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D. Milbradt

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  • Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (243)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation.

    Guillermo says: "Missed the Mark"
    "Runs Out of Steam"
    Overall

    Book one was entertaining but, book two mostly drags on with a tiresome exploration of religion and sentimenal reasons to believe in life after death. It is true that huntergatherers had lots of time on their hands but, the author is unable to convince me that they had any incentive to develop an iorn age or advanced technologies. I'm stopping at book 2 after reading the reviews by other readers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Chamber Music of Mozart

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Nowhere is Mozart's maturity and mastery more apparent than in the chamber music he wrote during the last 10 years of his life. These 16 lectures take you deep inside the structure of Mozart's chamber masterworks to reveal his hand at work. This is an amazing opportunity to hear, study, and enjoy a selection of immortal musical compositions that Professor Greenberg calls "a blessing of inconceivable richness". You will learn the basic "language" that all 18th-century composers used to write Classical music. You'll also explore the subtleties of Mozart's technique as a composer: his ability to make art "artless".

    Dr. Frank A. Salamone Sr. says: "Greenberg and Mozart a match made in heaven"
    "Perfect mix of insight, enthusiasm, and music"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm near the end of my second time through and still learning more. Robert Greenburg has increased my understanding and enjoyment of Mozart, chamber music, and all the (good) music I listen to. Robert's lectures are great and the balance between listing to Mozart's chamber music and his comments is perfect.

    Note: Don't be surprised if you have to buy: Mozart:The Guarneri Quartet plays String Quartets and Quintets while or at least after you are listen to this set of lectures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1739)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1606)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "A Terrific First Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The setting, character development, human insights, and narrator all made this book a wonderful listen. There was a gentle, penetrating quality which made this book particularly enjoyable after listing to other fantasy novels which contained a lot of violence. A remarkable first novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prelude to Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

    Svenghali says: "Trantor, capital of a galactic empire!"
    "Don't start the Foundation series with this one"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more interesting story line. This book relies on the fame of the foundation series and has no story line of it's own.


    What was most disappointing about Isaac Asimov’s story?

    Because there is very little story development this book relies on bickering between characters and forced action scenes to keep going. If you love the Foundation series so much you absolutely have to have more, go ahead and read this book, otherwise skip it. The most disappointing thing for me was that I remember enjoying the Foundation Trilogy and this did not compare.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3137)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (944)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "The perfect 18 hour road trip book!"
    Overall

    An excellent, excellent story and well narrated with a convincing Martian accent. All the action takes place on earth but it still reaches deep into intergalactic time and space. I found myself looking for excuses to sneak off every moment I had a chance to listen to it. It carries you all the way to it's well conceived end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galactic North

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    Centuries from now, the basic right to expand human intelligence beyond its natural limits has become a war-worthy cause for the Demarchists and Conjoiners. Only vast lighthugger starships bind these squabbling colonies together, manned by the panicky and paranoid Ultras. And the hyperpigs just try to keep their heads down. The rich get richer. And everyone tries not to think about the worrying number of extinct alien civilizations turning up on the outer reaches of settled space...because who's to say that humanity won't be next?

    wendy says: "Great background for Revelation Space novels"
    "Deep Space, Long Time Span"
    Overall

    If you like to travel far in time and space you will like these stories. The hive mind concept and humanities reaction to it are intriguingly expored in a hard SF envoirnment with space pirates and interstellar travel.

    The narator gives you no warning of the end of one story and the beginning of the next. Don't get lost during these transitions.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (609)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet"
    Overall

    The historical setting of this novel is facinating and well researched. I really felt enmeshed in the time period. Unfortunately the story lacks momentum and/or maybe the portrayal of the difficulties of early 19th century life was a little too realistic for me. The naration is fine but the large cast of foreign names made it a bit difficult to follow as an audio book. My interest stalled out after listening to the first of three parts and I switched over to another book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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