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Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 78 ratings
  • 533 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee

    Skillfully weaving history with mystery, Philip Kerr sets this thrilling story in the 1696 Tower of London, where Sir Isaac Newton, warden of the Royal Mint (a post he actually held), and his apprentice Christopher Ellis (also a real person) track down a counterfeiting ring and, as the body count increases, a murderer. "An illuminating, often crackling exploration into the mysteries of science, mathematics, religion, and human nature," raves Booklist in a starred review.

    Jim says: "A cracking Yarn not a biography!"
    "This review continued on disk 4..."

    Would have been 4 stars for excellent narration of a pretty good story, but the CD instructions and repeated lines were distracting...this is the first time I have run into this on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Unwelcome Quest: Magic 2.0, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

    jcmorris says: "Please tell me there will be more"
    "Happy to see more, but not as fun as the first two"

    Good laughs, GREAT narration, just not as enjoyable as the first two. I'm sure it's hard to recreate the wonder of discovery when the file is first discovered, but that, and the cultural comparisons are what I enjoyed the most in this series, and those elements were a little thin in this one. Still looking forward to more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    ""It was a great story!" Holloway said."
    Any additional comments?

    I've thoroughly enjoyed previous Scalzi books (dead-tree versions), and thought Wheaton's narration of Ready Player One was excellent, but the combination of the two doesn't work as well - both with this book and "Redshirts" so far.

    Looking at printed paper, it's easy to tune out all the "Bob said" text, but not possible with audio. I love the quick, snappy dialog of the stories - it just doesn't translate as well to this format. Like most Audible subscribers, I've listened to hundreds of books, and can't recall being as distracted by this admittedly necessary aspect of audio books.

    Still a better-than-average overall listen (as evidenced by its recent award, congrats!), but if you're undecided between hard copy/audio versions of this story, keep it in mind!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Shoulda read the reviews..."

    I don't mind a book that's going to be the first of two or many - quite the opposite, that means there's *more* coming! Problem is I've never encountered such an abrupt "ending". "Cliffhanger" is too generous a term.

    On top of that it was soooo repetitive and overly long on minor details. I stuck it out just to get some resolution, or at least a reasonable stopping point. The long wait for part two will help remove any compulsion to find out how it ends.

    On the plus side, excellent narration!

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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