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David

I like books that weigh heavy on cognitive appeal and intelligent articulation on a multi level conveyance. Science Fiction about space like "Dune" or "Gateway" and the post apocalyptic novels, where the human spirit struggles to survive like "I Am Legend" with flawed characters, appeal to me.

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  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (1638)
    Story
    (1653)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "This book is why I like science fiction."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A cerebral journey that propels you into an immersive story of what it is to be human in a futuristic world and the inherent desire to survive in a foriegn and empty unwelcoming environment that is space. Can be slow at times with drawing out the mundane.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy the intelligent word play and imaginitive world painted by the author's visionary universe. He really displays a high level of adeptness to interwine scientific concepts into his story and it comes across very plausible and non Star Trek hokiness. This seperates science fiction writers from fantasy authors, the demand of a high level of science acumen to explain the story, rather writing your way out of a predicament through pulling a solution from the air like the world of wizards and dragons.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His mastery of voices and inflection is able to convey the primal feelings or cognitive thoughts of the characters in a diverse and immersive way.


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

    Dreams Among The Stars


    Any additional comments?

    I really love this book and to me the author has positioned himself in the class of Fredrick Pohl and Frank Herbert in science fiction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again Below Zero: Rise Again, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    Billions died and rose again, hungry for human flesh. When the nightmare reached Sheriff Danielle Adelman's small mountain community of Forest Peak, California, it was too late for warnings . . . forcing her to lead a small group of survivors out of hell, all the while seeking her estranged runaway sister at any cost.

    Mike Naka says: "wow! much, much better than expected!"
    "Female Protagonist Below Zero Likeability."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Ben Tripp and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Maybe if they used different characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Tripp? Why or why not?

    Writing overall is not bad and plot meanders or drawn out unnecessarily.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really stood out.


    Did Rise Again Below Zero inspire you to do anything?

    Not to buy any sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    I like a strong herion, but this character is over the top stubborn that I wish a zombie would bite her head off. Her in your face bravado would never have gotten her very far in a post apocalyptic society. Her mouthiness would have gotten her killed by her tribe. Just not likeable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2836)
    Performance
    (2505)
    Story
    (2504)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Better than the first novel."
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    What did you love best about The Twelve: A Novel?

    That it was an improvement from the original. I did not care for the original because it was full of useless banter with unessential characters.I almost was not going to get the second book but felt compelled to continue the story. The book was still long but the action was better, and the conversations was tied to the story while the first book did not do a good job in regards to tying the pointless conversations into the storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Amy's father.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He seems to have gotten better with his diversification and repertoire of voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the next book continues with improvements.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6958)
    Performance
    (3322)
    Story
    (3326)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "The worst book in my collection."
    Overall
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    What would have made The Passage better?

    What a laborious listen, absolutely painful and dry. Makes me question the legitimacy of the 5 star reviews. BORING. Filled with frivolous banter among nonessential characters and 5 of the 30 hours of listen is worthwhile. Little house On The Prairie combined with a vampire story it feels like. It has taken me almost two months of trying to finish this thing.Scott brick reads well, average writing, but plot is riddled with filler characters like a gaudy overdone Christmas tree filled with tacky ornaments.


    What could Justin Cronin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut out the crap and filler banter or ho him writing. I bought a horror book I thought and not Little House On The Prairie. Too many filler characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Breakout of Zero.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only when there was action or relevant dialogue pertaining to the actual plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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