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  • A World Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (337)

    After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.

    James says: "Do you know how people get old?"
    "Another hit from Larry Niven's Golden Age"
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    Would you listen to A World Out of Time again? Why?

    From the mid '60s to mid '80s, Larry Niven could do no wrong. Every book he wrote was brimming with imagination, science, humor, and optimism for the human condition.

    This book was light on the optimism but full of big ideas.

    Corbell, dying of cancer, has himself frozen so he can awake in a future where his disease can be cured.

    Instead Corbell awakes in a Socialist dystopia in a body that's not his own.

    That's all I can tell you because any other hints would spoil the fun you'll have reading this book!

    Highly recommended!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A World Out of Time?

    Corbell figuring out what the prilatsil in the hospital was for.


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

    Tom has a resonant voice and does a fair rendering of characters. He's good enough that I'm replacing all the audiobooks that were read by Connor O'Brien (the worst reader EVAH!) with Tom's versions. O'Brien managed to make one of the greatest works of sci-fi (Ringworld) unlistenable; Weiner adds value to the books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Near the end of the book, when Corbell is witnessing world changing events, he's suddenly struck with acute homesickness, missing his wife who's long dead. He longed for his old life and it was quite poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    What are you waiting for? If you like hard science fiction, buy this audiobook! If you like imaginative fiction, buy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1682)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "DeMille & Brick together again! What could go wron"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Panther to be better than the print version?

    No. Scott Brick did a decent job of narrating "The Panther", but DeMille's writing style had John Corey making sarcastic comments out loud, or in internal monologue, or seemingly out loud followed by "just kidding". That made for very confusing listening as I tried to figure out from the other characters' responses which form John's sarcasm had taken. Very tiring for the listener.


    What other book might you compare The Panther to and why?

    DeMille's "Wild Fire" which was also too long and had irritatingly improbable plot twists.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    On par with the other John Corey books. Brick does a spot-on rendering of John Corey's voice, but that's about it. Everybody sounds the same unless he's doing a Russian or Arabic accent.


    Any additional comments?

    "The Panther" is a decent 6-hour story dragged out to nearly 22 hours in length. It takes a thin plot (John Corey and his wife Kate volunteer to try and catch the mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing) and adds unrealistic plot twists to try and maintain tension, but in the end it just doesn't work. As Bilbo would have said, Panther was "stretched, like... butter scraped over too much bread".

    DeMille needs to end the Corey series now. He's run out of originality and has simply made Corey a tedious jerk. In Panther, nearly every sentence JC (not Jesus Christ) utters starts with "Right....". In an audiobook that has Corey telling the story from his viewpoint, that verbal tick is extremely grating.

    Corey also revels in acting like an idiot (but he's just doing that to fool everybody, see, because he's actually the smartest guy in the room). Seriously, "smartest guy in the room"--DeMille actually has Corey say that about himself, or words to that effect, several times during the story.

    Which brings up repetition. DeMille pads the book unmercifully by going over the same ground. The ruins at Mareb are painstakingly described several times. Yemen's faults as a nation, government, people, history, and geographic location are discussed in great detail (usually ending with "this place sucks") and repeated dozens of times. John Corey even repeats his sarcastic jokes ("nuke the place", "moderate Arab" joke, etc.). His wife Kate has little to do in this except to tell John to stop being a tiresome fool and then to be the butt of his jokes.

    Also, DeMille thinks people wouldn't laugh at his "jokes" without a laugh track, so Corey was continually saying someone was "funny" or that someone thought *he* was funny, or that he's "just kidding". Thanks for the assist, Nelson!

    In short, the first couple hours of "The Panther were interesting as we got reacquainted with the Coreys as they traveled to Yemen. Then the last few hours were exciting and worthwhile entertainment. Unfortunately, the very last hour was a letdown as DeMille rushed the ending and left openings for a sequel (free advice, Nelson: stop now).

    Four stars because I remember how good John Corey used to be and because there was *some* excitement in "The Panther".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Any Price & Rolling Hot: Hammer's Slammers Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    This two-story compiliation, read by Stefan Rudnicki, offers two stories from David Drake's popular Hammer's Slammers series. In At Any Price, Col. Alois Hammer's indomitable Slammers are called in to support human colonists against a native uprising in this novel-length adventure. But even though the natives' off-world weapons are no match for the Slammers, their ability to teleport gives them a frightening advantage! In Rolling Hot, the battle-crazed troop of recruits and vets, led by Captain Ranson, must cover 300 miles of hostile enemy territory.

    Jason says: "Great read for military sci-fi lovers!"
    "Poor quality package detracts from great story"
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    What disappointed you about At Any Price & Rolling Hot?

    Audible charges 25 bucks for this poorly packaged download. The artwork is low res and nearly unreadable and it's impossible to add a sharper version since the file is locked. Also, the ID3 tagging is not there, so I have to add that by hand.

    To charge as much as Audible does for such low quality shows that they're not interested in giving fair value to the consumer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of At Any Price & Rolling Hot?

    Both stories are well written and exciting. Drake's vivid writing makes you *smell* the burned iridium and plastic fumes after the weapons have fired their charges.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to Stefan's readings Ender's Game, the Empire of Man series, etc. and enjoy his deep voice and range of emotions.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Satisfaction with the story and reader. Disappointment with the poor quality files.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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