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David

Rio Rancho, NM, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (542)

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    Overall

    Zoe's Tale was fun to listen to. The reader was skilled at adding emotion to the story and was a good actress.
    The story itself filled in some gaps and added some dimensions to the story told in "The Last Colony". Whether that information was enough to justify another book must be left for the individual reader/listener. For myself, there was too little new.
    The most glaring problem that I had with the audio release was that the reader of this story had obviously not listened to the previous volumes. The differences in pronunciations from previous volumes to this one always took me out of the story. A common pronunciation guide should be a "must".
    Still, this book fleshed out characters that otherwise would have, for space reasons, recieved too little attention otherwise. Worth listening to, especially if you have an extra "credit".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship: Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    The date is 1966 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now, and the Republic, created by the human race - but not yet dominated by it - finds itself in an all-out war. They stand against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The main battles are taking place in the Spiral Arm and toward the Core. But far out on the Rim, the Theodore Roosevelt is one of three ships charged with protecting the Phoenix Cluster.

    Eivind says: "Move along, nothing to see here"
    "Too much work on the author's part...."
    Overall

    I really enjoy most of the works of Michael Resnick. I love the Santiago books. I like the Widowmaker books and the fantasy detective novels are extrenely good. So when I saw that Audible had this series available I was happy to give them a try.

    And was disappointed. Some characters only seemed to exist to prop up the main character's personality in a "Gee wiz, you are great and smart" sort of way.

    Too much work had to be done by the author to make the story come out as he desired. Too much deus ex machina. Truthfully, I only made it through a couple of hours of the audio, so there remains the possibility that things could have turned around.

    Listen to Santiago. Read Michael's other excellent books. Give this series a pass.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rolling Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know that they came by it honestly.

    George says: "Good Fun, Good Science"
    "Good acting, great fun book, goofy music"
    Overall

    This reading/cast recording of The Rolling Stones is very true and faithful to Heinlein's book. I found the cast very capable and believable. I especially enjoyed the actress who played Hazel Stone, though all the actors and actresses were very good. Even Buster, the child part, though by the part required to whine and wail, did so convincingly, neither overblowing the requirements or making a caricature of a small child. Very well done.

    However, the down side to the production was the music. I grew to hate and dread the chapter changing "goofy fifties family" music that would punctuate a mistake on the twins part or some other family oversight. Otherwise, the music tended to help give the production a "fifties" feel, which I thought appropriate to the book.

    So, all in all, good marks. Turn down the goofy music, please, when you make (hopefully) Star Man Jones and Space Cadet!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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