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Ugh. Man-tick-e-run.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2020

I can't listen to 30 hours of mispronounced Manticoran. This makes me a sad panda, I was looking forward to this.

Good story so far

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-2019

Dear gods of Audible. Please prohibit your narrators from attempting accents they ill-equipped to handle. The "Australian" accent sounds like a German attempting to portray a New Zealander who's lived in Johannesburg since they were 6 years old, and who learned English from a native Brazilian speech therapist. It is horrifyingly distracting, and I'd love it if y'all could just stop it. Apart from that, it's a really good reading so far.

Great story, great narrator!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-2018

A rollicking tale of adventure - military sci-fi meets Dungeons & Dragons. I go back to this series every few years. It's well written, with good pacing and decent characters. Rudnicki is a top notch narrator who provides enough character without taking it too far. If I had any complaints it would be the depiction of Space-Greenpeace as a fundamentalist religious order of unwashed, misanthropic, communist evil-doers. Luckily it's so hilariously overdone that I can't take it too seriously. It might ruffle your feathers a little if you support Sea Shepherd or recycle your paper in the office, but it isn't centre stage in this book.

Poor performance prevents pleasurable pastime

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-2018

Distractingly bad accents and characterization make this listen a real chore. I love the Laundry Files, so I've really tried to get through the bad parts. Sadly I just can't do it.

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Good, but not great.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-2018

I pre-ordered this on the strength of The Martian (I still haven't seen the film, but the audiobook is amazing).
Sadly, Artemis just didn't quite grab me at any point. The POV protagonist was a bit too smart-assed for my tastes, and aside from that I found the story both rushed and slow. Don't ask me how these can both be true.
The narrator was mostly OK, but I think that coming from her background as an actor may have harmed her performance here. Oftentimes I found she put just a bit too much "dramatics" in how she portrayed the various characters. This often rankled me and took me out of the story. Hopefully she will tone things down a bit next time she reads.

Overall, I liked it, but I didn't love it. At Audible's price, I still felt I got my money's worth, but I hope that Andy Weir can recapture some of the brilliance of The Martian with his next novel.

A fun little tale

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-2017

Andy Weir demonstrates his writerly chops once again, this time giving us a look at the villainous Moriarty's early exploits in evil.
If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, or little mysteries, get this one - it's short, but sweet!

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