I don't make a habit of listening to BOT twice.
Shockingly, this is my first time with Ben Bova, but certainly won't be the last!
His accents and innonation are outstanding. Truly on of the better narrators on audible IMHO.
Farside: Lunar Deception
This is an excellent introduction to Ben Bova, from what I can tell. The ending is a bit clunky, but overall recommend this to true sci fi fans.
Well, if they were into this sort of speculative/action thrillers. It's not a book for everyone?
Yes, Gurner is one of the best Audible performers, and he does an outstanding job on this one. Top 10 of his work, without a doubt. In general, Audilbe performers are getting better, and Jeff is one of the best. He does Suarez well.
The last 1/4, with lots of action and resolutions, was damn interesting.
This book grows on you.Lots going on, and some complext story lines that weave around. Admittedly there is alot of action, and some of it is abit gratuitous. That said, i enjoyed it greatly,although it is abit light , it is enjoyable. Recommended.
The Benjamin Franklin secret society dinner, and the result of that epic scene, was rather compelling. Drew a fascinating image of the scene, and the dialogue therein.
Yes I have, and he is turning into on of my favourite performers. His accents, pacing, and consistency make for a rich listening experience. In his top performances, without a doubt.
The Authors of the Future
This one is classic Cooper. Historical references, larger than life characters, and enough action, , suspense and intrigue to catch and retain the listeners attention. I got hooked on this one, and I do recommend it.
Almost all of it. This is a very good offering. Started out abit slow, but had a good build, and resolution, as well as intrigue. Didn't get bogged down in alot of scientific jargon.
Yes. Was never sure about most of the plot line resolutions until the very end. Fascinating wind up and definitely left the door open for well deserved sequel.
A very, very good reading of this story. Brought all the characters to life, and had enough space ( pardon the pun ) to breathe nuance and real emotion into the characters.
Made the listener care, which is the true sign of success.
Far too long for that sort of thing, but in theory, yes.
I highly recommend this offering. Clearly somewhat of a scifi opera, but with gritty characters and realistic situations ( for the most part.)
Spend the credit, and enjoy!
I am ambivalent on this question. I kept waiting for resolution, and it left me mildly dissappointed.
Yes, notwithstanding this presentation, I am a Ben Bova fan, esp. the Solar System series. Difficult to ignore the impact of Bova in the speculative fiction genre.
Stefan owns Bova ( or maybe it's the other way around?! ) His accents, his dynamics, his nuance. One of my favourite performers, esp. of Bova.
Therefore, he brings this story to life far better than my imagination ever could at this point.
Cut back on petroleum usage.
Unusual for Bova in the sense that this book is largely a free standing effort. Even more political in nature than previous efforts, it loses the plot sometimes as it get's hung up on politics ( White House, oil, sexual, etc. ) and that does diminish it, for me at least.
A qualified thumbs up, with many caveats however.
Not necessarily. The kids are irritating, most of them are dumb, and the story line was damn predictable, with barely enough features that it kept my from returning the damn thing.
The underlying scientific concept is and of itself fascinating, but there are so many loose ends and illogical or plain dumb offshots that they overcame the good.
The least? Um, I didn't "get" the origins of the chase.
Overall, not a great audiobook.
DIfficult to bring a crappy story to life. Did the best he could have I suspect, but not great either.
This series needs to go away.
Young adult/teenage drama at best. Avoid.
I don't listen to books after I have heard them. Not yet, anyway.
Absolutely. Literate, lively, she brings the characters to live, although the current trend to making the proantagonist is stories "niave" and "unable to see the forrest for the trees" tends to be irksome.
This story is no exception, but hey, it comes with the territory.
When the truth of where and what the real issue was. Compelling listening to be sure.
Sometimes abit gruesome, and some funny dialogue.
The highlight of this presentation is the performance by Julia Whelan. Stunning. Full of emotion, authenticity, creativity and flexibility. I recommend her work highly, and notably in this environment.
For an end of times presentation, recommended, esp. the reading.
I didn't read the print version. This version is wonderful however.
John TImmons truly grows on the listener, and you end up caring for him, his life and family, and what happens to him really does matter. That alone is unusual.
The day to day experience of living with the device, and the drama of learning more about it.
Life is Rarely as it seems .
This is a remarkable audio book. In my top 10 of the year. Never quite knew where they were going with the story, and a satisfying resolution. HIGHLY recommended, and big call out to the other reviewers who moved me to grab it. Well, WELL worth the credit, and the time.
Liked...that fact that this story most definitely grew on me. For whatever reason, I find that audiobooks that pull me , and make me think about issues/concepts in notably different ways than I normally do are rewarding.
Didn't...some of the characters were less than realistic, or compelling, and the ending is maniuplative and somewhat predictable.
Sure thing. Fresh and approachable....brings up ideas outside the mainstream.
The emotions and challenges the characters go through as they transform and journey through this story. Very good performance.
Took awhile, and is by no means easy to get into, with a messy ending, but still worth the investment of credits and time.
Dave Donovan...I would give it a try. He has good chops and technical knowledge, and has alot of potential in this category of fiction. I certainly would not preclude him from my list!
Jeff Cummings...sometimes comes across as trying too hard, but on balance a good performance with some pretty technical, or complex, dialogue. Again, not enough to preclude giving him another try.
It is clearly the beginning of a series, and as such the ending is rather open ended, esp. in the context of the amount of dedication we all put in to commit to the story. Thus, a neater ending would have been desirable.
Try to be more natural and relaxed.
It is clearly the beginning of a series, and the story does need conclusion.
The reviews I read were alot more effusive than what I experienced. It was a decent listen, but didn't blow me away like it evidently did for other people. I liked if well enough, but was not in my top 25. Not even close. Recommended with reservations as noted.
I don't listen to audio books more than once. At least, I try to avoid it.
Only if you like these types of sprawling action thrillers. It is classic for the genre, but not exceptional.
The resolution in the mortuary was fascinating, as much for the drama and family politics as anything else.
Some of the graveyard scenes are fascinating.
The story is a bit messy, the characters clear but sometimes illogical. The background is interesting, and the resolution is clean. On balance, a decent offering in this thriller genre. The Scott Brick performance is good ( although sometimes abit flat ) and, on balance, this isn't a bad use of a credit.
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