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michelle

South Burlington, VT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1562)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1421)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "ummm....What??"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love this series but this book was like a long intro. I agree with the other reviewer, I thought my download was messed up and there was another part to the book. I was rather disappointed due to the high quality that typically comes from Card. I honestly felt like I wasted 14hrs getting ready for a book that has yet to come. The book is like a typical "sequel book" where you know the next book is going to be great but you have to get through this one. I would wait before purchasing this book until the next one comes out. The title is extremely misleading because there is absolutely no war at all in this book. They spent an entire book trying to set up a plot for a book that doesn't exist yet. No climax or resolve in this book at all. It reminded me of the 2nd to last Harry Potter movie where all they did was wander around in the forest for a while - in watching it with the last movie it was good but as a stand alone bad. Have I mentioned how disappointed I am yet??


    What could Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Actually have a book instead of just an intro.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were wonderful as usual.


    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Thomas Cathcart
    • Narrated By Thomas Cathcart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The new book by the best-selling authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a hilarious take on the philosophy, theology, and psychology of mortality and immortality. That is, Death. The authors pry open the coffin lid on this one, looking at the Big D and also its prequel, Life, and its sequel, the Hereafter.

    MidwestGeek says: "Straining too much; not funny."
    "Great humor for a hard topic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love the way these guys take a potentially difficult topic and bring humor to it in a way that's very informative. Good discussion and information from a variety of different perspectives. Would definitely recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very informative


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (628)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Finally!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read all the books in this series and for a while I have felt like the books weren't the quality that they have been in the past. The last two have been getting better but Patricia knocked it out of the park with this book. Finally, I felt like there was actual resolve to the end of the book instead of reaching the climax and then it ends. I think she is heading in a new direction and no longer felt like the books were getting "stale".


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy Kate reading of the series. Her voices for the characters are great and help me form a mental image of who is speaking.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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