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Amber

PLEASANTON, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Twelfth Planet: Book 1 of the Earth Chronicles

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Zecharia Sitchin
    • Narrated By Bill Jenkins
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Do you reject both evolution and creationism? The product of 30 years of intensive research, The Twelfth Planet argues persuasively that humanity sprang from extraterrestrial forebears.

    Scott says: "abridged version"
    "Interesting thesis, don't expect a story."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was hoping for more. I find the Ancient Alien Theory fascinating, and there were moments of interest in this work, but no real narrative. This felt incomplete, more like a primer for more in depth works. I have not explored any other works by Sitchin, but perhaps The 12th Planet should be considered more of a companion work?


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

    The relationships outlined (and that's all they were: outlines) piqued my interest, and I wished to explore them further, but that was not to be. As everything else in this book, narratives were left hanging, and massive expanses of time were jumped to and fro, in the most jarring of ways.


    Do you think The Twelfth Planet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The 12th Planet cannot stand on its own.


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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3154)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2367)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "The Don't Bother Atlas"
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    I have to admit, I didn't make it past the mid-way point of this one. The author uses jarring transitions and hokey and predictable "connections" as a device to string together the vignettes into an overlong and preachy narrative, which bashes the listener/reader over the head again, and again, and yes, yet again with the not so subtle social message screamed throughout the story. I trudged on through to the middle of this story in hopes of FINALLY reaching the end and my reward (which I hoped would be an amazing revelation that would make all my suffering worth while) however, the story and reading got so incredibly insufferable that no amount of genius could make listening for another 9-10 hours worth the pain. Save yourself the 20 hours of misery and skip this one.

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