Narrator: Alastair James Murden
Published by Self Published / Indie on 20 October 2017
Length: 2 hours and 7 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Author, Submitted
Sub-Major Clement, a reserve officer of the third expeditionary fleet is becoming increasingly disenchanted with the Imperial mission and the constant state of war required to keep the peace.
When a strange set of circumstances allow him to take control of a Warmind, one of the highly sophisticated AIs running the conflict, he discovers the true nature of the war and the terrible weapon the AIs are designing.
Clement must find a way out before the weapon, or whatever is driving the AIs to develop it, destroys them all.
©2017 Jesse Laeuchli (P)2017 Jesse Laeuchli
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Without spoilers, I understood this audiobook to be about Sub-Major Clement who is contacted by an AI called Warmind. Warmind experiences the world in Deep Time and is concerned with the way things in the universe are going. I looked up Deep Time and the definition suggests to me that Warmind may have existed for billions of years. Warmind has come to the conclusion that the way things in the universe are progressing then extinction for everyone is on the horizon. He communicates this to Clements who wants to help.
As a fan of science fiction, I really wanted to love this book. When I have to give a less than stellar review, I try to give feedback about what could have made the story better. In this short of a book, there is always a concern whether enough time has been used to develop the storyline. It felt too short for several reasons. In my opinion, the characters needed to be fleshed out and more time should have been taken with the plot. I would have liked more information about Warmind. If it has existed for so many years, for the most part, does it consider itself only an observer? I wasn’t sure if it was an AI or not until I read a blurb elsewhere. Another character, Anismus, also received little character development. I wasn’t sure where he fit in. Too much was rushed and I had to go back many times to re-listen just to try to understand what was going on. I liked where Laeuchli was going in the first half but truthfully, I was lost and confused by the end. I really wanted to get a copy of the book and see if that made things clearer.
I looked up the website of the narrator Alastair James Murden. His resume states he is versatile in the dialects of British, Cockney, Scottish, American, Southern, Irish, Russian and Australian. I would have loved to have seen a demonstration of that in this book. Murden often lowered his voice to what felt like an uncomfortable level to voice particular characters. It almost sounded like his voice was giving out. It would have been nice if Warmind’s voice was altered slightly in the studio to create more of an AI feel to it. As it was, his stilted voice for Warmind and his raspy voice for Radiance were great fits for those characters. One thing I try to observe is, am I focused on the narrator’s voice or does the voice actor narrate in such a way that I am immersed in the story instead? I like to “forget” I’m being narrated to and only hear the story. This didn’t happen.
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