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Jon B Swindle

Provo, UT USA | Listener Since 2005

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115
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
19

  • What Was Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Catherine O'Flynn
    • Narrated By Catherine Skinner
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In the 1980s, Kate Meaney is hard at work as a junior detective. Busy trailing "suspects" and carefully observing everything around her at the newly opened Green Oaks shopping mall, she forms an unlikely friendship with Adrian, the son of a local shopkeeper.

    A User says: "Surprising and Haunting"
    "Hmmm"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the initial story, but it declines as it progresses. I was glad to have it done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5444)
    Performance
    (3407)
    Story
    (3413)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "I guess I should have been warned"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I guess I should have been warned by the fact there were separate versions for children and adults, but I expected something quite different. I didn't care for the 'adult' portions, and the wishing-I-were-human point-of-view was neither interesting nor believable, even as fantasy. I've lived around enough dogs to get a feeling of their attitudes toward humans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (781)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Stunning beyond measure!"
    Overall

    Unlike every other long book I have listened to, this one never got old or boring or felt arbitrarily dragged out. And, big plus from my point of view, it was clean, not full of constant vulgarity. I've avoided Mr. Stephenson because I'd heard him associated with cyberpunk and labeled "postmodern." These things usually imply tales of spiralling depression, no storyline, and multitudes of unpleasant people with no purpose in life you definitely wouldn't want to meet. That is not what I look for when I read. This is the first of his I've read; I hope the others are as good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, and his life takes a bizarre turn. This is no ordinary bag of sand...so it's too bad that Alcatraz doesn't keep a closer eye on it. It is quickly stolen by the Evil Librarians who secretly rule the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. The bag of sand will give the Evil Librarians the edge thy need to achieve world domination.

    Jeff says: "Fresh new ideas - acceptable for kids of all ages"
    "usually I like young adult books"
    Overall

    I like this author (I've read Elantris) and I also normally love young adult fiction, but I couldn't do this. It seemed simultaneously condescending and a little too witty. I could not bring myself to like the main character or get into the plot.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Speed of Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

    Andrew says: "Totally Recommended!"
    "engrossing and meaty"
    Overall

    I was caught up in the characters and subject of un-orthodox book. I'm not sure you'd label it science fiction, but it was a wonderful read that I wanted to go on and on.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6705)
    Performance
    (3758)
    Story
    (3784)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "tantalizing beginning"
    Overall

    Even though yet unpublished, this book is only the first part of something longer. Initially I really liked it, but it began to get tiring toward the end. Also, this feels very much like a first book: it has an unpolished feeling and seems like it was thrown together too quickly. Given these limitations, I quite enjoyed the concept and most of this book. I doubt I will go on to read the next book when it is published.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1246)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "stunning beginning, follow-up spoils everything"
    Overall

    I give 5 stars to Hyperion and 2 stars to Fall of Hyperion, which are really a single book published in two parts.

    The stories of the individual characters in Hyperion are inventive and fascinating, and really drew me in. Hyperion is one of the most intriguing books I've read, but it doesn't end there. Unfortunately, "Fall of Hyperion," is confusing in the extreme, wandering off to dozens of different storylines. It felt like a too-grand project that wasn't possible to tie together or finish. Some of the major elements of the story (like the Shrike) were still beyond my comprehension at the end. (Does this mean I have to read yet another book before I understand what is going on?) Other elements finished up but seemed lame or pointlessly complex.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3610)
    Performance
    (2169)
    Story
    (2192)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "stunning beginning"
    Overall

    I give 5 stars to Hyperion and 2 stars to Fall of Hyperion, which are really a single book published in two parts.

    The stories of the individual characters in Hyperion are inventive and fascinating, and really drew me in. Hyperion is one of the most intriguing books I've read, but it doesn't end there. Unfortunately, "Fall of Hyperion," is confusing in the extreme, wandering off to dozens of different storylines. It felt like a too-grand project that wasn't possible to tie together or finish. Some of the major elements of the story (like the Shrike) were still beyond my comprehension at the end. (Does this mean I have to read yet another book before I understand what is going on?) Other elements finished up but seemed lame or pointlessly complex.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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