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A. Pires

Central Coast, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (816)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "great idea, not so great execution"
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    I guess I should have paid more attention to the review that complained "he said, she said". It just about drove me nuts. The performance is what killed it for me in this book. Mr. Scalzi is one of my favorite new gen of SF writers. But when I read his books(and most books) I have a tendency to automatically skip "he said, she said" and stuff like that. If you can't tell who's talking, I feel like it's bad writing. And I could always tell who was talking when reading his books.

    But in this performance Mr. Dufris couldn't really seem to get into "character" so he had to say the dreaded "he said, she said"......all the time! There are a bunch of one liners in almost all of the Scalzi books I've ever read. This just kills the flow of the storytelling, and because it's audio, there's just no way around it.

    So I guess I'll read the next book instead of listening, as I like the story. But then maybe someone who's got more character to their voice(and a tad less sarcasm) could pull it off. This is the first time I've ever been turned off by the performance. Sorry Mr. Dufris.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sub-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Simpson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.

    Michael says: "A Roll Of The Dice, A Shot In The Dark!"
    "good idea, horrible execution........."
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    I think I would have liked this book if not for the reader. This constant....wistfulness? I don't know what to call it, and total lack of change of voice with character has got me whipped. I've had performances that bugged me but not enough to make me quit. It's too bad. Maybe it's not a big deal to some people but the performance is key for me. This is my first defeat.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Plague: The Origin Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (800)

    In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

    Emily Wright says: "Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!"
    "puts the science in sci-fi"
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    I liked this book a lot. As an old school hard sci-fi guy it had the right ingredients for me. I originally was worried this would turn into another zombie book(yuk), and yeah, plagues were big before zombies. But this was a great twist. But if you are one of those commuter listeners this probably isn't for you. There are a lot of characters and a lot of time differential threads. So listening for short periods might leave you lost. I'm also a history buff and this had some intriguing things that I didn't know. The only reason I docked a star was the reader was pretty plain vanilla.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3602)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (1995)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "A Future Only SciFi Could See"
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    If you could sum up The Windup Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Recalls the Masters


    What other book might you compare The Windup Girl to and why?

    The John Burdett books because of the Thailand setting


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He was pretty good at keeping the voices different so it sped up the movement of the plot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at first. The idea of complete control of the food system by "calorie corp's"( sound familiar?) is my idea of a horror story. So it took me a while to settle in. There was some setting up involved so I could grasp what was going on in this world. That's why I said "Recalls the Masters", like Dick, Heinlein etc, where you drop into this world and just start running, filling in details as you go. I'd never even heard of Mr.Bacigalupi before, but it was a great find. I hope there's going to be more books of this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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