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Daniel

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (376)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Bacigalupi does it again - another great book"
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    Performance
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    I am always amazed at Paola stories/tragedies. Most science fiction books come of as formulated. In contrast, Paola's fiction is insightful and imaginative.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6233)
    Performance
    (5804)
    Story
    (5807)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "A great mix of serious science fiction and fun."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't stop listening. Yes, it was that good. I read the description and was a little worried about the plot but John Scalzi pulled it off fantastically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dervish House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian McDonald
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    It begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone, it seems, is after a piece of Turkey. But the shockwaves from this random act of 21st century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square. Welcome to the world of The Dervish House; the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. The year is 2027....

    Karen says: "Listen, but then read"
    "Great place and great imagination"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very imaginative and great characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dervish House?

    Completely different take on a Istanbul.


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

    The only problem is the book switches between different scenes frequently with no pause or break.


    Any additional comments?

    The only problem is the book switches between different scenes frequently with no pause or break.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowrise: Shadowmarch: Volume III

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (167)

    Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. Meanwhile, its two young defenders, the king’s children Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives. Barrick is lost behind the Shadowline, facing all the terrible dangers and mysteries of that magical twilight land.

    Daniel says: "a great listen"
    "a great listen"
    Overall

    Tad Williams has to be one of the most imaginative writers, I've had the pleasure of reading or listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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