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Stephen

Escanaba, MI, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Year's Top Short SF Novels 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Carolyn Ives Gilman, Kij Johnson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and others
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere, Adam Epstein, Vanessa Hart, and others
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Short novels are movie length novels that may well be the perfect length for science fiction stories. This unabridged audio collection presents the best-of-the-best short science fiction novels published in 2011, by current and emerging masters of this form. In "The Ice Owl", by Carolyn Ives Gilman, an adolescent, female, Waster, in the iron city of Glory to God finds an enigmatic tutor who provides her with much more than academic instruction while a fundamentalist revolt is underway.

    Peter says: "Some Decent Sci-Fi but with Poor Audio Quality"
    "Don't waste your money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Poor audio stories maybe good but you will not get pat the audio.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hired better audio engineers.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Poor


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10327)
    Performance
    (9826)
    Story
    (9845)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "This is science fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    When I think of science fiction I think about science and it's possibilities and foibles, no dragons, fairies or magic. This is the real deal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character had character and the next step was always a puzzle. If I taught math or physics I would use this book for my class.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Great, hard to believe it was one person. Wonderful job R.C. .


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Adapt or die.


    Any additional comments?

    Science Fiction is hard to write. This young man has a great future as a writer. This is a true Science Fiction book. Looking forward to his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (956)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "A Story of Courage"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book very much. The research and the various asides offered much information about South America that never knew, I became aware of how much I have missed and how my ignorance, like the ignorance of my Grandfathers continues to cost the inhabitants and the creatures of the rain forest.
    Very well read. A fast paced, well conceived adventure story that happens to be true. Kept my interest to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13663)
    Performance
    (6050)
    Story
    (6130)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "A Wonder-filled Story"
    Overall


    Well read and well written, are the first thoughts I have about this book. The author and the readers capture the experience of the characters and the plot is well done from beginning to end. A story about hope, love, grief and change. I will recommend it to all persons working with the elderly because it illustrates the importance of hearing the the story that every person has to tell.
    It will leave you smiling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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