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Richard Burdeniuk

Waterdown, Ontario Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Hybrids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

    dissipatedfog says: "Hated it!"
    "The worst book in 4 years of Audible.com"
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    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ?

    Before this book, and to some degree before this series in general, I'd have said yes. I like some of their other books, but this was simply terrible. It fails in so many ways.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sigh... there were some OK parts, sections of the book that touch on science fiction. It all seems so forced though; those parts of the book were contrived and inexpertly jammed into a very bad story arc. It makes even the better scene's somehow feel outside the story.


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

    Not much.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointing; I'm not so much bitter, but just incredibly disappointed. This really isn't worth your time. This is the first negative review I've written in over 100+ books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1427)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "By far the best of the series"
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    Don't let the cover fool you, it almost stopped me from reading it. This is a good book, and a funny one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (521)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "buy a hard copy"
    Overall

    Do I have to give it one star?

    This is the worst production of an audio book I've found to date in my 80 listens.

    I think the story is a big step down as well, but if you've read the first two it's still worth your time. Just not in this format as the narration really is terrible. A monotone would have been bettter, heck my old comodor 64 text to speech programs would have bene better narrarotrs.

    I'll activly avoid William Dufris in the future. Just one inexcusable example, after making the pronunciation of the main characters name a highlight of the first books, this guy screws it up completely by making the exact mistake made fun of in earlier books. In general his style, and skill, are poor. The echo other mentioned by other reviewers make the book inaudible if you listen on a blackberry or other less than superior speaker system.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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