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  • Brain Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    For millions of years, the part of the galaxy containing our solar system has been moving through a vast force field that has been inhibiting certain electromagnetic and electrochemical processes and, thus, certain neurotic functions. When Earth escapes the inhibiting field, synapse speed immediately increases, causing a rise in intelligence, which results in a transfigured humanity reaching for the stars, leaving behind our earth to the less intelligent humans and animal life-forms.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Interesting "what if..." and speculation about us"
    "Interesting idea"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book was really original. I can't remember reading (or hearing) a book that played along similar lines.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uller Uprising

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    So the Ulleran challenge begins, with the rantings of a prophet and a seemingly incidental street riot. Only when a dose of poison lands in the governer-general's whiskey does it become clear that the "geeks" have had it up their double-lidded eyeballs with the imperialist Terran Federation's Chartered Uller Company. Then, overnight, war is everywhere.

    A User says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
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    Story

    Sorry, but this book just couldn't raise any excitement in me. There were moments when I thought it might finally get more interesting, but it always just went back to dragging along the same dull base line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Satanic Verses

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (383)

    Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

    David Edelberg says: "Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses"
    "Complex plot or several convoluted stories?"
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    What did you like best about The Satanic Verses? What did you like least?

    The book starts out quite entertaining. The weird events unfolding stoke the listeners hopes for more of the same to come. Well, in a way that even holds true, but not in the way at least I was hoping for.

    The plot is jumping from place to place, time to time, person to person, realism to fantasy and is overall quite hard to follow. To me it seemed that Mr. Rushdie tried to tell several completely disjointed stories in one book and I have not been able to understand what he wanted to tell his audience.

    I like books that are able to mesmerize me, to draw me into the story and to have me crave for more when I have to stop reading. This one completely failed to do so.


    What could Salman Rushdie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    While I did not enjoy the book, I am not sure that Mr. Rushdie is to blame for that. I guess that this book was aimed at a different audience. Maybe, if I had a muslim or Indian background I would rate this book differently.


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

    As for the narrator I'm not sure what to say. He did a nice, solid performance, but you won't find me running to buy another audio book just because he narrated it.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned above, I am probably not a member of the intended audience group. Keep that in mind and take my review with a grain of salt when you use it to make up your mind about listening to this book.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Master of Space and Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rudy Rucker
    • Narrated By Scott Grunden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Madcap inventor Harry Gerber is hopeless when it comes to surviving in the real world. So he uses his genius to twist the laws of science and create his own tailor-made universe. Assisted by his straight-men co-conspirators, Joe Fletcher and the comely Sondra Tupperware, and powered by gluons, the stuff that holds our very atoms together, Gerber creates a blunzer, enabling him to change the very nature of reality.

    Tom says: "A fun ride, but not original"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall

    In my opinion, the book is neither original nor well written, just as the last reviewer stated. Save your time and money.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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