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  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (724)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "Still one of the best,and well narrated."
    Overall

    Many years have passed since I have read this excellent book, it still rates for me as one of the best sci-fi reads. Not too much battle action, just enough romance and for a story, spread as the name suggests, over many centuries, it is entirely believable.
    The main characters are entirely believable as well.
    Written before many of our 2010 incarnations of technology, the authors mind picture of the immediate future is very close to reality but also much that he describes as happening in the far off future is real today.
    Joe's depictions of society and his assumption that homosexuality would become more accepted prove very close to actuality, although happening earlier than Joe anticipated.
    Altogether a great listen, well narrated.
    If you missed this and like Heinlein, Moorecock, Aldiss, Asimov and the like, give it a go you wont be disappointed... Brian

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1636)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "too many swings in the plot diminish an otherwise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Pushing Ice?

    Excellent story that picked you up and took you along with the flight into relativistic future, with many twists and multiple completely new situations and aliens.


    What other book might you compare Pushing Ice to and why?

    Has many similarities to many other books, "A Space Odessy", "Promethius" where humanity flies off to meet invisible/departed entities springing to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the to and fro of control of the main female characters tiring and unbelievable. Other than that an excellent yarn and very well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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