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Higuchi

An educator exploring the wonders of the world.

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HELPFUL VOTES
37

  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1013)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "Long before the Matrix, there was Neuromancer"
    Overall

    Console cowboys hold on to your seats. This classic scifi tale takes the reader of a roller coster ride across the sprawl as our protagonists find employment and a second chance. The story is excellent, but the reader's pacing seems off at first, but as the story ramps up, so does his rhythm.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Isles: Lord of the Isles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    With Lord of the Isles, David Drake returns to fantasy with a towering and complex epic of heroic adventure in an extraordinary and colorful world where the elemental forces that empower magic are rising to a thousand-year peak. In the days following an unusually severe storm, the inhabitants of a tiny seaport town travel toward romance, danger, and astonishing magic that will transform them and their world.

    Higuchi says: "The start of an epic"
    "The start of an epic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well told story told in the classic fantasy style of myth, magic, and mayhem. Michael Pages does a great reading creating distinct characters as he introduces us to the Lord of the Isles saga. David Drake lays out a solid foundation to build his world. Great ear candy if your looking for a good fantasy tale.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9968)
    Performance
    (9274)
    Story
    (9275)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "For the Gen X Geek"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An amazing tale that drums up memories of nostalgia of the 80's. Wil Wheaton audio rendition of the story is solid. His ties to geek culture and acting background make him an ideal choice. Not since Neuromancer has a cyber story been this good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5317)
    Performance
    (4506)
    Story
    (4501)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Another solid story"
    Overall

    Jim Butcher does it again! Ghost Story is another well written, enjoyable piece of the trials and tribulations of Harry Dresden. Although, I missed James Marsters voice, John Glover's performance was well done. The story itself isn't your typical Dresden story, and it does depend heavily on knowing our dear wizard's background, although Jim Butcher does attempt to keep novice readers up to date. Ghost Story keeps the reader guessing with bits of bread crumb clues, all the way up until the end. All in all, its a good bit of ear candy.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation and Empire, Book 2, Part 1

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Foundation and Empire, the second in the series, charts the struggles of two mighty forces of civilization who oppose each other in a galactic battle for mastery of the universe. By science and will, the Foundation has so far managed to survive and even gain control of a small federation of planets. However, it has greater enemies to face and finds itself caught between the decaying but still all powerful Empire and the rising forces of the mule - a powerful and talented mutant.

    Narses Barona says: "Very Disappointing and Misleading"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    Foundation and Empire was a let down all around. If you've enjoyed audible's reading, Foundation, this will leave you unfulfilled.

    The story itself is brief, but well told. Jim Gallant does another magnificent job reading. My disappointment began when I saw the book was being delivered as two separate books, requiring a modest sized purchase for 5 hours of content.

    The Foundation and Empire is a decent story following in line with the earlier novel, Foundation. About halfway through Part 1 the story stops and the listener is "treated" to an hour long music performance. Combining part 1 and 2 together, you have about two and a half hours of novel reading and a about the same in music.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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