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Rodger

toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1387)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "An excellent extension of humanity"
    Overall

    In an almost Dr. Who style, Hamilton extends the evolution of human kind to the point where they are no longer human. The book is excellent in its imagination, scope and technological expanse. In his style he develops in several plot lines and brings them together in a beautifully knotted world. His eventual references to the Common Wealth series is tasteful, and is a well done way to show the change in scope of the two series. The narrator is a pleasant voice and does an excellent job of conveying the story. The abrupt ending of the book, as well, smacks of a Dr. Who plot line, leaving the reader/listener with mental blue-balls.. but that is just a testament to how enticing the story is!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1340)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (592)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "A believable near-future with a twist."
    Overall

    I really liked this, and it goes well with thoughts of an open society, complementing work by Cory Doctorow, and continuing on the tangent of cultural progress seen in Make, Boing Boing, and slashDot.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • History of the World, Updated

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J.M. Roberts
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    In the History of the World, Updated, J. M. Roberts has revised his monumental previous work, History of the World, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    Alan Rither says: "Comprehensive world history"
    "Wonderful, enlightening!"
    Overall

    Since starting this book the world has taken on new forms. My Canadian/British background, spanish friends, building architecture at city hall, current world events, and scientific studies, all have taken on new meaning. Contrasted to a culture that has a memory of six months, this wonderful summary of world events changes the focus of ones attention. This book should be required reading for every person. The long legacy of human history is inspiring. Our daily lives become less of a burden when it is plain to see that even the greatest of people, from the pope, to kings, thinkers, and emperors are, in the end, no more then a line of text.
    In terms of the length of the book, which is notable (and has allowed me to accumulate two more credits on my account) you really need to have a daily routine where you can listen for an hour or so. I take my dogs for a walk at night time, and find the slow progress of human history perfect accompaniment. The sound quality is not spectacular, but the voice is smooth, and well paced; but this all helps to allow the mind to create its own colour.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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