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Glenview, IL, USA | Member Since 2009

  • 5 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 155 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Ashes of Worlds: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The culminating volume in The Saga of Seven Suns weaves together the myriad story lines in a spectacular grand finale. Galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and the factions of humanity are pitted against one another. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale eight years in the making. The Saga of Seven Suns is one of the most colorful and spectacular science-fiction epics of the past decade.

    David Arbogast says: "Satisfying Conclusion to a Great Series"
    "Great story but, again, questionable narration"

    I reviewed a Seven Suns novel read by David Colacci before and have not much new to say. Colacci, get your voices straight... Rlinda Kett sounds like she's from Brooklyn in one book and Alabama in the next. This happens with many characters across the books... "Mr Steinman" sounds like an average old guy in one book and has a thick New York Jewish accent in another. I do recommend the series, I am just disappointed with the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Slightly Disappointed"

    If I had known that this book would have no ending I would have thought twice about getting it. It starts out great and action-packed but gradually slows down until it hits a brick wall right on the last page. It's like some high-school student that didn't have enough time to complete his report so he hands in what he has so far omitting the ending in the process. If you prefer to have closure in the books you read, then go find something else as this book has none of it. The most important question that looms in just about every page, and is pounded into your head as a constant reminder, is deliberately left unanswered. Perhaps King thinks this is clever... I think it sucks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    "Couldn't wait for it to end..."

    This, so far, had to be the worst audiobook I've listened to, yet. Don't get me wrong the narrator does, indeed, do a good job and I would definitely hear another one recited by her. The story, however, is quite tedious and annoying. The author seems like she is trying to be another Michael Crichton with frequent discussions of scientific theory sometimes interrupting climactic points in the story. There will be tide-turning action and then, suddenly, a half-hour discussion on how a certain weapon or space fighter works. Crichton pulls it off nicely in his books; Catherine Asaro, sadly, does not. About a third of the book is a non-sensical psychological study of the main character which, also, gets old very fast. The writing style makes it obvious that it's a 'first novel'. The descriptive text is akin to a teenager desperately and clumsily trying win over the heart of his or her crush. The only thing this story was missing was the "It was a dark and stormy night" beginning. Perhaps Asaro's other books are better, but I will never know since I will be keeping a safe distance from them after listening to this one.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Berserkers: The Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    A gripping collection of stories about machines called Berserkers that are programmed to destroy all organic life.

    Jeffery says: "My Best First Audible Book"
    "Not very compelling, but doable"

    First thing anyone should note: This is a collection of short stories... NOT a full length novel. The description of this book contains a snippet from the book and does not inform a prospective buyer that this book is a collection of short stories. Secondly, as the reading is somewhat unemotional, I think that it takes away from the feeling that should be conveyed. Overall I think the stories themselves are clever and fun and this audiobook should probably not go against the author or the content. I think it would have been a lot more enjoyable had the reader had a little more emotion while reading. Is it worth $50? Definitely not. Is it worth a book credit? Sure, as long as there isn't something better you can find. Otherwise I might suggest buying the book itself.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Get it! Read it! Hear it... then repeat"

    This was one of those books that hooks you in from the first word to the last. There's too much to tell in such a small summary. The only downside (if you want to call it a downside) is that the book comes to an abrupt halt. It basically ends at the last "page", but can basically be attributed to Stephenson's brute-force, no-nonsense writing style.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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