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Oakleigh South, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (436)

    Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

    DAVID says: "One of John Lee's best performances"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    It has a very clever premise. I thought it a most excellent story. It shows Alastair Reynolds has not lost any of his creativity. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (984)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Passionate & wonderfully written"
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    What did you love best about Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    The Narrator was able to place me into the story, and I felt as though I was Jane Eyre. I felt all her joys, and all her agonies....


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    It allowed the stories passion to flow like the rich feast of a sumptuous banquet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The story of Jane Eyre was magical, and so richly was the English language used, I felt that it might be exhausted by the end... A Magical work of fiction, giving me a look into the past as it was, in all its misguided glory, and tragic majesty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Deepness in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (262)

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    Amen-Ra says: "A science fiction classic"
    "Great Story if you like a lot of politicking"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Deepness in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the place the story eventually took me to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending and learning about the aliens


    What does Peter Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Felt as though I was there.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Peter F Hamilton books this was not like that, however it had similarities.It would be nice if there was more to keep my interest up, as it's a long book.The book did drag on in places, and I had trouble remembering who was who.It did win a HUGO award, so maybe its just not my style of book so I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Judge for yourself.
    ps It's also a bit like Brian Aldis's Helliconia trilogy, but sadly not as good, as I was riveted by that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2214)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1537)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Terrible Sci-Fi, Great Historical Drama."
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    What made the experience of listening to Doomsday Book the most enjoyable?

    It was only enjoyable in parts, in fact some parts, (50%), were really bad, and boring, only 30% of it was great, rest boring. The Sci-Fi part was terrible as the future was written as though it was 1970s small town britain, (not how life might be in the future 100 years hence where it was set with time travel!), with all the boring set pieces, such as a vicar, locals reading mass at church, complaining of bad sermons, squabbles between university departments, people going to the pub, and the words "crossing the quad" were mentioned frequently, slagging off visiting Americans in the typical set piece british people vs Americans way, all soo boring..... the parts that were good was when the historian lived in 14th century England. Evidently in 100 years time people will still be taking aspirin, and you will only get a few tablets per bottle and so have to ration it out because the NHS is skimping on costs, really? Also there were no mobile phones in 100 years either! and on it goes, as I said it's Sci-Fi is almost nonexistent. It was interesting to get a feel for how people lived in the 14th century, as though you were one of them, (I guess this is why it won the Hugo award) "The novel won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and was shortlisted for other awards." So for that I am glad I put up with the 60% crap.I liked on my ipod nano I could skip ahead to get over the boring bits and enjoy life in the 1300s, or set it to x2 speed.So its a book that is hard to rate. Its a great drama, in parts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator used a very british voice and sounded exactly as I think she was supposed to sound, so for this book she was great, ie sounding like a tedious boring british person. (You don't have to sound like that in sounding british I hasten to add).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (687)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "Wonderful relaxing story from a Master of SCI-FI"
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    If you could sum up Way Station in three words, what would they be?

    Felt I was there


    What other book might you compare Way Station to and why?

    Not sure, maybe Arthur C Clarke's "The Songs of Distant Earth", (one of my favourite books.)


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    His narration was a perfect fit for the stories cadence, and his voice is lovely to listen to.
    He has a peaceful flowing voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes the end, it was very well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like I was on a wonderful journey and was just happy to be in the story space as it unfolded.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3338)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1384)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Not pure scifi"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Diamond Age to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's sheer cleverness. That I really liked the characters, they seemed real to me.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Wiltsie – was your favorite?

    Nell


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When little Nell was safe.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not pure scifi ie it does not take current science/world and extrapolate to a plausible possible future.

    It takes literary elements from the past and some aspects of current science and creates a mish mashed future dystopian world.

    This may annoy some readers.

    However after I got over being annoyed it is very well written and the voice while annoying is appropriate for the story, if that makes sense.

    It does deserve its HUGO award.

    A great audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1658)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1535)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Boring derived only military nothing else"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Into the Black?

    It was very derivative, it was unimaginative, it was only about the military , so if you want to read a whole book consisting of one military person naval gazing about the nuts and bolts of the military command structure, which is exactly the same as it is in the early 21st century enjoy by the way, enjoy.


    What was most disappointing about Evan Currie’s story?

    The boredom.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Benjamin L. Darcie’s performances?

    NO


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

    NO, that it has an end.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazon should be honest in their returns policy and state only 2 every 6 months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Ocean of Night: Galactic Center, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal….

    Michale says: "Very Different from "Hunger for the Infinite""
    "2nd rate sci fi"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Make the story interesting, not a plodding story , make it interesting and unpredictable, with interesting convincing sex scenes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Any book but one by Gregory Benford.


    Any additional comments?

    An uninteresting plodding story, ordinary and predictable, with boring unconvincing sex scenes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eve

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anna Carey
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (326)

    Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose - and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive.

    Amanda says: "Loved It! But heartbroken! Must read!!!"
    "Warning its a TEEN novel,"
    Overall
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    What would have made Eve better?

    That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels! ie So know I what I am getting.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI.If you like Teen novels fine of course.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    HOPEFULLY NOT A TEEN NOVEL!


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    yes narrator was very good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eve?

    That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels!ie I so know what I am getting. ie list it under the category "TEEN Novel"Have categories and subcategories.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI


    Any additional comments?

    That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels!ie I so know what I am getting. ie list it under the category "TEEN Novel"Have categories and subcategories, so within TEEN Novels you can search for whatever category you want.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (495)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    Windy says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Not my type of story"
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    Would you try another book from A. Lee Martinez and/or Marc Vietor?

    Maybe. I suspect not. This Science fantasy book was not my type of book . It was written in the American detective style but using robots and type writers,.. whatever. I did not enjoy this story, it did not work for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Waste of my time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader: Jack Reacher 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past. When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?

    Daniel says: "One of my favourite Reacher stories!"
    "My 7 th in the Jack Reacher series, all excellent."
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    What made the experience of listening to Persuader the most enjoyable?

    The wonderful nail biting build up to the final battle.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes. Buy bringing me into the world of Jack Reacher, I felt as though I was there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one when he battles Paulie.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Dick Hill is the best narrator for these books, the others are good but I think for Jack Reacher he is the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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