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Donald

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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3566)
    Performance
    (3221)
    Story
    (3292)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Heady and creative take on genius investigator."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Legion to be better than the print version?

    The performer contributes a lot to this book, giving voice to the apparitions which help the protagonist solve the problem helped this book a lot.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Oliver Wyman before, but I will look for him in the future.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One head, many answers.


    Any additional comments?

    It felt like a TV series pilot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under a Graveyard Sky: Black Tide Rising, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (491)

    Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

    Aerindel says: "Interesting beginning that goes nowhere."
    "Sea of the Dead"
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    What did you love best about Under a Graveyard Sky?

    The Zpocalypse takes to the seas as people move away from the dead infested cities. In all, a novel take on the survival story where the main characters are prepared.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (811)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Part 1 of a potentially interesting story."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like sci-fi, and soldier origin stories, this might be the book for you.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marko Kloos? Why or why not?

    Yes, only to see if the story set up in the last part of this book ever pay off.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Luke Daniels?

    Yeah, Luke did alright with this.


    Do you think Terms of Enlistment needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does. Can't recommend it without follow-up books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sundiver: The Uplift Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (244)

    For nearly a billion years, every known sentient species in the universe has been the result of genetic and cultural guidance - or "uplifting" - by a previously uplifted patron race. Then humans are discovered. Having already uplifted chimps and dolphins, humanity clearly qualifies as an intelligent species, but did they actually evolve their own intelligence, or did some mysterious patron race begin the process, then suddenly abandon Earth?

    Madeleine says: "Very engrossing and well read"
    "A bright light in science fiction"
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    Would you listen to Sundiver again? Why?

    Once I've listened to the entire series I'll absolutely listen to this story again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An excellent start to the Uplift series Sundiver gives the barest glimpse of galactic civilization and the uniqueness of Brin's perspective. These aliens are well worth exploring, but never judge them by your drives and desires.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's Command: Stark's War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (350)

    A mutiny on the moon places Sgt. Ethan Stark in command of the U.S. military forces there - and turns a dream for independence into a reality.

    Jean says: "An interesting military Sci Fi"
    "Many Missed Opportunities"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you really liked the first book, this one is not a complete waste of time. The narrator did a great job without as much to work with.


    Would you recommend Stark's Command to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if the first book left you really wanting more. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't inspired.


    Did Stark's Command inspire you to do anything?

    It made me want to listen to Campell's Lost Fleet series again.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is not as at ease with the concepts in the Stark series as he is in his Lost Fleet series. He understands a rigid societal structure, and the concept of infighting with some espionage, but he ignored the potential of political or non-hostile military interactions with factions outside the Mil. Many opportunities were passed up by the author in this book, making it feel like an interim episode, and not a story of worth in-and-of-itself. It's possible the next book may pick up, but I won't know until I need some straight shooting near-future sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (431)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Well seasoned history"
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    What did you love best about Salt?

    Good history with numerous interesting anecdotes. Also, it covered the salt trade in Syracuse NY where I once lived and how Salt may have had an impact on ending the civil war,


    What other book might you compare Salt to and why?

    A History of the World in 6 Glasses, another look at how consumables have influenced society.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    It was a history, not a fiction, so "which character" makes no sense as a question.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (330)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "Self indulgent crap"
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    What would have made The Number of the Beast better?

    If this book had been broken down into four, or more, other books, each one fleshed out just a bit more, those books could have been excellent.


    What could Robert A. Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Allowed an editor to tell him what to cut. Tell one story and focus on it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was looking for some science fiction from one of the masters but I was disappointed by senile ramblings. Do not waste your time or credits.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't bawdy enough to be exciting or interesting in that way either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crown of Slaves

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (264)

    The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores.

    Charlie Russel says: "Eric Flint makes this MUCH better"
    "Crown of Confusion"
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    Would you listen to Crown of Slaves again? Why?

    I may have to listen to this again, it was tough to understand everything that was happening the first time through.


    What about Peter Larkin’s performance did you like?

    Larkin did a very good job with some difficult to read material.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end I liked it, it all seemed to come together, however parts of it seemed a jumble until I could see where things were going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (459)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Sci-fi sailing on angel's wings."
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    Would you listen to Terminal World again? Why?

    I'm sure I'll listen to Terminal World again, there were so many cool treatments both of characters and of science fiction tropes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Terminal World?

    The reveal about the essential truth of Spearpoint is powerful, elevating the story from kit-bashed fantasy to masterful science fiction.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Lee gives the characters personality thought their tones, inflection, and pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4184)
    Performance
    (2676)
    Story
    (2707)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Canterbury Tales in SPAAAAACE"
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    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    This will be a repeat listen when I get back to the series. I will get back to it, that much is certain, but I was hoping for a story with a reasonable ending when I started listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different perspectives gave a great introduction to the universe from many different perspectives.


    Any additional comments?

    There is an ending to each of the tales, but the overall story ending is dis-satisfying at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1902)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1177)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Classic Sci-fi, with actual science."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rendezvous with Rama to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is amazing, the performers do a good job at evoking the scale and tension of exploring the alien artifact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unraveling mysteries, the science explained or alluded to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There goes the neighborhood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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