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The story might have been good. But I couldn't get past the reader. He sounded like an 80 year old man who hadn't gotten new glass in 20 years. Instead of reading a sentence at a time, he read one word at a time. And he emphasized the last letter of the last word of each sentence for an extra 3 seconds. I gave up after 20 minutes. I couldn't take it any longer. I returned the book.
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This the first story in a science fiction trilogy.
I am unsure if I liked this book or not. I have mixed feelings about it.
This audiobook is narrated by Fred Wolinsky. Unfortunately, I found his narration to be extremely off putting. Although he read the story clearly, I found the slow pace of his speech and the drawl in his voice to be rather grating for my ear. I found myself switching off the book often to listen to something else, in an effort stop myself from grinding my teeth in irritation.
I normally do character breakdowns in my reviews. However, although I enjoyed meeting Jeff Baker and Nicole Price, I found them and the other characters to be rather one dimensional and lacking the spark that would have made them come alive for me.
The story is told through several points of view. It started off strongly; I love the description of the crashed spacecraft on Callisto's surface, the suspense of who the owners were had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, the story began to go down hill from there. The captain and crew of the Nabira (sorry, not sure of spelling) ship that rescued Jeff and Nicole, and their mission, felt a little dis-organised and had me feeling confused. There are also several unresolved loose ends that promise to be revealed in the later books.
I love science fiction, but this book left me feeling confused and dissatisfied. Although this book is only two hours and forty-seven minutes long, it felt longer. I love it when a book grips me and this one, sadly, did not. I am not sure I will continue with the trilogy in audiobook format if the same narrator will be used.
J.A. Hawkings has written an intriguing start to a science fiction trilogy. I cannot say for sure that I loved his writing style, as I found it disjointed and confusing. This, in my opinion, also affected the flow.
I cannot in good conscience recommend this in audiobook format, but suggest you give the print form a go if you love space operas or science fiction. - Lynn Worton
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What disappointed you about The Last Spaceship?
Worst reading of a book that I have listened to. Very disjointed gave up half way
What will your next listen be?
Unrelenting by Mike Shepherd read by Dina Pearlman book 13 so far a Chris longknife novel a very good space saga thoroughly well narrated
What didn’t you like about Fred Wolinsky’s performance?
Very disjointed, did not able the listener to bond with story. Very unemotional telling of story
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Story started to be interesting but the narrator spoils the listening
Any additional comments?
Don't use this narrator again, I certainly will not listen to a book narrated by him