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Grant Loving

Show me your paso doble.

Los Angeles, CA United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (547)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    Seriously! Freaking awesome! I can totally understand why it won a Hugo award. I would have driveway moments just as I got home from work listening to the book in my parked car. It is a good sci-fi book because it focuses on the characters and their interaction to the technology. The sci-fi part itself is spectacular and raises a bunch of what-if questions. It is the kinda sci-fi where it seems like it could almost happen, that it is not so much of a stretch. Another great thing about it, is that the storyline is episodic, so you almost get several stories at once. My next Audible purchase is going to be the next book in this series. I might actually put this up there with Ender's Game, and Starship Troopers, as one of my favorite books.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6722)
    Performance
    (5112)
    Story
    (5192)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Eh..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the genre mixing aspect of this book. On one hand you have historical information, and on the other hand you have vampires. I didn't really care for the style the book was written in. It had a mix of first person and third person narrative, which was ok 'cept for the monotone nature of the narrator. I'd find myself drifting off and not really caring to to rewind.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the book less episodic, and focused more on the protagonist. I really did not connect with the main character. A good example of genre mixing is Ken Follett's work. Even though it's based on historical events, you can really connect with the fictional characters and feel all of their humanity. This was not the case for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It felt kinda ridged.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I had a few problems with the production of this audio book. Every once in a while there would be background music to emphasize an important part. If I'm reading this book, there is no music to go with it, that is what my imagination is for. I could understand some music at the beginning, or at the very very end of the book, but not at random locations. Also the performance was just ok. Perhaps that is the fault of the directors/producers, but I felt the near monotone narration made the book more of a drudgery than a delight.


    Was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter worth the listening time?

    I don't know. You can say to your friends "ya I read that." But there were no profound moments of interest for me while listening to the book. It was more of something to pass the time. I really didn't take anything away from the book, and it's not going to leave a lasting impression.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15467)
    Performance
    (9805)
    Story
    (9687)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Why is this in the sci-fi/fantasy section?"
    Overall

    This is a chick flick book if I've ever seen one. Don't get me wrong. It a good story with excellent writing (I need a dictionary when I'm listening to this). But honestly, it is a romance novel with time travel.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (404)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "It's Morgan what do you expect?"
    Overall

    The main reason I love Morgan's work is because he uses filthy dirty language, has explicit sex scenes, awesome smashing-peoples-faces in scenes, and generally has kick-ass character dialog. Sometimes I get bored with goody two shoeses authors like Orson Scott Card or Stephenie Meyer. I think bashing him because he has his own style is a little unfair. Not everything in SciFi is squeaky clean. And to that point, I honestly don't care what Morgan writes about. He could write about cooking breakfast for all I care, it is his style that is refreshing. I chuckle each time I hear Simon Vance's voice speaking down to someone. I mean, that is one of the best parts of Morgan's style, especially when Vance calls someone a "Mother F-cker." And if you think Morgan objectifies women... well he does, thats the whole point. But in his other book The Steel Remains, he has some pretty explicit gay sex scenes. So he objectifies everyone :)

    If you want a change of pace, and are not offended by strong language, or graphic sex, and fighting, then give Richard K. Morgan's work a listen.

    You might also enjoy Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age, Snow Crash. There is a rape scene in Snow Crash.

    Hunter's Run by By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham, lots of Spanish cursing in that one.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3132)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2106)

    The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

    Jesse says: "Great Scifi!"
    "same 'ol same 'ol"
    Overall

    Nothing really new in this book. Just a repeat of everything we know so far. I don't think I'm gonna get the next book in the series. There are some interesting parts that foreshadow possible stuff to come, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Metal Swarm: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (272)

    For years, the alien Klikiss robots have pretended to be humanity's friends, but their seeming "help" allowed them to plant an insidious Trojan Horse throughout the Earth Defense Forces. Now, in the aftermath of a devastating war, swarms of ancient black robots built by the lost insectoid Klikiss race continue their depredations on helpless worlds with stolen and heavily armed Earth battleships.

    Tamera says: "Good but could have been better"
    "Just when you think it can't get worse!"
    Overall

    My god! I just finished the book and I can wait for the next in the series. It is such an engrossing story! I've become seriously involved with the characters. I cheer and get worried about their fate. Just when you think everything is gonna work out... BAM! epic disaster. And you wonder "how will the spiral arm ever recover?" How in the world is Anderson going to make things ok? Or is he?!?! There are just so many new and amazing things that happen in this book.

    As for the narration. It is different, but you get used to it as with book 4. I do find it weird that the roamers have a southern accent, I always imagined them as Japanese and Italian/European.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sundiver: The Uplift Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (223)

    For nearly a billion years, every known sentient species in the universe has been the result of genetic and cultural guidance - or "uplifting" - by a previously uplifted patron race. Then humans are discovered. Having already uplifted chimps and dolphins, humanity clearly qualifies as an intelligent species, but did they actually evolve their own intelligence, or did some mysterious patron race begin the process, then suddenly abandon Earth?

    Madeleine says: "Very engrossing and well read"
    "eh..."
    Overall

    man... written in 1980. It is hard to listen to, just kinda goofy with the notion of what the future of science is. I mean "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" was written in 1968 and that was awesome. I could not force myself to pay attention to this book. It's just that it does not seem like its gonna pay off to listen to the full 10+ hours.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1054)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It had really good character development, and a really good storyline. It was more focused on the characters then the sci-fi part, but the sci-fi part was awesome. The sci-fi part seemed almost plausible, which in turn brought up some interesting questions about the future of human beings, and our place in world/universe.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (531)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Not Bad"
    Overall

    just wanted to say the echo is not in the entire book, once you get past that and the "Kovacks" it's a pretty good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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