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Bruce

SANFORD, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2334)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1688)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Let me describe paper"
    Overall
    Performance

    Didn't make it through the first two chapters. Way way way way way to much description of nothing of importance. I think he must have been paid by the page. At one point he goes on to describe the ring of someone cellphone. Lots of filler, after 40 min without a story at all I quit. Definitely on my do not buy list.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (902)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Chad says: "Simmons' Magnum Opus"
    "Paid by the page?"
    Overall

    It seems that the entirety of this story could have been summed up in 4-6 paragraphs. There are HUGE sections that appear to be stream of thought that take 20-30 min to complete and equal "I went though a thunderstorm". If Mr. Simmons is writing with Rawl being the reader in the story, I was honestly insulted. The way Rawl Endymion is portrayed he would have died as a child getting lost in his own tent and starving to death.

    The conclusion is anti-climatic and simplified. Some of the introduced story arcs such as the Core's hardware are not finished and just left hanging.

    Audio problem in that book is broken into 4 parts in the download option I used. Each of those parts was several chapters long but the audio is 3 chapters, a welcome to audible, the book, and a thanks for listening. This was really annoying when you wanted to skip 20 min of Rawl (duh me Rawl) talking about what a tough Shepard he was then about the searing mind burning pain of stubbing his toe or something as useless to story progression as that. Please make each book chapter into an audio chapter.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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