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M. Thorn

Cambridge, MA | Member Since 2006

  • 2 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 99 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Great reader, meh story"

    I gave up on this book about half-way through. There's 7 billion people on the world, but only our conservative red-blooded American hero has the connections and wit to initiate a trading relationship with a visiting alien civilization? Not really swayed by that, but ok, I'll suspend my disbelief. But then there's all this self-righteous political posturing by the author, over and over, thinly disguised by the main character's soliloquy's. One of those examples of something so bad that at first you want to think it's satire, so you stick with it, and then realize that, no, someone actually does think they can get away with that crap.

    That was two strikes, but I still stuck with it! There's some fun bits, some interesting plot turns, and some ok science. But then there's this point where the main character and his friends start talking about the mechanics of space flight and asteroid mining and nothing happens at all. It's just made no sense. I mean, sure maybe the science was good, but it wasn't interesting, and it more seemed an opportunity for the author to show off how much research and thought he'd put into this issue. It's also kind of obnoxiously presented by the main character in a way that makes that main character look like he's 100% smarter than everyone else, so he loses any readerly sympathy very quickly.

    Most of the characters are not characters, just caricatures: the fat bearded nerds, the earthy, xenophobic New England old-timer, blah blah blah. Didn't see any female characters to speak of. Maybe they were in the second half.

    The reader was quite good, I'd never heard him before, and I thought he did a great job of assuming many different voices, and of switching around between them all. I'm going to look for more that the reader's done, but probably not John Ringo again, ever. In any format. Ptui.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"

    This is the longest audiobook I've listened to (of about 50-60 total), and it's also the only one I've listened to twice. I love it, and can't recommend it enough. The reader was soooo good, I can't imagine ever reading this on my own. I love the world that's built here, wholly original, with good magic and a good sense for what makes good "rules" of magic. I wish I could read myself into this world over and over, via sequel upon sequel. Doubt that's going to happen, but I can always re-read, right?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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