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Philip

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  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4242)
    Performance
    (3862)
    Story
    (3905)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Mike Koch says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Joining the chorus"
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    Adding to the plethora of crazy "I love this book" reviews seems like overkill, but I loved this series, and I loved this book. My favorite characters were back for the Last Battle! Since Sanderson took over, May Robert Jordan rest in peace the series picked up some new vitality as it cruised to the Last Battle. 100's of characters, dozens of story lines come together here. The psycho struggle in Rand's mind has been cleared, he is on a mission and as only the Dragon Reborn can do he has to execute it. There is a lot of battles in Memory of Light, and while some of the plot lines with certain characters I would have enjoyed having more ultimately the story was Rand's and it was the culmination of years of audio listening, as well as struggle against the Dark Lord and the Forsaken.
    I love Matt and we got more of him, and Peron was well done as the complex person that he is.

    I would encourage anyone looking at this book to get it, as well as with the series. I did skip one book, 9th or 10th, as it was really dragging. But the last three were awesome.
    And now as we know "the wheel weaves as the wheel wills"

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  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (777)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "I Love this series"
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    I have been looking for this book to come out forever. I love the buddy novel of thieves with a heart. These Bastards were trained by chains to have a conscience and they do indeed. With the love interest for Loch and lots more magic. And like all good epic fantasy there is impending doom. This book was better than the 2nd and up to par with the 1st. Our hero's have united and they use all the guile Chains could have trained them in.

    There is a back story while well written, as it fleshes out the history of the three remaining bastards it was not the really captivating part of the story. My only concern is I may have to wait another 3-4 years for the 4th book.

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  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1111)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    James says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "Where does Card get these stories from ?"
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    Orson Scott Card could never write another science fiction book and rest entirely on his Ender books, Leaving aside the Alvin Maker series, (too Mormon for me I am afraid) this guy just cranks out fantastic works year after year. I really liked this book, the first one and this one. The characters are believable, plot is edgy and kept my interest. I liked how OSC was able to integrate characters from a science based future with a pre technological era. The friendships and relationships are intriguing and believable. I listen to a lot of science fiction and fantasy via Audible, and sometimes I forget stories, this one I really enjoyed and I am looking forward to the next installment. Along with several other books OSC has in the hopper. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Annals of the Heechee

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Advanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine-stored personality, enjoying his life by flitting along the wires from party to party with a host of other machine-people. But suddenly his decadent existence ends when an all-powerful alien race intent on the utter destruction of all intelligent life reappears after eons of silence, and threatens the lives of all heechee and humans.

    Michael says: "Okay but nearly as good as the previous books"
    "Too bad a good story peters out"
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    I remember reading the first Gateway books back in high School. I revisited them again as an adult and loved the first few books. The psycho analytical babble surround Robin did get somewhat tedious even with the early books but the science fiction was fun. It seems like some science fiction stories that drag on have a tendency to kill off the main character
    and have him evolve into a non-corporeal being. THis happened in the previous book to this one so I am not spoiling the story. It sometimes works I suppose, I actually find it to be a clunky literally device, in this case it is just tedious and frankly boring. The only upside is I still wanted to find out what happened at the end, so I guess I was somewhat hooked, but this was not a good story. Especially with the first few books being so fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (727)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "A nice addition to the Miles/Ivan story"
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    While I am a bigger fan of Bujold's fantasy I have enjoyed the Vorkosagean saga. Especially the earlier stories before Miles "settle' down. This was a nice story that kept my attention and paced fairly well. Ivan gets fleshed out and the glimpses of Miles and some of the other characters we have become familiar with was entertaining. This is not science fiction that dwells on the large issues of human existence as so much of the best science fiction does. But I like a good story, and I like to be entertained by stories that shows humankind does make it past our Earthbound existence. The plot here was feasible, the good guys likable, the love interest at least interesting. A nice listen as I drive around plying my trade.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2413)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1675)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Mature fantasy, I guess so"
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    Any additional comments?

    A lot of the reviews of this book have referred to the series as mature or adult fantasy. If that means complex characters wrapped around moral ambiguity that that is for sure this series. The characters are likable despite some frankly evil and masochistic tendencies. The world created here is violent and Abercrombie is not sparing with the details, gruesome would be an understatement. All of the main actors in this drama have had some tragic circumstances which have made them who they are. As I mentioned despite this I found that I wanted even the most despicable to find redemption. Well not all of them but certainly the main actors on this stage.

