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Hugh

OmegaVoyage

Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2055)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1729)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    ""Pushing Ice is what we do" absolute joy!"
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    The only issue with Alastair Reynolds books is that it sets the bar too high for other sic-fi books to follow.

    Pushing Ice is no exception. It is a space opera at its best all in one book, great character buildings and full of tension and adventures. The two main characters are best friends who fall out going into two different directions and it all happens in space, aboard a mining spaceship that eventually comes to to rest on an alien moon trapped in a gigantic alien structure. It doesn't get better than this. Absolute joy from beginning to end.

    If you are sic-fi fan and wondering where to spend your credit, Alastair Reynolds book are no brainer. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (673)

    Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

    Michael says: "Stick with this series!"
    "Solid story and excellent narration"
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    Redemption Ark is played out in the same universe of Revelation Space but you don't need to read the Revelation Space first. It is another classic book from Alastair Raynolds that will keep you entertained right through to the end. This is a story of humanity in the near feature and reasons why alines and other species are hard to find. Very plausible and engaging with excellent ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolution Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (553)

    The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.

    wendy says: "better than absolution gap"
    "Engaging, strongly recommend to sci-fi fans"
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    Another excellent sic-fi novel by Alastair Raynolds and magnificent performance by John Lee. I've read most of Alastair Raynolds books and always enjoyed his realistic depiction of near future underlined with scientific facts.

    Absolution gap picks up after Redemption Ark, continues with the story of human survival against the inhabiters. You can still read this book without the previous book but I recommend to read redemption ark first which is also a fantastic book if you can't wait till all the characters background are covered later in this book.

    I had a mix feeling about the ending but right till the very last chapter the story continues on the right expectation path. If you are familiar with Alastrair Reynaldo then you definitely enjoy the ride and accept the twisted endings. Absolution Gap introduces many concepts that on their own right can be a good sic-fi stories. If you like this series then I also recommend Revelation space which is the part one foundation for other standalone books form AR.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brightness Reef: The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (124)

    Persecuted refugees from six separate alien races have migrated to the idyllic planet Jijo. And despite their incredible diversity, the inhabitants live together in blissful harmony. However, settlement on Jijo is illegal - and it's only a matter of time before the residents of this forbidden paradise are discovered by the galactic powers-that-be.

    Chas says: "Hard Core Sci-Fi at it's best!"
    "Children folklore disguised as science fiction"
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    What would have made Brightness Reef better?

    Kept waiting for a story that did not happened


    What could David Brin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stick to one main story that mattered


    What three words best describe George Wilson’s voice?

    Very good narration, the only thing that was good about the book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brightness Reef?

    All the children school adventure and useless characters that did nothing that mattered to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3812)
    Performance
    (3493)
    Story
    (3501)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Non stop action pack sci-fi"
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    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Found Mark Boyett's narration of Swarm very engaging right from the start. Mark is very talented, his narration of troy rising by John Ringo was excellent but very very different from Swarm.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has strong themes only suitable for hard core sci-fi military fan. I loved the beginning of the book, could not stop listening.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (437)

    Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

    DAVID says: "One of John Lee's best performances"
    "Enjoyed John Lee's narrative of Century Rain."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall good audio book, but needed more depth


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was ordinary and to some degree predictable.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee's delivery of the Century Rain and seamless charter transition was excellent as always. John lee can make listening to any Sci-fi worthwhile your time.


    Was Century Rain worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2291)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1650)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Must read, funny and believable"
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    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyett narrative and delivery of the book was excellent. His impersonation of different characters was amazing. Definitely recommend the audible version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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