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Easily one of, if not the most enjoyable audiobooks I have heard for a long time. Colourful characters, well constructed interesting storyline, ongoing often hilarious action, dialogue humour - sometimes laugh out loud - and a brilliant narration. This book has it all.
The Feedback Loop is a type of Groundhog Day, set in cyberspace. Quantum ("Call me Quantum") Hughes is stuck in a loop, the only real player in a Proxima Galaxy game, his logout having stopped working some 540+ 'days' before.- he knows that because he added a new item to his inventory after each awakening. He can't die but he's often murdered only to return the next morning to the predictable day ahead, starting at 8.05 when the Morning Assassin crashes through his window with some new way to kill him, or be killed. Then the crow flies past his window ...
Quantum is sick of it. He wants out. Then into his cyber life comes something strange, a new player - and she is a real person.
Written in the first person, Quantum is trapped with his emotions on edge, yo-yoing between boredom, depression, hopelessness, self pity, paranoia, callousness, anger, gallow's humour and fear. And Jeff Hays is Quantum, the slick, fast talking fighter, tired of being alone, afraid of what might have become of his body in the real world, hating the loop in which his is stuck. As the book progresses, the humour intensifies. And the narration echos it all. I have been an admirer of Mr.Hays' work for some time but in this performance he excels both in his interpretation of the text and in giving fitting voice to each and everyone of the other characters. (There is even a delicious little throwaway joke in which Quantum remarks to one of the in game personalities about another group, that their "accents are off ...like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins." and receives the reply that, looking for cultural diversity, the game makers " had voice actors create characters. Some were more successful than others." ).
There is so much I would like to write about and quote from this book. Snippets keep being recalled to make me smile. I want to recommend it to everyone I know. As soon as I heard the last sentences played, I purchased book two, Steampunk is Dead, in eBook format. But I haven't opened it yet: I am waiting to see if it, too, will be made into an Audiobook with Jeff Hays narrating. If so, it will be top of my shopping list.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
A great story. This was my first book by this author and I loved it. It was a little short, but nice to get a feeling for the the authors style. I will be listening to the next book in the series and this one as well I'm sure.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A very well-known theme in this story makes it very familiar and yet so very different. Quantum wakes every morning, to the same routine, day in, day out, and has he thinks for the last few years. Little does he really know the full extent of what’s actually been happening within the game he nicknames ‘the loop’.
When a message and a mysterious person, Frances, disturbs the loop and his day to day repetition. Everything that Quantum has come to know turns on him and he’s fighting for his life both inside and outside the game.
What I really enjoyed from this audiobook was the great attention to character detail, the depths to which Harmon has gone to make us really think about the situation that Quantum is in. After all, how would we react stuck not only in a game but repeating the same day? The psychological ramifications are evident throughout the story, but they’re realistic and true to Quantum’s character and to that of someone who is playing a game.
What I think could have been improved, there were some great action scenes and sequences, but I think the reasons behind some weren’t as clear as they could have been. The assassins on the outside, part of the ‘reapers’ were underdeveloped. I know money is the bane of all evil, but it didn’t quite add up for me. I wanted more of their need to stop him in the game and out of it, maybe that comes out better as the series develops. I guess I can only hope.
I am an avid follower of Jeff Hays, so I can’t lie that I already know his voices and his traits. As an actor, he’s growing not only in the genres he’s taking on but in the way he produces his work. They’re more and more entertaining, and it’s great to see someone branch out to take on, something as substantial in the writing world, a genre in its own making, litRPG.
I look forward to many more books from both these guys, this one is well worth a listen too. Thanks