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  • Starship: Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (206)

    The date is 1966 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now, and the Republic, created by the human race - but not yet dominated by it - finds itself in an all-out war. They stand against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The main battles are taking place in the Spiral Arm and toward the Core. But far out on the Rim, the Theodore Roosevelt is one of three ships charged with protecting the Phoenix Cluster.

    Eivind says: "Move along, nothing to see here"
    "Boring and Predictable"
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    This book would have been more slightly enjoyable without the preface by the author, but only just. The author specifically says that he had no interest in genre military/scifi, and ironically creates the worst kind of genre fiction. William Cole is an arrogant, sarcastic nonconformist who is never wrong, yet pretexts himself to be a humble soldier. The supporting cast is entirely hollow and the antagonists are strawmen. Too many nonsense "alien" words. No depth of plot.

    I can't say it's all terrible, but it's terrible military-political fiction and middling scifi. I had to put it down.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (235)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "A good reading, if you can take it"
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    I was initially put off by the author's reading, but I persisted and he really is a good narrator beyond the physical problems. Just think of it as a tale from grandpa if you can't suspend disbelief long enough to get into the story. There is real emotion in the reading, unlike other books I've listened to recently.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    It's New Year's Eve and the elf perched on John Justin Mallory's desk wants his missing unicorn back. And that's the easy part. Mallory's wife has run off with his partner, his detective business is in ruins, and the mob's out to get him. With so many wonderful things happening, Mallory decides that a case involving a trip from reality might not be so bad. After all, what more can he lose?

    Anne says: "Really enjoyed listening to it"
    "Good Setting, Boring Protagonist"
    Overall
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    Similarly to Resnick's Mutiny books, don't read this book for fleshed out characters. This is a beach book. I'm not saying it's bad but it is a very classical "Hero" story. The only twist is the setting, which is really the only reason to read it. I found the reader enjoyable for the character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Press Enter

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Varley
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Victor Apfel, a troubled war vet, gets an odd, pre-recorded phone message, instructing him to go inside the house next door. He opens the door to find his neighbor shot through the head. But is it suicide - or murder? And is it possible that a computer is to blame?

    Katherine says: "If you wish to know more, PRESS ENTER."
    "Good, but dated computer references"
    Overall
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    It's an interesting mystery by itself, but without knowing it's from 1984 you might be wondering a bit about the strange computer slang and references to middle-aged Korean war veterans.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (512)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "A fun listen"
    Overall
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    I found "Soon I Will Be Invincible" to be an easy book to get into even though I don't follow any superhero comics. The events and archetypes are fun concepts. I found this book comparable to "Watchmen" in that it gets into the superhuman psyche and the conditions of being an inhuman person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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