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Jeffrey G. Boldt

Madison, Wisconsin United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "Pulp - But Heinlein"
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    If you could sum up Sixth Column in three words, what would they be?

    This is pulp science fiction, but it is Heilein; i.e. extremely well written. The plot is unrealistic. But I enjoyed reading one of the few Heinlein books that had escaped me. I have loved so many of his works that reading one I had missed was moving for me.


    What other book might you compare Sixth Column to and why?

    Rocket Ship Galelio
    Similar style, not as juvenile but also not as engaging.


    What about Tom Weiner???s performance did you like?

    He did many voices very well, even the gravely voiced one.


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

    No


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7665)
    Performance
    (5145)
    Story
    (5178)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "One of My Favorites"
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    If you could sum up The Final Empire in three words, what would they be?

    I've listened to hundreds of audio books since about 1983. This is one of the most captivating that I've ever read, and I listened to it twice; which is very rare for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The explanation of pushing and pulling and the physics surrounding it.


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

    He was a very expressive reader. I listened intently, and if I'd read it in a print book I would have skimmed parts of it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Can 1,000 years of oppression be ended by one man?


    Any additional comments?

    Brian Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1350)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Boring Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator was fine. Story was not intriguing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    Maybe. Her later books in the series have high ratings.


    Did Doomsday Book inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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