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  • 5 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 336 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

    DAVID says: "One of John Lee's best performances"
    "Reynolds and Lee deliver another fantastic read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as long as they like the genre.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Century Rain?

    There's a great twist in the story when you realize what is going on for the first time. Reynolds didn't come out and say it, he just gave lots of little clues. Then all of a sudden it just tipped, and I had a great ah ha moment. Wonderfully done.

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

    I could listen to John Lee read a book about dirt and would probably be captivated. He is one of my top two favorite readers. His voice was soothing and stayed out of the way of the action in the text, and he voiced the characters so that you knew who was talking without having to think about it.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was maybe two times when I teared up, but hey, I'm an emotional guy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Dotrice enchants, despite different voices!"
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    Yes, for sure. I already went back through and listened to the other books again. The content is fantasy noire on a grand stage, and when Dotrice fleshes it out in his amazing vocals, I can't help but be enthralled.

    What did you like best about this story?

    All the scenes involving the Knights of the Watch. Love them!

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

    When he reads, it's like I'm sitting around a campfire in the middle of a scary forrest listening to an old, grizzled elder recite the stories of the tribe. I don't even remotely get that when I read a text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Best sci fi since Dune series"

    Absolutely the best sci fi author since Frank Herbert. I can't say enough good things. I did almost fall off my treadmill during one of the goofy sex scenes I was laughing so hard. So I wouldn't let my kids listen to it, but I loved the book as a whole! Huge universe, immense cast, great dialogue, political intrigue, mysterious events. Amazing stuff. I'll be sad when I run out of Hamilton books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "A very tedious telling..."

    A very tedious telling, but an interesting action story nonetheless. The characters could scarcely do anything (save for using the restroom) without Jordan writing it down. I felt as if I was reading the work of an insane scribe who was forced to explode a story of 100 pages across 1,000. Couple that with his die-hard refusal to use contractions (even in conversations), campy dialogues, stereotypical characters with kindergarten shallow relationships, and blatantly obvious moral "dilemmas" -- and this made for one long and more-often-than-not boring listen. The only saving grace was the exceptional action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Excellent book, average reader."

    Good book. The listen gave me a feeling of adventure and discovery, as if I was right there with the characters as they explored the new solar system. Loved having 1/2 the book from the human perspective and the other 1/2 from the alien. In addition, the political themes were mostly interesting and fairly probable (if not somewhat shallow and simplistic). Economic dialogues left a lot to be desired though -- the rhetoric dealing with high school level ideas about inter-society trade. That said, I still the book garners 4 stars because it succeeds at being a science fiction story foremost.

    Loved how completely alien the Moties seemed.

    On the down side, most of the characters were forgettable and interchangeable -- a process made all the more easy by the narrator, who sometimes didn't even bother to change voice between dialogue parts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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