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Linda Isakson

Moonlit Waters

Ann Arbor, MI | Member Since 2008

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  • The Stainless Steel Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (576)

    DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

    SFF11C says: "Awesome"
    "Awesome narration"
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    Perhaps I'm already biased because Phil Gigante is one of my absolute favorite narrators, but I thought he did a brilliant job with this campy sci fi tale. The characters were clearly distinguisable and sounded exactly as I had imagined. The story, too, is an excellent cops-n-robbers tale turned on its head. Definitely a recommend listen.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3438)
    Performance
    (1835)
    Story
    (1847)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Narrator reads vvvverrrryy ssslllooowwwllllyyyy"
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    The story is interesting, and honestly a rather scary vision of the future in our genetically tampered world. But I should have read it instead. Jonathan Davis narrates this novel entirely too slowly. Via my audible iPhone app, I listened to the story at a 1.25x speed and it made the pace much more normalized...though it occasionally made him sound like a squirrel for a few seconds. I'm not sure why he felt it necessary to speak so slowly, but it really affected the action scenes and almost made listening to this book a boring task. So, my recommendation is to either read it or listen to it at an accelerated rate to preserve the story's dramatic pacing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (753)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Disorderly and repetitive"
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    I suspect this book was written for folks who are relatively unfamiliar with the history of Newton's discoveries and involvement with the English Royal Society. The story timeline was jumpy, moving from early years to late, then back to early and late, again. Had I not already known this tale, I would have been pretty confused about the sequence of events after listening to this account. Additionally, the narrative was excessively repetitive. There are numerous wonderful books explaining the history of Newtons discoveries, but this one is not among them. However, the narrator does a fantastic job, the content was just poor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfever: Fever, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (885)

    MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of Man.

    Annie says: "Kept me interested"
    "Awesome"
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    One of my most favorite book series! Characters are well-rounded, the story is absolutely compelling and MacKayla is so charming you feel like she could be your best friend. A must-read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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