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Ryan McSweeney

Columbia, VA United States

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  • 723 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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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
    (2740)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1321)

    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"
    "Wonderfully read."
    Overall

    A great book read wonderfully. Well recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3307)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1357)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Wonderful story and narration"
    Overall

    Science fiction is Stephenson's hands is a lense to understand some of our own situation.
    Jennifer Wiltsie's narration is sublime and of top caliber.
    I would only complain of the ending because I wanted to stay with the characters and story myself. I feel, though, that the conclusion had been found. Stephenson's endings are reminiscent of Philip K. Dick's, and just as PKD's have their magic, both create a space in the reader that lives on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds. The novel tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, shy, silent, and cruel. They are behind the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters: their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and perhaps his finest work.

    David says: "superb rendition of Dostoyevsky's greatest novel"
    "Poorly read."
    Overall

    I suggest sampling the reading before purchasing. The narrator's reading style lacks connection to the text's natural rhythm and is really quite annoying.

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful

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