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Rodger

Springfield, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Between the Strokes of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Melissa Edris
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    >The author of Sight of Proteus and The Selkie brings a unique brand of sci-fi to this riveting story. To long-established worlds of starfaring humans come the Immortals - beings with strange ties to ancient Earth, who seem to live forever, who can travel light years in a day - and who use their strange powers to control the existence of ordinary mortals.

    Darryl says: "very interesting but poor narrator"
    "Good Book. Extremely Poor Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read this book and it is very good, but the audio book version is awful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the Strokes of Night?

    none


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Edris?

    Victor Bevine anyone else. this awful


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

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark as Day: Cold as Ice, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Solar System is finally recovering from the Great War - a war that devastated the planets and nearly wiped out the human race - and the population of the outer moons, orbiting Jupiter and Saturn, is growing. On one of those moons, Alex Ligon, scion of a great interplanetary trading family has developed a wonderfully accurate new population model, and cannot wait until the newly reconstituted "Seine", the interlinked network of computers that spans the planets and moons and asteroids, comes back on line.

    Rodger says: "Good Story, Mediocre Narrator"
    "Good Story, Mediocre Narrator"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written, interwoven storylines.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael Garcia’s performance?

    I've read the book and I'm not sure what Mr Garcia was reading, but his pronounciation of many words is not what I'm used to. The word is 'Bat' not 'Bot' - I've read the books. I kept expecting a robot to show up everytime he said 'bot.' His performance was distracting, but the book is still good. Not sure why they went away from the perfectly servicible Cristine Rendel for the third book, but it wasn't a good choice.


    Any additional comments?

    Charles Sheffield is one of my favorite Sci-Fi writers and his books are almost always interesting and enjoyable. He manages original plots with good character development. The character development somewhat unusual for sci-fi. But so far many of his books in audio format been cursed by poor narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds"
    "It Takes Awhile To Get Going"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is an unusual book. I've never read or listened to anything quite like it. Alastair Reynolds has to be my favorite writer Sci-fi still in the business. I loved his earlier works like Chasm City and Pushing Ice. This is entirely different, but still eventually in the Reynolds style. But with this book I had to keep at it. Honestly, I was about to give up a few hours into it. If it hadn't have been Reynolds I would have. I would have missed out. Once this book finally gets going it is a good one! I don't know that it's great, and I still prefer his earlier, Revelation Space series, but this book rewards nicely for sticking around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2238)

    Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears.

    Aser Tolentino says: "There is Still a Need for Black Jack"
    "Good Story, Great Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Space Opera, this is your series!


    Any additional comments?

    The Lost Fleet plots are decently thought out, but without an outstanding narrator like Christian Rummel bringing them to life, I fear they would all begin to feel the same. Mr Rummel manages to bring vibrancy to each new book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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