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Would you consider the audio edition of The Cassandra Project to be better than the print version?
Don't think one is superior to the other unless you want to drive and read.
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Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict Series is one of my favorites. Reading an Alex Benedict book is like boarding a speeding train with no way and no wish to get off until it’s over. The characters are good friends and the world is exciting. You live in it rather than just hearing about it. So, of course, I had to give this book a try. I liked it and recognized McDevitt's hand in it -- all the way to the end (I felt a bit let down by the ending -- wish I could tell you why without spoiling it for you). Not as good as the Benedict Series, but worth a credit. If I could give the story two ratings, I would rate the book 4 and ending 3.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
McDevitt & Resnick have crafted what is billed as sci-fi, but in truth, the story is one of a massive governmental coverup coming to light after 50 years. The tale is set in 2019, 50 years after the first moon landing. As part of the commemoration, NASA releases a deluge of archived material which leads to hints that Apollo 11 may not have been the first. No one in any position of authority seems to know the real story that could explain the apparent confusion.
The pursuit of the truth occurs simultaneously by three individuals, the NASA spokesman, a billionaire planning a return visit to the moon, and the sitting president. Each has different motives and each uncovers independent clues that continue to add to the evolving quandary. In fact, it is revealed that the Soviets must have been in on the deception. Sadly, at no time, does any participant utter the possibility that every listener will jump to from the beginning. The denouement is less than satisfying, although understandable by 1969 standards, but not today. The reframing of Watergate through its involvement in the coverup is a nice touch as well.
Sadly, there is no sci-fi at all (sci-fi becomes a macguffin). The story could theoretically take place today. This is a classic political mystery where the truth behind a 50 year old coverup is almost completely lost as the former participants die off.
The narration is well done. The pace of the writing and the narration is slow and plodding. The characters are straight out of central casting with few endearing qualities.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I have read almost all Jack McDevitt books and despite the similarity of their plots, there have been enough differences to make each unique. I have enjoyed them from 5 stars to 3.5 stars. They are usually set in the far future - that is not so different from today - but this was set in America now, although not much else changed. I feel that the 'humour' in the book was probably down to Mike Resnick as it didn't seem familiar. The clues built up, gradually revealing more, but I felt the finale was a let down and - in part - preposterous. I was left as flat as I was by The daVinci Code.I thought the narrator did well and can't be blamed for my disappointment.
Could you see The Cassandra Project being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
I read the short story version of the Cassandra Project a couple of years back and quite enjoyed it. When I heard Mc Devitt was doing a full length version I thought, hmmm he will need to expand the story a fair bit to make it work. Well the sad reality was that he didn't. He simply kept the same basic story and then padded it with a lot of lame conversations between people who don't know anything or can't remember what happened back at NASA more than 50 years ago, funny about that. We end up with wooden characters, lame dialogue and an ending that was hardly worth the effort of getting there. Lame, very lame.
PS. The narrator was excellent and certainly gave it his best shot.