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Fundamental book and definitely a must read/listen!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 26.07.2018

The most frightening book I‘ve read in a very long time! I knew quite a bit of what was told in the book, but the things that were new to me were really shocking. And I don‘t refer to the Doomsday Machine - I had heard of that before ...
Don‘t hesitate but listen to the full story today! Very informative and revealing. Our species is a monster- at least collectively!

Very personal history - less about Sub Service

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.11.2014

I held Richard Smith in the highest regard that he can talk about his feelings and remarkable development that he experienced during and after very stressful years of service. But I would like to give the potential reader a word of advise: the book is not so much about tense moments during dangerous missions during the Cold War as it is telling the very personal history of one man who endured the training and selection for the Silent Service. After the long and too much detailed introduction in the general life on submarines, the book tells the gripping biography of a man who tries to cope with his personal past. This is interesting, helpful and very personal. But it is not the narration of heroic missions deep under the sea - that is all classified.

My advice to the author would be to skip the elaborate details about food on a sub, about the personal details of his shipmates and some of the acronyms accompanying subs. I thought more than once to stop the audio book prematurely. It could be skipped in an edited future version. The overall story is worth reading and shouldn't be made so long and - sorry - boring with these details that don't have a real importance for the story.

To wrap it up, I just wondered at the very end of the book, if the strange story of the Rolex hasn't rung all alarm bells? It seems ominous to me that someone would send something so valuable as a reward for a service. Maybe the source was involved in clandestine operations as well? We'll never know - classified as well. ;)

Ridiculous story

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 09.01.2014

The best of this audioook is the performance of the narrator. The story is not convincing and simply build. Also too overloaded by military lingo and a childish exaltation about action and military operations.

In summary the story seems to be written by a former member of the armed forces, who is still brain washed by his basic military training. The author rows one action scene onto the next, almost without even trying to develop a beliebable story or characters. Almost: early in the story he tried to develop some civilian characters, but dumped them unmotivated. My impression was, he didn't know what to do with this part of the story telling and cut it off.

Two stars in total, because it was interesting enough to listen to the end. But I definitely will not spend the time to listen to it again.

Good old cyberpunk story

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.11.2013

Metrophage remembers me at the first trilogy of William Gibson. And that's not a bad start for an audio book and an author of whom I hadn't heard before. The story is set in a not to distance future and the protagonist fights against all odds and with limited understanding of the forces around him.

That's not really new, but Richard Kadrey shows a lot of creativity to bring his world to life. He tells the story with many details and conjures a believable world with enough interesting characters and plots that you always want to learn more.

But there's a shortcoming compared to Gibson: the whole story is told from only one perspective. While Gibson often creates three or four different stories that merge in the end to one grand finale, Metrophage concentrates on the (anti-)hero. And some of his actions are a little bit repetitive: getting into trouble and being rescued by another faction of the Metrophage universe. Just to get into more trouble later to be rescued again.

The narrator makes a very good job. Easy to listen and with a varitey of different "voices" to bring the different characters to life.

All in all I would rate it with 4 of 5 stars. It's an above the average cyberpunk story but not setting a new standard.

Schlechter Spannungsbogen

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 28.07.2012

Das Hörbuch hat mich insgesamt enttäuscht, was mehrere Gründe hat. Zum einen ist der Sprecher zwar von der Stimme gut und auch seine Versuche, der Erzählung durch Stimmverstellung und Akzente einen Hörbuchcharakter zu vermitteln, sind ganz o.k.

Aber es ist seine aufgeregte Art und der Hang jede Kleinigkeit in ein Drama zu verwandeln, die das Zuhören sehr anstrengend, ja fast unangenehm macht. Alles erinnert an Weltuntergang und drohende Verschwörung. Gleich zu Beginn wird ein harmloser Auffahrunfall zur Katastrophe stilisiert, und der Hörer fragt sich, wo da noch Raum für Steigerung bleiben soll?!

Aber auch das Buch selbst hat gravierende erzählerische Schwächen. Es ist schlicht langweilig. Die Charaktere bleiben stereotyp und flach. Dem Autor gelingt es nicht, das an sich interessante Thema mit glaubwürdigen und lebendigen Charakteren zu erzählen. Statt dessen verliert er sich in detaillierten technischen Schilderungen, die zwar von seiner Recherchearbeit künden, die aber vergessen, dass es in dem Szenario um Menschen und nicht um Technik geht!

Tipp fürs nächste Buch: Technik erzählt keine Geschichte. Menschen müssen im Mittelpunkt stehen. Dabei kann die interessante Botschaft, wie anfällig unsere moderne Welt von Strom und seiner Versorgung ist, als Aufhänger dienen. Aber die Nachricht ist nach den ersten 15 Minuten beim Leser/Zuhörer angekommen. Ab dann langweilt das Buch in seiner detaillierten Beschreibung, was alles nicht mehr funktioniert.

Auch scheint der Autor ein gestörtes Verhältnis zu seinem WC zu haben. :-) So häufig wie er genüßlich schildert, dass es hygienische Probleme in diesem Bereich geben wird, ist auffällig - und unnötig!

Genau wie dieses Buch. Alternativ gibt es von den Landesbehörden (z. B. in Berlin) interessantere Studienergebnisse, was bei einem länger andauernden Stromausfall zu erwarten ist. Diese empfehle ich statt dessen. Vielleicht vertont sie ja auch mal jemand als Hörbuch!

Wonderful

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 02.07.2010

This audio book presents William Gibson's story very vividly. The narrator brings the various characters to life and it's a pleasure to follow the plot of the novel while listening to the narrator's different interpretations of the chracters.

I read the Neuromancer trilogy several times before, but the audio book was a whole new experience of an already well-known story. Very well done!