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Ryan

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  • The Star Fraction: The Fall Revolution 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ken Macleod
    • Narrated By Stephen Crossley
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Moh Kohn is a security mercenary, his smart gun and killer reflexes for hire. Janis Taine is a scientist working on memory-enhancing drugs, fleeing the US/UN's technology cops. Jordan Brown is a teenager in the Christian enclave of Beulah City, dealing in theologically-correct software for the world's fundamentalists - and wants out.

    Cascadian says: "The reader makes it work"
    "Tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Political and technical "what-ifs" abound in this story of a man and his gun, but the interesting concepts are failed by dull narrative (not narration). Echoes of Heinlein's "Moon is a Harsh Mistress," but I never understood what was at stake for the characters or the world they live in: something about AI run amok, communist mercinaries, and a shock-jock anarchist? I found the characters indistinct and predictable Action sequences are few and not engaging. Narrator does a fine job, but I finally gave up on the story with just a half hour left.


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  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (429)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Absolutely Wonderful"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hilarious. Now I'm searching for all the Robert Sheckley I can get my hands on. This is social satire sci-fi that takes several jabs at American culture of mid-20th century. John Hodgman's narration is superb. He could read obituaries and I'd be rapt.


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