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Charles

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Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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REVIEWS
16
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  • Podkayne of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

    Jack Ketterer says: "A Smart Kid"
    "Good book but very sinister view of Women"
    Overall

    Pros:
    I think this is a very good book--how it's written and comes to it's surprising ending. The author does a great job of making the reader want to see Earth from a Mars-men perspective.

    Cons:
    The overall theme that women should stay at home and raise children, and that is what women should naturally like to do and are best at doing, is a bit 1800s. Though perhaps I missed the point somewhere, feel free to explain!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1075)

    Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

    Katherine says: "3.5 stars"
    "Good ending."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Last Colony in three words, what would they be?

    Space is Harsh


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    second best book in the series, worth grabbing if you liked Old Man's War.
    You could skip the middle books too...all you miss is Sophie's fathers story-line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9460)
    Performance
    (6967)
    Story
    (7009)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Romantic book -- men beware"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    nope not the type of books i am into.


    Did A Discovery of Witches inspire you to do anything?

    to read more about a book before i get it


    Any additional comments?

    such a sappy romance novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3736)
    Performance
    (2699)
    Story
    (2721)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Best book listen so far in 2012"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Old Man's War to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What did you like best about this story?

    tech/personality


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the protagonist meets up with someone he knows from a previous life....


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen surprised Hollywood has not bastardized this onscreen yet.

    1 of 1 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
    (10339)
    Performance
    (9629)
    Story
    (9631)

    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"
    "Cool new world."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have, because the story line and characters are refreshing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The quest.


    What about Wil Wheaton???s performance did you like?

    good voice.


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

    Trivial rewards.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book, characters are pretty fleshed out, decent bad guy. The good guys are cool and smart and can kick some virtual butt.The only flaw really is the author did not spend enough time making the bad guys individually bad, you get to know the organization is bad and the figure heads of that org, but overall I thought this was the weakest part of the book.Still, great book worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2471)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1190)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    William says: "What more can be said?"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade to be better than the print version?

    ok voice acting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy Pilgrim


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tralfamadore tell him what ends the universe.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No too long, good book though.


    Any additional comments?

    Wearing clogs is no fun, and don't worry about laser guns, since you can't do anything about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17593)
    Performance
    (15644)
    Story
    (15596)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Not so Scary King book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    I liked how King plays with you thinking something creepy might happen...but never does.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Time Travel and the Alternate realities it creates.


    What about Craig Wasson???s performance did you like?

    good voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Death of Sady.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, but overall more odd/strange than scary. King keeps making you think he is going to go all out bonkers the whole book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26803)
    Performance
    (20669)
    Story
    (20868)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Hunger Games 3"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Mockingjay again? Why?

    No. Too much like book 1/2


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

    Killing the president.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    don't allow volunteers.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is ok, but really this one and the second are too much like the first, it's like the author found a winning formula and then pounded it into the ground. Mixing in some political stuff on the side. It's worth finishing the series but was a bit disappointed by books 2/3.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1060)

    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"
    "Evolution of a computer system."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Neuromancer in three words, what would they be?

    AI ise Complex.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the complex cyborg/computer systems.


    What about Robertson Dean???s performance did you like?

    good voice


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

    console cowboy


    Any additional comments?

    Cool book, worth the read, characters draw you in.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1402)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Beans kids meet the buggers."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Shadows in Flight in three words, what would they be?

    Bugs, Kids, Death.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadows in Flight?

    Beans death.
    Bugger males fortitude over time.


    What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

    good voice


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

    A crop of beans.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the last book in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3676)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1890)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Complex metaphysical book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Children of the Mind?

    The characters.
    The failure of man to think beyond himself (2x Xenocide attempts).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane, human created RI/metamorphosis to flesh.


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir and John Rubinstein ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when Ender/Young Vale die.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book will be interesting to see Enders kid(s) meet up with Beans in the next book and see what happens to Vale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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