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Kristopher

MAPLEWOOD, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (672)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Really enjoyed it, but I'm not entirely sure why."
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    I originally got this book because I wanted to hear Katherine Kellgren read me another story. She's the absolute best audiobook reader I've ever listened to. The book reads like a diary, and the magic and Sci-Fi I was promised by the summary was very lacking. The Sci-Fi only really shows up as the main character drops constant shout-outs to her favorite SF authors, and the magic isn't as prominent as I expected. That said, I had trouble putting it down until I finished it. Despite the story not really being exciting, it was well written and never lost my attention. Katherine Kellgren knocked it out of the park again with her performance, as well. I can't point to any specific reason that I liked this book, but I would recommend it to anyone who has read a lot of science fiction or anyone who just wants to hear one of the best in the business read a really good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1562)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Good story, terrible narrator."
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    I enjoyed this book. Society collapses and there isn't anything that resembles a zombie anywhere in sight. I love me up some well-written zombie stories, but this is a refreshing take on the "civilization is over" sort of story. That being said, Duke Fontaine is not a good narrator. He doesn't even try to do different voices for different characters, and generally just speaks in monotone. I'm probably going to finish this series on paper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10617)
    Performance
    (10103)
    Story
    (10120)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "One of the greatest."
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    Believable. This book is sci-fi, but the 'sci' part of it is all technology that actually exists. The 'fi' side of it is the human drama. Every character in the story has some depth, and Mark Watney is a guy I really wish I could sit down and have a beer with. Not only does he have the kind of intelligence and ingenuity that you'd want in an astronaut on a Mars mission, but the guy has a great sense of humor. I seriously did laugh out loud more than once listening to this book, and R.C. Bray's narration fit the story incredibly well. I also teared up more than once during this story as well. The drama feels real. These characters are people. Everything in this book sounds like something that could actually happen. I can't wait to see what else Andy Weir writes next. I'm also looking at the other books that R.C. Bray has narrated because that man is very good at what he does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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