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Gwendolyn

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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2605)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1193)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Stranger In A Strange Land"
    Overall

    An all time classic! I strongly recommend it as one of my "10 most influential books that I could not do without". I have two well-loved hardcopies of the same title; what a joy it is to re-read (hear?) & review this via AudioBook! In the same wide-open perspective as all the other titles that I have read by Heinlein, he has given us a brilliant, intuitive & unique aspect on the "illusion of (American) morality" and all of the most fundamental & sacred cows are sacrificed; it has revolutionized my views on so many aspects of society (specifically American!) that this title in particular is, as the author, one that sparks an ever-increasing desire of my own to question the Establishment and discuss the philosphy of reality as we know it. Outstanding! Indispensible!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (685)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Point me to the next one and the next! Fantastic!"
    Overall

    Both the writer & the narrator seem to be of the same mind. I can relate so completely to so much of the book: I'm not a "C"hristian, & can see the clear parallels at work today; I'm a Libertarian & can relate to the socioeconomic struggles that are made so much more difficult by the strictures of the Established Church; I've got an extensive history with the navy, sailing, chemistry, physics, self-defense & as a marine technical service business owner (so the phrases & logic used are clearly accurate: he's plainly gotten his feet wet before!) not to mention I'm also quite familiar with the subtle & ironic twists that switching genders involves: I'm a transsexual. This book was more of a pleasure and a thrill to read than I anticipated... I'm looking right now for the next one... c'mon, there's gotta be a next one! For you I'd do both a sweeping hat's-off bow as well as a full courtsey! WELL DONE!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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