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  • The Rolling Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know that they came by it honestly.

    George says: "Good Fun, Good Science"
    "Bob's Family Vacation out West of Luna..."
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    What did you love best about The Rolling Stones?

    Bob Heinlein has written better over his prolific writing history - and this is one of his painfully dated 1950's novels - but the performance was so well done, I just couldn't stop listening. Great characters, albeit lampoonish, sucked me into the story and left me wanting more.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good suspense, action, humor, throughout, and the ending was just predictable enough to satisfy.


    What about David Baker and the Full Cast Family ’s performance did you like?

    Awesome!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of chuckling and smirking.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every penny to hear this performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1781)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1201)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Humorous, Realistic, Philosophical SciFi"
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    Would you listen to Calculating God again? Why?

    Maybe. The charm of this book is in its humorous twists that would not have the same effect a second time around, so once is enough.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calculating God?

    Our introduction to the alien as he saunters into the museum and asks to see an expert was absolutely delightful and totally believable. This moment set the tone so that I was laughing and chortling through the whole book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1090)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "Better than the first book in this series"
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    If you could sum up Earth Afire in three words, what would they be?

    Ender's Game is a wonderful book, so I guess these prequels were bound to be a disappointment. Card and Johnston improved on their first book in this "bug hunt" series by adding some nicely crafted, even poetic, language in some parts, along with more realistic action and better character development overall. However, this second book in the series still came across a bit sappy and choppy. Unfortunately, the wonderful performance lured me into buying the third book, so I am hooked - darn it!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston ? Why or why not?

    Evil forces lured me into listening to the first two books in the series (probably psychic powers of the Formix) so I am doomed to buying and listening to the third.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the authors making an effort to develop the various businessmen into something more interesting than popular stereotypical jejune cardboard cut-outs of Lex Luthor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2391)
    Performance
    (2076)
    Story
    (2082)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Philip Dick is Rolling in his Grave, Laughing!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Android's Dream to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print book, but I can't imagine my "inner voice" could be more appropriately snarky than Will Wheaton's excellent dramatization.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Android's Dream?

    Loved the inventive smell-insults that resulted in the sudden demise of opposing diplomats; the moment raised diplomatic B.S. to new artistic heights!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The purile, smelly, diplomatic negotiation at the beginning, and the avalanche of insanely funny plot twists and absurd leaps of whimsey that tied up the novel at the very end.


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

    "There's more than one way to sheer a sheep"


    Any additional comments?

    Those who liked "Agent to the Stars" will enjoy this silly, but fully entertaining, Scalzi romp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1207)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "A Tediously Maudlin, Space Melodrama"
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    What disappointed you about Earth Unaware?

    This book on audio was a slow paced, teen melodrama. A bug-hunt set in space with maudlin ethnic characters, heavy-handed political correctness, and poorly-researched science. I laughed a lot at the idiotic characterizations and artificial plot-thickeners --- reminded me of Mystery Science Theater 3000.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston again?

    Card is by no means my favorite writer, but I am buying the second book to see just how many hilariously moronic plot twists Card can play.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performers did the best they could with the poorly-written text, but their reading speed was too slow, so I played them at 2x normal speed.


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

    It was action-packed, albeit with meaningless action, and it developed the adolescent and pre-adolescent characters fairly well -- probably because Card identifies best with that age group. The cartoonishly stereotyped characters who rattled around inside a childishly simplistic plot helped me to fall fast asleep on the train or at bedtime.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forward the Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    Christine says: "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
    "The Human Side of Hari Seldon"
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    What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

    I loved the intrigues of Trantor's Imperial court along with Hari Seldon's interplay with the Emperor and his advisor. Best of all was the humanizing of Seldon's character using details about his interaction with his family.


    Which character – as performed by Larry McKeever – was your favorite?

    Despite the negative remarks about the narrator, once he warmed up a bit and got into dramatizing the characters a bit more, he was fairly good. He did a great job of portraying Seldon and the Emperor, but also did well with the female characters.


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

    The final revelation of Wanda's role in forming the future of psychohistory, and her devotion to her grandfather.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Robots of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (583)

    Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice.

    Yvonne says: "Refreshing"
    "Nice Culmination of the Robot Series"
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    If you could sum up The Robots of Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    Salacious, sci-fi, who-done-it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Robots of Dawn?

    Typical of a good mystery "who-done-it" novel, the surprise ending is not a complete surprise, but is the most memorable, beyond the poignant ending where Eli says goodbye to the robot who will shape the future of humankind.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dufris brings a masterful rendering of the characters in the novel. Each character is distinct, easy to follow, although not quite what I had envisioned or "voiced" when I read the book in print as a kid. Eli Baley should have been more baritone, as described in the book, but everyone else was portrayed spot-on.


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

    Yes. I did.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite of the Robot series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Economics: Capitalism's New Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Loretta Napoleoni
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Economist and syndicated journalist Loretta Napoleoni argues that the world is undergoing rapid and unexpected great transformations fueled by what she calls rogue economics. Eagerly awaited around the world (translation rights have already been sold throughout Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia), Napoleoni's account is based on top-to-bottom primary-source interviews from banking executives in New York to Russian prostitutes to London morgue workers.

    Ann says: "Outstanding"
    "Simplistic, Confused Views of Economics"
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    What would have made Rogue Economics better?

    It might have been better if the author had actually studied basic economics, and put together an outline of cogent thoughts, before writing a book about her feelings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    Basic Economics has been written with the thought that learning economics should be not only a relaxed experience but also an enjoyable one.

    Knitting Maniac says: "Insufferable narrator, clear and interesting book"
    "Econ 101 worthy of a President"
    Overall

    Set aside Samuelson, Friedman, Hayek, Keynes, Smith, and read this book! Sowell combines the best of all these experts, explaining economics in clear prose, using appropriate historical examples, and his profound knowledge in the field. The book is so good, I recommended President Obama and his staff read it to understand how appropriate economic theory and lessons in historical fact, properly applied, can change the world and make it a better place. Perhaps some in Congress might eventually read it too -- but I'm not holding my breath...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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