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  • 4 reviews
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  • Glasshouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms. After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.

    Ken says: "Vintage Stross"
    "This book deserves an award"
    What other book might you compare Glasshouse to and why?

    Glasshouse deserves reverence at the level of Speaker for the Dead, Brave New World and Stranger in a Strange Land. The universe created by Stross is unique and fascinating, forcing you to consider the nature of consciousness, identity and gender.

    Which character – as performed by Kevin R. Free – was your favorite?

    The performance is wonderful. Free does a great job of conveying the male and female voices with equal gravitas, which I'm sure was difficult considering how the same character changes genders more than once.

    Any additional comments?

    I've read a lot of fantasy/sci fi and it's rare that you come upon a book that is truly original. This book is Stross's masterpieces as far as I'm concerned, far surpassing the laundry series in scope and emotional depth. My only comment is that I think you need to have a bachelors in science to completely appreciate his writing, as he references things like 'c' (the speed of light constant) and uses other technical jargon on occasion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Sorrowful and exciting"
    Any additional comments?

    A couple reviews call this a young adult novel? I don't quite understand where that comes from other than the fact that the story line resembles hunger games. It's a brutal fantasy novel that was inlayed into a dystopian universe like Lord of the flies / brave new world/ender's game. I also love the song and the singing of it several times. I think the audio book brought something more than the plain text version can offer.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Sanderson is the best fantasy writer alive"
    Any additional comments?

    While at first I was a little put-out how similar in theme this book is to the Mistborn series, I quickly forgot about that and was totally enthralled by this new series. Sanderson has got to be the best fantasy writer alive and he just keeps getting better and better. While the book is long, Sanderson has an uncanny ability to keep the story going and the same time he is masterfully sculpting the characters in your head. I was totally distraught when I realized that the next book in the series won't be out until 'maybe christmas'. If you only read one fantasy book this year, it has to be this one. Don't bother with George RR Martin, he's got nothing on Sanderson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "This book needs to made into a movie"
    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    The reader is excellent with male voices. All of the male characters are so clearly drawn with his voice. In comparison, the female voices aren't quite as good.

    Any additional comments?

    The book read like a screenplay. It could easily be made into a watchmen-xmen type movie.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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