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Kevin

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2001

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  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1610)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (758)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "You are in for a treat!"
    Overall

    Oh these books are so damn good! So funny that I find myself laughing out loud, and at times so touching that I have to listen to passages over a few times. Bujolds' character development is just fabulous, rich, realistic, and so alive you think you know them.

    The other great thing about these books is the amazing plot development, I often scratch my head and wonder how Bujold comes up with this stuff, just great! You can tell the author really had fun writing these books!

    The science fiction is fun, but not really the main feature of these books. They are just great stories, incredibly well thought out, and so well written!

    You are in for a fun read for sure, and the great thing is, there are more of them!

    Enjoy!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Diamond Star: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Two-time Nebula Award winner Catherine Asaro takes her immensely popular Skolian Empire saga to new heights. The renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, Del prefers rock music to interstellar politics. His singing career has recently gained momentum on Earth, which has an uneasy relationship with his family's empire. But with intergalactic tensions running high, Del finds it harder and harder to avoid family expectations.

    E. Krentz-Wee says: "For Skolian fans"
    "Listen at 1.25 speed and its bearable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Horrible reading, but at 1.25x it is at least listenable... aside from his other deficiencies the long pauses really make the book unlistenable. At least at 1.25 the pauses sound normal. I don't get how the powers that be can who make these audiobooks take great material and botch it like this.... Anna Fields the original reader of the first books in the series was amazing, then flip flopping from one terrible reader to the next is really dissapointing. At least Suzanne Toren, the reader of 2 of the last 3 books is reasonable. JUST STICK WITH HER PLEASE!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spherical Harmonic: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Liza Kaplan, Catherine Asaro
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of Skolia, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost, yet Dyhianna, the Ruby Pharaoh, must move quickly if they are reassume their rightful place as rulers of the Skolian Empire.

    Mary Coder says: "I give up"
    "Please Audible, PLEASE redo the rest of the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one could enjoy this reading!


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Asaro’s story?

    Could not listen to the story


    How could the performance have been better?

    Duh


    What character would you cut from Spherical Harmonic?

    The reader!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Please Audible/Amazon, this is a great series and Anna Fields was amazing. Don't know how or why she was changed out but that was a horrible MISTAKE.

    Please... redo the reading!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8676)
    Performance
    (7957)
    Story
    (7994)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "C'mon people, get real, this is a great reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    No one can read this series like Roy Dotrice!!! When they replaced him with John Lee I was damned dissapointed, but equally delighted to see they recognized thier error and had Roy back! Do I mind if the character readings are not 100% identical to the first 3 books? I can't say I didn't notice it... but it didn't interfere with my total enjoyment of the material, and my admiration of the reading. Roy, thanks for coming back!


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Incomparable range of character portayal and vocal richness.


    Any additional comments?

    Good job bringing Roy back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunters of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. Hunters of Dune is the exotic odyssey of the crew as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy.

    James says: "The lost dialog of Dune"
    "mediocre writing terrible reading"
    Overall

    Definitely down hill from the first issues in the "new dune" saga, which were well written and a great listen. This is vapid stuff and the reading is really atrocious! Brick ruins the experience with a level of melodrama that just had me retching. I mean must every single sentance and paragraph have an 'end of the world' urgency? And they are all read with the same intonation.

    I listened to the entire book anyhow, just to see if it got any better. This is a very lonnnnng book to listen through with not very much happening. Plot development: long, boring, and weak. Character development: I did not develop empathy with a single character.

    Maybe Sandworms will make it worthwhile, but I don't think I can stomach the reading.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.

    Kevin says: "Great Stuff!"
    "Great Stuff!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, great SF, i.e. the science is credible, but eerily futuristic and captivating, really makes you wonder... The story line is great, Bova is just a great story teller; the story is an adventure with lots of action etc, but it is also about the inner life, struggles and journey of discovery of its main character. Finally, the character development is excellent, you really get to feel some of the struggles and emotions of the characters.

    A great read that I would highly reccomend!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (396)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Well above average"
    Overall

    Tired of the same old formula thrillers? This one is well above the pack with a really well constructed multi layered plot. Even the traditional "surprize ending" rocks! Being set in the world of high powered corporate espionage adds to the fun, and the psychological approach to characterization makes you think, and helps make this book a way above average read. Well worth the time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Convergence: The Heritage Universe, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Humans first reached out to the stars traveling at a painfully slow sublight crawl - then they found the Bose network, which allowed ships to jump instantaneously from one node in the galactic arm to another. Once in the network they found the Artifacts: enigmatic structures, millions of years old, left by a vanished race. Incomprehensible to both human and non-human minds, the Artifacts seemingly defy natural law.

    Donald says: "Singularity of Thought"
    "Get ready for a great read!"
    Overall

    A fun and enjoyable gem! I loved it so much I went and bought the 4th book in the series in hardcover. The "hard science" is a real feature, but the crafting of the story makes the book easy and fun to listen to. I wouldn't call it great literature, but somehow the story comes together so nicely that it quickly became one of my all-time favorite audible books. How is it this series is so unknown??

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.

    Kevin says: "John Adams"
    "John Adams"
    Overall

    One of the best books I have "heard" in a long while. The greatness, courage, perseverance, and self sacrifice of John Adams shine through in this beautiful portrait of an amazing man in an amazing time. I wholeheartedly reccomend this book.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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