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Lynnda Ell

Texas | Member Since 2012

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  • Lost and Found: The Taken Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets....

    Ken says: "Alien abduction with a twist"
    "Surprising Ironic Twist of Two"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Lost and Found again? Why?

    Yes. The story's twists and turns sustained my attention for extended listening periods.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost and Found?

    The part of the book describing the clever activities used by the four heros in getting out of their captivity was my favorite section.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Chicago accents for the dog.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    SPOILER ALERT - Not an extreme reaction, but the ending brought home to me the irony of getting what we want (they wanted to be rescued) only to discover that it isn't much better than what came before (only a different kind of captivity).


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (550)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    "Vulgar and Depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Gateway better?

    The language was foul and the first two chapters were told mostly from a psychoanalyst's office. Not my idea of a good escape from reality.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frederik Pohl again?

    Maybe.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gateway?

    Everything I heard.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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