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Joe

Yakima, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • In the Ocean of Night: Galactic Center, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal….

    Michale says: "Very Different from "Hunger for the Infinite""
    "Good concept, but rather dull, well read."
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    What disappointed you about In the Ocean of Night?

    It was much more of a philosophical treatise than a sci-fi story. Even the action scenes were kind of banal. If you like philosophy and societal analysis, it's not bad.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Either Empire by Larson, or The Twelve by Cronin.


    What aspect of Maxwell Caulfield’s performance would you have changed?

    A touch more emotion in the reading would help a bit, but overall, I think he did well with what he had to read.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Ocean of Night?

    Some of the sex, which added little to the theme, and much of the non-alien interactive scenes. We all know the frustrations of bureacracy in our lives, shorter mention of it would suffice.


    Any additional comments?

    Given the age of the book, he did a good job with astronomics and possible habitats. It was ironic that he raised the question of how NASA could take something as exciting as the space program and make it dull, when he did the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Incandescence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Greg Egan
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The long-awaited new audiobook from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF. The Amalgam spans nearly the entire galaxy, and is composed of innumerable beings from a wild variety of races, some human or near it, some entirely other. The one place that they cannot go is the bulge, the bright, hot center of the galaxy. There dwell the Aloof, who for millions of years have deflected any and all attempts to communicate with or visit them.

    D says: "Incandescence – Science / fiction"
    "Not a fun read."
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    What disappointed you about Incandescence?

    It was like sitting in a high school physics class with a teacher that was kind of "out there." If you like an author to explain scientifically why his ideas would work in an unlikely setting, then he does a pretty good job. Unfortunately, there's not much interest in the story itself, at least for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I went to "Operation Oracle," which was much more fun to listen to. I think I've had too much study recently to enjoy the intensity of background needed to like Incandescence.


    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

    Did his best?

    Seriously, with what he had to work with, he did well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A stretching of the imagination for some, and some originality. It was well written for what he was conveying, but he made the physics course the primary, when I think it should have been secondary, realizing of course he is published, and I just listen to or read books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Berserkers: The Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    A gripping collection of stories about machines called Berserkers that are programmed to destroy all organic life.

    Jeffery says: "My Best First Audible Book"
    "Great book abuse!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Berserkers to be better than the print version?

    Read the printed book, I've done both.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Several short stories, no favorite.


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    If you like plenty of time to think between sentences, this guy is for you. He takes periods seriously. Pause between almost all sentences as long as many pause between chapters. He is articulate, but ......... you ................ may ........... find............ the................ pauses............... a................ bit .............. much.


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

    Not really, but I read these when they came out long ago.


    Any additional comments?

    Really good stories that are the predecessors of Terminators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Station: Star Force, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1373)

    In Battle Station, Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets, and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity's grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home. Knowing the machines will return with a new armada eventually, Riggs seeks a more permanent solution. Along the way, worlds are won and lost, millions perish, and great truths are revealed.

    William says: "Non-stop Sci-Fi Action"
    "Still good, and branching out. Best yet."
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    What did you love best about Battle Station?

    His use of characters and tech. He is still willing to present a heroic hero, rather than a part-time villain hero.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it keeps building in imaginative ways. It also remains true to the series.


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

    I read well, so not much. That being said, he did a superlative job with both tone and mood. Very well read. I think the better compliment is that I lost nothing by listening to it rather than reading it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can't imagine having that much time, or indolence for that matter.


    Any additional comments?

    This was fun. Some insightful glimpses into human nature, but just plain fun. It isn't a life-changer, unless a distracting adventure is what you happen to need at the time. It is uplifting and well defined, in a time when we need both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Love
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. Three hundred years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos.

    Jeff says: "I've heard of introspective but sheesh...."
    "If you like vague and undefined, it's great!"
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    What did you like best about Faith? What did you like least?

    A truly different kind of battle, more cerebral and internal. I least like the lack of definition, overuse of superlatives, using the unexplainable to explain what is vaguely described or hinted at.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Try to put less philosphizing and internal angst and more concrete concepts. Internal struggles against the infinite are fine for a story arc, but not an entire story.


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

    The voice matched the flavor of the story. There was little excitement, while in his defense, there was little to be excited about.


    Could you see Faith being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. And I shudder. Probably the surviving members of the original Star Trek show. That way there would be some humor involved. "The Depends just can't take another maneuver like that Captain!"


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely not a favorite. If you like cerebral struggles, go for it. And if you like vague stretching of the imagination, again you'll like it. If you like sociopathic criminals in charge of the strongest weapons of mankind (and here it reflects reality?), then it really shines. It is well written for what it's trying to convey. I just never quite defined what that was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10808)
    Performance
    (9808)
    Story
    (9828)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Not my normal venue, but still a really good read."
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Intriguing believable characters that weren't superhuman, but still effective.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    As the ongoing internal joke goes, it resembles a Scooby-do mystery, but more adult oriented (no, not THAT kind of "Adult").


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Good delivery, clear enunciation, consistent across characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it kept me coming back. If you don't have a real life, you might be tempted, but real life is better, on average.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read or listen, fairly original conceptually, with "real" seeming characters. Sort of combines Sci-fi with mystery with a few other genres tossed in. Effective blend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Drive a Dragon Crazy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By G. A. Aiken
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. But I thought I was finished with the one dragon I’d have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world, and apparently, me. So if Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn’t need it - namely me - I’ll let him

    Amazon Customer says: "G.A.Aiken First timers beware"
    "written kid style, but not for kids"
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    Where does How to Drive a Dragon Crazy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere in the middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    humor, draconic attitudes and interactions.


    What about Morgan Hallett’s performance did you like?

    Did the voices well, and conveyed the matter of fact attitudes written into the story.


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

    Closer to laugh than cry. The characters aren't developed enough for the latter, but this style book doesn't require that kind of development.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more a romance than an adventure or fantasy. It is basically a romance between two strong-willed individuals from extremely dysfunctional families, and the dragons are sort of welded into it. Not what I expected from the descriptions, but still not bad. It is one you can set down for a while without chomping at the bit to return to, but you'll still probably want to return.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2847)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2034)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "typical Sanderson=compliment"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Warbreaker to be better than the print version?

    don't know, haven't read it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Warbreaker?

    the ending, or near it, and it needs to not be revealed.


    What about James Yaegashi’s performance did you like?

    excellent use of voice. remained in character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    power can be unexpected.


    Any additional comments?

    great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (380)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "need to be edited down, waayyy down!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy internal angst discussed in every conceivable fashion, with little action and endless discussion, this book is for you!


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Cherryh’s story?

    Length, repetition, lack of forward movement. I was actually able to skip the second half of the first 2 of 5 parts and still pick up on the story, never having that nagging feeling that I missed something important.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm sure there was one...

    After thinking about it, the only one I came up with is a spoiler, and it gets ruined later.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, if you like exploring feelings and don't really need an interesting plot to go with it, you'd like it. The narrator does a good job with the various voices.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3448)
    Performance
    (1841)
    Story
    (1854)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "fatalistic, depressing, novel, well performed."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author's fundamental view of mankind's fate. Might want to start taking Zoloft or another antidepressant.


    Has The Windup Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've read other dystopian novels with pleasure. This one is unrelenting in it's depressive views


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and he's very good.


    Could you see The Windup Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not. Someone very attractive. I don't know why anyone would watch it otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a very well written book, and highly recopmmended by quite a few. I don't like unrelenting pessimism that really does not reflect reality. Could there be a genetic plague? Of course. But I think when the author describes his state in visiting this area of the world, he nails it: He was very ill. The story's tone reflects it. I wish I had read one rating that reflected this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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