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Welby

i saved a drab colored lizard who thrashed desperately in your makeshift bird bath this morning, around eight. he was beneath your notice.

Goodyear, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1217)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "aging gracefully"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Indubitably. The book has aged surprisingly well and the prose is wondrous. I'm not sure it will ever be required reading in schools, but perhaps it should be. You can tell a tale that's bizarre and people *will* keep reading (listening) if you make your characters engaging and your prose hypnotic.


    What three words best describe Robertson Dean’s voice?

    Better than average.


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

    Several, most regarding Molly. Case may have been the protagonist, but Molly's tale intrigues me more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12119)
    Performance
    (11006)
    Story
    (11032)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "The Scooby Gang's apartment building."
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    When I was a young juvenile delinquent, I used to break into buildings. Some were abandoned houses, others were businesses (abandoned or not), and still others were structures of unknown use (a friend of mine and I stumbled upon a bizarre underground bunker once). I didn't damage anything and wasn't a thief, but I really desperately wanted a place to explore.

    Cline's '14' describes the building I always dreamt of finding. The apartments aren't even close to uniform, there's a door with 4 padlocks on it and another that isn't really a door at all. The basement seems to have a hidden room with a staircase going *further down* and the machine room on top of the building is way too large to operate the single elevator (which isn't working). All the neighbors seem slightly damaged, but most of them are friendly. Most of them...

    As Nate, the main character, explores the building and starts uncovering some of the secrets, the questions only get more interesting.

    Ray Porter brought this book to technicolor brilliance. Both the general narration and the dialog were done to perfection. Highly, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titus Groan: Volume 1 of the Gormenghast Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    Enter the fantastical world of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. Novelist C.S. Lewis called Peake's books "actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience."

    Benjamin L. Alpers says: "Count Me Among the Peake Fans"
    "Meh"
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    Story

    I kept waiting for this to get interesting. And, sure, Steerpike's ambition was vaguely entertaining, but the story seemed highly dependent upon everyone else being frightfully self-absorbed and dim-witted. I've heard the Gormenghast series referred to as a "Fantasy of Manners." This kind of Fantasy story differs from normal Fantasy tales like 'The Lord of the Rings' or 'The Chronicles of Narnia' in that instead of being exciting, it's unrelentingly boring and in place of highlighting the nobility or redemption of characters who struggle through epic battles, it holds all the characters in sneering contempt.

    Maybe books two and three get better, but I won't risk it.

    On the plus side, while listening to this, my mind wandered far from the Groan drone, and I realized what I should buy my wife for her birthday (tickets to a Mystery Dinner Theatre) and she really loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2965)
    Performance
    (2645)
    Story
    (2654)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "suspense of disbelief"
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    It's nice to read novels that don't utterly jar my suspension of disbelief by having a poorly researched, errant scrap of technology thrown in. With 'Daemon' and 'Freedom™' and now 'Kill Decision,' Suarez shows truly remarkable knowledge and effective research. His tech is uniformly near-term possible, which makes the stories plausible and engaging. The story in 'Kill Decision' is well crafted, with tension and movement. Also, I discovered a really great place to get Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches while listening to this, so it has that positive association going for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2364)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2084)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "2nd tier"
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    This wasn't the best in the Odd Thomas series. 'Odd Thomas' and 'Brother Odd' reach the "rollicking good story" level, and the others fall off to an enjoyable, but not quite as engaging 2nd tier. Still, this was better than a sharp stick in the eye, or a dull knee to the groin, or a ham fist to the gut, or an angry badger down the shorts, or a collect call from your daughter from jail, or finding out the promotion went to that jerk-wad, or getting run over by a steamroller, or being blackmailed by that treacherous little weasel, or losing your super powers, or reading through a pointlessly long sentence in a review. Maybe not that last one, but you get the idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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