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  • Foundation and Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (406)

    Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

    Jerry says: "Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!"
    "Narrator is reminiscent of a speak & spell"
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    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    I love Asimov as an author, and have for years. However, Larry McKeever will drive me away every time.


    What didn???t you like about Larry McKeever???s performance?

    This narrator is atrocious. I honestly thought that this book was being read by a computerized voice from the late 1980's.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Plague Forge: The Dire Earth Cycle: Three

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    The Plague Forge delivers an unbeatable combination of knockout action and kick-ass characters as the secrets to the ultimate alien mystery from The Darwin Elevator and The Exodus Towers are about to be unraveled.

    G.Monie says: "Humans = Resilient as Hell + 1st Contact = :)"
    "Well done "man vs man" and "man vs other" story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Dire Earth Cycle overall is a fairly well done version of the "man versus man" motif, using the setting of a post-apocalyptic Earth for exploring humanity's inhumanity to itself, human greed, and shortsightedness. Early on, the series has the feel of a zombie story, which it really isn't. Action sequences are well done.

    This isn't a series you can pick up in the middle, and the time spent on the preceding novel is well worth the time. Character development takes time, but does not feel overly drawn out.

    Simon's British accent is notable, but not distracting, which I consider a good thing. However, his ability to perform alternative accents is weak.

    His reading pace is excellent. Pauses are presented perfectly for dramatic effect without being overdone. His overall speed of performance is just right.

    Along with the weakness in accents, individual character voices are not often memorable. There is sufficient differentiation that you can tell when one character's dialog runs into another character's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exodus Towers: The Dire Earth Cycle: Two

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and brilliant scientist Dr. Tania Sharma have formed a colony around the new Elevator's base, utilizing mobile towers to protect humans from the Builders' plague. But they are soon under attack from a roving band of plague-immune soldiers. Cut off from the colony, Skyler must wage a one-man war against the new threat as well as murderous subhumans and thugs from Darwin.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Picks up where part 1 left off"
    "Well done "man vs man" story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Dire Earth Cycle overall is a fairly well done version of the "man versus man" motif, using the setting of a post-apocalyptic Earth for exploring humanity's inhumanity to itself, human greed, and shortsightedness. Early on, the series has the feel of a zombie story, which it really isn't. Action sequences are well done.

    This isn't a series you can pick up in the middle, and the time spent on the preceding novel is well worth the time. Character development takes time, but does not feel overly drawn out.

    Simon's British accent is notable, but not distracting, which I consider a good thing. However, his ability to perform alternative accents is weak.

    His reading pace is excellent. Pauses are presented perfectly for dramatic effect without being overdone. His overall speed of performance is just right.

    Along with the weakness in accents, individual character voices are not often memorable. There is sufficient differentiation that you can tell when one character's dialog runs into another character's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darwin Elevator

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet's refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator - created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders - emits a plague-suppressing aura. Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by a crew of fellow "immunes", he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura's edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Unique perspective on alien contact"
    "Well done "man vs man" story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Dire Earth Cycle overall is a fairly well done version of the "man versus man" motif, using the setting of a post-apocalyptic Earth for exploring humanity's inhumanity to itself, human greed, and shortsightedness. Early on, the series has the feel of a zombie story, which it really isn't. Action sequences are well done.

    Simon's British accent is notable, but not distracting, which I consider a good thing. However, his ability to perform alternative accents is weak.

    His reading pace is excellent. Pauses are presented perfectly for dramatic effect without being overdone. His overall speed of performance is just right.

    Along with the weakness in accents, individual character voices are not often memorable. There is sufficient differentiation that you can tell when one character's dialog runs into another character's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (248)

    The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

    Ausbin says: "Great Sci-Fi"
    "Convoluted presentation of the wrapup"
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    Story

    The narration by Barrett Whitener makes Acolyte, Kzinti child of Chmeee, sound like a petulant human teenager. It would be helpful if Whitener had been given direction or communicated with the author on pronunciation. His characters ran together and sounded whiny. The audiobook leads off with a glossary which gives away plot points.

    Niven references "Carlos Wu's autodoc" without explanation. How did we know it was Carlos Wu's? Why is it mentioned in an aside?

    Of all the Ringworld series, this seems to be the weakest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3746)
    Performance
    (3319)
    Story
    (3327)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Did you see that coming?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Did you see that coming? I did. The ending of the story seemed pretty obvious from the previous book. My curiosity comes from where she'll go next book. Time will tell.

    That said, not everything is cut & dry. There are a number of surprises and fun developments in the story.

    It should go without saying that someone picking up this book should have already been through the preceding 11. Having the back-story will really help.

    Johanna Parker does another great job at portraying the work through the eyes, ears, and mind of Sookie Stackhouse. She puts a wonderful voice to Harris' main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4185)
    Performance
    (2854)
    Story
    (2839)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "More Sookie?"
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    Story

    I'm beginning to wonder if Harris has an end-game in mind for the Sookie novels. The story is consistent with the previous novels in the series. Sookie continues on with pain, loss, and a smattering of happiness. Every fight won comes with a loss.

    Johanna Parker does an excellent job conveying the emotions of Sookie's inner thoughts, and portrays the other characters reliably. The voices have life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire State: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adam Christopher
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    The Empire State is the other New York. It’s a parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks and shamuses that is the twisted magic mirror to our bustling Big Apple. It’s a city where sinister characters lurk around every corner while the great superheroes who once kept the streets safe have fallen into deadly rivalries and feuds. Not that its colourful residents know anything about the real New York...until detective Rad Bradley makes a discovery that will change the lives of all its inhabitants.

    Dave says: "What Do You Know About Nineteen Fifty?"
    "A wonder accidental purchase!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was searching for another book when this popped up on the screen. I didn't realize I'd added it to my cart, and when I saw it during check-out, decided to leave it in. That was a wonderful mistake. The story is a great mix of super heroes, villains, and film noir detective novel. It satisfied my desire for sci-fi, and had a decent plot. Some of the apparent plot hiccups during the story seemed out of place, but patience is rewarded.

    The voice acting was great, with good production quality. Character voices were, if not completely unique, certainly distinct enough to follow. I highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (875)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Great book, horrible narration."
    Overall


    I have hundreds of books in my collection of Audiobooks, and this is possibly the worst read of them all. The narrator's voice sounds choppy and stilted. The reader's cadence and inflection at times sound like he had read the words individually into a computer then then strung them together.

    The reading of this story has no life. It sounds like the voice one might hear reading a particularly dry textbook.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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