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Douglas

Miami Beach, FL, USA

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  • Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years. Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "Intriguing and leaving you wanting for more..."
    "Sheffield Should Stick to Science"
    Overall

    If you like to read technical reports and scientific articles, you may like this book. However, if you like to read about characters and human emotions set within a scientific fictional future, you will not like this book. The charaters are portrayed as dichotomous (either/or) variables that respond to an environment that constantly needs to be analyzed. Sheffield tries to make his characterizations central, but fails and the reader is left instead feeling quite detached. To further the insult of this book, the narrator (G. Howard) seems to feel the same way. He reads as if he is cramming for a freshman's final exam--in Latin no less. Pass on this one.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1118)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Excellent Work"
    Overall

    I recommend listening to this book from a high quality down load. The narrator is so good that the story comes to life through his interpretation. I see this book as both informing and entertaining. Atwood has obviously engaged herself in the technologies of today and where these technologies may take us. To her credit, she is able to present her views, maybe her fears, in an entertaining manner. This book introduces the reader to characters within a world that is somehow quite imaginable. Jimmy represents words and the arts, and Crake is the 'well meaning' scientist who thinks that technology will save us. Oryx is the masses, the population that does not think too deeply about these issues. Atwood is able to tap into salient aspects of science and technological progress.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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