Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2014
I was not going to give this one star, but audible forced me to give it one, before I could write a review.
Gaimen says in the introduction, that AD is smarter then most people. I believe he is pretty smart to write such drivel and have someone print it and people bought it.
Here is one of the big puns (there are no jokes) of the book. So and so wants to meet you incognito. Answer, Why would he want to meet me incognito, when he has never meet me cognito. TA Da.
I get tired of pretentious people saying pretentious things and we are suppose to feel stupid if we don't think they are funny. How many times have you been at a comedy club and the comedian gets on to the crowd for not laughing. Trying to say we are stupid because we don't laugh at his jokes. Dude, we get the joke, and your not funny.
This book is filled with lots of big made up words, kind of like you and your friends did in first grade.
The narrator is actually great and I hope to hear him read some good books
WHEN IN DOUBT SHIT IT OUT
If only school could have been this exciting. Number one priority for me is to be entertained. Number two is to hear or learn something I have never heard or learned before. Number three is for the story to be believable. By believable it is something that could happen, not necessarily something that would most likely happen. If everything you read was what would most likely happen then it would probably be boring. Brown scores five stars on all accounts. Arctic comes from the Greek, arktos, which means bear and Antarctic means no bear. Just one of those things I will always remember that I would not have remembered in a school setting.
AIR FORCE ONE, BIG DICK
Like most of Brown's books he hits the ground running. The entire book takes place in about two days. The book is very fast paced. It covers most of the sciences, Astronomy, geology, ocean, volcanoes, whirlpools, deep ocean, plate tectonics, ice cores, entomology, origin theories, bioluminescence, panspermia etc... Then there is all the politics and some things about the government you may not have known.
YOU WILL FIND PATIENCE, A VIRTUE
The book is not perfect, as the believability factor is stressed pretty hard in some places. I was also turned off by some of the teasers. In the beginning we are told of this great find in the Arctic, but we can't tell you, you must see it. It takes several chapters and about an hour to get to this great find, all the time being teased about it.
I thought the narrator was great.
I AM SURE THAT NOT HAVING A BRAIN IS FATAL.
I am not sure what the theme was for this collection. These stories cover the gambit for types of Sci-Fi, as well as quality. You will probably find a story in here that you like, but you are also certain to find some you don't like.
THERE ARE ALIEN GROUPIES?
My favorite story was After The Coup, by John Scalzi, but I had already read it, as it is part of The Human Division. Brit Mandelo wrote a really cool, yet haunting story called "The Finite Canvas" (also in Dozier's 30th annual). Scalzi had another good story called "The President's Brain is Missing". Ken MacLeod's "Earth Hour" was good and should appeal to techies. I was disappointed in Sanderson's "Firstborn". It was not bad, just not as good as what he usually writes. Charles Stross had two entries from his Laundry series. I am not a fan of British Humor, so I could not finish these long stories. Day, McCarron and Swirsky had paranormal chick lit stories that put me to sleep.
The narrators are top notch, everyone a professional.
SHOW ME THAT MULTIPLICATION TRICK AGAIN
If you are a fan of Asimov and you have never heard is voice, than this is a must. I have been a fan for decades, but never heard him speak. I was expecting an old man voice. Maybe like a college professor? I knew he was Jewish, but this was interesting. He sounds like the caricature of Brooklynn Jews you hear on TV and he sounds young. He also talks likes he writes, which I always suspected. Asimov has the knack of writing like he is a friend of yours sitting across from you talking about the weather.
All the stories are good, none are bad. The Ugly Little Boy was the greatest. I have read this story several times and read the book he wrote with Robert Silverberg and it is still a tear jerker. Asimov even cried when he read it. Satisfaction Guaranteed was my next favorite. This is a story which has Dr. Calvin in it and she is trying to perfect robots.
Asimov explains before each story, why he wrote it and says a few words after each story about the story. This adds a lot of charm to the listening. One interesting thing he said, was that if he had to take a college class on his writings, that he would probably flunk. When they go to analyzing his work, he would not understand all the deep underlining meanings he was suppose to have in his writings.
If your already a fan, this is a must or this is a good place to start, if you don't know him..
MAYBE HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THIS WORLD DOMINATION THING?
