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Max Draco

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  • A Colder War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Here is a modern novelette in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Imagine David Cronenberg directing Dr. Strangelove, based on a script by H. P. Lovecraft. Imagine an alternate history in which nuclear bombs are not the ultimate weapon, but instead are merely a stepping stone to eldritch technologies accessible through certain trans-dimensional forces first encountered in 1920s Antarctica, technologies that neither the United States nor the USSR can quite contain.

    Max Draco says: "Good story, Bad narration"
    "Good story, Bad narration"
    Overall

    The narrator's decision to read this fast and without relaxation makes this a hard to enjoy book (mimics a 1940-50's army/news flick). The story is a nice HP Lovecraft twist, but listen to the sample first before you decide to buy. In fact I've listen to a couple of samples narrated by Pat Bottino and I think his reading style and voice are suitable for only certain characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antibodies

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Jared Doreck
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when one of the great and the good is assassinated. You can kill a politician, but their ideas usually live on. They have a life of their own. How much more dangerous, then, the ideas of mathematicians? The announcement of the solution to the traveling salesman problem heralds the imminent destruction of humanity.

    Fred says: "Quite a ride.."
    "Not worth the time."
    Overall

    This story was horrible. It rambled incoherently and was rife with wild paranoia's that I suspect the author suffers from schizophrenia. I feel sorry for the narrator for having to try and comprehend what he was reading.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5370)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2046)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "A dark and bleak struggle for life."
    Overall


    Overall it's a good book. Interesting character development and the setting was believable. The dialog can get tiresome at times though - there's only so many times you can hear simple phrases repeated over and over ("That's OK", "I understand", "Okay", "I dunno", "Maybe", etc…), by the end of the book it feels like you've heard them a thousand times.

    The story progresses at a nice pace and it's easy to become engrossed in their struggle, although their future is dark and bleak at best. The ending seemed rushed and lacked a sense of direction, but maybe the author couldn't stand the thought of the Boy ending up in someone's stew pot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3137)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (944)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Interesting Concept, weak story."
    Overall

    I wanted to like this book and it has a very interesting concept, but I found it extremely boring and would not recommend it. It took almost 2.5hrs before I started to gain interest in the story, but my interest quickly faded 30mins later. The whole book ebbed with deep lows and only minor high points (2 hrs before the next interesting story junction, which would last only a few minutes, etc...).

    The character development is full of minutia and the characters themselves are extremely mundane. It felt to me that the story timeline was purposefully disjointed in a transparent attempt to distract the reader from noticing the tedious doldrums. I wonder if the author lacked the ability to flush out the theme of the Spin and fill more of the book with it. I can think of a few sci-fi authors that could've easily written three books based solely on the Spin concept and also included interesting, richly developed characters.

    The glowing reviews about the book's introspective regarding the political and sociologic ramifications of the Spin aren't warranted because most of the time their usually simple paragraphs at best. After which much detail would again be devoted to the inane character plots.

    The idea that the human race is currently at it's technological pinnacle and facing extinction because of over-population (which is depleting Earth's resources) seemed absurd.

    It also seemed ridiculous that 100,000 years would pass before Earth or Mars would wait to contact each other (not to mention the amount of time that passed while the Martian ambassador was on Earth and still no asynchronous contact).

    I'd personally recommend a Neil Gaiman book if you're looking for amazing character development and engrossing stories.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Dead (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By John Russo, George Romero
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    An abandoned hilltop farmhouse. Seven desperate people, and a surrounding darkness ripped by bloodcurdling cries of anguish. A state of emergency has been declared: the unimaginable is happening in the night.

    louise says: "BOOOOO!!!"
    "Not what I was expecting from a classic"
    Overall

    A nice Dramatized version, but the voice of Ben just doesn't match the character at all. The reading is kind of fast and lacks any sense of horror or impending doom.

    Foul language is used a lot, so you probably won't be able to listen to it if kids are around.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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