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Robert

El Cerrito, CA, United States

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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
    (289)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    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"
    "reads like the worst of robin cook"
    Overall

    I frankly find it hard to believe that Orson Scott Card had anything to do with this. Unbelievably bad writing - terrible cliches, two dimensional characters, with a dumb plot.

    It's also got to be hard to make potentially fascinating science (gene therapy) so boring. I just don't know how this one got out the door.

    Purely sold on Card's name; I can only hope that the writing is mostly Mr. Johnston's, but I fully put the responsibility on Orson Scott Card who should have stopped such an awfully produced project.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (106)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "ingenious - well worth the read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found myself drawn into the story, and eventually deeply moved... very well researched and richly drawn characters. The novel succeeds both as a simple "what if" first contact in the middle ages, but also in making us care about the characters, and in a shared celebration of scientific and human discovery.

    The narration worked fine for me. Really well done novel, transcending the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ophiuchi Hotline

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Varley
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    The invaders came in 2050...they did not kill anyone outright. They said they came on behalf of the intelligent species of Earth - dolphins and whales. The invaders quietly destroyed every evidence of technology, then peacefully departed, leaving behind plowed ground and sprouting seeds. In the next two years, 10 billion humans starved to death.

    Nigel says: "My Favorite Science Fiction Author"
    "really enjoyed this"
    Overall

    There world of this novel is rich and plausible; I wish there were more stories set in this place. The mysteries of the hotline, the invaders, interesting exploration of culture, cloning (a wonderful twist on this theme), gender, biomechanics, ethics and more, made this a fun read. I'd definitely recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellstrom's Hive

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects. When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses - it could not be allowed to continue.

    DJM says: "An Old Friend"
    "I don't recommend this"
    Overall

    I rarely find a download that I can't finish. The narrator is ok, and probably the novel would be great as a novella. The agency stuff as mentioned by others is just too boring to make it through.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1023)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "great debut"
    Overall

    I don't write reviews much either...

    For instance, I just listened to The Namesake, really enjoyed it, and then just had to listen to Gogol's The Overcoat, since it is so central to The Namesake.

    The Overcoat may be the best short story I've ever "read" - I listened to that three times in a row, and didn't add a note to audible.

    Heart-Shaped Box was a great, funny and terrifying spin on ghost stories. Nasty, deadly stuff happens in broad daylight. I've got a soft spot for ghost stories, and this one has a wicked edge.

    It surprised me, scared me, made me laugh, and I can't wait for more from this talented storyteller. Of course there are flaws, and some easy shortcuts to character development, but I didn't care a bit.

    Truly guilty pleasure, and far better than I'd hoped. Keep up the good work, Mr. Hill! The narrator was fantastic, as well, and really did justice to the material.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Tim Piggot-Smith
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    A leak is traced to a small sub-section of SIS, sparking off the inevitable security checks, tensions, and suspicions. The sort of atmosphere, perhaps, where mistakes could be made? For Maurice Castle, dull, but brilliant with files, it is the end of the line anyway.

    Darryl says: "Excellent Author"
    "fantastic"
    Overall

    I was reminded where John Le Carre got his chops. This is a richly satisfying novel on many levels, and really got to the heart of some difficult and beautiful truths. The reading was perfeclty done, as well. highly recommended. Greene has transcended the formula once again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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