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Robert

Fort Stewart, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Sails of Tau Ceti

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Starhopper was humanity's first interstellar probe. It was designed to search for intelligent life beyond the solar system. Before it could be launched, however, intelligent life found Earth. The discovery of an alien light sail inbound at the edge of the solar system generated considerable excitement in scientific circles. With the interstellar probe nearing completion, it gave scientists the opportunity to launch an expedition to meet the aliens while they were still in space.

    Marc Phillips says: "I enjoyed the narrators cadence."
    "A bit unsatisfying."
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    This would have made a great novella. As a novel, it lacked depth; characters, story line, dispassionate narration, you name it. I'm use to some very good narrators among audible's offerings. This one sounded listless and 'phoned in'. No variation in the voices whatsoever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aces: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Craig Alanson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (636)

    Children are not supposed to rescue their parents, life is supposed to be the other way around. And rescues aren't supposed to be needed on the trip out to the new colony planet Valhalla. Slow, yes. Boring, yes. Dangerous? No, the trip is not supposed to be dangerous, never has been. When thieves attack the transport ship to steal an ancient alien artifact, and young Kaylee and her brother, Manny, are cut off from their parents, they have to stop the thieves from getting what they want.

    chris wessells says: "great book and great performance"
    "Good in its way."
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    Not a fan of children as heroes novels. The story was good, though. Alanson has a way of making bad guys rant and fume. Funny. Not 'Skippy funny' but I'll give the next in series a listen until we get Skippy back. "Trust the Awesomeness!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Egg and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Christy Romano, R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (499)

    Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

    Chris says: "Awesome! Great Twists! "
    "TMI?"
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    I loved the Martian. I listened to it at least three times. It was just the right blend of realistic science, humor and human drama. Compared to that these stories are all about surprise endings and a weird cat thing. I'm glad it was short, and I'm glad it finished with 'The Egg'. I've Pre-ordered Artemis and have high hopes. But these stories felt like they told me more about the author than I wanted to know.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All These Worlds: Bobiverse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dennis E. Taylor
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29608)
    Performance
    (27711)
    Story
    (27634)

    Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

    Virgil says: "Clean ending to a fantastic series"
    "Bobbies!"
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    I'm enjoying the Bobiverse. Book 3 ended on far too many cliffhangers and plot lines, like Bobs, seem to keep multiplying at an alarming rate. But I love the tongue in cheek, sci-fi/fantasy reference dropping joy ride that is this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (770)

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

    Charles L. Burkins says: "Too Little, Too Short"
    "Making the Bard not so Hard"
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    Would you listen to Shakespeare again? Why?

    Yes, I think I would. I found the author and the narrative interesting.


    What other book might you compare Shakespeare to and why?

    I've been reading a lot of biographies as of late. I just finished Ben Franklin and found it similar. Not really a one on one comparison though. In recording quality and likeableness of the narrator yes. There was just more facts to go on with the well-documented Franklin. But in the honest attempt to portray a full unbiased story without a lot of progressive fanboy comments along the way they were both well done.


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

    The interview he adds at the end about the creation of the book alone was nearly worth the cost. I doubt having it in print would have been as enjoyable.


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

    'Marlowe was Shakespeare? Themes are fighting words! Seriously...' Discovery documentary, yes. Major film? Not in the slightest...


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story, more than this questionnaire. I've read Bryson's Into the Wild which was the biggest reason I bought into this audio book. I learned a bit about both the playwright and Bryson. I like them both enough to submit to this lame set of interrogatories.

    At least you didn't threaten to put my response on facebook or ask new age questions like:

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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