This is my seventh book by Konrath and the more of his stuff I read the more I like him. None of his writings will ever win any awards for being great literature, but I have never been a fan of great literature. The story is very far fetched and not too believable. It is escapism literature with lots of lol moments. Think more in terms of John Scalzi. I can't really mention the characters, as that is part of the story concept and could ruin your listening ahead of time.
This is a quick read that won't tax your mind much. If your up for a light funny read give it a shot.
One more thing. I usually don't comment on other reviews, as everyone has a right to their own likes and dislikes, but toward the bottom of the page one reviewer who seems to be some type of homophobe goes on about two characters being homosexuals. Number one, if there are homosexuals in the book, I don't see how that would detract from the entertainment value and fun there is in listening to this book. Number two, if there are homosexuals in the book, I totally missed it. There are two guys in the book, Roy and Bert, who start out hating each other and who end up best buds and there antics are some of the funniest parts of the book. I am not giving anything away here, it is pretty obvious from the start how this relationship is going to turn out. Parts of the book are predictable, but that is part of the fun and there are parts that will surprise you and that is fun too. If joking around with a friend of the same gender makes you gay, then call me queer.
Bill: How's if feel to get your ass kicked by William Shakespeare?
Tom: It's better then reading your plays.
person two: IT'S GOOD YOU HAVE SUCH AN UNDEMANDING AUDIENCE.
When I was young I thought I had to read Douglas Adams, since he was so popular. I read every single book in the Hitch Hiker's series. To be honest, I never became a fan. I have found that when books are written with the sole purpose of being funny, that they are usually not funny. I love a book with funny parts in it, when you don't know they are coming and they are part of the story, but when every line is expected to get a laugh, I get bored.
I like dramatized books and thought I would give this a try, but even in this form I did not become a fan.
YOU MUST TELL ME THIS AGAIN, WHEN I'M INTERESTED
2 CHILD LAWS, NEWSPAD (I-PAD), STARGATE
I have lost track of how many times I have read the book, listened on tape, watched the movie, and now I have downloaded it. Arthur C. Clarke is in a class, all by himself. To hear his voice in the introduction was a real treat. It is amazing the amount of things he wrote about in the sixties that are now everyday things.
Kids under 40 may find this book and the movie to be a little slow and a little technical. That is only in parts. The story as a whole is a masterpiece.
The book differs from the movie slightly and that is explained by Clarke in the introduction. A good look into the making of a movie and the writing of a book. To be honest I felt that the tension built by dealing with HAL was done better in the movie. I loved this, but I really liked (The City and The Stars )and (Rendezvous with Rama) better.
I had not realized until this reading that Clarke was part of the group warning us about overpopulation, Pohl, Harrison, Asimov, and Silverberg among many. He talks about Americans having meatless days and about many countries having 2 child laws. If you are over 50, you may remember the hysteria about overpopulation and the dire predictions for the turn of the century. Things we need to think about as today's writers call us stupid for not freaking out over there warnings about the most popular predicted crises of today.
Dick Hill is my favorite narrator.
Here is what I was thinking. Out of 50 stories there should be some I really like. Good thinking, right? The problem is, with this many stories then you have to listen to all the stuff you do not care for. I listened for about four hours and the first 13 stories. Out of all that I had one story I kind of liked. The rest did not interest me at all. One of my problems is that I want my porn to be well written. I want characters that have feelings. Virginia Wade is the only writer who seems to have any talent in this field. D.P. Backhause had a good one about a wife giving her A## to her husband's poker buddies. In that one she feels guilty, cause she screwed some muscle guy on the beach. The problem with porn or erotica is that everybody's taste vary so much, so a large collection like this, will not make anyone happy except maybe a teenage boy, who gets excited over the word sex.
China's population is so large it is hard for us to really grasp it. At one point only 16 % of China's population was on the internet, but that was more people on the internet, then any other country. It boggles the mind. I have never been to China, so this review, is from a typical American who knows very little going in. The rating is based on how well the book held my attention.
THE FIRST BIRD TO LIFT HIS HEAD IS THE ONE WHO GETS SHOT.
