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Ralph W. Ledrew

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2012

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  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (824)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Timeless"
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    What did you love best about The End of Eternity?

    The idea of the consequences of altering time and the increasing difficulty in keeping time from running off the rails. Probably only the very old concept of computing dated it. I loved how it made me think about the problems altering time would pose


    What other book might you compare The End of Eternity to and why?

    Arthur C. Clarke's "City and the Stars" was similar in that it seemed contemporary and at points I couldn't stop listening. The difference being that Clarke's book I still think about as the far future it painted was fascinating.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    I think that Paul made the character's distinct enough to not get mixed up during dialogues. Seems simple, but I doubt it is so.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were points where I couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    While I read most of Asimov as a young teenager, but somehow don't remember this one. Don't know how I could have missed it.

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  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1137)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "John Hodgman and Sci-Fi. Who could ask for more?"
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    What did you love best about Year Zero?

    It's a very clever, complex story that just sucks you into the adventure. I love John Hodgman, but the story is really a perfect match for his style. I read a lot of Sci-Fi and this was such a refreshing and imaginative premise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Nick, the main character, who is an attorney working on protecting the music industry's intellectual property from piracy. Imagine billions of aliens crazy about human music, having pirated an untold number of copies of everything we've produced. And as a league of refined civilizations are compelled to compensate humans for the theft.


    What about John Hodgman’s performance did you like?

    John is amazingly consistent and is pretty good at making vocal distinctions when switching characters to make it believable.


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

    I love when they used wrinkles to instantly transport somewhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I want more of this from both the author and John Hodgman.

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  • Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (259)

    The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?"
    "Didn't really end...More like an Introduction"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was good enough to get me to make it through the whole thing, but it seemed a bit oriented at a younger audience and yet had a lot of violence. It kept my attention, but I ended up frustrated that it ended with what seemed like the end of an introduction to more books.

    The good bits reminded me a bit of the Tom Swift novels of my youth.


    Would you recommend Agatha H and the Airship City to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe for younger sci-fi fans.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many scenes.


    Was Agatha H and the Airship City worth the listening time?

    It was a toss up.


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