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teemark

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  • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (382)

    Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Now Herbert's son, Brian, working with Kevin J. Anderson and using Frank Herbert's own notes, reveals a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

    Brian says: "enoyed premise but not execution"
    "dull and disappointing"
    Overall

    As a long-time fan of the original Dune series, I of course read all the offerings by Brian Herbert. Brian's writing style tends to be much more drawn-out and "wordy" than his father's.
    This was OK in the "House...." books, but in Butlerian Jihad, it has reached ridiculous excess. Most parts sound like they were written by a 13 year old.
    Then to hear the poorly chosen and ill-placed adjectives read aloud is just painful.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23148)
    Performance
    (14488)
    Story
    (14635)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There's not much I can say about this iconic work that hasn't already been said. I liked it more than I expected, and found myself quickly drawn in. The story moved well, and though the narrator has some peculiarities in delivery that I found odd at first, as the story progressed I found they added to the experience. The characters develop well, and the storylines going back and forth between Ender and Val, with the interspersed dialogues between the military trainers, gave depth and perspective to the story that balanced out the inner narrative in Ender's head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3980)
    Performance
    (2412)
    Story
    (2446)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Disappointed."
    Overall

    I read/listened to this one as a long time fan of Larry Niven, and because it is considered by many to be one of the iconic works of Sci-Fi.
    Perhaps my expectations were too high, perhaps it is just too dated considering how much technology has changed in the last 30 some years since this was originally written. I came away feeling like the whole "secret" to the story was just weak, and thus the ending, which was far too long in coming, was also very weak.
    I also find Ganser's voice somewhat grating, so overall I was disappointed with this purchase.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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