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Hyrum

Orem, UT, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2842)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1690)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Great Story, poor accent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress again? Why?

    Great story overwhelms the poor accent someone decided the narrator should use. One of the masterworks of science fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting look at possible ways people would behave in the future and possible changes in culture, and sex roles.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Like I said the accent was hard to get used to and narrator slipped out of it a few times.


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

    From the Master of Science Fiction


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Space Cadet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert A Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Matt Dodson arrives at Space Academy little prepared for the rigorous program he is about to enter. But that’s the point of the academy: to take young men and steep them in a demanding tradition of honor, courage, and sacrifice until they have earned the right to join the Patrol as guardians of the solar peace. Unfortunately, even the academy’s high power training can’t completely prepare Matt and his friends Tex and Oscar for the harrowing test of both survival and diplomatic skills they will face when a mission goes disastrously wrong.

    DocJim says: "Nothing better than Heinlein performed by a cast!"
    "Listen to see how far Heinlein came in his writing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if my friend was a huge fan of Heinlein and they wanted to hear one of his earliest works.


    What could Robert A Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Well, ANY kind of plot before the last 1/8th of the book


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but that isn't really a good thing. The story was slowly paced with little actually going on. The voice actors often came off as bored.


    Was Space Cadet worth the listening time?

    Only from a historical perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't recommend this as an example of Heinlein's or Full Cast Audio's work. It is flat and relatively lifeless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble Magnet: A Pip & Flinx Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    In this dazzling new novel, Flinx confirms his status as the galaxy's greatest magnet for big trouble. Wandering out there in some remote region of the galaxy is a gargantuan sentient Tar-Aiym weapons' system. All Flinx has to do - while his pals look after his injured love Clarity Held - is find the hefty object and persuade it to knock out the monstrous evil that is hurtling through space to waste the entire Commonwealth.

    Hyrum says: "Flinx is in less than half the book."
    "Flinx is in less than half the book."
    Overall
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    Story
    What would have made Trouble Magnet better?

    This is the second book in a row that Flinx plays a minor roll in. This appears to be the author's attempt a a gritty, urban teen novel. Closer in tone to The Outsiders than previous Flinx books, and other than a short scene at the end of the story does nothing to progress Flinx's overall story. Save your money and skip this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King's It.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really like Stefan, he does a really good job with some poor material here.


    What character would you cut from Trouble Magnet?

    I'd cut more than half the book if I could


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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