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Kim

Metcalfe, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • On the Steel Breeze

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    A thousand years in the future, mankind's influence expands into the universe. Alastair Reynolds epic vision of our journey into deep space will redefine Space Opera. Mankind is making its way out into the universe on massive generation ships. The new novel from Alastair Reynolds is one for fans of Peter F. Hamilton and Iain M. Banks. Read by Adjoa Andoh.

    Kim says: "Excellent narration"
    "Excellent narration"
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    The story was interesting, with the twists typical of the author. The narration was excellent, with a wide variety of accents and voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Incas: Inside an American Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terence N. D'Altroy
    • Narrated By Terence N. D'Altroy
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    The story of the Incas is a powerful one, and their legacy remains a potent influence in the Andes of South America. In this insightful lecture series, Columbia University professor Terence D'Altroy focuses on Inca life at the height of the empire, the society's origins, its military, religion, ruling structure, and finally, the Inca legacy today.

    Ullanta says: "Interesting, comprehensive intro to the Incas"
    "Some editing hiccups"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The lectures were interesting and well-presented. However, there were a couple of places where there seemed to be an editing problem and almost the same thing was said twice in a row.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (2818)
    Story
    (2850)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Riveting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, and without reservation. There's no shortage of action, but the major characters all have some depth to them. The women are not just damsels in distress or bimbos, and they get their fair share of the action. Even the characters closest to being standard action antiheroes - they're all a lot closer to Han Solo than to Aragorn - do some thinking and planning.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reamde?

    Olivia's reaction when her contact said, '...and then one guy said something like, "Holy s#%*! It's Sokolov!"'

    And let's not forget, "Why is it all right for James Bond?"


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this was the first of his performances that I've listened to.


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

    There were lots of funny moments, and the other folks at the gym may have wondered what I was listening to. Fortunately, I was somewhere else when the colostomy jokes cropped up.

    Although there were some poignant moments (e.g. observation of the hand-stitched quilt in the RV), none of them were in the "make you cry" category.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't bring myself to turn it off during about the last 6 hours of the recording. It had been obvious for some time that the story was heading in a certain direction, and I couldn't wait for the bad guys to get what was coming to them, or to find out which of the good guys got to finish off the leader of the bad guys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5004)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2425)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Good story, well read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story and narration were good. However, there were some obvious transitions between what were presumably different recording sessions. I also had some bad audio patches a few seconds long, but that may have been due to having to stop and re-start the download.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1191)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Made me look forward to the commute"
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    Story

    I'll admit that I thought the story took a while to really get going, but long before I got anywhere near the end, it was in the "can't put it down" category. It's not often that I identify with characters as much as I did with some of the folks in this book. I also really enjoyed most of the digressions (the math ones especially, stockings/furniture not so much).

    Whatever they are paying the narrator is not enough. He was great, and managed to produce a wide variety of accents and emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Aquila Rift

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Beyond the Aquila Rift: It's shorthand for the trip no one ever hopes to make by accident. The one that will screw up the rest of your life, the one that creates the ghosts you see haunting the shadows of company bars across the whole Bubble. Men and women ripped out of time, cut adrift from families and lovers by an accident of an alien technology we use but rarely comprehend.

    kynan says: "Great story, mediocre audio book."
    "Good story, rushed narration"
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    The story was good, and what I'd expect from this author. The narrator, however, seemed to be rushing through it as fast as he could, sounding almost breathless at points, which seemed generally inappropriate for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds"
    "Different, but good"
    Overall
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    This is quite different in style and tone from the usual work of Alastair Reynolds, but the story was good. The narrator delivered the story well, and did a good job of bringing the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (319)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "Good story, narration a bit odd"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is good, as usual for Brin. Two of the three narrators sounded like they were reading for the Romance section, but one gets used to it and there are portions toward the end for which it seems appropriate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3077)
    Performance
    (2876)
    Story
    (2874)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "A few surprises"
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    Where does Spellbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most of the books I've listened to have been good, but this was the audio equivalent of "I couldn't put it down".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellbound?

    "We've had a busy day. Kidnapped J. Edgar Hoover..." - or words to that effect. There are a few others that come to mind, but they'd be spoilers.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hard Magic is the only other one I've listened to, so this one has the same style and most of the same characters. Unsurprisingly, the performance is of similar quality. I love the way he voices the various characters, Dan Garrett in particular.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Angels, demons, and good old-fashioned conspiracies.


    Any additional comments?

    I eagerly await the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Unseen Diversity: The World of Bacteria

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Betsey Dexter Dyer
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Professor Betsey Dexter Dyer of Wheaton College examines the role of bacteria as major players in Earth's biodiversity. In the course of these fascinating lectures, Professor Dyer delves into the history of microbiology, the four billion year history of bacteria and archaea as the dominant organisms on Earth, and the place of pathogens in the greater context of the bacterial world. This course serves as both a field guide for curious naturalists and a friendly introduction to the world of bacteria and archaea.

    Lucas says: "Even THINKING about it? Go ahead and get it!"
    "Fascinating"
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    Would you listen to The Modern Scholar again? Why?

    Yes, I have several more Modern Scholar titles in my wish list, and have a few already in my library.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Now I know why Swiss cheese smells like sweaty feet.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Now I want to set up a column full of swamp mud and grow my own bacteria. The sections on bacterial metabolism were particularly interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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