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C. Leed

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  • The Fabulous Riverboat: Riverworld Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip José Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    The second entry in the Riverworld series, The Fabulous Riverboat tells of a world where all of humanity has been mysteriously resurrected on the banks of one mighty river. Samuel Clemens (a.k.a.Mark Twain) is tasked with finding a fallen meteorite and using its ore to build a massive riverboat. But in order to succeed, he'll have to outwit some of history's most nefarious villains.

    C. Leed says: "Good Follow-up"
    "Good Follow-up"
    Overall

    In this installment of the Riverworld series, Farmer goes for somewhat of a reboot. Instead of following Richard Burton, this book focuses on Samuel Clemens and his struggle to also reach the head of the world-spanning river. The motivation for this comes from another (or the same?) "Ethical", who tells Sam that he is one of twelve that must reach the river's head in order to unravel the mystery of the Riverworld.

    The "Ethical" points Sam to an area where the materials to build a riverboat can be found, and here lies the bulk of the book- the struggle to build the Riverboat. This means dealing with some of histories baddies and the ills of society while overcoming the shortcomings of the world in which they are placed.

    The book is a little slow in the beginning as it needs to build relationships set up the plot. However, once it becomes engrossing--and it does--the sense of adventure that was prevalent in the first book comes back in force. Part of this is due to another great reading by Paul Hecht, who uses just the right smattering of accents for the characters. In fact, the book finishes on such a high note, I again find myself wishing the third book were available for download.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Jose Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (251)

    For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

    C. Leed says: "Fantastic World"
    "Fantastic World"
    Overall

    Philip Jos? Farmer is a master of creating worlds, and Riverworld's probing of history and religion, mixed with a world of seemingly endless life is a perfect example. The only drawback is the other books in the series haven't been released yet- Let alone The World of Tiers series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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