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Stephen

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  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (824)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "The word 'Great' is well earned in the title"
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    If you could sum up Great North Road in three words, what would they be?

    Great Science Fiction


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the down to earth characters Peter has created for this book. Even though the story takes place around 150 years into the future, you are still able to relate closely with the characters and the situations they find themselves in.


    What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

    One of the best Narrations I have heard yet. I rank him up there with Roy Dotrice from Game of Thrones.


    Any additional comments?

    I originally had some reservations regarding this book as it takes place 150 years before the events in Pandora's Star and was worried that he might roll back the tech tooo much.

    After 5 minutes of listening to the story, all my fears were proved false. The story instantly grabs you and refuses to let you go. The Tech is only used as a means and not the focus of the story, thus allow you to revel in the beautiful drawn characters that Peter creates. The universe is still a fantastic, futuristic place that does connect with our world.

    One of the best books I have read period.

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  • 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
    (1764)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (783)

    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"
    "Absolutely an Amazing Book."
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    If you could sum up Anathem in three words, what would they be?

    A Must Read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anathem?

    Too many to list here but I loved the trip to the Giant Spaceship. How they actually did it was really interesting and you could tell the Author put a lot of research into the actual science on how something like that could be done.

    I really liked it where the Main character had to circle the planet in order to meet up with his crew and how improbable it would have been for the aliens to see him. And describing how orbital mechanics worked was simple and intriguing. Another fascinating part is how they managed to propel themselves towards the alien ship.


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

    First time listening to these narrator's.


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

    Yes. The death of one of the important characters was esp moving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like 'Hard' Science fiction, and not afraid of pushing your brain matter, definitely get his book.
    A true classic in the veins of Asimov, Heinlein, Arthur C Clark, Pournelle and Niven.

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