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Ripley I

Attleboro, MA United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Hunter's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    Like so many others, Ramón Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world, joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.

    Richard says: "Different but good"
    "true sci-fi"
    Overall

    This was a great sci-fi story: alien/human - not quite Ursula Le Guin, but interesting from start to finish!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (365)

    This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

    Stephen says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Excellent - one of the recent best!"
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    I held off on this series for a long time because of the not so stellar reviews. I am quite perplexed now. Not only was this very refreshing from just the style point of view, each story was excellent and each reader did a superb reading. All I can think of that some of the people that bought this expected shoot-em-up vapid adventure/action stories.
    These stories are very like both the old and new Star Trek series - they make you think about ethics and morals.
    Unlike many other stories, both long and short, I was interested in what the future held for our characters.
    This was very interesting, refreshing and even suspenseful. I'm going to go and the the first book now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2475)
    Performance
    (1823)
    Story
    (1836)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Good story but sexist"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It kind of amazes me that this story was actually written by a father for his two daughters. Of course that was in the seventies...But it really could have had positive and powerful female characters since the whole thing is fiction anyway.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Factoring Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

    Warren says: "Enjoyable, Fast Listen"
    "Probably my favorite Robert Sawyer books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I always worry when a book is "only" around 10 hours, that I am not getting my moneys worth. But just about all of Robert Sawyer's books grab you right away and never let you go - I mean you just can't stop listening, and there are no dull parts. Factoring Humanity is just awesome! He always has really wonderful female characters and this is no exception. But in particular, the story just feels good all around and has just enough sci-fi techno to keep it modern!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Rising: A Novel of Interstellar Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    The Hugo Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coyote returns to the setting of his grand novel of interstellar exploration with the continuing epic of Earth's first space colonists - and a tale of revolution against a repressive government to reclaim their world in the name of freedom...

    Michael says: "Great, Great Stuff"
    "Disappointment for female adolescent readers"
    Overall
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    The character development in general in this series is not particularly good, which is why I rated the first as a young adult book as OK. However, the female characters have really crashed and burned! Not one is a good example for any girl in this century.
    Sorry, this series fails seriously and is quite a disappointment!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (312)

    The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

    Michael says: "It gets better"
    "Good (4*s) story for the teenage age group...."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Good (4*s) story for the teenage age group....only 3 for the adult population.

    The narration is a bit monotone at times. The politics are overly simplistic: Reviewers seem to think the "liberty" party somehow is punching fun at the libertarian party, but the liberty party in the book is clearly similar to a militaristic communist country.

    I like that there are good female characters, albeit adolescent...so are the male ones for that matter.

    Although the settlers were fleeing an authoritarian system to build a capitalistic democracy, they clearly wouldn't have survived and done as well as they did without being a socialist democracy - all helping all.

    The invading army's politics is clearly overdrawn as well...but I'll review on the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (120)

    Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months – while the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back at work, Anna decides to go to stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

    Ilah says: "Bring other narrator back!!!!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was concerned that this book would be too graphic based on a few other reviews. That was not the case at all. This was well done - giving you the jest without too much. It is also a really intriguing story as well. I also think this is one of her best. It was engrossing from beginning to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindscan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love, something that eluded him when he was encased in flesh: he falls for the android version of Karen, a woman rediscovering all the joys of life now that she too is no longer constrained by a worn-out body. Karen's son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance.

    Ripley I says: "great concept not executed"
    "great concept not executed"
    Overall
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    This was the worst of Sawyer's books I've read. Actually I loved all the other books (maybe 5 of them) that I've read or listened to. The concept is great, new and interesting but I didn't feel anything for any of the characters. The human interactive element that exists in his other books just wasn't there.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor in Death: In Death, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (528)

    No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision.

    Cherita says: "Rocks!"
    "good mystery, unrealistic relationships"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The mysteries in all these stories (I've listened to five) are first rate, the problem lies in the unrealistic relationship between Eve and Roarke, and the stupid sex scenes. These make the stories hokey. No one would put up with Eve, particularly not the richest, best looking and devoted male. She frequently acts like a child, and please spare me the excuse of her background, but he is so patient and thinks so highly of her, he puts up with everything.

    I'm not prude but I don't care about their sex - I don't want it in a mystery - just allude to it. The mysteries stand on their own merit...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr continues her award-winning Anna Pigeon series with this riveting mystery that features the puzzling plot twists, deft characterizations, and sparkling dialogue that have become Barr's trademarks, and which her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of.

    Stacey A. says: "No idea there was room for improvement"
    "One of the best"
    Overall
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    Story

    Again, I let stupid reviews keep me from getting this for too long. I was worried this was a complete change for Barr with graphic child violence. Its not graphic, certainly much less than what you can get on regular TV. The writing is superb, this is one of her best!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Benjamin Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (187)

    In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.

    Paige says: "A good, solid listen"
    "Stellar"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm glad I didn't listen to the bad reviews. Yes this is a mystery, but its also a story about different people and relationships, and it is very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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