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A science fiction fan for as long as I can remember but I also enjoy history (fact and fiction) and humor.

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2006


  • Junie B. Jones Collection: Books 17-20

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barbara Park
    • Narrated By Lana Quintal

    Junie B. is back, and she's headed for the first grade with four more fun-filled stories in one audiobook collection.

    Vincent says: "A Listen Worth Sharing"
    "A Listen Worth Sharing"
    What made the experience of listening to Junie B. Jones Collection the most enjoyable?

    I could share my listen with my daughter

    What did you like best about this story?

    Junie's antics are hilarious

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

    Since Junie is the book's narrator, the stories become personal. You really believe the story is being told by a seven year old.

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

    Her classmates response when Junie stains her graduation gown.

    Any additional comments?

    The most enjoyable part of this book really was being able to share it with my daughter who, while a little older than Junie, can remember doing similar things when she started first grade.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Job: A Comedy of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia

    After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake. To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near.

    Will says: "Audio Quality Issues"
    "OK, So I Get The Joke Already..."

    What can I say about Robert Heinlein that hasn't been said before? How about the man was brilliant, and clearly certifiable. JOB: A Comedy Of Justice traces the story of Alex and Marga as they are dumped between alternate realities with little more than the clothes on their backs (and in a couple of cases with nothing on but their smiles). The story works to a point but, after the first few transitions, I stared to wonder why Heinlein didn't stop. These characters were being tormented until they encountered a Texas rancher who helps them out (and eventually turns out to be a very likable Satan).
    I enjoy satire, but I would have expected more subtlety from someone of Heinlein's stature.
    The sound quality of this recording was very good and the reading by Paul Michael Garcia was clear and well paced.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "This story will make you think..."

    Robert Sawyer's Calculating God was a runner-up for the Hugo Award in 2001 and, having listened to this audiobook version, I again am forced to wonder why it didn't win. The story is not typical SF; a scientist is confronted by advanced aliens who have proof of God's existence. In less capable hands this story could have become a farce, but Mr Sawyer delivers a story which deals with very human issues of faith and mortality. It is compelling and, in several respects more than a little disconcerting.
    The reading, as with all of the Audible Frontiers stories I've heard, is excellent. Robert Sawyer's introduction is interesting although probably would have been a better epilogue (he gives away a few things). The reading by Jonathan Davis is well paced and clear throughout.
    If you're not familiar with Robert Sawyer's writings (and there are many now available on Audible) this would be a good story to start with.

    51 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By H. W. Crocker III
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace

    Get ready for a rousing rebel yell as best-selling author H. W. Crocker III charges through bunkers and battlefields in The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War. Crocker busts myths and shatters stereotypes as he profiles eminent and colorful military generals, revealing little-known truths, like why Robert E. Lee had a higher regard for African-Americans than Lincoln did.

    Vincent says: "The American Civil War Made Simple"
    "The American Civil War Made Simple"

    Contrary to the title's suggestion, there's very little in this title than I would rank as Politically Incorrect. I would however recommend this audiobook unreservedly to anyone with even a passing interest in America's Civil War. The book is well written, divided neatly between battles and personalities and well read.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Job

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rob, a professional debunker, is watching yet another performance by a supposed psychic. But as she calls forth the spirit entity known as Isus, another voice suddenly interrupts. And this one is so unexpected and so real, even the hardened skeptic finds he can't help but believe.

    Linda says: "Terrific, but too short"
    "An engaging story with a humorous plot twist"

    If you've never read any of Connie Willis' short stories (as opposed to her excellent novels) you owe it to yourself to give "Inside Job" a listen. This story is easily among her best (so far) and the reading by Dennis Boutsikaris is excellent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Burn Marks: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Kathy Bates

    Someone knocking on the door at 3 a.m. is never good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news arrives in the form of her wacky, unwelcome Aunt Elena. The fire that has just burned down a sleazy SRO hotel has brought her to V.I.'s doorstep. Uncovering an arsonist will send V.I. into the seedy world of Chicago's homeless people...and into the Windy City's backroom deals and bedroom politics, where new schemers and old cronies team up to get V.I. off the case by hook, by crook, or by homicide.

