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  • Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (446)

    The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

    Hyacinth says: "The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision."
    "If you think SF is the 1st 3 episodes of Star Wars"
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    What would have made Consider Phlebas better?

    Then you might like this novel. Reducing the size of the novel by half - that is apply competent editing and get rid of the useless fluff.

    Pointless events on a meandering journey to a nowhere conclusion. The "I'm pregnant" scene is perhaps the most horrid piece of writing I've ever come across. The novel takes deus ex machina to new and remarkable heights.


    What was most disappointing about Iain M. Banks’s story?

    It droned on and on taking forever to get basically nowhere with lots of boring battles, over-hyped breathy descriptions of irrelevant detail. There really wasn't much of a story.


    What three words best describe Peter Kenny’s voice?

    He did fine


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness and disappointment that I'd wasted my money. Anger that I believed the hype about Mr. Banks' work.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23215)
    Performance
    (14547)
    Story
    (14699)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Ruined by awful female reader"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, this is a classic tale


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The breathy, almost hyperventilating, overwrought female narrator simply ruined every section in which she appeared. Awful, Horrible. Would have rated it a 4 overall if not for her.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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