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Rob

Warnbro, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Eon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Enjoyable solid Si Fi-30 years old- still topical"
    "Space, evolution, mystery"
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    I started reading this as a teenager, and rejoiced when I found it on Audible.

    Although it is a very linear story, the ideas were compelling.One weakness of the story is that it felt a little like a screenplay - though it would make a fabulous movie/tv mini-series.

    Again, another book where i am eagerly awaiting to find the time to read the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Barrowcliffe
    • Narrated By Mark Barrowcliffe
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Coventry, 1976. For a brief, blazing summer, a young Mark Barrowcliffe had the chance to be normal. He blew it...While other teenagers concentrated on being coolly rebellious, Mark – like millions of other boys in the ’70s and ’80s – chose to spend his entire adolescence pretending to be a wizard or a warrior, an evil priest or a dwarf. Armed only with pen, paper and some funny-shaped dice, this lost generation gave themselves up to the craze of fantasy role-playing games, stopped chatting up girls and started killing dragons.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mostly good but a disappointing end"
    "The story of a twat"
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    Fabulous. Great story telling. At first I thought he resented his RPG early days, but in the end... well, just listen to the book.

    Thoroughly recommend to anyone who role played as a kid, or whose childhood had such an alternative view that you thought you were cool, but in reality you were just an eccentric twat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Julian Dibbell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Play Money explores a remarkable new phenomenon that's just beginning to enter public consciousness: MMPORGs, or Massively MultiPlayer Online Role-Playing Games, in which hundreds of thousands of players operate fantasy characters in virtual environments the size of continents. With city-sized populations of nearly full-time players, these games generate their own cultures, governments, and social systems and, inevitably, their own economies, which spill over into the real world.

    J. S. King says: "Great Premise, falls short, out of date"
    "MMO and Economics"
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    This will not break the boundaries if you understand economics or have played a lot of MMOs.

    That said, it is a great tale which I could relate too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gripping Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (558)

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    James says: "The sequel matches the first book"
    "Old school sci fi"
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    A level of detail and philosophy that is absent from a lot of modern sci-fi

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Superheroes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.

    Shaquille says: "To much irrelvent information"
    "History, science, or philospohy"
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    The book makes some good attempts at exploring both side of the argument, but other times the scientific argument is extremely biased and irrelevant. For example: it discusses the physiology of the cheetah, efficient lungs etc..., yet fails to explore how these constraints (of the Flash) would impact his performance. It also describes the energy required for a typical human to do a certain feat, but i would not refer to the Flash as a typical human. With all thee figures being spouted, surely the argument for 100% efficiency of food consumption be explored.

    By the time I reached the creationist versus science argument I was on auto-pilot, waiting patiently to finish the book.

    I doubt the writers have had any thesis or science experience: commonly misusing the terms theory, truth or fact.

    I was expecting a fun lighthearted exploration of comic super-heroes; I received a few interesting tid-bits hidden behind an overwhelming amount of pointless exposition.

    I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
    (oh gawd, there is another book too... )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sean Howe
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers - also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen".

    Greg says: "It's as if this book was written for me!"
    "How Marvel became MARVEL"
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    I was enthralled from the start, and my excitement grew as the story approached when i first started collecting comics (1988 for TMNT, 1990 for Marvel).

    I stopped reading in 1994, and have recently returned. This book has filled in the gaps. How clouded my perception was. It has inspired me to hunt down more books like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3822)
    Performance
    (2270)
    Story
    (2300)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Non Glamour sci-fi"
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    An interesting read. A good change from modern sci-fi movies where man overcomes the odds through acts of selfless bravery; or where the monsters are clearly the villains.

    The Mote demonstrates that thought, specifically the paradigm of a society, creates conflict - removing the need for the traditional (or maybe arch-typical?) villainous motives.

    Eager to read the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (460)

    On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!

    Jerry says: "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"
    "Not a classic, yet remembered fondly."
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    I first read this book over twenty years ago, I think. I was a teenager and all my friends loved it.

    It was one of the staples of teenage sci-fi reading in the late eighties, such was Donaldson, Eddings and Fiest. Piers Anthony is the lesser of these four.

    It is entertaining, and the story spans over several books. I started listening to book 4, which is new to me, and immediately felt it betrayed the first three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Saskia Butler
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    A collection of short stories from one of the most critically acclaimed authors in the fantasy genre, Robin Hobb. Including work written under her pseudonym, Megan Lindholm.Bingtown heiresses rub shoulders in this wonderful collection with vampires and alien musicians, tramps and feral cats. In "The Homecoming", Lady Carillion Carrock and a number of other Jamaillian nobles are sailing to the Cursed Shores.

    Libby says: "Not the sequel to rain WIld Chronicles"
    "Book 2.1 of the Rain Wild Chronicles"
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    First off, I have an issue with the title. Mainly as i purchased the book thinking solely it was indeed the third book of the Rain Wild Chronicles. Unless Robin Hobb draws somehow from the two or three stories held within that are set in the Rain Wild world for the next actual book then this book is irrelevant to the series. **WARNING** less than half this book is set in that world, and the stories are so detached from the series that they could equally as well be in a different world.

    My next gripe is that whilst reading these short stories i had an oppressive shadow question my own ethics as every story has a righteous female protagonist and a unscrupulous male antagonist. True, one story was purely about women, though you can easily exchange the theme of female circumcision as a metaphor for man's subservience of women...

    The majority of the stories are great. Most (maybe all?) had a cat theme, which was more adorable than the man-hating commentary.

    The book is good, though be warned of the pretence of title and the continued portrayal of men as selfish and violent, excluding secondary characters; such as the nice fatherly figure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "If Steve Martin was Crazy(ier)"
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    Martin captures the thoughts and motivation of one with so many fractures that rings with truth, though proliferated with lies. Like An Object of Beauty, the book is the narrative of journey. A journey that leads no where, but where characters have time to grow, as does your affection towards them.

    Steve Marin: You either love him or hate him, and I cherish him as a genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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