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Albany, OR, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 84 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Fantastic work. Must listen, and about Andrews..."

    ... Most of the complaints about this reading seem to focus on Andrews' reading of the books. Personally, I found the reading very well done. I like to get a sense of the different characters, and I found Andrews did a fantastic job of this. Some complained about the accents of the Aliens or the Russians, but I really found it well done, if only a bit over the top. It helped me keep the relatively long cast separate. On to the book.

    I really enjoyed two of Niven/Pournelle's other famous works - Ringworld and the Mote in God's Eye. Particularly in the case of Mote, I enjoyed having some real *alien* aliens. The guys do a great job again in the case of Footfall. The aliens feel pretty fleshed out, and have a reasonably detailed culture.

    The humans are a bit more one dimensional, but still interesting. Again, the cast is pretty large, and in the beginnings of the book it's a bit difficult to keep them straight, but they all end up meshing well, and serving to add interest and richness to the story.

    Anyway, interesting book, and worth a shot. If you really like the performance aspect of the reading, than likely the reader won't bug you. If you prefer a more straight reading, then I'd probably check out something else.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "It's not RJ, but pretty close."

    This book really speeds up the pacing, which has stagnated over the last few books. I had no trouble being transported back into this universe. Several parts of this book had me on the edge of my seat, or yelling and cheering, which to me is the measure of a good story.

    Really enjoyed it, definitely worth it if you are a fan of WoT, which, let's be honest, you obviously are. If you aren't, why are you interested in book *twelve*? Most people can't even get through the 12 days of Christmas without giving up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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