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  • New Earth: The Grand Tour, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We’ve found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets does it hold? The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new, Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of water and a breathable, oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to learn more, an exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth.

    Brian says: "Not my thing"
    "I wanted more to happen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I've been needing a new author to dive into, and I'm not completely turned away from Bova.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the fork of the species. I would have liked more characterization (or even a sequel) about the new earth inhabitants. I'd like more about their culture. It's like there was a great framework for a story...and story.

    Did Stefan Rudnicki do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, I did like the characters. The main squeeze wasn't believable though.

    Could you see New Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It is a great premise for a TV series. But every episode would have to invent a new plot.

    Any additional comments?

    Neat idea, elaborate on it. The story ended before it began.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Aimee Carter
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

    Ashley says: "Surprisingly addictive"
    "don't have to pay attention while commuting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a young adult read that doesn't transition enough into being enjoyable for adults too. The issues are a bit too simplistic. I'd try to enrich the subplots, but then it would lose its place in its genre. So, leave the book as it, it just wasn't right for me.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was good as it was actually. I'd have psychoanalyzed the cast a bit more. More followthrough.

    Which character – as performed by Lameece Issaq – was your favorite?

    Can't recall. Enjoyed the reading overall though.

    Did Pawn inspire you to do anything?

    Pawn put me in mind of Hunger Games, wherein you can rebuild a lot about a person's externals.

    Any additional comments?

    Good book for listening to but not giving your full attention to. So like, while driving, doing errands, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "A worthy listen"
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 but not top 5.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Trainer, the disabled fellow.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved the voices in this one. I'll search for more by this narrator.

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

    Yes. I listened to it everywhere. The shower, walking to work, even in bed with a sleep timer.

    Any additional comments?

    I can't offer any suggestions for improvement.

    I think you'll like this book if you enjoy rich characterization and people learning about themselves and changing over time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "This stew of old ideas didn't work"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend or a Sawyer fan. It is the only Sawyer book that I've disliked so far. Heretofore I could count on the author to always give me a 5 star listen. He does fringe technology well and he does characters well, usually. From a pre-pubescent teenage blind girl in his www series to elderly people that get rolled back to their youthful states, in Rollback. Heck, he can even write Neandertals!

    But the characters in this book were two dimensional. I liked none of them, and was interested in none of them. The main character was a space cowboy womanizing type. The story was about treasure hunting. The science part was about moving a person's consciousness to a new non-biological form. Sawyer has been playing with consciousness for a long time in his novels. Maybe set the idea down for awhile.

    I'm 3/4 of the way through and I'm forcing myself to finish it, but not enjoying it.

    The reader does a great job. A good voice for the role.

    What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    honestly? written a different book. there wasn't any "new" science material in this book. No new ideas I haven't heard about before. That paired with boring characters made it a lousy read.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Imagery of a stripped down model without much flesh on it, but with a copy of someone's mind inside it.

    Did Red Planet Blues inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. There were a few places where the characters spoke of acronyms and mnemonics for learning scientific things. I added those to my personal toolbox.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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