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Edward

Forest Park, IL, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Fritz Leiber, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts, Ben Hurst, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    This first volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories features "the best of the best" from the Golden Age of science fiction. It includes 21 stories by, among others, Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Silverberg, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Philip K. Dick, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson , Alan Edward Nourse, Fritz Leiber, Frederik Pohl, Fredric Brown, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and others.

    Joe says: "Very nice collection"
    "Worst. Naration. Ever."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Otherwise entertaining classic SF stories by great authors are ruined by bad narrators. I'd like to see this compilation re-done by a competent producer who knows how choose decent narration talent...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5472)
    Performance
    (5203)
    Story
    (5211)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Science! ...also by far the best narration ever."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great use of actual science as a tool for survival in a very realistic (and for that reason, realistically scary) situation.

    The writing is excellent, the characters are compelling, the math is actually part of the fun, and best of all -- the narrator absolutely NAILS it.

    This is by far the best match-up of narrator and story I have heard on Audible, ever.

    Ace all around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (853)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Well written but ultimately shallow Y.A. novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Part of larger series that starts to feel aimless after the half-way point.

    Characters are the rather 2 dimensional (sometimes only one) type found in a lot of young adult sci-fi / adventure stories.

    In the end this book just sort of fizzles with little resolved. When will modern authors realize that even though they are writing for a series, any given installment needs it's own complete story arch? It's not enough to just stop writing with an implied "to be continued" after a certain number of chapters.

    I'm not bothering with the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the High Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (257)

    It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Meta before meta was cool"
    "Dick is always a challenging read, but..."
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    Always worth it.


    --
    Now audible is demanding I type more words. Really Audible? Why?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1402)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1269)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Must Read - no matter your political pov"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very even-handed, step-by-step evaluation of recent American military and political history. Not at all snarky or cynical. It should be assigned as a college freshman-level civics textbook. It would be a damned compelling, and at times entertaining, one at that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (2349)
    Story
    (2387)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Epic Dissapointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    This proves once again that just because a book is overlong, that doesn't make it epic.

    This story is just a tedious 37 hour grind, mostly filled with subplots that don't really go anywhere, way too many characters that are hard to care about, and uninteresting political jockeying (since the characters are wooden, so are their politics). The story could have been half as long to make it twice as compelling, but the plot doesn't really resolve, and the author just kind of stops writing. So in the end, what's the point?

    As one subplot winds up, one of the characters yells in frustration, "You've got to be F*ing kidding me!". That's how I felt. Very disappointed. It's like the author is playing a joke. Then I searched audible to see if I had missed downloading the last chapters. But nope. This is all there is. Oh well.

    I did like the alien aggressor point of view sub story, but that isn't introduced until about 2/3rds of the way in. It would have made a nice short story by itself. Toss the rest. That's about it.

    The Narrator isn't as bad as everyone says and I didn't hear the volume changes everyone is complaining about. Sometimes you can tell when he is picking up a new take with different mic placement. Whatever. The producers could have paced his pauses between subplots better, sometimes it was hard to tell when the subject or setting had changed. Honestly, though, these are niggling details compared to how bad the actual story is.

    If there is a sequel (there has to be since nothing is resolved at the end of this monstrosity), I don't even care. I'd rather just forget the 37 hours I spent with this tedious drivel.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Galactic Convoy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Baldwin
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    Ursis nodded soberly out the Hyperscreens toward the merchant ships, then turned to Brim. "Out there, Wilf Ansor," he brooded, "are real heroes of war. To fight from behind disruptors of warship is something anyone can do. One can always count on lucky shooting to save him from disaster, or heavy armor plate at least. But to face enemy with only black void and thin sheet of hullmetal separating you from disruptors, and then stay in formation, that is kind of bravery we Sodeskayans record in Great Books."

    Alexander says: "A Ripping Good Yarn"
    "Great Pulp SciFi Fun!"
    Overall

    Sure the "acting" can be a little stiff at times. But who cares! It's a ripping good yarn!

    I have been hard on some of the bad acting and bad writing in other books sold on Audible (you should avoid Death Stalker like the plague), but the writing here is great fun and pretty tight. Be forewarned that the books in this series are occasionally predictable and kind of stiffly preformed, but the writing is fine and the plot is just good SciFi fun. Suspend your disbelief! Blow a credit! It's worth the adventure!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deathstalker Collection: Episodes 1-5

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan, Terence Aselford, Colleen Delany, and others
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The imperial Majesty Lionstone XIV ruled the human Empire with fear. When Owen Deathstalker, unwilling head of his clan, sought to avoid the perils of the Empire's warring factions, he unexpectedly found a price on his head. He fled to Mistworld, where he began to build an unlikely force to topple the thrown. With the help of his crew, Deathstalker took the first step on a far more dangerous journey to claim the role for which he'd been destined since before his birth.

    Jeff says: "What do you get...."
    "Don't waste your money..."
    Overall

    I enjoy a wide variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy -- even the pulpiest of pulp; but this isn't pulp, it’s pap.

    Dump plot. Thin characters. Illogical premises. Lame writing. Breathtakingly bad acting.

    This whole series is uniformly bad.

    You have been warned.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful

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