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tacoma, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 143 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014

  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "very worth the listen!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    This should be a series... fun premise, good characters... simply clever. I hope to see more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "A problem solving suvivalist delight"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The perfect "near to now" scifi castaway tale. Chalked full of lateral thinking, and excellent character development. All delivered by R. C. Bray in a superior performance. I have not enjoyed a piece of science fiction this much since I don't know when... If you enjoy NASA TV, Cast Away, Macgyver and have a general appreciation for duct tape... this is it.

    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    nailed the characters. You can tell the narrator enjoyed reading this. One of those rare instances when you forget you are listening to someone read a story, and you find yourself in the story.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Have Duct Tape, will travel.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't pass this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "So much Hype, so little... anything."
    Would you try another book from Dan Simmons and/or Victor Bevine?

    I would not waste another moment in this series.

    What was most disappointing about Dan Simmons’s story?

    Hyperion is simply one of the best works of science fiction I have ever read. That said, and without any spoilers I offer this:

    Hyperion could have been concluded in 50 pages. The Fall of Hyperion is an exercise in verbosity and the majority of it is so unimportant that 90% of it should be a foot note. Simply, the space opera and the myriad new characters introduced could have effectively been stripped out to leave a simple, and elegant conclusion to a masterful tale.... but

    ...then again, it could not. Reading this felt like a task in futility. When I finally reached the end I found a clumsy and haphazardly constructed resolution that did no justice to the original tale and has led me with the conclusion that the two books were likely written by independent authors.

    The incongruent tale spun here is so unlike its predecessor I found myself wishing I had never bothered. In fact, I want to pretend that Hyperion has instead a brilliant conclusion that was tragically lost. The Fall of Hyperion is such a far cry from the quality of the first novel that I recommend to anyone seeking absolution to the tale turn away now. Just imagine that the story ended as poetically as began, and move on.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I have no qualms with the narrator, but i must say it was a hard transition to move from a full cast performance to a single voice.

    What character would you cut from The Fall of Hyperion?

    with few exceptions, all but those in the original tale, but even that could not save this.

    Any additional comments?

    If you loved Enders Game, and hated Speaker for the Dead, this review might be for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "on the heals of American Gods"

    Of all of the Gaiman I have read, this was the least captivating. Not a bad story, but lacking the imagination and depth of characters and plot i have come to appreciate. Granted this was apparently written for a younger audience, it still felt academic in comparison to works like Neverwhere and Stardust. I listened to this 10 min after finishing American Gods, a masterwork of the author, and could not get over the shallow characters or tepid plot. Maybe im growing up, but I would argue this is the least successful work to date (avail here).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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