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Julie

Edgewater, MD, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6270)
    Performance
    (5840)
    Story
    (5842)

    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"
    "This is the Monty Python of space adventures!"
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    If you are or ever were a fan of Star Trek The Original Series, you'll love this humorous and inventive story which borrows from and builds upon the genre it so effectively mocks. With fun and interesting characters and interesting plot twists, you never quite know what will happen next. You only know that, whatever happens, you'll enjoy every minute of it.

    And along the way, the story has some surprisingly touching moments. This is a book within a book within a book, much like the coded message coming from deep space in Carl Sagan's book, "Contact," contained a message within a message within a message. Don't think you're going to understand everything until you've finished the book. That's when you'll realize this story is not what you thought it was going to be.

    This is the Monty Python of space adventures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (829)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    AudioAddict says: "So I'm definitely getting the book now..."
    "I'm hooked..."
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    I listened to the prologue and 5-chapter sampler and now I'm ready for the full book. I will definitely be downloading this one when it comes out. Fascinating storyline and premise, with an enticing look at this new world.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11681)
    Performance
    (10892)
    Story
    (10901)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Get This Book"
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    This book is the best thing I've come across in the last several years. With a fast paced and, frankly, riveting storyline, it carries you along and leaves you wanting more. Remember the days of the Harry Potter series when you could not put one of Rowling's books down until the very last word of the last sentence on the last page? That's what you have here; a fascinating if somewhat dark world as the backdrop for a truly epic adventure.

    This book is especially relevant for anyone who, like me, grew up in the 1980s. It's a book that, while carrying you into the not-so-different future, also transports you back to a time that meant so much to so many of us.

    This book is a winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Postman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (255)

    David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction. He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale.

    Delbert Ealy says: "Excellent!!"
    "Finally, The Postman!"
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    Where does The Postman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Postman is a classic of the genre, a must read for anyone who loves great storytelling. This is probably in the top 10 of my all-time favorites.


    What other book might you compare The Postman to and why?

    The Postman is a post-apocalyptic story similar to stories like The Earth Abides, Lucifer's Hammer, The Stand, etc. What sets The Postman apart from those books is the strong undercurrent of love of country. The dream of a nation that was once united, with all the blessings of the civilization that we now enjoy. We get to see through the eyes of those who lost it, and through the main character, Gordon. He's a dreamer, an idealist, and the one in whom the American dream of "home" still burns bright and strong. After 17 years of desperate struggles, an unexpected find gives Gordon the opportunity to create a watershed moment for himself, his fellow survivors, and the nation once known as The United States of America.


    What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

    David LeDoux's performance is good. His voice and style fit the character and the story well. His style is somewhat different in that he often ends his narration on a higher tone rather than lower one. This is a bit different from other narrative styles but does not detract from the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One of the most moving parts of the book comes near the end, when Gordon is struggling to free himself from an enemy camp. As Gordon struggles, he sees and hears the metaphorical voices of a dead nation, challenging him, urging him on. All his dreams, all his ambitions, the real spirit of a nation, fight to overcome his desperation, and sense of hopelessness. This story reflects a real struggle faced by every generation. Are we to remain a nation, or will we simply give up, declare our battles lost, and allow the dream to fade into oblivion?


    Any additional comments?

    I've waited many years to see this book come to audio. I first read The Postman a few years after its publication and have loved it ever since. I have a copy of the book in my personal library. But, unlike my younger years, I just don't have to sit and relax with a good book. Audiobooks are perfect because they allow me to listen to great stories while I'm commuting, or running errands, or doing normal chores and tasks around my home. With audiobooks, I actually look forward to what used to be really dull chores, like mowing the lawn. This book, The Postman is a valuable addition to my audio library.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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