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  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4560)
    Performance
    (4028)
    Story
    (4028)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Loved both versions of the story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Nation to be better than the print version?

    The advantage of this version is that you got both the original and the "updated" version of the story back to back.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Scalzi did a wonderful job of modernizing the story while retaining the core message. Incorporating modern social conventions with timeless view of human behaviors was great. Definitely worth the read.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether or not you ever read/listened to the original Fuzzy Nation this one is worth your time. It's an entertaining story that also gives you a chance to consider what human culture is and how it does and doesn't affect how we behave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (336)

    Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

    Charyn says: "Several hours that I'll never get back"
    "This girl needs to get a clue"
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    The story is fun and is read very well. But our heroine really needs to get a clue. Was there any reason not to move to a lower floor? Or maybe she might think to pick up a compass?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13693)
    Performance
    (5966)
    Story
    (6008)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A wonderful surprise"
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    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best, something I wouldn't have expected from an author known for military fiction


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

    John Lee sublimates himself into the characters so well that you come away feeling you've actually been in the settings of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Despite this being a huge story, I came away wanting to know so much more about what happened to everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story. The characters are fascinating: most are fully formed multifaceted people and even the ones who are less dimensional feel real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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