in the character and the way the narrator portrayed it.
What about Adjoa Andoh’s performance did you like?
She is the best narrator I have ever listned to. I would read any book she was narating
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes but it is too long to be able to do so