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Randy

Stone Mountain, GA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Sunrise Lands: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare use them.

    Michael says: "Change is not always good, but this book is."
    "The first book of the second trillogy..."
    Overall

    ...is as good as the first three books. This is one of my favorite genres, post-apocalyptic survival and S. M. Stirling does it very well. After reading the other reviews I can see some of the detractor's points but this is, after all, science fiction/fantasy. It is neither history nor prognostication. The likable characters are very likable and the despicable characters are easy to despise. The premise of sudden isolation and the identification by the surviving members of a group with a strong leader is easy to swallow and makes for a fascinating variety among the different "civilizations". I think Todd McLaren does a fine job differentiating characters with accent and voicing, he doesn't do young girls very well but what would you expect from someone with a fine Bass voice like that. The only criticism and warning to listeners is the book jumps around in both time and space and it's not always clear when it happens. Listen closely or you'll find yourself rewinding to figure out how you got from Dun Juniper to "east of the Cascades" in one breath. A great series and a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saturn: A Novel of the Ringed Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki, full cast
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    In the best-selling novels Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova dramatized the latest discoveries about our own solar system in an epic tale of near-future exploration and development. Now Bova turns his attention to one of our system's greatest mysteries, Saturn.

    Don says: "Enjoyed It"
    "Good listen, but..."
    Overall

    Sorry Ben, I really liked "Mars" but Saturn has more plot holes than a warehouse full of swiss cheese. I'm not sure if it was the characters or the characterizations but I didn't encounter a single redeemable character. The "grand experiment" worked perfectly except for nine of the most highly sterotypical characters I've ever read and 9,991 virtually invisible others. Where was everyone else while the bad guys were acting so stupid?
    HUGE opportunities missed for wonder, adventure, and mystery, All we got was some petty, small minded meglomaniacs trying to out do each other in what could have been one of the most remarkable science fiction stories. I'll encourage you to listen and make up your own mind, but for me I won't be so quick to grab another Bova.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (342)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Compelling but frustrating."
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book. The premiss was fascinating, the technology both interesting and scary. However, I couldn't help but wonder if the editor even bothered to read the book. Has Michael Crichton risen to such a stature that his publisher simply takes what he writes and publishes it? The plot has more holes than a block of swiss cheese. Characters ask questions that have already been asked and answered and sometimes act unlike any human I've ever met. But then, some of them aren't truly "human". I've always enjoyed Crichton's fiction and I look forward to more to come. I just hope the next one is much "tighter".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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