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thebladerunner

thebladerunner

Member Since 2008

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  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1120)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "And that's all folks"
    Overall

    I have to say, Peter Hamilton's writing style is very immersive. My complaint however, after waiting months and months, is that the ending is just plain crap. With all three volumes I listened to 70+ hours of storytelling. The ending felt as though it were thrown together in a ramshackle fashion. It seemed as though the author was looking at the word count and realized he had to wrap things up rather too quickly. He threw in the ending as a magical farce to an otherwise fun and fulfilling story. Surely Hamilton could have done a better job putting the final touches on this story rather than ending it with the abrupt surprise solution that he did. I was very disappointed and felt that I wasted my 70 hours getting to the end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10661)
    Performance
    (9928)
    Story
    (9932)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Finally a reason to return to the 1980's!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    I grew up in the 1980's and understood all the of the references. It was great. The author did a great job of getting the era right.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Parzival


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The blade runner chapter. It is my favorite movie.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Unpack your skinny tie and trapper keeper. It's time to re-live the era of big hair bands, duck shoes, and a Walkman.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see this in a 3 hour movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Heresies Distressed: Safehold Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (452)

    Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom.

    James says: "I want Oliver Wyman back"
    "Enjoyed the story. Hated the reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Re-record this book series with the first reader Oliver whyman.


    What was most disappointing about David Weber’s story?

    David sometimes gets a bit wordy in the details of the politics, the ships, the weapons, the minutia of the story. It gets tedious sometimes and I wish for a fast forward button. Also there are times the "expressions" used are needlessly modified. I think a week could have stayed a "week" instead of becoming a "five day". Little things like that get a bit irritating when they really aren't necessary in this story.

    Otherwise, I like the book and series up to this point. Just re-record it please.


    How could the performance have been better?

    As I said above, change the reader to the original, Whyman.


    Did By Heresies Distressed inspire you to do anything?

    I'm ready for a completion to some more storylines. David is great for a serial story but honestly David could you please just get to the point in one of these books and wrap up the whole story? Will there ever be an end?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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