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I am a casual fan of the Berserker series and like to read one every so often as a new title pops up. This book is on par of what to expect from the most recent Berserker books (a lot of diologue with little action). However, the reader of this audiobook makes it almost unbarable to listen to. You know when he stops at the end of a paragraph because he stops - for 2 to 3 seconds - EVERY TIME!! Also his inflections of the different characters make them all sound whiny and paranoid. After listening to the masterful presentation of the Ender Trilogy by Orson Scott Card, this book is the audiobook equivalent of nails on a blackboard. Do not buy or you'll be sorry!
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I wish I had read the previous review before I had downloaded this book. Unfortunately, I had short notice on a road trip and wanted something entertaining to pass the time while driving. I've listened to several of the other Berserker novels read by Barrett Whitener and always enjoyed them.
But, while Whitener's reading enhances the story, Edward Lewis's "screeching" of the book completely detracts from the experience. If I hadn't been on a long night time drive with nothing else to "read" on my ipod, I could never have finished the story.
Besides the ridiculously long pauses between paragraphs and the absolutely awful voice characterizations for the different characters,Lewis frequently butchers the book by completely screwing up the inflection and timing of the clauses in any mildly complicated compound sentence.
Although it is difficult to judge the merits of the book without being influenced by the poor reading, I thought that this was the least interesting of the half dozen of so Berserker books I have read or listened to. It seemed that every time a character or situation would start to get interesting, 10 or 15 pages of pointless dialog would follow which usually turned out to have little or no significance for the rest of the book. Even the ending was unsatisfying.
All in all, probably the worst experience I have had in over four years of being an enthusiastic Audible listener. About the only good thing I can say is that I had absolutely no trouble staying awake all night while I was driving - but it was the adrenaline flow caused by anger and frustration instead of the pleasant anticipation of the resolution of an interesting and entertaining story.
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