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Patrick

putnam valley, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2009

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  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (280)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "short good home spun stories"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Whatever You Do, Don't Run again? Why?

    yes - interesting enough


    Any additional comments?

    at times it nice to have a series of short stories that are interesting and sometimes humorous. when the long epic fantasies and other novels start to bog you down this is a great book to turn to. I enjoy reading about wildlife and animals.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3424)
    Performance
    (1623)
    Story
    (1634)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Lacking story and science"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    i'd give a bit more detail on how the re-sleeving goes (maybe i missed it - felt it wasn't adequately explained - it's as if he brought it up and then jumped to it's logical conclusion to get on with the story).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard K. Morgan again?

    maybe - not against it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    why not


    Any additional comments?

    the pacing of the book seemed good. the characters weren't flat but they weren't appealing either. he seemed to jump over the science (pseudo-science) to get to the story.
    the story left me not wanting more - relieved more by it's ending than the ending itself.
    it had a bit of a pulp-fiction feel at times. there was nothing in the book that drove me to want to continue reading - nothing enticing or intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (880)

    Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

    Peter says: "Great Story, Narrator Takes Getting Used To"
    "All the elements but a bit raw"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Glen Cook and/or Marc Vietor?

    the narrator was excellent


    Would you be willing to try another book from Glen Cook? Why or why not?

    maybe


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    why not


    Any additional comments?

    this book has all the element of fantasy....carpet rides (large scale too), spells and incantations, sorcerer's etc. it plays a bit with some of the sorcerers and how they tease themselves but for me it didn't work in endearing me to their qualities or even comic relief.
    the book is very gritty and shows a hard reality. the characters are gray in the sense that they are part of a military company yet are willing to go to ends to spare a child or to save one of their own.
    you have to get used to the rhythm of the book. it's raw and choppy almost as if marching down the road to the end of the story. it can be very distracting. the plot drives the book too and the characterization almost yes almost leaves you short.
    overall it was a solid 3.5

    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
    (4392)
    Performance
    (2688)
    Story
    (2728)

    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"
    "pandora's star - good but dont listen too hard...."
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story. it seems the plot kept me listening despite the lack of pause between characters and chapters. Seriously one moment your involved in a characters life and the next your trying to figure out how they got to the new environment or situation. there is no pause between chapters or sections of the chapters where the author takes up a different topic or character (another reviewer stated the same thing and it's true - drive you crazy). sometimes you can pick it up but other times not so much even though you know there is no pause and you're waiting for it - still catches you off guard.
    the story was good - a little long and at times the description of events such as conflict scenes was slightly overdone. seems the author almost tried too hard to get in as much science as he could. it was a fine line between just enough science and too much as too hinder the pace of the action ( no one has mastered this as well as B. Sanderson - that guy can describe a fight scene!)
    I usually listen intently but this book i found myself not listening as intently and letting it flow not worrying about every little detail as the author tends to lean to excessive description...but as I said it was a fine line and the author rode that ever so carefully and the plot kept you listening.....the only thing stopping me from listening the the second book is the lack of a pause between sections.
    I would also say the book has a lot of characters and I dont feel the characterization was what kept me interested - it has characterization but not so much so that I necessarily felt anything for any of the characters. Maybe others would feel different - I am no expert - just my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (590)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "blade runner audio"
    Overall

    The book is, of course, different than the movie - they always are. Blade Runner is a good book. The sci-fi is a bit weak and more of a vehicle for the plot. The depth of the characters was near superficial and the main character's self inquiry was surface level at best. Although the story line was active enough to keep me engaged throughout. Very enjoyable listen.
    As for the narrator, he was decent except sometimes it seemed as if he used the same voice for several characters - I guess it shouldn't matter but a slightly different accent or something would have been nice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Currents of Space

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (419)

    High above the planet Florinia, the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort. Down in the eternal spring of the planet, however, the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters. Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible. Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed.

    thomas says: "Good Solid Asimov"
    "currents of space"
    Overall

    the narrator did a great job - even keeping the accent between inter-planetary characters. Asimov as always delivers the sci-fi/detective story that keeps you interested and entertained - not too much detail to bore you just enough for the story.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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