I have every Battletech book written. I like the universe that has been created. I was very excited to see Audible had a great Battletech series for download. I do however like unabridged stories. I was happy with the narrator, he did a fine job, I was also happy with the production,some sound effects and scene dividing music.
I however was not happy with the way they chopped the story. In my view they left out parts of the story that would be critical to explain the motivations of the characters. They also did not try to explain how the mechs worked, or even really what Mechs were.
I would be very interested to see hat a person new to the story, storyline would have to say. If Audible could get the Battletech stories unabridged I would buy them all. IF youare looking for a short piece to listen to, that does not require a lot of thought by all means get this audio book, but do yourself a favour if you like it... go buy the print edition and read that.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
synaubrey: You get your wish.
I've never read any of the Battletech series. I grabbed this selection (the collection) because Defiance Audio was the producer and I loved what they'd done with the Deathstalker series. I'm a serious audio-book "reader" (I used to work in the industry); I own well over 500 and have read far more, around 2-4 per week. With that having been said, I'm REALLY disappointed.
The narrator is decent, the production is quality, but the plot is so severely abridged that it doesn't make an ounce of sense. Think in terms of the way the later Harry Potters and Eragon translated into movies: no exposition, rising action, denouement. Just action sequence after action sequence with nothing tying them together, no back-story, no character development, nothing. I've no doubt that they hit every major plot point in the book, but they don't relate them to anything, even each other.
Further, I can't help but believe that this is not the first book or story-arc in the series, so what little plot is exposed appears to simply pre-suppose the reader already knows what's going on. I'm a little over an hour in, I haven't the foggiest clue what anyone's motivations are, why characters are being beaten up for their professions, why these big power-armors are blowing one another up in asteroid fields, why it's significant that Character A is in a wheelchair or that Character B is joining some "Prince's Guard" (or even what said guard IS).
I give up. This abridging editor should be shot. I can list the number of audio books I couldn't finish on both hands (and with my count, that's saying something), but this is garbage, plain and simple. The book may be amazing, the series grand, but you'd never know it from this example. If you like high-quality sci-fi, go get Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon or Simon Green's Deathstalker, but pass on this one. Maybe if they re-release unabridged.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Battletech? What did you like least?
With MWO coming out soon, my mech passion was running hotter than an AWS-8Q after an alpha strike. I was looking forward to revisiting this series, but having trouble finding them in print I turned to this audible version. Poor decision.
The abridging in this series is awful. The vast majority of character development, lore, and political intrigue has been removed. Battle scenes are well done & Christopher Graybill does an outstanding job, but in the end it's just a black & white pencil sketch of this fantastic universe.
Off to the library for me!
Has Battletech turned you off from other books in this genre?
No more abridged versions of audible books for me. Sadly, at the moment that means no more audible Battletech.
Which scene was your favorite?
The battle scenes on Twycross were okay.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
great reading of a great book and well worth the time and expense to read.
A very good reading of a very good story. if you enjoy Battletech as much as I do then you will enjoy this book.
This version cuts many important character development scenes, cuts lots of combat, and basically reduces the entire book to a summary of events. Very disappointing and not a good representation of battletech.
Where does Battletech rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I've always liked the Battletech series. I am sure I would have liked this one too, but I was disappointed to realize it was an abridged version.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Read the entire book.I liked the narrator. He made the story-telling experience much more enjoyable than just reading. But either he needs to speak up or be aware of the volume of the background sound effects. There were multiple times when I couldn't tell what he was saying due to the noise.
What does Christopher Graybill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I drive a 1 hour commute each way in my work. These books help while away the time. Christopher has a talent for communicating emotion with his reading.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
I have two complaints about this product.
1. I am not a fan of "abridged" books. I read the book many years ago and was hoping to get a similar experience. I felt that too much was left out.
2. On several occasions, the sound effects drowned out the narrator.
don't waste money or credits on this or any of the other Battle tech novels. buy the book and read it. this version leaves so much out as to make it useless. learn from my mistake.
I love the books. I own them 3 ways now, but the audio book cuts some of the story out.
though the book is FAR shorter than I remember, the book is still fantastic - Thanks for helping me relive those days
another great book by stackpole I love the battletech series and this book and the performance were all first rate