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David

Advance, NC, United States

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  • The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Swanwick, Adam-Troy Castro, Jerry Oltion, and others
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine has provided four edgy stories about heroism, each exploring emotional dimensions uncommon in this or any other genre.

    William T. Katz says: "Highly entertaining"
    "Below average"
    Overall

    I would say that stories 1 & 3 were good, 4 was average, and 2 was horrible enough for me to regret this purchase.

    The Astronaut from Wyoming is horrible. Long, dragged out, preachy, everything good sci-fi short stories shouldn't be. Listen to the last 15 minutes if you must listen to it at all. Try to ignore the reader's (purposeful?) mispronoucation of NASA as "Nassau".

    On the other hand, "Slow Life" and the dinosaur stories were good, and the 9/11 one wasn't bad.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4150)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2505)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Excellent grand scale sci-fi thriller"
    Overall

    Very fun! Excellent scale/action/sci-fi! Hard science fiction (after the wormhole concept) with a strategic & political focus.

    Only real downside is the editing, as is common in audio books. The editing essentially eliminates pauses between scene changes to the point where they are non-existent. I wish an audio book editor would read these reviews or perhaps Audible could point them out to an editor. I know I'm not the only one writing this in these reviews: When you read a physical book or watch a movie, and the viewpoint changes, there is either blank space in a book, or an audio/visual queue in the case of a movie. This is there to indicate to the reader/viewer that there has been a change in scene and allow them a second to mentally adjust to the new scene. In this audio book and many others, a scene change is at least as brief or more so than the pause after a normal sentence end. This tends to cause one to lose track of the story and sometime I have to rewind. Why not just give us a couple of seconds of dead air?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15770)
    Performance
    (10088)
    Story
    (9968)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Its a thinly veiled romance novel"
    Overall

    Just to let you folks looking for science fiction or fantasy know. This is truly neither. It does have a good vibe going for historical Scotland, with some decent action episodes. However, its really what I imagine is a lady's romance novel would read like. I've never read one, until this one. Anyway, if you want to hear about how this woman is pleased by her strong Scottish man in bed, in vague romantic terms, please listen. Otherwise, you may want to avoid.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (718)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "Halfway decent story, excellent narration"
    Overall

    Scott Brick makes this one work. The story is so-so

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5401)
    Performance
    (2737)
    Story
    (2792)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Excellent! Fun! Read it!"
    Overall

    This book was great. Not as cerebral as other sci fi, but exciting and fun.

    Reader was excellent.

    Plot and sci-fi concepts were good enough to enjoy the fun storyline.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3185)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1247)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Not as good as snow crash"
    Overall

    This book was fair. It had its entertaining parts, but generally those parts were streched to fill it out.

    The nanotech concepts were generally good, until the author got into the drummers concept. Didn't really think it was built the right way, but I'm no author.

    The vocalist was fairly good, but the pace was sometimes inappropriate to the material.

    Anyway, if you haven't read snow crash, take that one first. This one is not nearly as entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (298)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Too simplistic with poor reading"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed this type of book (scientific explanation and pondering) in the past, but did not care for this title at all. The author goes into excruciating detail on some of the simpler subjects while breezing through some of the more difficult without answering basic questions. The narrator also leaves something to be desired. Overall, I would recommend skipping this book or at least going for the abridged version.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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