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  • Birthright: The Book of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Birthright: The Book of Man is a brilliant novel of science fiction that carefully constructs a blueprint of mankind's history - social, political, economic, scientific, and religious - for the next 18,000 years.

    Amazon Customer says: "This IS your father's Sci-Fi"
    "This IS your father's Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    Well, I must disagree with the previous reviews that were very disappointed with this book.
    I think to appreciate this book, one has to understand that it is a collection of short-stories (something I associate with the early days of Sci-Fi, whether wrongly or rightly). To fully see what the author is trying to do, the reader has to see the stories as loosely connected. For example, think of how the Spanish-American war; the discovery of DNA; and the rapid growth of communication satellites, all of these this are connected but only tenuously. Think of this book as taking snap-shots in "future-history" and enjoy the stories as you come across them. Don't expect to see character development (just as you wouldn't in any other collection of short-stories) but do expect to see "species-development" in the only method possible broad-over-arching strokes of principles and concepts.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Charmed Sphere: Lost Continent, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Once Chime had been the most promising mage in the land, feted and celebrated for her potential and future role in the kingdom. Then Iris, her young competitor, made a stunning leap in skill and turned Chime's world upside down. Now no longer the most powerful, no longer promised to a prince - and still unable to harness her magic properly - Chime was set adrift. As was the new king's cousin - and former heir - Lord Muller.

    Pam says: "Magic of geometry"
    "A mix interesting ingredients but still falls flat"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of the magic or technology being an integral part of the story; a well thought out magic or technology platform really enhances the story. I certainly liked the shapes and colours concept. I also liked what she did with the balancing of the magical powers (no spoilers). However, there is no sense of occasion; I found myself numerous times getting half-way into a pivotal scene and having to backup to figure out just how in the world did I get hip deep into a major conflict (character or military) and miss the start of it? I suppose it could be in part due to the lack-luster narrator performance. Not a bad performance on any particular category just low to average marks in all of them (pacing, emphasis, excitement, etc.).

    Not what I expected out of Asaro given that I have 3 other books of hers. I just think the whole production (book and audio) really didn't come together like they thought it would.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1371)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "Wesley Crusher Rides....sigh....Again"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I think I'm done with Card. I guess there will always be a place for him in Sci-Fi, but I'm not sure I can take another Wesley Crusher Saves the World story. I've read at least a half-dozen of his and this just seems another cookie from the same tray. I think that my assessment may say more about me than Card; maybe I've been expecting too much military details like from Ringo; maybe expecting too much weapons details like from Maberry; maybe expecting too much character development like Brett. Either way, me or him, I'm done. Not in a mean vindictive sort of way, but just, 'I'm done.'

    0 of 0 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
    (3567)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1962)

    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."
    "THUMP,THUMP,THUMP"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I tried I REALLY tried. But to say this story takes a while to get going (like half the time) isn't really fair. I don't mind stories that take a while to get moving. I like back-story and learning about characters and the environment in which they live. So much so, that I rarely look at books under 12 hours and almost NEVER buy them under 10. It's not that it takes a while to get to the point, I just didn't care by the time I got there. I don't think that Jonathan Davis' lack lust performance helped it in any way either. The mono-tone drone didn't help me engage with the characters or story. I liked his work with Neil Stevenson and he does, what I believe, is a good job with Asian accents and inflections but it just wasn't enough for this book.I hate to but, I have to give it a pass.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Legacy of Heorot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

    Thomas says: "Great read!"
    "meh...."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    man, I tried I really tried but I just didn't care about any of the characters...not a bit...I only barely cared about the characters in the Ring World series. I guess there was always the mystery of the ring that kept me going in those books but this one was a slog all the way till about the 8 hour mark. I loved the Mote in God's Eye series, characters and all. I think this one was just too thin to keep me going. In sci-fi, it seems that the technology (or this case biology) becomes one of the characters; it needs attention and detail to make it interesting just like a regular character. In this book, that character was pretty flat. I'm not sure how I would have remedied that but there it is; it just wasn't worth it. The difference in the Mote series and this one for me may be that this was written in the late 80's, so maybe they got better at character development.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5121)
    Performance
    (4619)
    Story
    (4707)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "HA!!! My Kingdom for an Engineer!!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    NIce work Recorded Books! at 7:26:00 you can hear people talking in the background between Rob's phrases! Nice! 80)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (660)

    Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

    Lois says: "Engrossing story that needs some abridgment"
    "Yikes..."
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    Would you try another book from Jean M. Auel and/or Sandra Burr?

    no, not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Geeez....a lot more porn than I would have expected....WAY more....porn than I wanted.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God's Smuggler

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    As a boy, he dreamed of being an undercover spy behind enemy lines. As a man, he found himself undercover for God. Brother Andrew was his name, and for decades, his life story has awed and inspired millions. This best-selling memoir recounts the incredible efforts of the young Dutch factory worker to transport Bibles across closed borders, and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic Biography of a Ministry"
    "Fantastic Biography of a Ministry"
    Overall

    I wasn't disappointed when I took a chance on this one (Amazon reviewers really seemed to liked it). Although mine was read by Simon Vance (extraordinary British reader). A must hear along with G.K. Chesterton's biography of St. Francis of Assisi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "John Lee not the Anti-Christ..."
    Overall

    ...But not Mother Teresa either.
    Here is my list of things that should have been addressed in the production. PRONUNCIATION! For crying out loud the same names and phases shouldn't sound so different that you think they are referring to something else completely! The lack of distinction between the character's voices really should have been addressed by the producer.

    Here is my list of things that should have been addressed pre-production. GET ROY TO DO IT!

    Here is my list of things that should have been addressed by Audible. Tell the publisher to send over the Roy Dotrice version which is posted on their website. I have sent emails to both the publisher and Audible but have yet to hear back from Audible.

    I must say that without Roy, vol II is not going to make it into my library for some time if ever (public libraries can often get audio books too).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By David Carradine
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father, and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    holley says: "Not sure why this is a bestseller..."
    "Ludlum vs Orwell"
    Overall

    Well, I can't say it was a waste to get it but I wouldn't get it again. We've seen this sort of thing before in just about every Robert Ludlum book out there. Big Brother kind of stuff but the author was more concerned about warning us of the dangers than developing the plot and characters. Now, if he went more in depth into the worlds of "traveling" or the "big" computer system the antagonists were using (no plot spoilers), that could have helped. I think when it comes down to this type of "warning fiction", if you can't make the reader care, you're going to get no where. And that is where I'm left, I just flat out didn't care about what all these organizations could do.....maybe I should....hmmmmm.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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