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SOUNDING CONFIDENT ABOUT A THING DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE
I don't want to sound like a copy cat of The southern STRIKER man on meds, but I too thought this good, but not great. It was 70% entertaining. The filler in the middle was boring.
I MUST SAY DOCTOR, YOUR AWFUL HARD TO LIKE
While I did not like the doctor on the prison planet they rescued. I did like the adventure on the prison planet.
THE WAITING IS GETTING TO HIM, JUST LIKE THE REST OF US.
This is a long set up for the gathering of a crew and the finding an ancient derelict from an unknown super race, in order to beat THE NEW MEN, who are far superior to us and who feel we are like ants. Heppner writes in a old time serious manner, so don't expect any laughs. His writing reminds me a little of pulp science fiction.
The narrator was a little slow and I put him on 1.25 for the last three hours.
48 of 51 people found this review helpful
I'd love to say great things about this book, but all I can come up with is "meh". The simplistic, straight-line, single character focused writing is reminiscent of classic 50's-60's scifi, which was fine for Heinlein half a decade ago, but this is supposed to be a contemporary book. Heppner seemed to borrow too much from older scifi, and at times this novel reads more like Star Trek fan fiction than an original piece. While there's nothing wrong with fanfic, I was expecting something a little more unique in theme and modern in complexity.
As for the narrator, who was at best dull and at worst awkward, I am very happy to see that the next books in the series use a different one. The breathy voice he used for the female characters was laughable. The odd pronunciations (e.g.,"rum" for "room") and sometimes outright mispronunciations were distracting. The supposedly "Scottish" accent sounded more like a cartoon character than a serious one. There were also times when it was clear the narrator forgot who he was speaking for, and used the wrong voice or changed it midway through. All in all, it didn't work.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
The story was fine, an old fashioned action movie with all the usual aspects you would expect. The narration however was at times truly appalling, especially the attempt at a Scottish accent. The character variously sounded Russian, Indian, Scouse, Brummie, Irish and a whole variety of others but never ever a Glaswegian. It was embarrassing and truly cringe worthy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
First off, it's a really basic, linear story where not much happens. It's also very repetitive.
At one point, I logged back into to Audible to see when the book was written. I figured that perhaps it was in the 50s due to the lack of technical imagination. Turns out that it wasn't written in the 50s, and it just was a lack of imagination.
The most annoying thing is the "Batman '60s TV series" dialog that's rife throughout the story. Remember the endings to the old TV series where there'd be a barrage of questions? "Will, blar blar do whatever? Can so-and-so do x? Will batman make it out alive?" That kind of nonsense. Well, there's a lot of that in it, which gets very irritating, very quickly.
Finally, although the narrator did a reasonable job, one of the principle characters is Scottish, and his attempt at a Scottish accent is a joke. Either they should have found someone who could at least approximate a Scottish accent or the producer should have said don't both.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Narrator tries very hard, but sadly the voices he tries are just so bad it's cringe worthy. Scottish people are lining up around the block just to punch him in the face. The story is so uninspiring and basic. As complex as an beginners adventure in any RPG. I was hoping it would get better as the story developed but every time the author had an opportunity to expand and be different the story reverted back to something like a budget movie.
there was so much potential here that was missed.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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SIMPLY this is a great series.
perservire and the series pays off. Each book in the series of 4 get better and so does his writing. Just finished the last one and will listen again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful