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Jackie

Shreveport, LA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Aftertime: An Aftertime Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sophie Littlefield
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Having no idea how many weeks have passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: Ruthie has vanished. And with her, nearly all of civilization. Where once-lush hills carried cars and commerce, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaters - people turned hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong.

    Michelle says: "Excellent book, perfect narrator."
    "Another solid Zombie thriller from Littlefield"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Aftertime rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There were plenty enought zombies for me and mayhem and romance. The fort becomes more realized each outing, but no place is ever safe with the dead walking. Can't wait for number 3.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Aftertime?

    The chase of the rescuing mini van ending at the bridge.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rescuing the two girls from the truck in the ditch.


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

    The rich Texas bitch was surely well rounded.


    Any additional comments?

    There will always be the evil living, too, wanting to take from those who work hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (610)

    Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

    Ethan M. says: "Science fiction in Deep time"
    "Just Plain Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made House of Suns better?

    Characters you care about would have helped. Way too long !
    Too much flashback. More action and less scientific explaining.


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    How the clones began the long journey should have grabbed your interest at the beginning.


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

    Disappointment that I wasted many hours of my time trying to like this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't even start listening to this mess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (948)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "A good escape for teens,less satisfying for adults"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Leviathan better?

    The pitch to the publisher probably sounded good: lonely teens from different backgrounds unite to bring peace to a world at a First World War stage in history using gene altered creatures and advanced machines. Mix a little Romeo and Juliet with Darwin, Around the World in 80 Days in a balloon, a walking biped man attached machine from Avatar, the Victorian lady from


    What could Scott Westerfeld have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story setting should have been on a more different planet and not try to spoonfeed British/European history to us again; I bet this writer teaches middle school history in Britain. Stop borrowing and think beyond the future multiplex cinema sales (which I hope never happens for this one) to future generations wanting to read the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Cumming?

    maybe


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

    Disappointment for sure. It sounded like a publisher assigned his friend the history teacher the task of coming up with a long


    Any additional comments?

    British kids might like this, but I bet Americans will be bored stiff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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