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Jamie

Oakland, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Red Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (503)

    Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

    For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

    Paul says: "If you like books with DETAIL not much Action"
    "Old School Hard Sci Fi, but softly"
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    What made the experience of listening to Red Mars the most enjoyable?

    Science, yes, but also relationships, pathos and politics interact to make this a pretty fun listen. I like these long intertwined stories of science, world building, yet not necessarily space opera-y. Not so far in the future that you can;t imagine it ...kinda...
    But you have to be interested in the science to enjoy this, it is an integral part of the story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1344)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Still Pretty Darn Good...."
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    Usually as a series goes on I find they get predictable, and somewhat worn out. When I first started this 4th installment of Monster Hunter, I was a little, meh... But once I let go and got past the first half hour or so, I started to enjoy it quite a lot. The usual 'stars' from the first books are not the center of this book (no spoilers). But that actually, in the end, worked out for the best. If you liked the first three, you'll like this too I think.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (576)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "I hardly ever write reviews....BUT"
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    This was a wonderfully written and read book. Really, perfect narration in my little mind anyway...I have listened to a lot of zombie, dystopic future, post apocalyptic books ( and yes other Sci-fi genre as well, and I found this to be an amazingly engrossing, unique and utterly human 'zombie' novel. I use quotes because it's not like other zombie novels at all. Well, maybe a little like "Raising Stony Mayhall"' or "NOS4A2" ( I know, that's not a zombie book at all), but what they all have in common is the human-ness of the people and the interactions they undergo in extremely unusual circumstances. So no macho hero with an arsenal saving the day, but a girl, a teacher and a small supporting cast will have you riveted and wanting to know what is happening, how and why throughout the entire narrative. Yes there are zombies, and some of their requisite tearing and rending of flesh, but that's not the focal point of this book-it's not a non-stop action packed zombie against man gore-a-thon, though still some good old icky zombie death scenes, don't worry. Really highly recommend this for a creatIve, ingenious 'end of the world as we know it' read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (845)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "I almost stopped..."
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    But I'm glad I didn't. At first iI could not get into this book, the narration was a little 'hard'. Not that it wasn't well done, I just found it heavy and somewhat murky. But that's kind of how the narration felt to me. Once I got into world and the flow of the characters, it became mostly interesting. Sometimes I felt that the physics got a little heavy handed, long deep dives into all sorts of real and fantastical physics which, some of I enjoyed greatly, and some of which I found distracting and not needed or helpful to the actual plot. But there was very good character development, very interesting and original heroes and anti-heroes, histories and entire societies were well developed.
    So if you like deep thoughts, learning new words for things like cameras, world creation, long philosophical treatises, then you will probably love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1314)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Solid Zombies..."
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    OK, I have to admit I rad a lot of zombie stuff, anyway,and this was overall a ver respectable effort. I don't know why exactly this gets such soaring reviews, but I did enjoy it. I liked it enough to get the second one which was not very zombie-filled, but I digress. Not gore laden, which I'm fine with, pretty decent characters (I don't ask too much from zombie books in this department, but still need something), nice mix of manly men, and yet, some pretty tough babes-who don;t even have to be someone's love interest. Nice plot line, overall I do think it is worth the read, indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4742)
    Performance
    (3258)
    Story
    (3294)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Stop Explaining..."
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    I really wanted to like this. I wanted it to be a rip roaring space adventure-hopefully with some identifiable or with some luck, interesting characters. But not really....'Black Jack' Geary is not lovable, he's completely self obsessed, so you are always hearing him repeating lots of inner dialogue about 'woe is him'...because everyone worships him... We also hear,ad nauseum, how far away everything is in space and exactly what the time lag is for each and every maneuver. Sounds like he's describing a video game screen or trying to 'teach' us about what it would be like, really, to fight at faster than light speeds. These never ending reflections during 'battles' actually makes the fights strangely disjointed: They fire on the enemy and...now let's stop and remember, "they really fired this over 3 minutes ago because they are 3 light minutes away, so it's already happened....and Now -back to the action....
    Didn't work for me- and I love good space opera, give me some Old Man's War, or some Larson over this any day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dave Donovan
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    When an elite team of specialists receives a long-awaited first contact from an alien race, it’s nothing like what they’d imagined. The "gifts," from a long-dead but seemingly benevolent alien race, have been sent to help humanity defend itself against an imminent threat. It’s clear that the gifts are intended to help, but at what price? Caught in the middle is Sam Steele, a high-level programmer and veteran with a tragic past, up against the arrogant, intransigent Colonel Eric Web, who considers Steele a loose cannon and is most concerned with giving the United States an edge in the upcoming battle.

