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Jack

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  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    When the first warm breeze of Doomsday came wafting over the Shenandoah Valley, the Sumners were ready. Using their enormous wealth, the family had forged an isolated post holocaust citadel. Their descendants would have everything they needed to raise food and do the scientific research necessary for survival. But the family was soon plagued by sterility, and the creation of clones offered the only answer.

    Jack says: "Great read!"
    "Great read!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. Kate Wilhelm writes a very readable book and Anna Fields (aka Kate Fleming, recently deceased and a great loss to audio) does a great job narrating. Considering the story won a Hugo back in the mid-70s, the theme (human caused environmental disaster and cloning) is current and relevant. If you're looking for a good story to get lost in for a few hours and you like sci fi, this book is worth your time.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3117)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2210)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Improbable and logically inconsistent..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yea, I know, it's a zombie story. Nonetheless, I found the story line very weak. A bunch of shuffling thoughtless zombies that have to bite you to infect you and can be killed with a single shot to the head, and yet they manage to pretty much takeover the world in the space of a couple of weeks, overrunning military installations and entire cities with apparent ease...? A naval aviator protagonist that arbitrarily decides to not report for duty when ordered, yet manages to somehow survive while his entire well armed military base is overrun by the undead? Who scavenges for food at places like Walmart yet can't seem to scavenge for the billions of bullets that obviously weren't used on the billions of undead wandering the landscape. Come on...

    Note to J. L. Bourne, if you are going to write this kind of story, at least make it credible. If you listen to the book, you'll hear many more examples of this kind of illogic. To me, these flaws seriously detract from the story. If the logical inconsistencies don't bother you, the story is ok and the performance is reasonably good. If you want an example of how it should be done though, listen to "The Passage" by Justin Cronin...outstanding!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (358)

    As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator.

    William says: "Frustrating"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    I hope Dean Koontz had this ghost written because it was awful. Although the narrator read well enough, his characterization of some of characters made me ill. The written dialogue was so childish I had to struggle to finish. There was almost no plot. I've read a lot of Koontz and this is very uncharacteristic of him. Makes me suspect he had it ghost written in order to finish his contract and didn't have time to review what was being sent in his name. This is a real shame because I really liked the first book. Stay away from this one!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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