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Oetwil Am See, Switzerland | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 366 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "Nice time travel story for New Yorkers"

    I listened to this book shortly after finishing 11-22-63 by Stephen King.

    Compared to 11-22-63, Time and Again has less "color" and dramatic scenes but compensates it by style and softness.

    At least 1/4 of the book are descriptions of streets and buildings in NY which are "There" or "Not There", as someone who has never been to NY I could not associate anything with those parts and found it rather boring. 11-22-63 is better in this sense, it really submerges you into the world of 1950'es without need of knowing street names, numbers and buildings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasm City

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
    "Very atmospheric"

    It has been a while since I took iPod out of my car into home to listen to a book. Chasm City was the book which gripped me so much that I did that.

    This was my first "read" of Reynolds and quite a pleasant one! I am great fan of darker, atmospheric and realistic (as far as we can imagine it today) science fiction which covers not only science and technology but also human aspect of future. This book has it all! Story is very atmospheric and surrounding, settings and tech are not completely whacked out like in some sf fantasy books and there is a lot of human aspect and emotions, unlike some dry classics like Rama or Ringworld.

    The Narrator is very adequate. In Revelation Space - which I listen to now - John Lee has the annoying habit to start a sentence with much intonation and trail out from there, becoming silenter and silenter - this was complained about by some in reviews to RS. Well, it is not present here! John Lee is really much better in this one IMHO.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger in the Well: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser

    Sally Lockhart, trying to put her troubled past behind her after her fiance's death, has settled into a comfortable life with her daughter, Harriet, her career, and her London friends. But her world comes crashing down around her when a complete stranger claims to be both her husband and Harriet's father, casting doubt on her spotless reputation.

    Charlie says: "Dark, but compelling"
    "Excellent narration, a bit lacking plot"

    Positive things first: Anton Lesser is a wonderful narrator, he is one of my absolute favorites on Audible and would be reason alone to get this book.

    I am not very impressed with plot though, somehow it has less thrill, less color and mood then first and second books, it is very predictable and it gets to the point of being really annoying to hear about a "Mystery" which is really none for hours and hours. Secondly, it is really heavy on socialism. This is a bit personal but I grew up in country with "advanced socialism" and I know how it looks and feels, how the system punishes any kind of initiative and forces everyone to be "equal" if they like it or not. While I understand how it arose among injustice of 19th century, it still represents a red flag to me because I know what it leads to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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