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  • Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny

    The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

    Hyacinth says: "The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision."
    "Starts with a bang, ends with a whimper."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make me care about the characters.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that isn't a part of the Culture series.

    What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    An accent.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. The scope is epic.

    Any additional comments?

    Wish it were better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    What did you love best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    The writing is impeccable.

    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance is superb. One of my favorite readers.

    Any additional comments?

    This is an exceptional performance of an exceptional book. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beggars in Spain

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nancy Kress
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

    Rachelle says: "Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Atlas Shrugged for paste-eaters"

    The central conceit of Beggars In Spain is "The elite will be persecuted jealously by proles but shall triumph in the end." No attempt is made, however, to explore *why.* There's a lot of talking *about* things happening and very few things actually happening... and one must accept beyond a reasonable doubt that the ability to work an extra eight hours a day will lead to utter and total world domination in the space of a generation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ascent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jed Mercurio
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fascinated with the secrets still surrounding the Soviet Union's race against the Americans to put a man on the Moon, Jed Mercurio proposes a compelling scenario: What if the Americans weren't the first? With its inscrutable but intriguing hero, Yefgeni Yeremin, a brilliant Soviet cosmonaut, Ascent allows us to imagine what that terrifying journey might have been like.

    LoneGunman says: "Stunningly Bad."
    "Stunningly Bad."

    Listen as Andy Dufresne... I mean, Yev Yeremin... battles the evil forces of Boris and Natascha... I mean, The Evil Empire... on his way to - who cares?
    Seriously. Rocky and Bullwinkle had more flattering caricatures of the Soviet Union. And Dan Brown has less purple prose. The narrator does his level best with the material, affecting more accents than an episode of Scooby Doo, but this only serves to push the dialogue from sad over to parody.
    Still interested? Skip the first twenty minutes then - a gratuitously titillating romp through child sodomy.
    Seriously. The Cold War ended nearly twenty years ago. How can Jed Mercurio write Soviets with less care, attention and insight than Craig Thomas mustered for "Firefox" more than thirty years earlier?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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