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steve

I love to listen. And play music... What more can I say?

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (5188)
    Performance
    (4588)
    Story
    (4564)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "It's about time!"
    Overall

    A great read to be sure! I read this when it was first released. And I was so disappointed when I found it was not offered as unabridged. Davina Porter's voice has certainly become Clair's so no other will suffice. When I saw that it is now available it took me about 5 seconds to click the download button. It's so easy to slip back to the 17th century when listening.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (630)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Trip Williams says: "New, Revamped, Narration is MUCH Better!"
    "The Best Book I've Listened To This Year!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Koban, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I did not read it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Koban, Book 1?

    While the entire book was entertaining, I liked the way the humans were able to overcome the various hazards set before them at the landing on Koban.


    What does Patrick Freeman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This was the best alien voices and character portrayal I've ever heard. The sound effects are not what I normally like to hear in the background, however in this case I really came to like those occasional beeps and background humming. I'd like to have a little more of that in the future.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was just a really great story with very likable and detestable characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2374)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Still Great After All These Years"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Lucifer's Hammer again? Why?

    I probably will give this another listen someday. It was great when I read it back in the 70's. I expect it will be in 30 more years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucifer's Hammer?

    The scenes in the Hammer Lab. I found the line about seeing the earth's shadow through the gassy haze in the tail of Hamner-Brown very visual.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job with the dialog. It's a bit cheesy sometimes, but then it was written in the early 70's.


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

    No. I listened while I was traveling so it was great in the fact that I was able to ignore the discomforts of travel.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned earlier, it is a bit cheesy at times. I was interested to see the slang and cultural differences of the past. So easy to forget how it was. The race and female equality issues are less an issue than they were then, but still remain nevertheless. Well, we have a 2 term black president so something changed. Then there is the whole getting struck by a comet thing. That would be the end life as we know it, if not a complete ending of the human rule on our planet. I suppose It would be interesting to read a sequel. I'd love to learn what type of government would be set up by survivors. Something along the lines of what Allen Steele's Coyote people came up with perhaps? And that struggle for survival would certainly be compelling to learn about. I always find myself asking the question of how would I do in that situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galaxy Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    Expelled from the Union Astronautica space fleet and facing charges of grand theft, Jules Truffant agrees to sign up as shuttle pilot aboard the freighter Pride of Cucamonga in exchange for amnesty. After botching Pride's mission to RhoCorenae and upsetting an alien culture in the process, Jules must take part in a voyage across the galaxy to place a probe squarely in the path of a black hole as it plows through an inhabited star system.

    Marc Vietor says: "Irreverent take on sci fi staples"
    "A fun listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Galaxy Blues to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Galaxy Blues?

    I enjoyed the entire story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the pot cookies were consumed.


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

    It would be a great listen for a long distance road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    As always, Allen Steele has produced a great story. Great if you have read or listened to one story in the series, or all of them. I 'Highly' (hee hee) recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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