Thirty-four years ago, a 16-year old boy set out on a 4-day bus trip to spend the summer with his uncle. Four hours into the trip, he was bored as bored can be. There were no smart phones or game boys to keep his interested, so when the bus stopped for a 15-minute break, the young boy went looking for a Mad magazine to read.
He didn't find one. What he did was a rotating metal rack with paperback novels in it. Quickly scanning the rack, he noticed the cover of one book and it somewhat grabbed his attention.
This surprise him, as he was never one to read a book and rebuffed his father's attempts to get him interested in reading.
Looking on the back, he quickly read what the novel was about. "It was a test. It was only a test." This grabbed his attention, so he bought the novel.
Thirty-four years later, he's a voracious reader of (mainly) Science Fiction and it all started with A Tunnel In The Sky.
Even at the age I am now, I love to read this novel every four or five years. It's truly a classic that grabs the imagination. It's more than science fiction - that's merely the backdrop to this novel. It's actually more a study of human behaviour ... it's akin to "Lord of the Flies".
Great read. Very well narrated by David Barker and the gang.
I read some of the previous reviews for this audiobook and noted the high ratings being given. As I'm waiting on a number of books to be released, I decided to see what all the fuss was about ... and was pleasantly surprised by how good this audiobook is.
I neglected to listen to the sample, as I thought I'd gleaned everything I needed from the other Listener's reviews. Didn't matter - RC Bray is absolutely fabulous, delivering all the emotion, comedy, and tension Andy Weir wrote into this book.
To say that anything that can go wrong WILL go wrong is generally an understatement in our day-to-day lives. Add in the fact that you're alone AND ON MARS takes the saying into a nuclear environment. Okay, not nuclear, but extremely hazardous. There are too many ways to be killed to count.
I don't know how many times I've had people looking at me on the train during my commute to/from work, as I laugh or smile or shake my head because of this book. I don't care, I'm having too much fun.
Do yourselves a favour and buy this audiobook. Take that chance and you won't regret it.
Breaking the tradition of slow, ambling zombies who have lost all vestiges of the basic of thought patterns, D.J. Molles presents a force to be fearful of.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey through the wastelands of what used to be the US of A. But, what makes this romp even better is the superb narration of Christian Rummel. The speed of his narration, tone, and voices make this book even better.
I'm definitely buying the other books in this series.
Mako is an enjoyable book that lays the groundwork for some potentially interesting sequels.
Ian Malone did a very good job at developing his characters and, yes, some of the "science" behind how things operate in space are simplified, this doesn't take away from what he's written.
I enjoyed the journey from being part of a gaming community/family to being a part of an alien society/family. The fact that they're just like us will need to be better explained in future books, but suffice to say it makes the read more accepting.
My one critique was the narrator's awful Scottish accent for Hamish ... seriously? That's why I gave performance a "4".
Sean Runnette. What a great performance - he made the audiobook for me. Granted the writing by Mark Tufo is very good, but it comes alive through the narration of Sean Runnette.
Even though Michael Talbot is the main character and keeps me in stitches, it's Tommy who's my favourite character. Innocent, yet with a direct line to Ryan Seacrest, he always has sweets long thought gone from the world. Couldn't stop laughing during the exchange "Jeff Daniels. You mean Jack Daniels. That's what I said."
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