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John

Jeffersonville, IN, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Juggler of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (133)

    Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and imaginary, and all foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

    But Sigmund may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.

    John says: "boring rewrite"
    "boring rewrite"
    Overall

    This book reminds me of one of those "clip show" tv shows where they clip together past scenes to make a new show when the writers are too lazy to come up with anything new.

    This book is mostly a behind the scenes look at the known space short stories of Niven, but from the view of the ARM and Nessus. Like what they thought about Beowulf's journey to the center of the galaxy, or what happened after he encountered the antimatter system that destroyed the GP hull, etc. They are just all strung together in a mish mash with seemingly no plot to the story at all.

    Very disappointed. Niven can do much better. I wonder if he even wrote any of it or just signed his name to it?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steal Across the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nancy Kress
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the Internet: “We are an alien race you may call the Atoners. Ten thousand years ago we wronged humanity profoundly. We cannot undo what has been done, but we wish humanity to understand it. Therefore we request 21 volunteers to visit seven planets to witness for us. We will convey each volunteer there and back in complete safety. Volunteers must speak English. Send requests for electronic applications to witness@atoners.com.”

    John says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Doesn't live up to potential"
    Overall

    The first half of the book is great. The mystery builds, and you find out what the great secret the Atoners have. Loved it.

    The second half of the book just seems to flounder, never exploring the potential of the story. The Atoners take a background role and instead, we are back on earth exploring the daily lives of the witnesses and society as they deal with the news of what the Atoners have revealed. It's a great character study, but not really my cup of tea as far as sci-fi goes.

    The narration is great and the story is not bad, just doesn't live up to the promise of the book's description, nor what I think it could have achieved. I gave it 3 stars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DoOon Mode: Mode Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Piers Anthony delivers the breathtaking climax to the awesome Mode saga. Fearing the heroine Coleen's dawning power, the depraved Emperor Ddwng dispatches a terrible Mind Monster to assault her soul and bend her to his will. To protect herself, and those she loves, Coleen must journey back through many worlds to her own home on Earth, face her deepest and darkest fears, and draw the strength for a final confrontation to save the multiverse from tyranny and domination.

    Rachel says: "Imaginative with a serious lesson"
    "disappointing and disgusting"
    Overall

    In this book, I feel Piers Anthony has gone a bit too far in explicitly describing rape and oral sex scenes regarding children. It was pretty disgusting. I wish I could delete this book from my library. I have deleted it and the whole series from my computer.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Axis

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (323)

    Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

    John says: "Spin off Axis"
    "dull and boring"
    Overall

    wow. Spin had a lot of potential, but Axis flushed it all away.

    This story had very little plot and it was more soap opera than sci-fi. It was all about the characters whining about stuff and being chased around and the hypotheticals were more of a background device. The ending was unsatisfactory too. I kept waiting for some sci-fi to happen and it never did.

    And Scott Brick's over the top dramatic reading really gets on my nerves. His voice sounds like Jason Alexander (George Castanza from Seinfeld) trying to act like William Shatner. AAAAAAAAARRRGGG!!

    I am never going to listen to a book narrated by Brick again.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Meh"
    Overall

    The plot is semi interesting. what ruins it for me is the Narrator, Scott Sowers. Man! He must be the worst narrator in the world. His intonation sounds like a bad actor reading a script out loud.

    Listen to the sample before buying this.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Lensman: Lensman Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By E. E. 'Doc' Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (80)

    Lensman Kimball Kinnison has attained the goal that every Lensman seeks, and so few attain: that of Unattached Lensman, a Lensman who is accountable to no one anywhere, completely independent, completely free.

    Paul Murrant says: "A Long Time Ago"
    "Found it tedious"
    Overall

    I got about halfway through this book and couldn't continue. The plot was so boring and inane, and the characters so shallow, that I kept losing track as my mind would wander off on other more interesting pursuits, like "gee that spot on the wall looks like a cookie"

    Save your money.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Triplanetary: Lensman Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By E. E. 'Doc' Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    From the atomic age in Atlantis to a world remote in space and time, two incredible ancient races, the Arisians and the Eddorians, are in the midst of an interstellar war - with Earth as the prize.

    DJM says: "Lensman Series is Still Fun"
    "Boring Junk"
    Overall

    OK, I like camp and old sci-fi serials (Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, etc) So I was looking forward to listening to the Lensmen series. I had always heard of the series as a classic but never read any of the books.

    Man, was I disappointed. The characters are one dimensional cartoon characters, and the plots are boring and leave nothing to the imagination. This book is like a bad comic book. If the author had not taken his story so seriously, it might have been a bit of campy fun, but instead it becomes a chore to get through this book. The narrator with his overly dramatic and corny way of speaking make it even worse. Listen to the sample before getting this book.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Judaism and Vegetarianism

    • ORIGINAL (47 mins)
    • By Dr. Richard Schwartz
    • Narrated By Dr. Richard Schwartz
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The Hebrew Bible offers countless examples of how God intends for there to be a compassionate and caring attitude toward animals and the planet. This attitude has been a constant theme throughout Judaism to the present day. Dr. Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D. speaks on Judaism and vegetarianism with an introduction by Rabbi David Rosen.

    Geoffrey says: "Lies and poor ones at that"
    "Judaism and Animal Sacrifice"
    Overall

    Uh, to claim that Judaism promotes vegetarianism is just more PETA propoganda.

    How can these people be so blind?

    God instituted ANIMAL sacrifices for the Hebrews. They slaughtered animals at their temple and the priests ate the meat! You can't read even one book in the Old Testament where someone is not sacrificing animals or eating meat.

    This book is so far off base that it borders on the ridiculous.

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Christianity and Vegetarianism: Pursuing the Nonviolence of Jesus

    • ORIGINAL (41 mins)
    • By Fr. John Dear, S.J.
    • Narrated By Fr. John Dear, S.J.
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Fr. Dear makes a powerful argument for the support of vegetarianism through Christianity, showing that eating meat supports environmental degradation, poor health, global poverty, and animal abuse, and arguing that each of these is antithetical to Christian living.

    James says: "Be kind."
    "PETA Strikes out"
    Overall

    PETA will go to any lengths to promote their radical views on animal rights. They have a web page where they try to claim that Jesus was a vegetarian, when the bible is clear that he as an observant jew not only ate lamb on passover, but also as YHWH he instituted the whole sacrificial system to the Jews. He also helped Peter catch fish and was described as eating fish on a few occasions. The New testament also mentions that it is OK to eat any kind of animal (the Jews had restrictions on shellfish and pork)

    Acts 10:11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. 13 Then a voice told him, "Get up, Peter. Kill and eat."

    This book is just more PETA propoganda.

    If you want to be a vegetarian, then fine. But This book tries to make it look like Christianity or Judaism support it as the 'correct' way, when both religions clearly support eating of meat.

    14 of 32 people found this review helpful

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