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  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (605)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Sad, Depressing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Definitely not! The authors apparently imagine a future filled with violence; where there is not enough anything to go around. That is such a "I bought into the nonsense" point of view! There is enough in this world to go around for thousands of years to come!


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it more up-beat; more optimistic.


    Did METAtropolis inspire you to do anything?

    It just made me angry.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hybrids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (214)

    Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

    dissipatedfog says: "Hated it!"
    "Ironic"
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    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. About the same.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I needed to take breaks. I can't sit through this much political mush-headedness in one listening.


    Any additional comments?

    The author continues his political discourse throughout this 3rd book. It reminds me of a person complaining about the evils of large corporations while eating dinner in a restaurant owned by a large corporation... a meal being paid for by his father, who works for a large corporation. How nice that you have views, but you would not be free to discuss your views in this forum if it wasn't for the benefits of the system that you believe to be inferior. Specifically, Robert J Sawyer would not be able to spend time writing about the evils of agricultural societies if he lived in a hunter-gatherer society. He would be hunting. He would be fishing. He would be cleaning game & carrying it back to where the meal would be prepared. He would be doing these things because he had to eat, not because he enjoyed them. What archaeological evidence do we have that hunter-gatherers had any sort of writing? None. All evidence of early writing comes from peoples who lived in cities & cultivated fields.

    His views on religion are interesting, too. It must be nice to live in a think-tank where people are not responsible for their own actions. This is not reality, however. People choose to make mistakes. Few, if any, religions preach that people should war with their neighbors. People choose to make war instead of peace. People choose to do evil unto others. These are choices, not mandates of religious system or practice.

    The often-cited view of the author that Canada is superior to other countries is odd, also. In one paragraph he writes about how horrible is the death penalty, and how Canada doesn't practice it. In another he writes about abortion and how Canada allows it. So, it's okay to kill innocent babies but not okay to kill people who have chosen to enter a school and kill children? How is that a superior, or even logical, thought process?

    These are only a small sample of the views expressed throughout the book. As I said in my comments about Book 2, Robert Sawyer - please tell your fabulous story, but leave out your brainwashing tactics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (295)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation.

    Guillermo says: "Missed the Mark"
    "Overall A Good Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Humans the most enjoyable?

    I've been fascinated by Neanderthals for years & read all I can about them. Interesting fantasy culture in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer – was your favorite?

    Hak. It seemed to have more personality than the actual personalities sometimes.


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

    The only extreme reaction at any time was anger. Anger that the author decided to use his book as a vehicle to brain-wash. The presentation that the reason for Neanderthal extinction is that our kind of humans killed them, for instance. Mary mentions that this is just one theory, but doesn't present the other theories & says that she believes this one. Also, the idea that the only reason for slavery was/is to further the gain of the owner(s) in recent American agricultural societies, while completely ignoring the fact that Native Americans practiced slavery, Europeans practiced slavery, Africans practiced slavery, slavery is still practiced in southern Asia & the Middle East, etc., really chaps my hide! Additionally, the author's apparent need to convince his readers that religion is a ridiculous notion, believed only by the feeble-minded or people completely lacking in logic, is outright offensive! Tell your story, Mr Sawyer - but leave your thought reform tactics out of it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (663)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "Based On A Game?"
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    What did you love best about Mogworld?

    The variety of voices the narrator can do. Also, I could "see" many of the scenes in the book as Monty Python sketches, which made it more fun for me.


    Would you recommend Mogworld to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they were into this kind of thing, sure.


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

    The voices of the characters.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess I'm one of those people who has been trapped under a rock, because I had never before heard of Mogworld & had no idea that it is a game. I don't play video games. I think that they are a supreme waste of time. I don't have an urge to fight dragons or drive through streets at light breaking speeds or hunt down people to kill them. Perhaps if they had a game where I could entertain people in a home that was perfect & had a full-time maid, eat all that I wanted & not gain weight, work out for 15 minutes & look like I had spent the past quarter in a gym with a personal trainer, that sort of thing, I might want to play it. Anyway, this book was quite a let-down when I found out that it's just a game in print. If it wasn't for the fabulous reading by the author I would have stopped listening pretty quickly & moved it to my "may listen later" file.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (1558)
    Story
    (1585)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "It Just Doesn't Grab Me"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if it's the story or the performance, but I don't care what happens to these characters. Listening to the book is a way to pass the time, nothing more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Survey of Ancient History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Pruskin
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    In this eight hour audiobook, 5,000 years of history have been condensed into a concise and easy to follow series of lectures. Take a fascinating journey from the mists of prehistory to the fall of the Roman empire. Be introduced to the most notable men and minds of the ancient world. Explore the great currents of philosophy, art, science and economics that have shaped our world.

    Glenn says: "Not really what I was looking for"
    "Could Be Presented Better"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Alec Sand’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a very interesting book if the narrator sounded the least bit interested in the topic. Instead, he presents it as if he's a tired history professor, lecturing to a class when he would rather be home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (484)

    Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

    Jeffery says: "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    "So Far So Good"
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    Did Dina Pearlman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I've just started the book but want to make a comment before I forget: It would be great if readers of books about the military had military experience. Ms Pearlman reads well enough, but I cringe every time she incorrectly pronounces a term or puts stress on the wrong words in a phrase.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5727)
    Performance
    (5341)
    Story
    (5339)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Listen to Half Of It"
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    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    The first half of the book was quite entertaining. Just turn off the audio and move on once you get to the internet blog - the rest of the book is mostly a waste of time.


    Would you recommend Redshirts to your friends? Why or why not?

    The first half, yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas French
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco.

    Katherine says: "Excellent!"
    "Not An Interest Grabber"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm still trying to get through it. I was captivated in the beginning with the story of the elephants in Africa, but the rest of the book is pretty much a snooze-fest.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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