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  • A Quantum Murder: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth

    Dr Edward Kitchener, a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology, lies dead with his lungs spread out on either side of his open chest. Only a mercenary or professional killer could have breached the premier-grade security system - but why would a professional waste time in ritual slaughter? Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch an investigation into a past which - according to Kitchener’s theories - might never have happened.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Excellent sci-fi murder mystery"
    "Not one of Hamilton's best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If one has not read volume one in the trilogy, I think A Quantum Murder may strike some readers as pretty far out. The geopolitical background in the first novel is essential for suspension of belief in the second.

    Has A Quantum Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am 71 and have been reading Sci Fi and fantasy since Heinlein in the 50s. Nothing is going to turn me off of speculative fiction.

    Do you think A Quantum Murder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is a third novel in the series. I hope it is better than the second. It is my next walking read.

    Any additional comments?

    Once again, Toby Longworth delivers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth

    It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Portrait of a SciFi master as a novice"
    "Very good speculative fiction"
    Would you listen to Mindstar Rising again? Why?

    The publication date of this novel was in the early 90's when the global warming voices were just being raised. Hamilton speculates on the environmental, social, political and economic ramifications of climate change. I might listen again just to see how right he was. The plot requires significant suspension of belief, but I enjoyed the characters. Who would not like to know when others are lying.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindstar Rising?

    Descriptions of the impact of salt water flooding are excellent. Makes you think! Will we build dykes around Washington or just let it go?

    What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

    Longworth's performance is excellent. His

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't sit, I walk. It took me a week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandworms of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'll buy it anyway"
    "Very Disappointed"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This is a continuation of Frank Herbert's Dune universe.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I have immersed myself in the Herbert's universe since Dune first came on the scene and have enjoyed most of the subsequent volumes that expand his vision. The House novels were particularly welcome as they gave more substance to characters met in Herbert's original work.

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Unfortunately, Sandworms of Dune seems to have been written by the word. I found it tedious and redundant. I cannot imagine where the franchise will go next, now that we have a godlike ultimate Kwisatz Haderach.

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator was presented so many characters, it was impossible to distinguish between them with variations in voice. He read the book well and wisely did not try to be all things to all people. I found nothing wrong with the narrator. He did the best he could with what he was given.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Homer, Richmond Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    Jefferson says: "An Excellent Iliad"
    "Iliad unabridged, but cut short"

    A good read. No complaints other than the fact that it ends with the death and funeral of Hector. Where is the Wooden horse? Where is the death of Achilles? I am at a loss and can only give 3 of five stars for this misrepresentation.

    1 of 32 people found this review helpful

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