Space Opera

8 CDs. 10 hrs. HighBridge. Apr. 2018. ISBN 9781681689166. $24.99. digital download. F
Valente's (Radiance) latest is a tale about an intergalactic singing competition with the fate of humanity at stake. Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeros, a defunct rock band, is chosen to compete to prove that humans are a sentient race. The pace is fast moving, but a little rushed at the end. The writing is dense, somewhat reminiscent of Douglas Adams's style, although at times overwhelming in the audio format, with long run-on sentences. Australian actor Heath Miller's crisp voice highlights the quirky nature of this sf story that tries a little too hard to be funny.
VERDICT Of interest to fans of sf and Douglas Adams. ["Valente's action-packed saga brings life to the backstage drama of the best concert you ever attended, in outer space": LJ 4/15/17 starred review of the Saga: S. & S. hc.]
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