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  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (531)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Close but no cigar"
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    The neaderthal universe is a fascinating and brilliant creation, and makes the book worth reading. However (as a physicist) the attempt at scientific justification of the story just doesn't work. Less detail and more imagination works better.

    Trying to blend in religion, as Sawyer often does, is just wrong.

    The narrator really rubbed me the wrong way with his unsuccessful attempts at foreign accents. I would go out of my way to avoid this narrator in the future.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4797)
    Performance
    (4363)
    Story
    (4410)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Thank god its over!"
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    Finally I have some completion! I loved the original books in this story, but got majorly fed up with the wandering and tangential story line as the series progressed. Jordan unfortunately ruined things. However, after investing so much time in reading all these books over the years, to not finish reading the series would have been a shame.

    Major kudos to Brandon Sanderson for being able to finally bring the story line to conclusion. MAJOR contortions were necessary to bring together all the tangential story lines created by Jordan as he wandered from his original path.

    Please pay attention George R R Martin! Don't take this path and ruin a fantastic story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5474)
    Performance
    (3171)
    Story
    (3198)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Unlucky 13 (and 12, and 14...)"
    Overall

    It is truly a shame that I have invested so much time in this series of books up to this point. I feel like I am compelled to see it through to the end. Unfortunately, the series has long since lost its way. I actually thought it was good that Robert Jordan died, so that someone else would finally complete the cycle. Unfortunately, the characters are now pale caricatures of the their former glory. The story still wanders about aimlessly, only by random chance getting closer to completion. In the future I will look to avoid anything written by Brandon Sanderson.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (545)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Reads like a made for TV movie script"
    Overall

    Mostly historically inaccurate, with many ackward plot devices that are designed for a movie script. Writing for the lowest common demoninator?
    Just the same, some interesting characters, although most are poorly developped.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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