    The plot I found difficult to care that much about, I am not sure this world is worth saving, It certainly is not the Shire!! And at times it is a bit plodding, I rarely fast forward audio books but I did a little but with this book. Mostly because I was less interested in what happened than I was to see how these fascinating people would deal with. So as fantasy I would rate this a five for sure. If you like this book I would suggest the Scar by
    Sergey Dyachenko and Marina Dyachenko two Russians. It too is a serious look into a man and woman's soul.

    And there is magic, used sparingly but I like a little wizardry in my fantasy stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1211)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    joshua says: "OSC again conveys his clear insight into humanity."
    "A Sentinental Man"
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    Any additional comments?

    It is obvious that Orson Scott Card loves his characters, and what is not to love and respect about Bean? He grew up as a feral child and without his own abilities and the love of a few he would have died as an infant. While I loved Enders Game and the subsequent books in that series Enders Shadow was equal in the quality of story telling and the quality of the characters. Bean, Petra, Peter, and the others of Ender's tribe that are portrayed in the Shadow series are complex and interesting people. There is not always a happy ending,
    no spoiler here with this book by the way. Ender has his struggles as does Bean, but this is life. I liked this book, it continued the story, a little short for sure. I love nothing more than a good 20 hour audible listen ! and I have bought enough of Card's books to realize that he is as prolific as they get. I think it is a combination of his obvious bottomless well of story's to tell mixed with some business. lets not forget Orson Scott Card's forerunners like Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein and the like cranked out some short books and some of dubious quality to pay the mortgage. So I took this as it was, a nice continuation of the Bean saga with interesting characters, a good solid story that lives in and expands the Ender universe. I will certainly buy the next book in this series which will apparently connect the two threads, that of the Ender's Game story line and the Ender's Shadow..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3209)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2841)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Science Fiction?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this. While it is hardly science fiction, not even the cyber sci fi
    of Snow Crash or Diamond Age it is still a good story. Seems like Stephenson is looking for a movie deal.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reamde?

    I enjoyed the personal relationships in the novel.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    Not one in particular they were all pretty good. But as I think of it I did like the Chinese hacker.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I mentioned this is not science fiction. The device of the video game was entertaining only because I like video games. While I don't play them anymore, too time consuming. I would recommend this because it is a good story.. a little long and somewhat predictable but the action was entertaining. I hope Neil gets a movie deal; I probably will not see it, there are enough movies; and books too I suppose with the terrorist boogeyman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (386)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    Muddy says: "Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Distopia wears on me..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would not say that reading or listening to anything is mis-spent; this is a dumb question.
    Even the worst of books has some redeeming value; this book is no where near the worst; even though I did not care for it that is not a good enough reason to say it was time mis-spent; if in fact I decided it was not worth listening then I would have quit. So once again dumb question.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Philip K. Dick? Why or why not?

    Probably not. but maybe.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    he is excellent; his reading is always great.


    Do you think Blade Runner needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Not having seen the movie I went into this novel without the pre-conceptions of having seen the film 1st. The genre within Science Fiction that of the dystopic or anti utopia is one I was more attracted to when I was younger. Brave New World, A Canticle for Leibowitz, 1984, and others of that ilk had more attraction back then, just like Camus, or Sartre did too I suppose. This novel set in a post nuclear world has no real hope of redemption, the supposed connection to the collective, the empathy box is a device created to share emotions and the collective pain of Mercer, it seemed to me to be technology imposed by the state to create an alternate reality in a world radioactive and wasting away in kibble. The only other solace is perhaps buying one of the few remaining animals left after the nuclear bombs destroyed most life, and this is embedded in a capitalistic system that placed it outside of most peoples ability to own. And the androids? No more likable than the warm blooded humans. There is some attempt at collective behavior, for kicks they snip off a spiders legs, and revenge results in a goat flying off a roof.

    The other two considerations I have regarding this book is Decker's view of human sexuality, and that includes human/android intercourse, for a culture that speaks of empathy sex is as mechanical as the named sheep in the title. There is so little true emotion that Decker's wife needs to program depression in order to feel. The other really interesting question is reality.. does Mercer really exist? Is Decker really Mercer? a metaphor for all of us pushing Sisyphus's rock up the hill being all of us so separate from love, passion, and true empathy.. we are supposed to feel connected to humanity by observing this man's suffering? his cross on the way to crucifiction, only to roll down again.. no hope, or as Kerouac said

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4519)
    Performance
    (2328)
    Story
    (2345)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "yes it is true"
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    If you scroll below you will notice like I did all
    5 stars.. Rightfully so. This story has become taut. Sanderson is great on his own, The Myst books were wonderful; and I believe he has embraced this task with love and competence. I can not
    wait for the next book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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