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Nalton Jannise Jr.

Red Oak, TX USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 4 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1209)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Spending 12 hours with angst ridden teenagers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was interesting. I am used to listening to series, so the fact that this is the start of the saga doesn't bother me. The characters were angst ridden, petulant teenagers. Even the adults. The only ones with any maturity were the military personnel.What would have made this a 4 or 5 star? Realistic and mature characters. I don't mind the young protagonists in the story. But their constant anxiety about their parents or other in authority got in the way of the story, and certainly slowed its pace.


    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston before, how does this one compare?

    Ender's Game. But it was so long ago that it wasn't memorable; I think for the same reasons. I know that Ender's Game is a modern "classic"; but it wasn't until many years that I was tempted to give OSC another try.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Which one? The fact that there were so many certainly was. Those reading the child protagonist's parts were occasionally overly whiny.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Interesting space opera, which is OK by me. The science around the fiction was convincing.


    Any additional comments?

    I may listen to the next in the series at some point, just to see whether there are any improvements the authors made.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (215)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    Tamara says: "Monotone narration"
    "This is my first and last experience with Robinson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Kim Stanley Robinson and/or Sarah Zimmerman?

    No on both. Robinson must have been paid by the word, and I found myself skipping (2x speed) over most of them.

    Ms Zimmerman's narration was barely tolerable. I listened to the book at 1.5x speed (with bursts of 2x and 3x).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Robert Charles Wilson


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Zimmerman’s performances?

    Not before listening to a sampling.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Robinson seemed to have researched his material (terraforming and climate change). But he wrapped those topics in a long story with a small plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read science fiction for over 40 years (Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, Neal Stephenson, Jim McDevitt, Robert Charles Wilson) . This is one of the 3 or 4 books during that time that I could not complete. I had had Mr Robinson on my reading list for some time. He is no longer on it. This is just my view and personal preference, and I wish Mr Robinson every success with his audience.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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