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Eduardo

Madrid, Spain | Member Since 2008

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  • Bowl of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Zach Villa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it’s on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship.

    LesPaul says: "Nothing Happens... Nothing Happens... Its Over"
    "One word: poor"
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    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Gregory Benford and/or Zach Villa?

    I am not inclined to


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven and Gregory Benford again?

    Again, not inclined


    Which character – as performed by Zach Villa – was your favorite?

    Not one but the performance is not the issue, the very weak, uninteresting and inconsistent characters are. Their contributions to the story are shallow and they resort to cheap antics (like "relief sex") where there's really no justification in the background story for it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The fundamental idea of an inhabitable half dyson sphere with a surface equivalent to several large planets is tantalizing, to say the least. It is however very weakly explored and just focuses on a largely uninteresting Logan's run


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wasp Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    "Two years after I killed Blyth, I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons that I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage that I was going through."

    Eduardo says: "A history of a young psychopath"
    "A history of a young psychopath"
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    First of all, this book is about the development of a psychopath. There's violence, sadism and a total lack of empathy. You might feel distressed about it. Personally, I don't have a problem with the underlying subject but caveat emptor and all that.

    What I like about the book is the setting and the narration style, both of which are fitting. What I have aproblem with is with the "shallowness" of the writing. I believe it does not develop the characters enough, the story is feeble and flashbacks don't really help. The book reads as characters basically act and react upon "random" events of violence, explained with greater detail than the story itself, and it's difficult to follow a backstory or evolution of the characters.

    It's an interesting book if you're interested in the subject and explains how somebody develops that kind of personality disorder, but don't expect an engaging story or psychopaths of the "character quality" of Hannibal Lecter.

    I arrived here from Iain's SciFi background, which is incredibly complex, with layers upon layers of interconnected stories, interesting and well developed characters (esp. AIs) and a whole alternate reality to explore. I probably set my own expectations too high based on previous experience but alas, I was disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3369)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3115)

    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..."
    "When multiple personalities are an asset"
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    This book gives "sherlock style" characters a new twist. It makes the character's genius more reachable by making it a consequence of a very particular mind state where "benign" multiple personality disorder plays a big role by enriching and complementing the character's personality and capabilities. It's a book where most secondary roles are also played by the main character.

    It is entertaining, well written and I strongly believe the shorter novella style adds to the story by not giving excesive detail where its not needed. Speaking of story, the "plot" is not the main reason you'll want to read this book for; it's the character that's interesting. Again, just like in Sherlock stories :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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