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Steven

LOUISVILLE, CO, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Invasive Procedures

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    George Galen is a brilliant scientist, a pioneer in gene therapy. But Galen is dangerously insane. He has created a method to alter human DNA, not just to heal diseases, but also to "improve" people - make them stronger, make them able to heal more quickly...and make them compliant to his will.

    Carl says: "I should have read the reviews"
    "Orson you're better than this"
    Overall

    Unfortunately Mr. Card has set such a high standard since Ender's Game that we greet each work with "great expectations." The narration is the best feature of this book since the original narrator for Mr. Card's works, with his fantastic voice and pacing, is on board. But this plot is time-worn and the characters are uninteresting (frankly some are downright annoying). Perhaps having a co-author is the problem here. Has Orson run out of ideas? Will he go the way of James Petterson and just stamp out mass produced pulp? Please, turn back the clock and let the ideas flow like the past. If you're burned out, Orson, rest up...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (193)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "Trying too hard..."
    Overall

    The interaction of these characters is overly complex for a Cornwall romp. While she gets an A for effort, her appeal is usually in a lighter and somewhat simpler read; we already have Thomas Harris and this reads more like him. This is even more somber and cynical than Ms. Cornwall usually gets. Benton is mealy mouthed, Marino a moronic thug, Lucy lacks any charm or complexity, a Southern accent from a trashy character is irritating for this audible listener, active Bipolars do not sound like Dr. Self (narrator's fault) and Scarpetta lacks backbone. Some features sugget Ms. Cornwall wants to escape from too many future Scarpetta books, and if I read about one more diatome, I swear I'll never swim again. Is this series coming to an end?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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