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Jaunty little piece about our first encounter with alien intelligence. Imaginative and well put together if a little formulaic at times. It felt almost like classic Heinlein. Jack Voorhies puts in a wonderful performance. As any audio book listener can attest, the narration is as important as the content. His reading made the whole experience a delight.
The Warm Hello by Dylan Brody is an enlightening and rather unique story that is played out over a relatively short period of time. The cover page is simple yet quite beautiful as opposed to the written book cover which is rather cheesy. Basically, a celestial entity of enormous proportions is seen in space and seconds later it says “HELLO!”; the repercussions of that kind word are extraordinary. The narration and production are off the charts excellent and I don’t say that lightly. With the voices, complicated scenes and rather complex lingo Jack Voorhies did a fantastic job keeping all aspects of this story and production in order.
I must admit I had to listen to the full story twice and fortunately it’s only 4 hours, 50 minutes in duration so easily redone in a day. Quite happy I decided to listen the second time as I had missed something small in the prologue but it created a lot of confusion in the chapters ahead and might have tarnished my review. There are many intricate scenes in the story and multiple perspectives, meaning you will hear a scene played out several times from the different characters….including the cat and various planets, so keep your ears tuned in or you will miss the character and in turn what the scene is doing.
After the “HELLO” life changes, not only for Earth and her people, but also for the entire galaxy. Senses, not just the five we know about but many more are coming to be in not only humans but also wildlife, plant life, rocks and planets.The “HELLO” from the entity was so devastating it was considered a threat rather than a friendly greeting and naturally the idea is to destroy the thing, but that’s supposed to be a secret……
It’s a story about war, peace, how regret harms us, and what true well-being could look like. In a world caught up in greed, pleasure and deceit the outcome is rather pleasant. On a gently funny note, there are a few moments when I’m sure the entity is a 1960’s hippie whose only motivation is to find other entities to play with. Even with the often times confusing scientific lingo the story is one I think many will enjoy. I hope to read more from Dylan Brody in the future.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.
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