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Nancy

Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Arctic Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Carolyn Michelle Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

    K Cornwinkle says: "Plausible & interesting first 1/3; then falters"
    "I wanted to like this book."
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    I had heard a review of Arctic Rising, and liked the idea of a suspense novel combating eco-terrorism in the newly ice-free Arctic. Set in the near future, it has a few new technologies, but is more a chase book than sci-fi. I wanted to like the book. Instead, I couldn't make myself finish it, which is pretty unusual for me. If a reader cannot truly master accents, she should just read the story straight. I spent the first few pages wondering where in the world the main character was from-- Japan? England? Africa? It was soon revealed that she was from Nigeria-- this worked some of the time-- again it would have been better read without the attempt. Her other female characters generally sounded like "Valley Girls" who one suspected were chewing gum at the same time and ready to say "ya know?" Other voices were inconsistent, making it hard to figure out who was talking.

    In fairness, the story wasn't that great either. Meandered all over, a lot of talk, talk, talk. Wished I'd given it a pass.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4239)
    Performance
    (1940)
    Story
    (1958)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story, narrated by a 15 year old boy with Asperger's, is a fascinating one. While the narrator tries to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor's dog, using the methods of his hero Sherlock Holmes, the reader tries to figure out the story of the boy's life. Told with amazing insight into the workings of a differently wired brain, there are times when I laughed out loud, and other times when I fretted over his ability to survive. As a science nerd myself, I found myself looking up some of the information he shares about space, logic and mathematics. A really seamless piece of writing, totally engaging, and very well read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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