Drone Audiobook Review

Drone by W. M. J. Kreucher, narrated by Samuel E. Hoke, is a rather short “by the book” terrorist attack plot against the United States capital using a Drone as the method of attack. The book opens by setting up the various characters along with their specific expertise in their given fields and how they will be important for carrying out this attack. We are given some background on why these individuals are interested in attacking the U.S. We have individuals kidnapped for their expertise and forced to carry out their attacker’s wishes or their loved ones will be harmed or killed.

Included with the story are your standard complement of keystone cops, incompetent military, flakey news personnel, and the use of technology to pull it all off. Not a surprise for a book entitled Drone. I did like that the new teams were calling it “Dronegate”, a word that seemed would quickly come out of a situation like this. I also found it funny that the news team was more focused on this event being a political stunt and were interviewing an individual about the impact of the drone’s exhaust and its impact of this around global warning.

For me the book seemed rather flat and lacked much of the detail, action, and suspense one would expect in a book of this genre. It is not in the same class as a Tom Clancy story, if this is what you are expecting I would not recommend this book. The book was shallow in technical detail, but this is easily understood when telling a story in only 137pg. or 3.5hours for the audiobook. Think of the story more as a quick flyover rather than one that is deep in the technology weeds. If you go into this book with the understanding that it is quick and light, the story is rather enjoyable; nothing different or unique from other stories in this category.

What I was hoping for was much a story covering in more depth things like the drone itself, the difficulty of creating and dispersing a chemical agent (air, water, wind, population, etc.). There are some good documentaries covering just how hard this process is to accomplish, and I did not get that same feeling from this book. I will say that I did like some of the provided backstory the author gives to the characters. This makes them better understood and also keeps them from being flat or non-descript.

With regard to the narration of the book. I will give Samuel E. Hoke a four out of five stars. Looking on Audible, this is his first narrated work; congratulations and thank you for your hard work. I feel he did an excellent job for his first work. He was able to easily and smoothly pronounce the many post-Soviet country names and locations. I like that he was able to voice the many different characters, even some with Russian accents, and that he was able to properly voice the female characters without going into a falsetto. I would have like to have had a bit more distinction between characters and inflection in their voices, but this is something that comes with more experience narrating books.

I did like that the narrator included some audio effects to enhance the drama or suspense like when someone was talking over the phone the audio was modified to sound like it would. This shows extra effort to make the narration more than just his voice. I like it, it was not overly done as I have found in other books I have listened too.

There were a few audio technical issues I encountered while listening to the book. From the start I felt that the audio seemed hot throughout most of the book. It was not as crisp or clean as other books I have listened too. Between chapters there were a few slight volume variations, but nothing that would impact your listening. There were a few chapters that had some form of background noise, static, or other audio effect; chapter 21 (2:36), chapter 22 (0:53) and chapter 41 (start of chapter). Something that again is noticeable but not so bad that you cannot hear the narration.

Overall I enjoyed this book and will say that the narration was done well. I did listen to the book at 1.25x speed as the narrator read a bit slower than I like, but this is a personal preference and something easily overcome by technology.

Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for a non-bias review. by W. M. J. Kreucher, narrated by Samuel E. Hoke, is a rather short “by the book” terrorist attack plot against the United States capital using a Drone as the method of attack. The book opens by setting up the various characters along with their specific expertise in their given fields and how they will be important for carrying out this attack. We are given some background on why these individuals are interested in attacking the U.S. We have individuals kidnapped for their expertise and forced to carry out their attacker’s wishes or their loved ones will be harmed or killed.

Included with the story are your standard complement of keystone cops, incompetent military, flakey news personnel, and the use of technology to pull it all off. Not a surprise for a book entitled Drone. I did like that the new teams were calling it “Dronegate”, a word that seemed would quickly come out of a situation like this. I also found it funny that the news team was more focused on this event being a political stunt and were interviewing an individual about the impact of the drone’s exhaust and its impact of this around global warning.

For me the book seemed rather flat and lacked much of the detail, action, and suspense one would expect in a book of this genre. It is not in the same class as a Tom Clancy story, if this is what you are expecting I would not recommend this book. The book was shallow in technical detail, but this is easily understood when telling a story in only 137pg. or 3.5hours for the audiobook. Think of the story more as a quick flyover rather than one that is deep in the technology weeds. If you go into this book with the understanding that it is quick and light, the story is rather enjoyable; nothing different or unique from other stories in this category.

What I was hoping for was much a story covering in more depth things like the drone itself, the difficulty of creating and dispersing a chemical agent (air, water, wind, population, etc.). There are some good documentaries covering just how hard this process is to accomplish, and I did not get that same feeling from this book. I will say that I did like some of the provided backstory the author gives to the characters. This makes them better understood and also keeps them from being flat or non-descript.

With regard to the narration of the book. I will give Samuel E. Hoke a four out of five stars. Looking on Audible, this is his first narrated work; congratulations and thank you for your hard work. I feel he did an excellent job for his first work. He was able to easily and smoothly pronounce the many post-Soviet country names and locations. I like that he was able to voice the many different characters, even some with Russian accents, and that he was able to properly voice the female characters without going into a falsetto. I would have like to have had a bit more distinction between characters and inflection in their voices, but this is something that comes with more experience narrating books.

I did like that the narrator included some audio effects to enhance the drama or suspense like when someone was talking over the phone the audio was modified to sound like it would. This shows extra effort to make the narration more than just his voice. I like it, it was not overly done as I have found in other books I have listened too.

There were a few audio technical issues I encountered while listening to the book. From the start I felt that the audio seemed hot throughout most of the book. It was not as crisp or clean as other books I have listened too. Between chapters there were a few slight volume variations, but nothing that would impact your listening. There were a few chapters that had some form of background noise, static, or other audio effect; chapter 21 (2:36), chapter 22 (0:53) and chapter 41 (start of chapter). Something that again is noticeable but not so bad that you cannot hear the narration.

Overall I enjoyed this book and will say that the narration was done well. I did listen to the book at 1.25x speed as the narrator read a bit slower than I like, but this is a personal preference and something easily overcome by technology.

Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for a non-bias review.

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