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Brian J. Phillips

Tysons Corner, VA | Member Since 2011

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  • Rule 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (148)

    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross takes listeners into the near future for this breathtaking thriller. As head of the Rule 34 Squad, Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh keeps a close eye on Internet activity, monitoring whether people are participating in harmless fantasies or engaging in illegal activities. When three criminal spammers are murdered, it’s up to Liz to determine how the victims were connected. If she can’t figure it out, more people will surely die.

    C. Hartmann says: "Wild Ride Picks Up Where "Halting State" Left Off"
    "Great near future mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Rule 34 in three words, what would they be?

    A no kidding modern detective novel set in a neat future. All scifi technology currently exists, it has simply become common in the rule 34 world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rule 34?

    The toymaker


    Have you listened to any of Robert Ian Mackenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    The discussions of sentience,


    Any additional comments?

    If you can make it through the scottish brough, it is an excellent book. It can be difficult at thimes...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6609)
    Performance
    (6151)
    Story
    (6153)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "A lot of fun, can wonder off into philosophy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is a lot of story after the main thread wraps up. Most of that could be removed,


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    He is particularly good at portraying a snarky attitude. Loved him on ready player 1 as well.


    Was Redshirts worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It changes the way you watch scifi television. All of a sudden, you notice oddities in the script writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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