    Matthew says: "This Gift is abit of a mess"
    "Very cool story....atrocious narration...."
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    I really enjoy the premise if this story. A very unusual first contact story that unfolds at just such a pace that you are kept eager to find out what happens next, and often are surprised by the wrinkles when they reveal themselves. Pretty decent character development as well for a relatively 'hard' Sci-fi story.
    But really the worst narration I've heard in a while- it actually makes it hard to listen to. I am so conflicted- excited by the story-and yet irritated by the 'voices'. It's like listening to your iPod while getting your teeth drilled. All the female voices are incredibly whiny, nasally, and just sound like they're a sardonic drag version of women. The 'old man' sounds like a caricature of something out of the Andy Griffith show, gosh n golly! There are issues with the majority of the 'interpretations' of the characters, but these were the worst offenders.
    Anyway- I am not usually sensitive to narration variations-as some of my friends are about narrators- but I couldn't let this one go by.....
    Says something for the story itself as is I am sticking with it, though I have purchased the kindle version to try and finish it up without listening to narration more than I have to.
    Too bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1466)
    Story
    (1474)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Deeply Shallow...."
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    How can something shallow be so deeply you may ask? Well, it was consistent and unwaveringly uninteresting. So why did I listen? Well it was a 'special' price, $1.95, so it wasn't worth returning, so I hung in there. It wasn't actively irritating, the narration was really quite acceptable, it just didn't feel like a real story, The characters were so unbelievably flat and undeveloped, it made it impossible to actually care for any of them at all. The plot was predictable and unimaginative, evil dinosaurs?? Really?? I read lots of kinds of science-fiction, weird fiction-I can even appreciate a GOOD space opera... this was not that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (884)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "A Most Unexpected Living Dead Experience"
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    An unusual zombie, 'Differently Living' story, indeed. What does it mean to be human? To be a person? Stony helps us think about these things. This is not your typical zombies eating flesh and heroes/heroines try desperately to survive... Not your Walking Dead (which I love anyway)... Could a zombie baby grow iPhone? Grow at all? How does a dead person live? What's life anyway? Read this book and think about it....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4205)
    Performance
    (2705)
    Story
    (2751)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Disappointing"
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    First let me say that I loved The Way of Kings, and could not get into this book at all, I listened through the entire first download and still didn't feel it. I agree wholeheartedly with the comments on the narration. S-L-O-W. I actually kicked the speed up to 1.25, which was almost the right tempo, but then the sound quality gets compromised and unpleasant to listen to.
    Besides the annoyingly slow narrator, the story itself was a giant religious treatise. The parts about the actual city of Elantris was interesting, but the whole religious domination/war mongering motif was heavy handed, and I'm not even particularly opposed to religious incursions into my plots, but it really took away from the sci-fi of this book for me.
    It is clearly not written as skillfully as his later works, though I can see some of the promise he eventually shows in his other books. I do not recommend listening to this book, especially if you have read others of his works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Factoring Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (228)

    In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

    Warren says: "Enjoyable, Fast Listen"
    "Interesting Premise....a LIttle Sugary"
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    What made the experience of listening to Factoring Humanity the most enjoyable?

    So this seems to be typical for Sawyer, great idea, don't worry I won't spoil it here, but always ends up a little sugary sweet for me. The 'tension' in his books, and this one is typical of this, just doesn't quite 'wind up' enough for me. The resolution is somewhat 'easy'... Happy Happy joy joy... Maybe it's a Canadian thing, but I wish for a little more conflict and difficulty in resolution.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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