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This award-winning science fiction novel is the first book of the Children of the Star trilogy, but is complete in itself and is of more interest to younger listeners than the two following books, although adults also enjoy it. It appeared in the UK under the title Heritage of the Star.
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By Elisa on 08-14-15
Great classic YA book poorly performed
I bought into the whole Amazon / Audible ecosystem (Kindles, Kindle Fires, Amazon Prime, Audible Gold, etc.), and am trapped now. But I gotta say that this corporate behemoth is not doing its customers or its own reputation any good with its emphasis on quantity with a disregard to quality. On the Kindle side it's almost impossible to avoid self-published authors who desperately needed the services of a copyeditor (or better yet, an editor...or even a slush-pile reader who might have saved the public from the experience of the manuscript) or unproofread scans of texts (unintelligible because of loss of periods and conversions of the letter h to b, etc). Now it seems that even audiobooks are not safe.
The narrator has a pleasant enough voice. The problem is in his agonizing slow pacing (was this recording originally intended for challenged young readers and/or English language learners?), lack of appropriate inflection, and tendency to let his "character voices" used in dialog (such as they are; not a lot of vocal flexibility here) spill into the first few words of non-dialog text.
_This Star Shall Abide_ was one of my favorite books as a young teen in the 1970s, and I was looking forward to hearing it performed. However, even though it was a mere $1.99 plus tax, I'm returning this Audible book on principle.
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