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Robert N. Stephenson

robert@altair-australia.com

Blackwood, South Australia Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    Britain's bestselling SF writer returns to outer space.In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across.When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them.

    Terry says: "Long Winded But Enjoyable"
    "And So this Massive Journey Begins"
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    What did you love best about Pandora's Star?

    The grand size of the book surprised and pleased me at the same time. While some of the technical jargon was hard to follow at first the book was dedicated in part to helping me understand and I appreciated this.


    What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to and why?

    I cannot compare anything I have read, but I can say there is a smattering of Brin, Asimov, Bova and even Benford within the text and it was a joy to hear something new that in a way also paid some kind of hommage to these great writers. Hamilton is unique though and this work is not a characature of those that have come before.


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

    I find John Lee to be a good narrator, his clarity is outstanding and his light inflections on tone and voice go a long way in developing a good connection between the story and the listening. I believe any book narrated b y him would be a damn fine listen.


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

    I suppose in the end I could relate well to the character Ozzie and his final outburst matched mine, or I his. It was shock, disappointment, excitement and wonder all rolled into one. I purchased the next book within minutes of completing this one. So, yes, I developed a strong connection with the story and have fallen for the massive world view Hamilton has created.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this in big swathes unless you have time to burn. I did this in short 1 hour blocks which allowed me to consider the story a little before continuing. That helped a great deal with understanding and over all enjoyment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Space: Star Carrier, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (265)

    Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh'daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth's advancement toward technological Singularity. But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive. And now a new battle begins. After 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh'daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate - sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation - becomes a risky proposition....

    Anandasubramanian says: "Excellent series and book"
    "Promised a great deal, delivered very little"
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    Would you try another book from Ian Douglas and/or Nick Sullivan?

    I might come back later to another series


    What could Ian Douglas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ian could have developed story rather than just show us how much research he'd done. This was part science dissertation and as such quite boring. No character development beyond perfunctory cardboarding, and no story beyond easy good versus bad...and sadly while there was a lot of research shown here, the basic understanding of space itself was thrown out the window -- if you are going to use hard science to develop technologies reliant on that science, you really can't afford to throw it away when you feel like. Space ship dog fights indeed - especially when everything is at the speed of light. I expected more from this noted publisher - disappointing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was not too bad, but the material he had to work with wasn't that great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like space opera, when it is done well -- this could have been done well, but it wasn't


    Any additional comments?

    Just because the author knows all the right science and uses all the terms and details correctly doe not automatically make it a good hard science story -- obviously someone was blinded by jargon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (474)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Richard says: "Well Developed Story Line, Well Developed World!"
    "The performance is a challenge"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good story, if you can get over the narration - took 3 chapters


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading need to be smoother, less stop start.


    Any additional comments?

    As books go this is quite good, I enjoyed it and have ordered book 2 - it has a different reader, so I am expecting a far better time of it

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (704)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "I harken back"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a wied yet wonderful journey through the novel and I was very pleased with the narration, it held together strongly and didn't cause any distractions from the fascinating writing of Orson Scott Card. I was told that this would be a kind of strange novel with strange accounts and actions in a world so unbelievable that you can indeed imagine it being real, if that makes sense. Treason is a mystery at its heart and I love a good mystery, it just so happens that this mystery has many twisted layers that do come together well in the end, but do make the trip very tactile. I was very pleased with this book, it has been the first of this master writers works I have ever ventured into - knowing the skills displayed I will no longer be a stranger.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    We drew to the end with quite a bit of skill, it surprised as well as reasured in some way.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration, as I have stated was well done and did not intrued into the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This would make one very strange movie... I would see it for shock value alone


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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