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David

Toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (549)

    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 is...in 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"
    "Excellent story and naration!"
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    Would you listen to Gateway again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to Gateway again. I liked this book very much. It is a good combination of human complexity and compelling story line with a smattering of actual science. The story is presented in a matter-of-fact way and never seems forced. Since it was written in the 77 there are the usual anachronisms, but that's the way it is with sci fi. Overall, the story holds up well and it is easy to see why it won so many awards.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gateway?

    The whole concept of how they get around in space.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The joining of the two story threads.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Hard to put down.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (914)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Very creepy."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this interesting read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It didn't seem to go out of its way to ridicule the subject. It seems like a fairly comprehensive history and benefits from testimonials given by various ex-members.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the second book I listened to narrated by Stephen. It was a non-fiction as well. He has a good steady voice for this type of book. There was something distracting about his voice when I first started listening to him, but the distraction did not last long.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not in one sitting. It is a compelling book, but found I needed a break from time to time. The way people were treated was pretty creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the parts of the book that really struck me was about a celebrity who was working his way up through the organization until he reached the part about Zorg. His response was something like "What's all this Science Fiction shit" and he stormed out. They went to work on him and eventually sucked him back in. Pretty persuasive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    "Brilliant story and naration."
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    If you could sum up Under Enemy Colors in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, elegant, engrossing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Enemy Colors?

    Coming to the aid of a friendly ship face with a hidden threat.


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

    I also listened to Dust and Shadows. He did a great job on both books. He is easy to listen to and has a wide voice range that takes you into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flanagan’s Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom McNab
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    During the Depression the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth, to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months.

    Tracy says: "Loved it"
    "Makes you want to run beside them."
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    If you could sum up Flanagan’s Run in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid, epic, compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked its intelligence, the way it captured the times, and the way it made you care about the characters.


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

    This is the first time. After listening for a few minutes I was convinced it was an ensemble cast. Degas's narration voice is very easy to listen to and he has great dynamics. His versatility if excellent and he handled all of the voices very well and very consistently. I have heard many good performers, but he has been the best so far. Looking forward to another by him.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the historical references seemed to be a bit of a stretch, but they added interest and did not sap the overall strength of the story. Glad I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6654)
    Performance
    (6051)
    Story
    (6059)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Writing excellence!"
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of the best audiobooks I've encountered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cormorant Strike is the epitome of the gnarled and effective private investigator who is interested in justice. That's just the way he is.


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

    This is the first. He was excellent and made all of the characters real.


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

    It has a dry wit that made me smile at times. What I enjoyed was the easy-to-drink-in writing, the vivid characters, and way the author breathed life into a well worn genre. The interactions between Cormorant and Robin were very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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