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  • 7 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 40 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2018

  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "A deeply moving and fascinating book"

    First of all, this is not the Stand, and no post apocalyptic horror story. To be honest, I was kind of hoping Earth Abides would be like that, but when I started the book I realized this book is not comparable to the Stand.

    Humanity is wiped out except for a few, and the story is about Ish and some other survivors who start a new civilization. To me, the story is realistic and sometimes harsh, and I was really curious how it all would end. The narrator has a pleasant voice, and I wasn't bored once throughout the book. At the end I was left with awe, and I'm sure I'll never forget this book.

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Original detective story"

    When I put the book down (shut my ipod off) I was disappointed. Sure, I read a great detective book with all the plot changes, surprises and tension you would expect, but I guess I expected a different kind of book.

    The City and the City has an original setting, that takes a while to understand. A nice change from the usual sci fi, fantasy books I've been reading lately. Character development was my biggest issue, we learn nothing about the main character's personal life, or about his colleagues' for that matter. It's like a stand alone episode of CSI. Also, I'm not a big fan of the narrator. Different characters can hardly be distinguished.

    Though it's entertaining, the author could've done more with the great setting, two doppelganger cities, he put out there.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Ironweed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By William Kennedy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers' strike; he ran away again after accidentally – and fatally – dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present.

    Michael says: "Darkly Lovely"
    "Splendid grim tale"

    Great story that takes place in early 20th century, about an alcoholic that comes back to his hometown he left so long ago. A reunion with ghosts, memories and family. The characters and town really come alive, William Kennedy is an awesome story teller.

    I personally love the narrator, one of the reasons I chose to get this book. The other reason was that this book was on critics' lists, and for good reason. You're safe spending your credit on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    "Sci Fi masterpiece"

    One of the best sci fi I've read so far.I was deeply moved at the end of the book. The characters are amazing, and the story focuses much more on their development than on meaningless technological details you see so much in other sci fi works.

    I can recommend this to any reader, your credit will be well spent!

    30 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."

    It's been a long time since I've read a story as moving as this one. Great storyline and believable characters. The story is set in a grim world, where it's not just a matter of good versus evil, all characters have their good and bad sides. This book has themes likes suffering, revenge and redemption.

    The narrator has a pleasant voice, and I could just imagine myself being part of the story. A must read!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Enjoyable read"

    I enjoyed reading/listening to Ender's Game. The story is fast paced and original. The narrators are pleasant to listen to.

    At the end of the book I did not feel having read one of the best sci fi books out there. The story only focuses on the kid Ender, while I prefer much bigger and epic stories about new worlds and societies.

    Ender's Game is a good read, but did not leave me in awe like some stories do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Charles says: "brought an old classic to life"
    "Must have for Dune fans"

    Dune is the best sci-fi book ever written if you ask me. Nowhere else do you find and author that did so much research before writing the story. Herbert combines ecology, religion, and science fiction into an epic tale of survival on a desert planet called Dune.

    My favorite aspect of the books are the different characters. I love all of them, even when they play only a minor part in the book. They will grow on you, though Herbert is no afraid of discarding them throughout the book. Also, there is great character development. Paul Atreides is a changed man near the end of the book, both positively and negatively.

    To fully experience Dune you should get this audio book. I was somewhat disappointed with the narrators as they go from several narrators to one after a few chapters.

    In conclusion, this is a great book, and a must read for anyone that loves books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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