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Michael

Rockville, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Crystal Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Long ago, so the stories say, the old-fathers came to Nanagada through a worm’s hole in the sky. Looking for a new world to call their own, they brought with them a rich mélange of cultures, religions, and dialects from a far-off planet called Earth. Mighty were the old-fathers, with the power to shape the world to their liking - but that was many generations ago, and what was once known has long been lost.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "tough to make it to the end"
    "tough to make it to the end"
    Overall

    Overall, this is a mediocre story. Without giving too much away, the tale unfolds on a distant planet that had been populated by Earth through a now defunct wormhole. Since that time, the planet has devolved to a more primitive civilization. The planet also has alien life forms that are treated as gods by some of the humans. There are human tribes that practice blood sacrifice. The story includes a classic Macguffin that fulfills a minor role at the end. Most of the characters spend their time lamenting all the bad decisions they've made or fearing retribution. The terminology for occupations and items are at times completely random (mongoose man is a soldier and ragamuffin is the police). Even the main character has little to recommend for himself.

    All of this would nonetheless, deserve more than 1 star. The real knock to this story is the speech of the bulk of the characters. The planet was supposedly populated by minorities from the Carribean islands; as such there's a unique accent and speech pattern that is described as tedious even by readers of the print version. All I can say is that listening to the speech is far worse. This is not a criticism of the narrator; the writing itself is the problem.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Assemblers of Infinity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    The crew of Moonbase Columbus makes an amazing discovery on the far side of the Moon - a massive alien structure is erecting itself, built up atom by atom by living machines, microscopically small, intelligent, and unstoppable, consuming everything they touch. The mysterious structure begins to expand and take shape, and its creators begin to multiply. Is this the first strike in an alien invasion from the stars? Or has human nanotechnology experimentation gone awry, triggering an unexpected infestation?

    Michael says: "Alien nanotech unbound"
    "Alien nanotech unbound"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After the moon has been colonized, humanity gets down to the business of exploitation (an astronomical array on the far side) as well as utilizing Antarctica for both a dry run for a manned Mars mission and an isolated facility serving as a nanotech lab (due to fear of potential catastrophe). Upsetting all these carefully laid plans is the discovery of an alien nanotech structure growing on the moon. What ensues is a rather inept series of attempts to discern the function and intent of the evolving alien structure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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