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Alex

Lier, Belgium | Member Since 2007

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  • Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (268)

    Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman has been selected for the ground team of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor planet. Joining an international team of astronauts and scientists, he endures the rigors of training, the dangers of traveling an incredible distance in space, the challenges of an alien landscape, and the personal and political conflicts that arise when the team must face the most shocking discovery of all.

    Ben says: "Solid Near Future Sci-Fi"
    "Awesome read"
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    I was sucked into the story line right away and wasn't able to put it down once I got started. The narrator's performance was equally awesome, making every character come to life with each its own voice and accent. Sublime. I was so disappointed I reached the last chapter, just to find out there are two follow-on books. Made my day! Recommended A++.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (755)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Mind bender"
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    What did you love best about The End of Eternity?

    The immensely complex ideas around time travel and the possible consequences they entail.


    What other book might you compare The End of Eternity to and why?

    It's a bit like Eon, by Greg Bear, only more complicated due to the concept of multiple realities coinciding alongside one another. Bear's work is also much more character-driven than Asimov's.


    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    "Correct". "Impersonal", yet extremely "Apt" for this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ideas around multiple realities and reality changes boggle the mind at first. It made me lose some of my focus while driving - which is hardly recommended! It was a fascinating read/listen nonetheless.


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers have called the narrator's performance boring and even bland. While there is some merit to those comments, I would like to emphasise it does get better as you progress. Perhaps it's just a matter of getting used to the reader's voice, or maybe, the narrator's performance is just appropriate for this kind of story. I'd say it's the latter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4R2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

    Fredrik Pettersen says: "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..."
    "A bit long in the tooth, great narration"
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    What did you love best about NOS4R2?

    Kate Mulgrew's performance has to be the best thing about NOS4R2. Mulgrew has a distinctive sound and gives each character its own personality. Her performance of Charlie Manx and Bing Partridge were particularly excellent, in my opinion.Hill has a knack for setting up and describing the imaginary world he has created. At first I was sort of put off by the Christmas obsession, but it grew on me over time. While the story itself was so-so, I absolutely loved Joe Hill's story *telling*. He's a good writer, and I may pick up some of his other stuff.


    If you’ve listened to books by Joe Hill before, how does this one compare?

    No, this was the first one for me. Unsurprisingly, his style is reminiscent of his father's, Stephen King. He largely employs the same recipe: deep character depictions, interwoven with the supernatural, and some gore. It was a bit long in the tooth, however (like many of King's books), and it was slow to get going after the initial build-up (Vic's first encounter with Manx). The novel could have been redacted by a quarter without doing the story any injustice, especially the middle part.


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

    Her understanding of the story and the subsequent depiction of the the characters. If you just read the book, you would miss the profound "evilness" she creates for the Manx character.


    Who was the most memorable character of NOS4R2 and why?

    There aren't a bunch of characters in this book, which makes it easier to keep track of them . But obviously the two main characters, Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx stick around in your mind. The disgusting Bing Partridge was also quite enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I ended up liking this book quite a lot. As I mentioned earlier, Joe Hill drags his feet a bit in the middle part of the story, stretching certain concepts a bit too much. The story may come across as a bit juvenile at first, in part because the main character starts out as a child/teenager. In addition, the Christmas-thing keeps that theme alive throughout the book. It bothered me too, at first.

    In NOS4R2, Hill introduces us to his two-world concept, which includes the world of stuff and the world of thought. NOS4R2 is about intermingling the two, and more notably, bringing Manx' sick imaginary world of eternal Christmas into the real world, and his revenge on Vic McQueen for finding him and getting away.

    All in all, this was a good read. If you like Stephen King's earlier works, or like Mulgrew, it's a no-brainer. Otherwise, it's not too bad either, you won't feel like you wasted a credit (you may struggle with the middle part a bit, but it gets better).

    Oh and, don't let your kids listen to this. Christmas would be ruined forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology. But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure

    Brian says: "A worthy read / listen"
    "Typical Ben Bova Awesomeness"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely yes, certainly if you like deep character development intertwined with interesting science. Ben Bova's writing is stellar, deep and loaded with descriptive detail. Get this book if this is your thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I noticed that this book was actually tied into the Mars series by Bova. In Mars 1 or 2, I can't really remember, Moonbase and the Stavenger-family were mentioned, which made it extra interesting for me to check it out. And I wasn't disappointed, because Moonrise is very similar to Mars, in the sense that Bova forges a bond between the reader and his characters, whilst going out of his way to describe the futuristic world that surrounds his aforementioned characters.

    I'll be sure to get back to this book in a couple of years.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki???s performance did you like?

    Stefan Rudnicki is one of the best Audible narrators around. His deep, rich voice makes any story interesting. It's fascinating how he can differentiate between characters without falling into over-acting. I'll listen to any book by Rudnicki.


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

    The whole book was just a great experience. I can't really pinpoint a particular passage, I just loved everything about it. As a side note, you'll notice that this book is slightly dated technology-wise, but it's easily disregarded. Particularly funny are his mentions of


    Any additional comments?

    It's a pity there aren't any other reviews for this book (so far), it certainly deserves more praise. If you've read the Mars series by Ben Bova, Moonrise is a logical continuation. Bova has developed an interesting universe with Mars, the Moon and just about every other planet in our solar system. I'll be sure to pay them all a visit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1092)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Brutally Honest"
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, petulant, but strangely likable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs. It was interesting to find out more about Jobs' whirlwind personality. As I progressed through the book, Steve's annoying arrogance peeled away and revealed his true personality. Intelligent and rough around the edges.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker and Walter Isaacson (introduction) ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but the narration was excellent. The narrator's voice took some getting used to, but I ended up liking his no-frill approach.


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

    Jobs' written declaration of love toward his wife near the end of his life, uncovered his sensitive and human side. A rare and moving occurrence.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book, because it's a brutally honest portrait of a truly inspirational technological leader. It doesn't attempt to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3039)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1261)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Recommended"
    Overall

    This was my first experience with Picoult and I definitely loved it. The narration was excellent, as was the story-line. I for one didn't expect the ending, although others may say it was predictable. Gave me valuable insights into Asperger Syndrome and was generally well written. Recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5583)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2242)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Not everyone may appreciate Cormac McCarthy's emotional prose, but no matter what genre you're into, everyone must agree that this is one great book about surviving in a barren world, with a lot of emphasis on the father-son relationship.

    It's a touching, yet gloomy story that pulls you in from the first word on.

    A must-listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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