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Christopher

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  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (308)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Excellent. Engaging, and Entrancing. The reader creates distinctive accents and vocal styles for each character, and makes it so that you need not even know whom the speaker is to identify the speaker. I have always wanted to read this book, and cannot recommend this enough.
    When you ask someone if they had read "war and peace" they usually shudder at the thought of a tome that weighs more than a small child, however this audiobook makes such a large work highly enjoyable.


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4135)
    Performance
    (2454)
    Story
    (2492)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Disturbingly Pleasant"
    Overall

    I was sure, given the premise, and small context that the story was set in, that this was going to a very stereotypical Sci-Fi novel. All that changed within the first few chapters. Hamilton is able to create such a vivid world, predicting future technologies in a very unique yet logical way.

    LIkewise, the "primes" (the alien invaders in this story) as a race, are very much Ender's Game inspired, but with a sinister twist, and a few advancements that make them distinctly different. A more mature threat.

    As the title of this review suggests, I was disturbing surprised at just how good Hamilton is at writing space operas. I Have also posted a review for this books sequel, "Judas Unchained".

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3040)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1891)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Very good overa"
    Overall

    Very memorable, if not stereotypical characters, and a great story arc. All in all it is able to bring together all the various story threads from Pandora's star and make them viable. I was pleasantly surprised in how Hamilton, a seemingly unknown author, was able to create a universe so rich and alive with uniqueness. A great read for any science fiction fan, with the only downside being audible, besides this series, only offers [at the time of this review] 1 more real novel that takes place in this universe. Given the precedent of being able to 're-life' and 're-juv', the main characters from this book should be in future novels from Hamilton as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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