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Oakleigh South, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (469)

    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"
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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
  • Inherit the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH"
    "Excellent Considering it's a 1977 Novel."
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    What made the experience of listening to Inherit the Stars the most enjoyable?

    A coherent interesting novel about aliens. I always find novels about strange new technology etc great, if they are handled intelligently, which this was. Of course as it was written in 1976/77 it does have issues with plausibility considering what we know today about aliens or the lack of them etc... So enjoy the story for what it is, a well written thoughtful novel about aliens written in say 1976. I have already bought book 2 :) It has many concepts you may think on for many a year. Enjoy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None in particular.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular.


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

    No Comment


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chronoliths

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future. In early 21st-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter.

    M. Stephenson says: "A haunting, beautiful work..."
    "An enjoyable Sci-Fi Novel potboiler."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes its a great read. It's a read and forget book, good fun but not a Asimov etc..


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery of what the story was about.


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

    No


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

    Coming face to face with a...(no spoilers)


    Any additional comments?

    No. Read enjoy and move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paladin of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (685)

    Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets, for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road, escape, beckons...A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of Chalion.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Sequel"
    "The whole thing did not jell for me"
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    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Kate Reading?

    No, maybe if it was free to see the writing had improved.


    Would you recommend Paladin of Souls to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It was not interesting for me, I just did to care about the characters and felt I was wasting my life listening to it. There was no sense of excitement or of interest in learning about this land.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Changed her whole approach and created a world I felt part of, I world I cared about.
    The narrator was a bit better than for the first book at least.


    Do you think Paladin of Souls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Tt has one so not sure why you ask. There is a book three.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2285)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1086)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Did not enjoy this fantasy novel"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not sure the authors fantasy construct was not enjoyable.


    What could Lois McMaster Bujold have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Her whole approach when put together did not work for me. Even the names of the characters annoyed me, as did the way the characters related to one another.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lloyd James?

    Not sure just did not enjoy the narrators voice at all.


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

    No there are a million fantasy books out there, nothing in this one had anything to recommend it to me. I like Lord of the RIngs and Ursula Le Guin, and Apprentice Adept a seven-book fantasy and science fiction novel series by Piers Anthony.


    Any additional comments?

    Its Book 1 of a two book set fyi. book 2 was the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6378)
    Performance
    (3595)
    Story
    (3654)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Satirical Sci-fi of late 20th century USA."
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    Would you listen to Snow Crash again? Why?

    Maybe. It's a deep novel with many layers. It's like a never ending babel of ideas woven together in a kipple world. Kipple as in the term from the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K Dick.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Did not have one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a straightforward sci-fi novel ie its nothing like a Peter F Hamilton novel for example.So if you are looking for an engrossing adventure this is not it. "Snow Crash was nominated for both the British Science Fiction Award in 1993, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994." from Wikipedia. It's a satire of anarchic capitalism.

    It's a good novel, but you will only enjoy it if you like this type of novel.

    1 of 1 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
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1119)

    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
    (458)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (309)

    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
    (2485)
    Performance
    (1763)
    Story
    (1783)

    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
    (1190)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (785)

    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.

    1 of 2 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
    (3535)
    Performance
    (1543)
    Story
    (1562)

    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"
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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

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