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Dan

Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 142 titles in library
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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2823)
    Performance
    (2135)
    Story
    (2153)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Awesome characters"
    Overall

    You won't be dissapointed. You will only want more. I was taken aback by the alternating narrators at first, but then it made sense, different voices for the different points of view. Very nice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1392)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Good characters"
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    If you could sum up Earth Unaware in three words, what would they be?

    Good but flawed.
    Good story, but seems it has some scientific flaws.
    - Everything is moving in space, slowing down doesn't make you any safer from space junk.,
    -The formics couldn't project noise over all electromagnetic wavelengths and frequencies with out being noticed. I don't see a reason that the free miners or the Jukes couldn't have transmitted a morse code warning with full spectrum white light. Parabolic reflectors to aim the light at Earth wouldn't be that hard to make for someone like Vico or the Juke scientists.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Unaware?

    Secundo alone in space


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

    -


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

    Formic fighting.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Silent Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (481)

    Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

    David says: "Original, complex, not middle of the road"
    "Perfect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Out of the Silent Planet to be better than the print version?

    Close


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Hnakra


    Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Howard – was your favorite?

    Ranson


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

    I liked it so much, I forced myself to take it slow


    Any additional comments?

    What an incredible book. Better than Narnia, Better than Middle Earth. If I could go to any one of them, I'd go to Malacandra and the Handramit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Monstrumologist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice, Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

    Richard says: "Things do go bump in the night"
    "Awesome Alliteration and Appalling Antagonists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Monstrumologist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the better books I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Henry was a rock of courage


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

    Steven Boyer was excellent.


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

    Most of all, I loved the alliteration. It would have felt silly in any other kind of book, but it totally made sense that Will Henry would tell a story that way. He was so poised under pressure and so proper in his servitude that and he would never write directly how shaken he was. It was almost like the staccato repetition of consonants was his subconcious or "coded" way of expressing the sheer horror of his situation. Incredible work Mr. Yancy


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a big fan of gore. But it was totally worth it for the perfect use of Alliteration. The Bard of Beowulf would be bowing before the accomplishment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (262)

    In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

    In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

    Alan says: "A Novel of What It Means to Be Human"
    "Nice characters, but..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I like the point about slavery being better than human sacrifice. However, a population of hard working immigrants who valued freedom is what made America an innovative bastion of capitalism. Slavery couldn't have ended without capitalism to take its place. I doubt the immigrants would have come to America if they knew the land was occupied. Therefore Capitalism would have stalled and slavery would have returned.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Patrick Macnee
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The Atropos, a 22-gun sloop, has been given its first assignment under Horatio Hornblower's command: flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. But soon the Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. Follow Forester's hero in more adventures in Lieutenant Hornblower.

    Inga Duncan says: "Unabridged?"
    "Macnee is awesome"
    Overall

    The Hornblower Novels are great on their own, but Patrick Macnee makes them incredible. His narration is perfect. I dare say he is even better as a narrator than he was as "Mr Steed"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rodney Stark
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. To the contrary, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to unwarranted Muslim terrorist aggression.

    Tad Davis says: "A lively and useful introduction"
    "Truth at last"
    Overall
    Performance

    It was great to hear the truth behind the crusades. Thank you Proffesor Stark.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Robe

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lloyd C. Douglas
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe, a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity. Set against the vividly drawn background of ancient Rome, this is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption.

    Jerrilynn says: "Simply the Best"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    Awesome. Inspiring. Vivid. An engrosing journey. I wish I could follow the characters further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By P. R. Fittante
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Astronaut Curt Lucas has lost his family, lost his faith and lost control of a sabotaged space station. Caught in a near-future world of Chinese hegemony and radical fundamentalism, Curt's unlikely return to earth marks the beginning of a desperate struggle for America's soul. The race to find a sacred vessel thought by some to offer eternal salvation, or a plunge toward Armageddon by others, leads Curt to alien worlds and beyond.

    Dan says: "Christian Suicide bombers?"
    "Christian Suicide bombers?"
    Overall

    You've got to open your imagination to enjoy a good scifi thriller, but believing in Christian Suicide bombers stretches the imagination a bit too far. I applaud the respectful treatment of Catholics and Budists, but fundamentalist Christians deserve a little more respect than they're given in this book. Just because they are emotional and maybe even thickheaded sometimes, doesn't mean they are brainless sheep. Angry postmodern pseudo-Christians like Mcveigh blowing people up makes sense, but devout Evangelicals, no way. It just doesn't compute. Other than that though, it was a very good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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