The imagined odd arrangement of the Dyson Hemisphere was about as bad an idea as the 2D genetically confused and manipulated polychromatic Big-Bird Wanna-inhabitants. Genius of Ring-World was that the engineering problem solved was inadequate land reachable given C speed limit, limitless time and smarts, and 1 solar system mass equivalent.
They should have storyboarded a plot rather than just waiting for the editors to blow the whistle and say OK qut and onto the next project.
A powerful historic tale of the heroism vs despotism. The story, which is of a war more than a battle, is well read and moves from misery to triumph many times. I think I now better understand why Truman decided to drop Little Boy and Fat Man rather than fight a ground war on the Japanese home islands. The respect veterans I've known have for their Austrailian counterparts makes more sense now. What these fellas did should live in memory beside Thermopoli, Gettysburg, the Battle of Britain, and Stalingrad.
Either Mark Haddon has Asperger's Syndrome or his scholarship is jaw-dropping. This wonderful story of Christopher's struggle with his all-too-human parents and his unprioritized perceptions is heroic. For the detail-oriented reader, you will better appreciate your brain's automatic way of parsing the interior and exterior dialogues and dumping the unimportant details. For those preferring to drift rather than paddle along the river, Jeff Woodman's dramatization makes for a great ride, beautiful calm pools of description and white water rapids, like Toby in the tube station.
Poor Christopher, holding the dead dog and trying to cooperate with the policeman. It reminded me of Arlo Guthrie talking to Officer Opie in Stockbridge, Mass.
Jeff Woodman does a masterful job of varying volume and tempo that keeps the trees from obscuring the forest.
What ningcumpoop classified this as a children's book?
As funny as 'The Help' and 'Bossy Pants' but in a different way and among the funniest things I've ever heard.
Visiting Tampa Bay Motors for a Suburban. I felt his pain.
The first but not the last of his performances in my experience.
The evil perps and miscreants in this one are so bad and the fully-matured relationships between the Robicheaux's (and Cletus) so steely that explosion must occur.
The Glass Rainbow is not a lot of small mysteries interwoven but a single rat's nest of evil; that makes it particularly well suited to audiotheater format.
I've listened to all of the Robicheax novels more than once (except the one that came out 7-23) and Mr Patton you are the man! Bravo!
If you don't feel murderous rage when Alf is abducted, go lay down in a whole because you are already dead.
Against some very tough competition like Burke, Larson, and Butcher, I'd rank this speculative history at 50%. Joseph Morton makes an honest effort to realistically project sequellae of medium-severe pandemic in an upscale yuppy New England countryside suburb.
I found the protagonist's preparations and OC contingency planning with pre-thought-out plans and checklists for all occasions an interesting peek into intellegent survivalism. All the creeping around the neighborhood with firearms seemed a stretch (cork-fishing for movie?)
His characters were well developed and believable but lacked the variety I would expect in a group thrown together by pandemic catastrophy.
Pandemic: Centerline Projection
Unlikely tale about a bright, funny but somewhat shy young lady who gets sucked by serendipity into the limelight of the 2008 battle between good and evil (or at least smart&green vs white&really stupid).
Nobody could have made up something like this. Compound probability gives proof that Providence deliberately set this up as the greatest "gottcha" since the roasting of Jim and Tammy Baker
Tina trying to Host Opra, Do Sarah and be a good mom on the same day.
Walking from place to place at work with earbuds in laughing like I was 2 PEEPS SHORT OF AN EASTER BASKET!
The hunt has rivetting suspense to keep you resetting the sleep widget and well developed 3-d characters involved in multiple subplot competitions. From the battle of the sexes to the war between Western Civilization and the Jihadists there's lots to mull over in a single pass.
Not many books have I lost so much sleep time on...hard to wait until tomorrow to find out what's coming next.
The sarcasm and humor of our irreverent hero and his Sam-Spade-toughness marvelously acted.
Hunting the Desert Lion and being hunted
Harry can't help being heroic and the 14th tale has him caught in character-ripping internal conflicts at the same time he has to fight external horrors without even a shield bracelet and blasting rod. Well that's what you get for sucking up to Maab and beating up Santa.
James Marster's narration needs a new word between compelling and propelling...whatever you call it, it's a 5-star E-ticket ride.
Best part was the team of Murphy & Harry attacking the Barge on Lake Michigan on the Tiger HarleyDavidson: that I want to see in the movie. Serious amounts of Mexican Wobble-weed must have gone into structuring that battle.
Toot-toot was bad to the bone and I wish we had gotten Molly more centrally involved..
Yarn beautifully spun. Skill of the performance added drama and suspense w/o distraction.
Hated that Harry and Murphy stayed 'friends' but the real heros never get the girl, especially if they're from Chicago.
The long time waited while this was being crafted justified the wait. Bravo
My favorite audiobook of the 171 so far
Neil's word smithing is like J S Bach's music ... each word just right and essential. To add, change, or omit a word (or note) would diminish the whole. The story is unique and the writing hurls you along like a sailboat in a following sea. This certainly is not a children's book but a masterpiece.
I can't decide between Mr and Mrs Owens discovery of Bod or the entire cast joining to danse the Mac Abree.
Wrapping the production in Baroque Music played on lute, cello and viol DeGamba was a brilliant device. Different voices and accents keep everybody, even Nobody, straight w/o getting in the way.
Can you Danse the Mac Abree?
Don't Panic but the Graveyard experience depends so heavily on the listener's imagination that this might be as difficult to convert to the screen as the Hitchiker's Guide has proven to be.
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