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Eric

Lake in the Hills, IL, United States

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  • Earthbound

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Annie Henk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Hugo and Nebula Award winner Joe Haldeman ranks among the greatest science fiction authors to ever live. This thrilling entry from his Marsbound saga finds the mysterious alien Others prohibiting humans from space travel by destroying Earth’s fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power. But Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter the Others, is determined to find a way to reclaim the future that has been stolen from humankind.

    Eric says: "Do yourself a favor and skip this conclusion"
    "Do yourself a favor and skip this conclusion"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you think the zombie Apocalypse would be fun - but without the zombies - then this book is for you.


    What could Joe Haldeman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author could have made this a proper conclusion by putting the science back with the fiction. I read this series because of my fascination with the question : "If we made a starship - what would happen next?" Relativity in the real world is interesting. Real life, everyday problems with colonizing space is fascinating. This story is a standard Mad Max earth story. In fact - by removing the aliens from the book and you stil have a novel about the collapse of society and its aftermath. Perhaps interesting - but not what I signed up for and certainly not an ending to a trilogy about interstellar travel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Epilogue - which contained the first bit of science fiction in the entire book. This 3 minute summary outclassed the rest of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Earthbound?

    I would not have released this book as an ending to the saga. Change the character names, remove the aliens and make it a Mad Max style book.


    Any additional comments?

    Those who liked the first 2 entries in the series - don't bother with this one. Close your eyes and use your imagination to conclude the series. Anything you come up with will far exceed what the author produced.

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  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2532)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1135)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "Pretty good. Solid spooky yarn"
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    More of a 3.5 star story. Good pacing, spooky and interesting. I liked the story. I cared about the characters. That being said - I didn't get really sucked into the story. Sometimes I hear a story that makes me want to continue to listen or read in one sitting. This is not one of them. Perhaps a bit too long...however I'd still recommend. No terror - just spooky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (596)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Just Ok...Probably better to read than listen"
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    The pace is pretty slow but builds. The biggest flaw was that the dialogue between the police officers was stilted, repetitive and boring. Lame insults and banter that were front and center every time Deborah was part of the story. I was hoping that she would suffer a stroke mid sentence and die - she is never more annoying than in this book. It really pulled me out of the story. It dragged a bit in the first 3rd of the book and picked up after that. I'd say if you are a passing fan of the tv series and not invested too much - skip this one. Die-hards - perhaps read it and avoid the audiobook so you can more easily scan the boring cop dialogue and get to the meat.

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