    Vincent says: "More Like This Please"
    "More Like This Please"

    Sara Paretsky's "Burn Marks" easily is one of the better V.I. Warshawski novels; while story has the standard fare of crooked cops, dishonest politicians and unscrupulous businessmen, these are woven together in a plot that keeps the reader guessing almost to the end.
    The sound is excellent and Kathy Bates' reading is clear and well-paced.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Justin Richards
    • Narrated By David Tennant

    Starfall: a world on the edge, where crooks and smugglers hide in the gloomy shadows and modern technology refuses to work. And that includes the TARDIS. The pioneers who used to be drawn by the hope of making a fortune from the mines can find easier picking elsewhere. But they still come... for the romance of it, or old-fashioned organic mining. Or in the hope of finding the lost treasure of Hamlek Glint, scourge of the spaceways, privateer, adventurer, bandit.

    Vincent says: "Another Excellent Doctor Who Audiobook"
    "Another Excellent Doctor Who Audiobook"

    In Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket, Justin Richards drops The Doctor and his faithful companion Rose into an environment where (with few exceptions) technology more advanced than steam-powered will not work. The resulting low-technology world, and significant suspension of disbelief, provides an excellent backdrop for this re-working of Robert Louis Stevenson's masterpiece Treasure Island.
    I found the story highly entertaining and David Tennant's reading flawless. I especially enjoyed the voice selected for Kevin, kind of a cross between the original Marvin from Hitchhikers and Sully from Monsters Inc (huge and apologetic).
    If there's a downside with this audiobook (and this one is extremely minor) it's that I now feel compelled to re-read the original story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

    Andrea says: "Good pace, weak premise"
    "Even a great author can have a bad day"

    America?s War on Terror is being fought and won across the globe. Ruben Mallitch is a bona fide hero in that war and a rising star in the US Army. After completing his tour of duty in the Middle East he is promoted to Major and returns home to complete a Masters Degree at Princeton and then assume new duties in the Pentagon. Those duties include identifying weaknesses in domestic counter-terrorism efforts and formulating plans to exploit them. His ?unofficial? duties include acting as a covert go-between for the White House in the world?s hot spots.
    This double life doesn?t trouble him until he witnesses a plan he prepared being executed by terrorists.
    Are you hooked yet? I was! This has the makings of a fantastic story.
    Orson Scott Card?s military SF offerings are unique in that the military characters are believable. In Empire, the author manages to convince us that Mallitch is both a Professional Soldier and a Patriot without him becoming a parody. He isn?t cold-blooded and mindless, he thinks about, and believes in, what he is doing!
    Something terrible happened to Empire on the way to its conclusion:? having made the effort to develop the characters; the author doesn?t find anything useful for them to do!
    Empire maintains Audio Renaissance?s high production standards and the reading, by Stefan Rudnicki, is clear, precise and well paced. Unfortunately their efforts cannot save this story from itself.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Dalek Conquests

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By BBC Audiobooks
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs

    Exterminate! Everything you wanted to know about the Daleks, but were too afraid to ask. The Daleks have a long and terrible history of aggression, and are among the most feared of all science-fiction baddies. Ruthless, cunning, and utterly evil, they have no pity, no fear, and will stop at nothing to destroy all other forms of life.

    Vincent says: "So that's where they came from...."
    "So that's where they came from...."

    If you are not a long-time fan of the Doctor Who series and are curious about where these DALEKs came from; this audiowork is for you. On the other hand, if you've been watching the series faithfully, this documentary is more a trip down memory lane (it fills in some of the gaps if you've been following the Doctor on PBS).

    All-in-all, this is just plain fun although it begs the question "When will someone bundle these episodes as a collection?"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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