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Kirk Hansen

Salt Lake City | Member Since 2004

  • 8 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 707 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Fun and interesting"

    I gave this book 5 stars even though the plot was somewhat predictable. The audio production is well done (as I have come to expect from Audio Renaissance).

    I am an admitted technophile and I was very amused by the alternate technologies in this book. They have mastered nanotechnology but they travel by dirigible! I loved it!

    This was a fun listen that I recommended to friends and family.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Tahlia Merrill says: "Wonderful, but don't forget to buy the book"
    "Easy, entertaining listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Leviathan the most enjoyable?

    Well developed main characters. Secondary characters were developed just enough without wasting time and words on unnecessary paragraphs. The story and technology are well thought out and interesting. It's YA but an entertaining diversion from reality.

    Have you listened to any of Alan Cumming???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first experience with narrator Alan Cummings. His performance was very good. It did not grab me right away but I warmed up quickly. His characterizations make each person easily identifiable. He narrates all three in this series and there is excellent continuity on narration (I've listened to series before where the same narrator actually pronounces proper nouns differently from book to book in the same series! Very annoying).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "Very enjoyable. Creditworthy"

    I really didn't know what to expect from this book. It is the first title from Brandon Sanderson that I have listened to. I was not disappointed.

    I was really fascinated by the mechanics of the magic in this book. It was intriguing to learn more about Allomancy and Feruchemy. A very unique take on an otherwise well worn genre mechanic.

    I recommended these books to All my friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Excellent epic sci fi"

    I really enjoyed this entire series.

    Will it go down in history as one of the greatest series ever written? No. However, the books are well written and the characters are well developed. You really get to know them as the series unfolds. After I listened to the first book, I had to hear the rest of the series.

    As with all epic fiction, there are slow points. It is also not for someone looking for a quick listen. At around 100 hours for the entire series, it's quite a commitment. But it is one that is ultimately satisfying.

    I recommended this book to friends that like epic SciFi

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Freddy and Fredericka

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling, critically acclaimed author Mark Helprin's work has drawn favorable comparisons to an elite group of literary legends, including James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Mann. Helprin's sheer comic brilliance shines in this ingenious farce.

    Chris says: "God save Craig-Vyvyan! I liked it."
    "Okay. . . but not great."

    I liked this book, but just couldn't suspend my belief enough to really get into it. If you enjoy the foibles of royal families then you will probably like this.

    I did not recommend this book to friends but did not regret listening to it. FWIW.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Fresh Air!"

    I really enjoyed these stories! I also loved how the authors came to common ground on some the "layout" of the world so that they make and connected composition when listened to together. It was fun to see how each author approached the story. These are authors that I will look for in future. I am always impressed with the short story format (when well written). I recommend this title to anyone that enjoys fiction.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Market Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What do you buy and sell when the global markets reach saturation point? The markets themselves. Thirty years from now the big players in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money is in conflict investment. The corporations keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They guage who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence, and power. In return for a slice of the action when the war is won.

    Gary Godman says: "Good easy listen"

    I am a fan of Morgan's writing. I enjoyed the Kovac's series a great deal and I liked Thirteen almost as well. However, I have to say that this title let me down.

    The book is well written and the characters were well developed. My problem was that I just never made that personal connection with ANY of the characters. Even at three quarters of the way through, I didn't really care if any of the characters lived or died. I kept waiting for some kind of redemption all the way to the end and it never came. I think this would have made a great novella. If I had only spent two or three hours listening to it, I would have been more generous with the rating.

    There is strong language, sex and violence as in most/all of Morgan's books. But it fits the characters and backdrop of the story. I can live with that and it doesn't bother me. What I can't live with is a story that just doesn't hold my attention or allow me to develop an emotional connection to any of the characters. I will continue to listen to Morgan's books as they are published but I won't revisit this title nor can I recommend it to others. I do recommend his other titles however.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother.

    Lu says: "Need to read earlier books in series"
    "Another fine book in the series"

    I was a little confused by the previous comments about narrators. Then I realized that Audible has the abridged versions of the previous books. I usually listen to books from my library and almost exclusively listen to unabridged versions. I have grown to love Scott Brick as a narrator and have heard dozens of books that he has done, but I know what it's like to grow accustomed to a particular narrator and then here the same characters played by another.

    This book definitely picks up where Brimstone left off. It has all of the elements that fans of the series enjoy. Action, suspense, drama, etc. I highly recommend this latest addition to the Pendergast stable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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