This book concentrates on the well to do in China, which is a very small percentage of the population. It also focuses on about four dissidents and how they get the message to the people. I learned a lot about the China of today and the struggles to live there. The pressure to get your kids into University, to then get a government job and the difficulty in being successful. You also have to make sure to not be too successful or the government will take it away from you and throw you in jail. A government job is the best way to make money, which is usually through bribes, which are illegal, but expected by everybody. The internet, TV and literature are all restricted and the restrictions change daily. The schools are very regimented and have no room for creativity. The government wants to offer more freedoms, but fear the lose of power more. In this day of technology they are finding it harder and harder to hide things from the general public.
YOU CAN BE SAFE AT HOME FOR 100 DAYS OR OPEN THE DOOR AND RUN RIGHT INTO TROUBLE.
China has an older population that has lived under this government all there lives and know no other way. Yet, when hundreds of kids are killed in an earthquake, because the buildings were built with substandard materials, cause those in charge had the money for the right materials, but bought substandard materials and pocketed the change, then even they can be riled. It is the job of the dissidents to get the message out, under threat of jail or there lives. It is always interesting to see how others see us. They don't understand our problem with how they treat the Tibetans, to them they are a backward people and they are not treated any worse then Native American Indians.
NOT MARRIED BY 30= LEFT OVER WOMAN.
The book was very interesting. I am glad I purchased it. I feel I learned a lot. There are times when, for me, a layman, that it gets a little dry and feels as if Osnos has hammered in the message to the point of boredom. For impatient me, it was a little long in places. I normally listen to Science Fiction or Horror, so I may be a little harder on the book then others. Do not get me wrong, I recommend the book. If you have any interest at all, you should get it. This is a country, which has the ability and manpower to become number one in the world, to explore the universe, cure diseases, come up with new inventions, etc..., I believe everyone should be interested.
I liked the narrator. Not knowing how to speak Chinese, I had no way of knowing that anything was mispronounced.
I am almost speechless. This is one of those times when you are so emotionally affected that words can not explain. I believe this is required reading in some schools and I applaud those schools. I would rather read horror as fiction, so I can tell myself that it is fiction. This is true, which makes the horror hard to bare. Everyone should read a non-fiction book about the Holocaust, Apartheid, slavery, war, or torture, just to keep them grounded about once a year. We need to be reminded and our young people need to learn and not forget.
WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO YOUR GUN?
The first thing and most important thing I want to say is that ,this is very entertaining. I did not think GraphicAudio could be out done, but these guys did it in spades. The difference changes the story from, A Movie In Your Mind, to This May be Too Real. Do not take me wrong I like GraphicAudio, I just want to make a comparison you might know. What is even better, this is a top notch well written story, whereas most of GraphicAudio is second rank writings, (James Axler, Alex Archer, etc...). The only problem I had was, that I listened while driving my six wheel delivery truck and the sound is so real that at times, I thought I had hit something or something it me, and it was just the radio. The actors are top notch professionals.
I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HER AND I WAS CRYING.
The actual story itself, if written and read in book form, might not be better then what else is out there. It would not be worse, but if you have read a lot of Zombie stories, this does not bring anything new to the table. I will say, that they did do two things that I appreciated, that other apocalypse books seem to get wrong. It always amazes me in other books, when they act as if vehicles are hard to come by. The town I live in has less then 160,000 people and the amount of cars and trucks in this town are in the thousands. Not counting U-Haul, there are hundreds of box trucks, owned by food companies. There are several food warehouses. If you can drive an 18 wheeler, thousands of them are available. Even in small towns I deliver to, most have a used or new car dealership. Brand new cars and trucks. Also many other books of this type have the people traveling around the country or living in the country in small houses or one even has them in tents. Da, why wouldn't you take a high rise and fortify it, living in the upper parts of the building? The story is five star, just not much different then what else is out there.
PREPARE FOR THE WORSE, AND HOPE FOR THE BEST
As mentioned by others and probably the biggest draw back is the ending. This is not a book, it is a serial and this is season one. Like most TV shows today, it ends in a cliff hanger. If you read the reviews before buying, you know that, if you don't read reviews, then sorry.
IT'S NOT FUN OWNING A GUN AND HAVING NOTHING TO SHOOT AT.
This is a full cast production, no narrators. This is the best production of anything I have ever listened to. If this was a two star story, which it is not, the production would make it a six star listen. The actors, (not narrators), or excellent. I was never a fan of British accents, but there is one chick in here with a British accent, that is so sexy, I am now a fan.
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