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Vivid descriptions abound. Setting of China takes a while to get used to it. It is a good book worth listening to.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is a dystopia set in China. The story switches from the year 2086 and 2174, and it is mostly about the political changes that happened in 2136, when the country switched from Communism to Democracy. The story focuses on the family of a boy who survived during the hard Communism years, when his parents and brothers were killed by the government, and which will be key in the future years of Democracy. China becomes a world power regarding AI and technological advances, but there is a hoard of nationalists which will put this peaceful and prosper situation in danger.
This book seemed so interesting that I was looking forward to listen to it. But I have to say that I struggled so much to finish it that I am not sure the effort was worth it. It is not an easy book to follow, not really due to the time shifts or the many characters with Chinese names, but due to how little information we get about them. The listener is thrown dozens of character's names with little explanation or background. I had to keep a list to be able to follow the flow, and even like that it was a challenge.
One of the worst issues with this book is the narration. Leanne Yau reads fast, without much pause and little inflection. I tend to listen to books at more than 1X speed to prevent my mind from wandering, but here even at 1X I had the feeling I was missing things. Apart from fast and having a heavy Asian accent, Yau has a very clipped speech. To make things worse, the audio production was subpar. There is some background noise all the time, and this coupled with the clipped speech made impossible to listen to the book in noisy environments. The great things about audiobooks is the possibility they bring to multitask, but with this one it was difficult. I had to pause it while on the metro because I was not able to hear everything correctly. I noticed some little reverb on the narration, which makes me think that Yau's narration booth needs some improvement. She used some echo effect to express characters' thoughts that was way to overdone and broke the rhythm of the story. There were also some important differences in volume, sibilances and pop sounds.
I liked the idea of having a narrator of Asian origin to set the atmosphere like with The Burn Zone, but this time it did not work. I wish the best to Leanne Yau, but I would recommend her to invest on improving her performance, booth, and technical skills.
I got quite upset about this book. This was the kind of story that I most enjoy, and within one of my favorite genre. It also felt quite original and I was ready to enjoy the ride. But, for the life of me, I couldn't. It makes me quite sad, because I would like to continue this series but I do not have the time to read regular books nowadays, but I just can't stand how this narration was done. If another audio edition gets released in the future I will definitely go for it.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
To start with the book had me vexed as to what it wanted to be to start with and then expanded out into a good story about Interesting characters are caught up in war, rebellion, conflict and politics. Why people rebel, how they forget the problems of the past, greed, violence and corruption are all themes in this book.
The story moves back and forward along the timeline revealing the truth of past events bit by bit keeping you guess what is going to happen next almost like a mystery book, letting you try to figure out how and why things are happening or what facts you are missing if you want
The world is interesting, all sorts of advanced sci-fi tech and being based in a future China it is a fascinating view into a very different world than most books I listen to
Leanne Yau’s narration is solid and the characters have unique voices. They are equally as skilled with narrating the story, actions and events as with breathing life and personality into the characters. One thing that people may or may not like is the echo effect from inner thoughts or mental communications
I enjoyed this book and I am interested to see what happens next as this series decently has the potential to be something special.
I am happy with the time I spent listening to this book.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Outstanding,Complex,fantastical and even educational.I didn't get bored for an instant. Never a sense of padding, or randomness in the plot. Indeed, it takes a turn I didn't see coming. With hindsight, there was some foreshadowing, but it was either too subtle, or I was too engrossed to notice it. Love all the characters- even the not so nice ones become increasingly interesting as the series moves on. Just when you think you have it all figured out, a curved ball gets thrown.
Very well narrated too. Earlier reviews suggest a not-so-great narrator....the books must surely have been redone because I'm super-fussy when it comes to narration, and I couldn't fault this. Leanne Lea's work was beautiful.
Really looking forward to the next book in the series......it promises to be a good one!Daniel Jeffries intelligence shines through in this creative work , very impressing and awe-inspiering.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion .