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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
- By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
- Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
- Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
You think you know how the world works? Think again. From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world. Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.
Slow slow slow. I just couldn't get into it.
- By Matt Petersen on 09-02-2018
A wonderful experience, questionable performaces
A great long ride of a listen, a lot to take on board, and a lot of relistening back a minute or two when you space out a bit. Some of the bad guys were so one-dimensional that I was definitely expecting a redemptive twist that never came. Flat side characters abound, many just strangely ham-fisted stereotypes given that other seemingly unimportant details are included.
Many grating accents throughout, like terribly bad, and yeah, again, stereotypes. Why a halting, laboured Eastern European accent when a character is writing a narration in their native language?
The story is a lot of fun though, an odd mix of "turn your brain off" and don't overthink it kind of fun, but if you do turn your brain off you'll miss a ton of what's going on, found myself rewinding a lot. The main core of characters are all very likeable, and I'd love to catch up with them in the future given it's all very open for a sequel.