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Robin

Highlands Ranch, CO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • InterstellarNet: Origins, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By J. D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Life changes for everyone in general - and for physicist Dean Matthews in particular - when astronomers detect a radio signal from a nearby star. First Contact forces humanity to face hard questions, and do it fast. Every answer spawns new questions. Every solution sets in motion a new and more daunting crisis to challenge Dean, his family - and an expanding number of interstellar civilizations - or generations to come.

    Scott says: "I can't even finish this book"
    "Reader is mechanical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would change the reader! He could have been a computer for all i know. He was very mechanical in his delivery, adding almost no emotion or inflection to help the story. Some of his pauses for paragraph or sentence structures were non existent which made it harder to follow and caused it to flow awkwardly.
    Common acronyms like SETI can be read and as a word and don't need to be read out S-E-T-I each time.

    The story itself was an interesting take on interstellar commerce with no physical contact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3309)
    Performance
    (3027)
    Story
    (3031)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Juvenile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Swarm?

    The story was not very well thought through. Too many things left unexplained that leave it hollow. It felt like a teenagers fantasy dream where the story was predestined and things were left hanging to get to the story points.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Decent performance for a poor story


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forward the Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (244)

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    Christine says: "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
    "Can't stand the reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    There is no performance, It's like he was a text to speech program. He would be fine for a technical journal but not for a novel. I sped up the reading (on an iPod) and this actually made it better because the pauses between words had a smaller impact and reading felt more fluid even with the distorted tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure I can finish the book as it is. I hope they release a new reading of this novel with Scott Brick. He did a great job on the previous Foundation novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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