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Jason

Thornhill, ON, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (608)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Absolutely unreadable"
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    It's hard to believe this was ever publish. It sounded like a great story idea, but in the hands of these two authors, it has weak 1-dimensional characters that are like bad cliches of themselves the plot is non-existant, and this seems to be written with zero knowledge of the subject.

    As a caveat, I half way through the first file (of three) before I had to stop listening in disgust. Up until that point it was like hearing a train wreck in the sense I couldn't beleive anything this bad had been published.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (299)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "Narration so bad this book is impossible to follow"
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    I've never read the print version of this book, and I found it impossible to follow this version. They cycle through the voice actors seemingly at random with all the characters being read by all the actors. It's jarring and disorienting. I just learned by reading other reviews they're trying to do each characters perspective, but it fails utterly and this recording is a mess that is painful to listen to.

    Aside from that several of the voice actors (I don't know which) are so inappropriate, they make the characters just sound wrong for the role the character is supposed to fill and the inflections seem to change the nature of each of the characters each time they change readers.

    I'm a huge Heinlein fan, and I think I hate this book, but I really can't tell if it's a good book or not after this reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

    D says: "A Different Logan's Run"
    "Good book ruined by horrible narration"
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    The book/story itself is a good example of 60's sci-fi, a bit campy by modern standards but well worth reading. Compared to the movie, the book is a much more expansive world that tells a richer story.

    The narrator was absolutely horrible, he reads it in a tedious monotone that makes it impossible to enjoy the story. I just gave up after about an hour, and only finished it a month later when I ran out of books on my device but still had this one. It doesn't improve.

    I would have been better off getting a text version and having the computer read it to me in its monotone, I think that would still have more expression than Mr. Wyman.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (623)

    Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard, and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

    Melissa says: "Great story, great reading"
    "Not up to OSC's standards"
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    I've read most of Card's book starting with Ender's Game when I was in high school, and usually find his work hard to put down.

    Seventh son though feels like a lower class of book. Card usually writes very deep, compelling characters you can't help but care about. Everyone in this book was flat, 2-dimensional and I felt like I couldn't care less about them.

    The story is painfully long with no flow, it jumps around with long tedious passages that don't mesh, don't form a story, and don't make sense. I know I wouldn't be continuing the series because I'm left just not caring what comes next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4541)
    Performance
    (3327)
    Story
    (3349)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "A good listen but it felt like I'd already read it"
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    Card is an excellent writer and his skill shines in this book. The problem is it's so derivative I felt like I'd already read it a few times.

    Danny is on the surface a somewhat naïve kid, but he's got special skills and the insight of a very smart adult. He is interchangeable with Ender, Lanik Mueller from OSC's book Treason, and Rigg from pathfinder. He has to flee home on a mission that should be far beyond a small child, meets adults that become his loyal followers, builds his clique.

    Even the plot had a lot 'borrowed' from Jumper by Steven Gould mixed in with a little Oliver Twist.

    I wanted to like the book and on its own it would deserve the 4-star rating, but it's just too much a cut and paste job. I'd suggest skipping this and reading Pathfinder, and if you liked pathfinder, you've already read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1459)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Classic Sci-Fi, Heinlein style"
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    This book reads like it's from the golden age of sci, aliens vs humans with cold war style politics. It's very much in the style of Robert Heinlein, a very technical writing style with a lot of explaination of the physics of what's going on. It seems like it should be tedious with so much technical writing, but in Ringo's skilled hands, the story just flows.

    The main charactrer, Tyler Vernon, reminded me of Heinlein's Lazarus Long. The same cranky angry attitude and drive to suceeed completely. The narrator captured the feel of the book perfectly.

    Other reviewers talk about latent racism/sexism, but it's far tamer in that regard than the sci-fi classics that clearly inspired this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2423)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1506)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Jim says: "An unsurpassed thrill ride"
    "A true sequel to the Relic"
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    I liked The Relic, the characters, writing style, and overall flow were excellent. I just thought the almost supernatural element of the creature and the drug was extremely poorly done. It was painfully long-winded explainations of painfully bad and wrong science and tech that destroyed anotherwise excellent book.

    For Reliquary, I was expecting everything Iliked from The Relic but a new and better story. What I got was more of the same, the creatures that ruined The Relic are back with far worse pseudo-science and longer painfully stupid explainations than ever.

    The book really is very well written it grabs you from the first chapter and keeps the action going, I just really wish the authors would have put 1/10th the effort into actual research that they put into making up silly fake science.

    The Narration is okay for the most part, nothing great, nothing too bad, but the special effects efforts kill it. For example, the pathologist walks away from the autopsy recorder microphone, so the audiobook gets faint and muffled. Well, we're not listening to the Pathologist's recording, we're listen to the audio book, we're supposed to be right there in the action. The faint echo effect when we're hearing people's thoughts is also quite annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (720)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "Horribly written and pure ignorance"
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    The book is a horrible cliche of the genre with 1-dimension characters that have no personality or reader appeal. They're stilted puppets going through unrealistic motions. The plot was weak and obvious. The moment the author started describing the facillity, it was clear how things would end.

    The author goes on long tedious explainations of how things work that only show how ignorant he is and that he's too lazy to research. He tries to use math and computer science and his long winded proofs are just wrong. You can't represent divide by zero with subtration (and if you don't care about that you'll find the book more boring than this review). His details on assembly languge are equally wrong. I've read in other reviews his explainations of military protocol and medical science are just as ignorant, but those aren't my field. I can suspend my disbelief to enjoy sci-fi, but when it's just ignorant ramblings, what's the point?

    Scott Brick is one of my favourite narrators, and he did a great job, but couldn't make up for the horrible writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (521)

    LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense.... Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).

    Jane says: "Too short to do anything in depth"
    "Like Bosch but different"
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    These short stories have some elements of the full length novels, but the short story format drastically changes the feel of them. It's almost more like reading the 5 minute mysteries in magazines from a past era. They are quite simple and have one little "trick" that Bosch pulls out at the end.

    Basically they're well written stories by a talented authour and well worth the listen but not at all Bosch style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1298)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "A good part 2, classic Card"
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    This book is Card at his finest writing, it's full of interesting ideas and situations and a very hard book to put down. You always have to know what happens next and it's easily the best book I've read this year. All the characters are powerful and deep in their own ways and have their own unique styles.

    The only real downside is I felt like I was rereading Treason by the same author. The story outline is identical. A protagonist with special genetic traits goes from realm to realm on a divided human planet seeing all the different ways humans have modified their genes while Earth is the unseen enemy. It made things far to familiar and predictable. This is too good a series and deserves better than a recycled outline.

    I'd also note that I thought Pathfinder was a self contained book until it ended with an opening for Ruins, and then going into this, I thought this was the conclusion. Ruins was just as incomplete and open ended, so I can only assume their will be a book three. I certainly like Sci-Fi series but doing it this misleading way is kind of annoying. I was hoping to see a lot more resolve or at least I'd have rather known I'm reading an open-ended series.

    They used 3 capable narrators for the book, but the way it was structured every little while at random points they'd jump to the next narrator for no real reason. It was jarring and really hurt the flow of the story. Any one of the three could have done a fine job with this book, but the combination done that way really ruined the performance. I'm a Stefan Rudnicki fan, so had he done the whole book it would have easily been a 5 star performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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