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D. Lockwood

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Elk Grove, CA USA | Member Since 2000

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  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • You Don't Love Me Yet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By Jonathan Lethem
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Lucinda Hoekke spends eight hours a day at the Complaint Line, listening to anonymous callers air their random grievances. One frequent caller, who insists on speaking only to Lucinda, captivates her with his off-color ruminations and opaque self-reflections. In blatant defiance of the rules, Lucinda and the Complainer arrange a face-to-face meeting - and fall desperately in love.

    D. Lockwood says: "More fun than most of"
    "More fun than most of"
    Overall

    Letham's work. I found "Fortress of Solitude" oppressive. "You Don't Love Me Yet" is a great deal of fun. It's a look at a part of today's youth culture I have no contact with so I cannot vouch for its accuracy but it is fun. The "blue noses" won't like it. It's full of sex, drugs and rock & roll with no apologies what so ever. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset: The Life and Loves of Maureen Johnson (Being the Memoirs of a Somewhat Irregular Lady)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (192)

    Maureen Johnson, the somewhat irregular mother of Lazarus Long, wakes up in bed with a man and a cat. The cat is Pixel, well-known to fans of the New York Times best seller The Cat Who Walks through Walls. The man is a stranger to her, and besides that, he is dead.

    William says: "Do not make this your first Heinlein!"
    "Cranky Heinlein at his worst"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Remove the pathetic Libertarian crap.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Sail Beyond the Sunset?

    The entire gabfest regarding the cause of the Spanish-American war. What a load of hooey!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved Heinlein as a kid. Guess I just grew up. Too bad he never did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyagers II: The Alien Within

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    When Keith Stoner awoke, he found himself in a world changed almost beyond recognition. Eighteen years before, Stoner had been the American member of a joint U.S.-Soviet mission to capture an alien ship. The Soviets had to pull out, but Stoner persisted, and while on the strange ship, he fell into suspended animation.

    John Schmeisser says: "Disappointed"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    Reminds me of what happened to Heinlein in his decline. As Cory Doctorow has said a SciFi author's views say more about the times in which they live rather than their view of the future. This book really reflects the Zeitgeist of the period in which it was written. Short easy answers to complex problems and issues. A real disappointment after the first in the series.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (519)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Takeshi Kovacs returns!"
    Overall

    If you liked "Altered Carbon" you'll really like this one. The sex was rather graphic and a bit gratuitous but...who cares. I found myself beginning to dislike Kovac as the story progresses but, then again, he is a modern hero with a good side and a evil side. I began to understand him a bit more by the end of the book. The conclusion was more than a little contrived. I call it the "Wayne's World" syndrome. If you remember that awful movie it felt, at the end, that everyone was just sort of tired of doing the movie and it just sort of ended. In that sense, I guess "Woken Furies" is not Morgan's most technically adroit work. It does have more meat than "Market Forces" however. Well worth the time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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