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Paul

Keeseville, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1411)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "Again OSC does not disapoint!!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ruins the most enjoyable?

    The pace of the story and the unpredictability of the story


    What other book might you compare Ruins to and why?

    The obvious answer is Pathfinder but the 2 books are in a class of their own.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Rudnikki Is my favorite reader and having 2 others really pulls the stories together.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Allen M. Steele
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    "The Big Whale" is a short story, available through December 18, from the Audible Frontiers science-fiction collection Rip-Off! In Rip-Off!, 13 of today's best and most-honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story. Here, "Call me Ishmael" introduces a tough-as-nails private eye - who carries a harpoon.

    Paul says: "Great Story can not wait to get the full book!!!"
    "Great Story can not wait to get the full book!!!"
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    Where does The Big Whale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a top listen!!! Allen Steele puts a great spin on a timeless classic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The film noir style to an old tale is a classic its self!


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    It was a great and easy listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening few minutes all you can picture is Philip Marlow as Ishmael.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a truly great Rip Off on an old story. Well done Allen Steele. Well Done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farside

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (251)

    Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system and the most sensitive radio telescope, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid body. But building Farside is a complex, dangerous task. And what they ultimately find stuns everyone, and humanity will never be the same.

    Gordon says: "Not super impressed to be honest"
    "Good but not up to Grand Tour par."
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    Where does Farside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a good book but is hovering in the middle ground as far as what I expect from Bova


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Bova? Why or why not?

    I will always give Bova a shot. This book felt a lot like a fill in the gap rushed book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This was a big problem in this book is that nothing really stood out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was ok to split up the listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was full of mindless sexual content and a lot of re-hashing old plots... OH NO ITS NANO BUGS AGAIN!!!! The plot of leading to finding another world was a great one but little was on that. It seemed like a last minute fill in for the real novel that will be to travel to this new world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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