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The narrator, Oliver Wyman, did a fantastic job.
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As he did on the Z. Recht Morningstar Virus books, here he changes voices for every character, helping the listener keep everyone straight. I particularly liked the way he voiced the women, especially Sulasmith Chopra, the scientist who is obsessed with discovering the time-warping secret behind the man responsible for sending the Chronoliths into the past. Probably not.
I previously listened to Spin and Axis, and those were ok. This one was not. Would you recommend The Chronoliths to your friends? Why or why not? It was very slow. Too much telling, and not enough showing. I kept hoping there had been an abridged version available. Too low key, but I was especially bothered by the way Sue Chopra was voiced. This is a woman who came to this country when she was 3 years old, and yet she has this vague foreign accent. How does that happen? I didn't hear anything in her history that would justify an accent.
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I believe she should have been voiced without an accent. Could you see The Chronoliths being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No, there is not enough action to hold anyone's attention. Any additional comments? I really wanted to like it. I like anything having remotely to do with time travel, and this seemed to fall into that category. However, it was very tedious. I'm sure this is just the ticket for a lot of people. Just not for me. Would you listen to The Chronoliths again? Great story, great narrator!
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What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chronoliths? Interesting ideas and a nice twist on the usual ideas around time travel paradox. Narrator does a great job immersing you tin the story. Wilson weaves a futuristic threat into a world that feels very much like the one we live in now, making it easy to relate to. The characters feel real and are better developed than in many sci-fi books.
The premise - a warrior, in the future, conquers one nation after another, and sends monuments of himself into the past our present - is inventive and has all sorts of interesting political and psychological factors, which Wilson develops well. I love the way the plot sweeps up a seemingly disparate cast of characters and unfolds across the years of their lives. Big thumbs up. Some writers just know how to put words and thoughts together well enough that you have to listen.
This book is depressing and exciting. I am not a fan of books with bleak outlooks, but RW is such a good writer that he can keep your interest with his thoughts, even though you may not like the subject matter. The science in this is exciting, but seems to be a very small part of the book until toward the end. It is written as a narrative, which is not my favorite style. Often in the book he mentions how awful something is and then follows that with, but not as awful as it would become.
I believe these type of teasers to be a cheap way out for the writer, and it is especially cheap if the ending does not live up to the billing. It may sound like I am hard on the book, but I did give it 4 stars which I do not do lightly. I think it is worth the money, it just might not be your favorite.
If you have not read RW, then you should start with Spin. It had all the makings of a great sci-fi mystery book, but the story never developed pass just the mundane and simple. I was really expecting more. I was looking for a good time travel novel and this hit the spot but not in the way I imagined. The story is more about human connections and our tangled experience through life, wrapped under the blanket of a sci-fi novel. I will admit I was slightly disappointed with the ending, expecting more closure than it gave. Though the author takes some liberties with the scientific parts of the concept of time travel, he has done this in a fantastic manner.
The narration was okay. I am still uncertain why the narrator chose to give the main protagonist such an exhausted, emotionless voice. The other characters were voiced well. There were a couple of mistakes, in particular I think the narrator forgot to switch voices once or twice. The Chronoliths is a temporal paradox story. The central question of who or what is "Kuin" pulls you in like a black hole. The first person narrative of protagonist Scott Wardon makes the character incredibly authentic. The story never strays from the mysterious appearances, creating a strong plot that does not overshadow the characters, yet provides plenty of opportunity for drama.
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