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Steffen

Hvalsoe, Denmark | Member Since 2011

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  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (710)

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "Who says FTL travel is impossible?"
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    This is the kind of SciFi I like - at least it tickles my sense of "just beond grasp" technology. I am so looking forward to hearing the rest of this trillogy. It promises to be just as good as (or even better than) the Inheritance Trillogy, which I also loved.

    Might be, I'll tire of the very strong link to American military/marine strategy and constant references to battle quotes from past war generals, but it certainly makes up for it by staying interesting in a technology sense.

    Faster than Light travel (FTL), single point energy, and gravitational manipulation all made possible by quote: "GRIN technologies—Genetics, Robotics, Information systems, and Nanotechnology—that are the principle drivers for the oncoming singularity." - You GOTTA love that!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8485)
    Performance
    (4918)
    Story
    (4974)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "An emotional Sci-Fi book which is actually good"
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    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, emotional, and engaging.


    What other book might you compare Speaker for the Dead to and why?

    None that I have read.


    Any additional comments?

    Piggies, Buggers and Human and the answer to the question, if we would ever be able to understand Aliens even if they have legs, arms and even if they speak our language. This is what The Speaker of the Dead deals with, and it does so by relating it to something as personal as funeral speeches. Alien and Personal, thats the number-one recipe for a success in Sci-Fi.

    Good job OSC!

    NB. Only thing that put me off was the sudden (and seeming random) places where music would cut in over the narration - never quite succeeding in what ever the point of that was.

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