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DAVID

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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235
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  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (408)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    Overall

    I listened to this book several month ago and like it. It was different from what I am used to from Mr. Reynolds, but I thought the story was solid and the characters were interesting and well developed. However, after listening to several other books, including Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett (omg, if you have not read/listened the these books yet, do yourself a favor, NOW!), I find myself comparing everything the Terminal World. I went back & listened to it agin. This is a really good book! Maybe I am a latent steampunk fan and did not realize it, but WOW, I really love this book! I think you should try to erase any vestidual remnant of Chasm City and Revelation Space from your brain before reading this book, because there is NO relation. If you are expecting this, it may effect your perception of this book.
    Also...
    My concept of the word 'terminal' has always been in realtion to death and dying. But, it also means 'end point' as in bus/train terminal. Keep this in mind when listening. Because of my educational deficit in this regard, I had pre-concieved notions when listening to this book the first time and it effected my opinion (amazing how titles & book covers can impact your perceptions!).
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    As far as Narrator, 2 words... JOHN LEE. If he read the NYC phone book, I would listen to it...twice.

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Building Harlequin's Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Brenda Cooper
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The first interstellar ship, John Glenn, fled a solar system populated by rogue AIs and machine/human hybrids, threatened by too much nanotechnology, and rife with political dangers. The John Glenn’s crew intended to terraform the nearly pristine planet Ymir in hopes of creating a utopian society that will limit intelligent technology, but by some miscalculation they have landed in the wrong system.

    DAVID says: "Excellent - but needed to be twice as long"
    "Excellent - but needed to be twice as long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has world building scope (literally), but is too short to effectively flesh out all the possibilities. I loved the story, but really felt they skimped on developing the universe they created. What they did developed is extremely interesting and leads one to ponder the 'what if's'. And, as far I can determine, there is no sequel to expand on these great ideas.
    Too bad.

    Narrator was little too mechanical, the inflection was choppy. Also, I like the timbre of his voice, but the main character is a young female - not a good match.

    Overall, good choice for the old school hard Scifi fan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4503)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3260)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Narrator knocked my socks off!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got this book for 2 reasons; I listened to 11/22/63 and Under The Dome, and 'It' was on sale.

    I am not a fan of horror, but the above 2 books referenced lead me to understand that stephen King is a very good writer. As a consequence, I decided to try 'It' solely on the merits of the writer. Of course, $4.95 for a book 45 hrs long book has a lot to do with my decision.

    As expected, I was not all that thrilled with the story. Interesting, but not riveting. Again, keep in mind that I'm not crazy about the horror genre. However, the performance by Steven Weber was nothing short of incredible! I was completely pulled in to the narrative based solely on his performance. WOW! I am now searching for all books narrated by Mr. Weber and I will buy all of them regardless.

    BTW, SK is a really good story teller, horror or otherwise - just in case you didn't know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (649)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "Great series! Book 7 is a cliffhanger...Boo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love this series, but part of what make these books great is the way Taylor Anderson finds a way to progress the storyline while bringing each installment to a satisfactory conclusion. Not so much in book 7. Lots of action, huge battle scenes, but the biggest is just left hanging, with our intrepid capt. Reddy saying - hey, we're getting our arse's handed to us, but I have something up my sleeve ....The End.

    As usual, William Dufris gives a masterful performance. It's like a one man dramatization.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rite of Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alexei Panshin
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In 2198, 150 years after the desperate wars that destroyed an overpopulated Earth, Man lives precariously on 100 hastily-established colony worlds and in the 7 giant Ships that once ferried men to the stars. Mia Havero's Ship is a small closed society. It tests its children by casting them out to live or die in a month of Trial in the hostile wilds of a colony world. Mia Havero's Trial is fast approaching, and in the meantime she must learn not only the skills that will keep her alive, but the deeper courage to face herself.

    DAVID says: "May have been the Inspiration for Hunger Games"
    "May have been the Inspiration for Hunger Games"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very impressive work from Alexei Panshin, especially considering he wrote this book as a teenager while at summer camp. If the book reads a little "campy", I can forgive.

    He seems to channel the emotions of a 14 year old girl shockingly well. I really became attached to Mia's character and cared about her plight. And while the premises were not incredibly original, they were well thought out.

    This book was nominated for the Hugo award in 1969 and in my opinion is Panshins' best effort. Unfortunately, none of his later books (that I have read) approached the potential that was shown in Rite of Passage.

    The narrator did a nice job, perfect for Mia, but a little weak on the male characters - kind of cartoonish.

    Overall an excellent addition, highly recommend, especially for young adults.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2549)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2229)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Covertly flatulent Scifi at it's best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fun book, listening was a gas!

    A word of warning to those who might be sheepish about genetic engineering; ewe may want to Baaack away from this one.

    Narrator did a nice job, not a crusher performance, but very enterprising.

