Audiobook Review

Kings of a Dead World

By
Jamie Mollart
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Performance
Overall
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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

Half Stargate Universe with its bleak futility and half Man in the High Castle with its rumbling underbelly.

THE BIRDICT

🧡 Dwindling resources have forced humanity to sleep most of the time. That’s the intriguing premise that first unfolds . As someone who (day)dreams of more shuteye, the idea of months of the stuff is tempting, but not if it means waking to the grim, desperate world posed by Jamie Mollart. I do love visiting such places in stories though.

💚 The two narrators are constant threads throughout this story; characters on either side of the divide imposed by The Sleep: A sleeper and a janitor (a caretaker of sleepers). Beyond this, the story shifts and changes constantly. At first it has the feel of a space opera, then an uprising. Some parts felt like a good old fashioned Bonnie and Clyde tale.

Big thanks to NetGalley and W.F. Howes Ltd, for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

🎧 Mike Rogers does an excellent job as the sole narrator of this audiobook. I especially liked his portrayal of the AI, which was nuanced and witty.

🎧I think an extra narrator would have given this performance a valuable extra dimension. With two main characters with such similar backgrounds, I believe differentiating their voices more starkly would have painted a clearer picture.

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Kings of a Dead World

THE BLURB

The Earth's resources are dwindling. The solution is The Sleep: periods of hibernation imposed on those who remain with only a Janitor to watch over the sleepers. In the sleeping city, elderly Ben struggles with his limited waking time and the disease which is stealing his wife from him. Outside, lonely Janitor Peruzzi craves the family he never knew. Around them both, dissatisfaction is growing. The city is about to wake.