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Smithfield, RI, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 142 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • A Door into Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joan Slonczewski
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Sharers of Shora are a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future. They are pacifists, they are highly advanced in biological sciences, and they reproduce by parthenogenesis - because there are no males. Conflict erupts when a militaristic neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world and sends in an army.

    Suzanna says: "Complex World-building Sci-Fi"
    "I felt like I was in Shora"
    What did you love best about A Door into Ocean?

    The vivid writing brought me right through

    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did an amazing job conveying the peaceful feeling of Shora and the peaceful beliefs of the sharers.

    Any additional comments?

    I gave the story 4 out of 5 stars only because there was all this build up to a climax that was not very climactic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saturn's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Saturn's Children, Freya is an obsolete android concubine in a society where humans haven't existed for hundreds of years. A rigid caste system keeps the Aristos, a vindictive group of humanoids, well in control of the lower, slave-chipped classes. So when Freya offends one particularly nasty Aristo, she's forced to take a dangerous courier job off-planet.

    G. House Sr. says: "Pleasent, Complicated Space Opera - Very Enjoyable"
    "Caution: do not listen to while driving"
    What disappointed you about Saturn's Children?

    This book had virtually no plot. It was so boring, that I would start to nod off while I was at red lights. Freya flew from planet to planet to deliver items to people. Towards the end there seemed to be a small reason for her trips but at that point, I didn't even care because I had listened for 10 hours already. For some reason I must not have realized when I bought the book this would be an attempt to make a robot sex novel, so when those scenes first started I was suprised. Stross is not even good at writing a sex scene, even some badly wrtitten romance novels are sometimes worth skimming, just for a few good pages of hot steamy sex. Not this book.
    The concept of the book was a good one, it was just done poorly. I felt no connection to Freya or any other character in the book. I did not care what happened to anyone in the book. Space travel may be sh*t, but so is this pathetic attempt of a space novel.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Green

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own nameher earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesanand the skills of an assassinshe was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Dukes collection of beauties. She calls herself Green.

    Jefferson says: "Gods, Cat People, Female Assassins, Whips--"
    "Redundant and Boring"

    I was really looking forward to reading this book. I like fantasy books with a strong female character. However I had a very hard time liking Green. There was no character development, the supporting characters were flat and I felt like there was no cohesion with the story line. The first part of the book describing Green's childhood was ok, but the rest went on and on and on. If I heard Green say one more time "What would Endurance do?" or "I want to go home.", I think i would scream. There are much better books out there. Try Mya by Richard Adams or the Kusheil series.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Beggars in Spain

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nancy Kress
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

    Rachelle says: "Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Fantastic!!! Can't wait to read the sequal."

    This was a well read and well written book. The characters grew throughout and were not stagnant boring, 2-d people. The premise was creative and thought provoking. I liked all the references to actual historical events and people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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