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Justin

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  • 12 reviews
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  • A Fire Upon the Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (345)

    A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.

    Noah says: "What a wild, wacky, awesome book!"
    "Almost awesome."
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    There really are two stories in this book which don't really intertwine until the very end. The story of the children on the planet and the aliens they encounter there is incredible. It's really a brain bending idea full of very interesting characters and new concepts. But the story of the people in space tasked with rescuing them... well it was kind of lame. Perhaps the first storyline was so compelling that I kept finding myself annoyed when it would switch away to something less interesting. Perhaps separated the two storylines would have been independently awesome. As it is I can really only say that I liked half this book, unfortunately the two halfs are every other chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dispossessed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

    Justin says: "The Anti Atlas Shrugged"
    "The Anti Atlas Shrugged"
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    It is the opposite of Atlas Shrugged in nearly ever aspect. From the political message it conveys, to the likability of the characters and to the quality of the writing, this book is everything I wanted Atlas Shrugged to be but found lacking. It is a very high quality work of fiction and is also a testament to science and philosophy. I can't recommend it enough.

    It is also one of the few books I have read on the philosophy and politics of Anarchism (see also The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein). What's really amazing to me is that a book on Anarchism (this book) can be so starkly different from a book on Libertarianism (Atlas Shrugged) since Libertarianism is actually a branch of anarchy. The main difference of course is in the Libertarian union with Capitalism. The Dispossessed meticulously and convincingly exposes the weaknesses and inherent flaws in a Capitalistic society and will leave you pining for Odonian brotherhood.

    Agree or disagree with the philosophies in this book, it will at the very least make you think about something new and probably feel something new as well.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3043)
    Performance
    (2073)
    Story
    (2104)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "pretty good"
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    It started out really strong. I thought the ending was a little dissapointing though. It kind of descended into "magic" but perhaps that's what you get when you try to cram that much into such a short book. Overall it was packed full of interesting ideas and vivid imagery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scourge of God: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (244)

    Rudi MacKenzie continues his trek across the land that was once the United States of America. His destination: Nantucket, where he hopes to learn the truth behind the Change that rendered technology across the globe inoperable.

    Chris says: "Well Done!"
    "dull"
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    I really liked the premise of the modern quest with these great characters but I just can't help feeling like this book is dull. Maybe it's the authors obsessive need to name everything accurately. Do I really need a complete breakdown of their meals? Do I really need to know the names of all the local flora and fauna? This whole book just felt like a drag on the overall plot.

    I did get a kick out of how he used madam blavatsky's religion as the religion of the evil doers though. He had to do a little research into that craziness, which is comendable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (338)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "excellent"
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    An excellent telling of a grim possibility. The detailed description of the 'slugs' and the incredibly well thought out implications of such a creature on human civilization is very thought provoking and shudder inducing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orphans of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (188)

    The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

    Noe says: "Our world is a spaceship."
    "full of interesting concepts"
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    A fairly brief book that seems to be a stand alone story. It manages to introduce some interesting ideas about relativistic space travel and the capacity for human culture to devolve in the vacuum of rational inquiry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolt in 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    After the fall of the American Ayatollahs (as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land) there is a Second American Revolution; for the first time in human history there is a land with Liberty and Justice for All.

    Joseph Beeler says: "Classic Heinlein"
    "Classic Heinlein"
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    This book fills in some crucial parts of Heinleins overall timeline. He refers back to the events of this book in several others and it's interesting to fill in the gaps. Otherwise it's classic Heinlein with interesting characters and moral conundrums. Similar to Starship Troopers the main character gets sucked into a larger movement because of a woman and ends up transforming into something he never expected. Great book overall.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunrise Lands: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare use them.

    Michael says: "Change is not always good, but this book is."
    "pretty good"
    Overall
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    It progresses the story and finally fills in some details (vague as they are) about the origins that we have been waiting 7 books to hear about, and the characters are quite good. But there seems to be a pretty long dry spell in the middle where the author seems to be dragging things out unnecessarily. The beginning and the end were pretty good though. It was good enough to keep reading, the next one seems like it could be quite good now that the new characters have been established and the plot has been set back up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (714)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "excellent"
    Overall

    This was a great book on several levels. I really enjoyed the though provoking concepts related to relativistic space travel. Also I noticed a few references to Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" (by calling lunar citizens anarchists for example) and thought it was a nice tie-in to some other classic sci-fi. All around great book and would easily recommend it for everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5230)
    Performance
    (3201)
    Story
    (3213)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "in need of some serious editing..."
    Overall

    This book was soooooo long. I love long books normally but only if they're not repeating the same thing over and over and over again. This book is essentially a study in how long you can beat a dead horse and still keep a conservatives attention. I suppose I'm glad I listened to this since so many other people seem to find it inspiring but really, the philosophy is shallow and flawed and I don't see why so many people are taken in by it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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