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Stephen

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  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (453)

    This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

    Stephen says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Some good, some bad"
    Overall

    When I saw that Audible did a follow up to the original METATropolis, I was interested to see what they had done to one of my favorite programs.

    "The Bull Dancers": Extension of "Forests of the Night" the original leadoff. Pretty decent story other than the fact that it went on for much too long (3 hrs). Rene Auberjonois was decent, however most of his characters sound like Odo from Star Trek.

    "Water to Wine": A wonderful tale that fits well in the Cascadia cycle. Definiteley a good choice of narrator

    "Byways": Extension of "Stochasti-city". Didn't work as well as the other stories, but Wil Wheaton definiteley got the same rhythm/pacing that the original had.

    "Confessor": Right length, however all the characters (male and female) all sounded the same, so identifying which story line we were on is difficult.

    "Deonand": The Bad of the book. While the text is spot on, Frakes is not the right person to be narrating this segment. His butchering of Gennady (pronounced Go-Knot-ee) Malianov is so disjointed as compared to "To Hie from Far Cilenia"


    In short I can tell which narrators had gone over the previous work (if there was one) and which did not. Audible, If you care about this book and the series please bring Stefan Rudniki in and re-record Deonand.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • That's Not in My American History Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Most people don't know that Benjamin Franklin almost killed himself trying to electrocute a turkey; the Wright brothers were not the first to fly an airplane; there was a 14th state that the original 13 wouldn't let join the Union; and that Benedict Arnold helped save the American Revolution. All this and more is revealed in That's Not in My American History Book.

    TR says: "A Great Book!"
    "6 cases of history, not a anecdote book"
    Overall

    While I do enjoy books that stimulate the mind I found that this book was a good review of 6 specific cases of history books overlooking the truth of the situation. Having known that I doubt I would have purchased this book as I was expecting a interesting anecdotes book

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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