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Paul

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  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1627)
    Performance
    (1466)
    Story
    (1479)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Great content but kinda short"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    Oh most certainly yes!


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

    I'd like to avoid spoilers but the end kinda left thinking "oh, ok and now we continue on" only to suddenly have Mr. Card telling his afterward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    again.. this just seems to be asking for spoilers!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it was a great story and a must read for fans of the series, but even the author pointed out it was a short book in the afterward and that his goal was to make a short book to make it more affordable. Unfortunately, 1 credit is one credit and I probably should have just read physical book for this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (2965)
    Story
    (2990)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Soild Sci-Fi"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's been a while since I've read some good sci-fi, and there is no doubt that this fits the bill. This book is first in it's series and develops a rich universe. Best of all, it builds that universe leaving you interested in reading further along without making you fell like you only bought half a book.

    0 of 0 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
    (3535)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1933)

    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."
    "Too slow and graphic.. uh...brutality"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about The Windup Girl?

    too many characters with similar names early on, and the explicit depiction of rape early on put it over the top.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    the reader kept changing volumes dropping into a whisper making it impossible to understand him and then getting plenty loud when describing rape scenes


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4659)
    Performance
    (3428)
    Story
    (3450)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Great story, but it just suddenly stops!"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ?

    absolutely!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    it's a great start of a story, the magic system is interesting and keeps you thinking.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, similarly excellent reading


    Do you think The Lost Gate needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    since it seems to stop just as the story gets going, uh..ya...


    Any additional comments?

    definitely a good read, just wish the next one was available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (2112)
    Story
    (2094)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Shameless cash grab..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What would have made The Wind Through the Keyhole better?

    Stephen King should stick to writing. I'm sorry to say his narration was terrible! As an example, though I know he wrote it, I can't imagine he was saying his own character's last name remotely correctly. "Doo-chez-knee". brutal.This might have been forgivable is the story hadn't also been bland an pointless. It added absolutely nothing to the great story arc he had already created. He should have left the one book/series he has ever managed to write an ending for alone...


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen King?

    The previous narrator (I'm sorry I'm terrible with names!). Even though the previous narrator was a stand in for the gentle man who narrated the rest of the series (due to an unfortunate situation) he did a great job.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope. Need to look into the audible refund program. This book was the cash grab that I've heard so many times Mr. King is famous for but that I had not really experienced until now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (259)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Bring James Marsters back... please?"
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    I realize this is likely falling on deaf ears and too late change. But the main reason I was going to get this as an audiobook was James Marsters. Though I believe John Glover would be good for other books (he's clearly skilled) this has ruined the tone of the book for me. I believe someone above put it best. James made it sound as though Dresden was recounting rather than reading a book.

    I have bought every other entry in this through Audbile but I'll be moving to the book for this one I think.

    46 of 50 people found this review helpful

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