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Timothy

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Ethan of Athos

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (383)

    With the future of Athos at stake, Ethan is chosen on behalf of his cloistered fellows for a unique mission: to brave the wider universe in quest of new ovarian tissue cultures to replenish Athos' dwindling stocks. Along the way, he must tangle with covert operatives, killers, telepathy, interplanetary politics, and - perhaps most disturbingly - an indomitable female mercenary named Elli Quinn.

    David says: "Miles-less but still wonderful"
    "My favorite book, insensitive description"
    Overall

    This is my favorite of the Vorkosigan Saga. It's the first published book in the series but is often overlooked because it does not feature Miles Vorkosigan. He is referenced by Commander Elli Quinn, Miles' future girlfriend, mentions him on occasion. I have read the paperback version of this book many times and listened to the first recorded version released in the 90's - which was awful, overacted by poor narrators. I do have o say that I took offense to the wording of "lived their peculiar social experiment" in the description of the book. I think the wording - the use of "peculiar" in particular - is rather homophobic. Don't you have proof readers? But as I said this is my favorite of the series and am glad that you put out a superb recording.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Forest says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "What's with all the hate?"
    Overall

    When I heard that Richard K. Morgan wrote a fantasy novel I thought Wow. When I looked up the book here at Audible and saw that it was in audio I said this is great. But when I started reading the reviews that others have written I thought 'OMG are these people for real.' If you are a fan of RKM's books you know that he writes explicit sex scenes at times. Why is it a surprise? Oh wait, it's because the explicit scenes in this novel are gay in nature. All I can say is get over it. RKM is a great writer regardless of the main character's sexual orientation.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Saturn's Race

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Chaz Koto is a citizen of Xanadu, a near future perfect society hosting the wealthiest men and women on Earth. Along with his fellow citizens, he bears the burden of a dark secret that the outside world would be shocked to hear. Lenore Myles is a student who travels to Xanadu and becomes involved with Koto. When Koto unwittingly lends her his access codes, Lenore stumbles upon the grisly truth behind Xanadu's glittering facade.

    Kennet says: "Bland and Cheesy"
    "Don't understand the bad reviews?"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book several years ago and loved it. It was engaging and fastpaced. I've listened to it twice since then. Not sure why it has received so much hate from other reviewers. I say don't pay attention to them. Live by your own rules. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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