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Story line and character development shows the care taken by the author to build
A solid product.
So much. The range of Character Voices used by the narrator are poor At best. All the characters voices are poor variations oil ladies.
Most of rest if the narration is questionable.
Would you try another book from Jay Allan and/or Jeff Bower?
Jay Allen - Yes. Jeff Bower - No, or at least not until he realizes that narrating a book like First Imperium requires a modicum of professionalism and tact. After a few chapters I honestly started to think, "this guy can't be serious..... he is making these characters into a c rated parody of serious people doing serious things in a serious environment."
Who was your favorite character and why?
The guy who jammed those explosives down the freshly torn open chest cavity of that bastard who tried to sabotage one of the fleet's cruisers. I could almost feel the gooey, still warm visceral organs thwacking against my face after the timing mechanism went ding. That guy deserved some sort of leave package or at least one of those shiny things to expand his uniform's salad bar.
Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Bower’s performances?
No. Refer to answer to question 1. Why does every person in this book at or below the rank of lieutenant sound like a 54 pound 11 year old kid who is still waiting for his sack to drop? At some point the narrator had to realize that this story is somewhat serious in nature. You know, that struggle to save whole planet populations thing and intense firefights with entire squads and even platoons being torn apart by direct hits from pulse cannons? After the fourth book I just don't know if the narrator really cares that almost every character's voice doesn't match what, in my humble opinion, it should be. Where is this production's producer? If there is one, why on earth hasn't he / she sat the guy down and told him to knock off the nitrous oxide bit and get serious?I don't know...maybe it's me and I am taking it all wrong. All I can say is that when I fork out my dough for an audiobook, I expect at least a modicum of narrator attention to how real people talk in various situations. Sadly, I just did not get it here. The book is a damn good piece of military science fiction with tons of action and all the things I like in a book from this genre. I could pick basically any narrator from the 800 or so books I have purchased from Audible and have them narrate this book. Not one of them would come even close to the falsetto or crappy jive smack voices Bower perpetrated on my ears. 3/4's of the way through, after I started to get pissed off for the various characters who, if they were actually real and heard how they sounded in this guy's narration, would probably drop whatever they were doing, hunt him down and snap his neck like a balsa wood chopstick, I gave up on the whole effort and pressed delete.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Yes. As long as Jeff Bower had nothing to do with any voices or narration. As the last movie I saw was March of the Penguins, I wouldn't exactly save a seat for me.
Any additional comments?
Jay Allen can write an intergalactic zorchfest of a novel with the best of them. I just wish the audio part of this audiobook was narrated by someone who actually cared about what he was doing. A well written book just got torpedoed by its narration, and that's a shame.