    Ok I'm done.

    44 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9154)
    Performance
    (5806)
    Story
    (5826)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "To: Manly Man Scifi listener...DON'T DO IT!"
    Overall
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    I picked this book up when Audible was practically giving it away in a $4.95 sale. My wife already had the 1st book (red flag #1) from iTunes, so I figured "what the heck".

    In the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess that I have not even started this book. I did start the 1st book, and since I did not purchase it from Audible, I can only write a review of this one (and presumably the entire series). This stuff is pure romance, not Scifi. If you really feel the need to mix a little romance with your Scifi, go get 'Replay' by Ken Grimwood - you'll thank me later. If you want to mix a little Scifi with your romance, get 'The Time Travelers Wife'. You probably won't thank me. If you would like to mix your abject boredom with severe indigestion, then by all means, get this book.

    I know this it is very tempting because it appears to be a great buy, 39 hours for just one credit, and it's listed under Scifi, but DON'T DO IT! I only got about 3 or 4 hours into the 1st book when the main character started longing for some ancient stud muffin to relieve her aching loins. At that point, I was longing for a 3 hour gum scraping from my dentist.

    And the narrator, WOW! Prissy, high brow, condescending, smug, UUUGH! I just wanted to slap her silly. I bet she sticks her pinkie out when she sips her spot of tea out on the veranda of the country club as she extols the virtues of old money vs. new money to her proper friends. But I digest... The narrator is just not MY cup of tea. Nor is this series.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Torch of Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (217)

    As the slavemasters of Mesa plot against the Star Empire of Manticore and the newly liberated slave planet of Torch, Anton Zilwicki and the notorious Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat set off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth concerning a wave of mysterious assassinations that have been launched against Manticore and Torch.

    Mark Henderson says: "Filled in the blanks on the main story line."
    "What? Huh? Argh? Where am I? Wait-What?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    WOW! I don't know what to say...

    I absolutely love David Weber's work and Peter Larkin is one of my favorite performers, but the wheels really fell off this one. I don't blame Mr. Larkin, he did his best. He is very polished, but this book, like some other types of matter, just can't be polished.

    This is the first co-authored Weber/Flint series I have started and I choose to believe that the co-author, Eric Flint, wrote the entirety of this novel and David Weber made the monumental mistake of signing off on it before reading the thing. The first offering was not on the same level as the Safehold, Honor Harrington or Prince Roger series, but good all the same. This one can knock the stink off a gut wagon.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power. And no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization....

    Heidi says: "The story isn't over yet"
    "Sequels a classic - feels more sequel than classic"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this expansion of the classic 'A Fire Upon The Deep', but was a little disappointed in the choice of narrator. Don't get me wrong - Oliver Wyman is one of my favorites. Indeed, his performance's of the first two Safehold installments were brilliant, but I don't think he had the same energy as Peter Larkin had in 'Deep'.

    That being said, the story was quite good, but not stunning. To be fair, all the mind blowing concepts were fleshed out in the first book, so you can't expect to be captivated in the same way.

    also, I had a harder time visualizing the "Pack mind" in this offering than the first - not sure why.

    All in all, not as good as 'A Fire Upon The Deep', but except for 'Aliens' and 'The Godfather Part 2', what sequel is ever as Good as the original. Anyway, it's well worth the effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5673)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2326)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Things put in your head you can't take back out"
    Overall

    This book is brilliant and the author is a master. The book and the author deserve 5 stars - I am giving it 5 stars...and I hated it.

    Listening to this audio book was the single most emotionally devastating event in my 48 years of life. I pray to God and all that is holy that someday I will be able to forget this book.

    My only grandson just turned four last week. He is my world and I adore him
    with every fiber of my being. We spend hours and hours together every week - sometimes fun and exciting, sometimes quite mundane - and each and every
    moment is precious to me. I know this at each of these moments, not in retrospect.
    He calls me Papa.

    After listening to this book, I envisioned my grandson kneeling over my lifeless body, weeping uncontrollably, crying "oh Papa...". Now I can't get this scene out of my head. I may need therapy.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (768)

    Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win. However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue.

    DAVID says: "Each book in this series is better than the last!"
    "Each book in this series is better than the last!"
    Overall

    If you have not started this series yet, I envy you. If you have started this series, than you are likely in the same boat as myself...in agony, knowing there will be such a long wait for book 6. I wish there was a device that could erase specific parts of my memory so that I could go back and listen the these books again for the first time.

    I enjoyed this book even more than the first 4 even though there was much less action. It's obvious Mr. Anderson is setting up the sequence for future events, and I usually hate that, but he did such a great job, I'm afraid the actual events are going to be anti-climactic. I'm sure my fear is unwarranted.

    As always, a superior performance by the narrator. I absolutely forget that all those characters are coming from just one person. Well done Mr. Dufris!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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