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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"

    I have read most of the Murakami novels. Overall I enjoyed this book but with some reservations. My two cents.

    1. Strong narrator performance.
    2. Usual Murakami magic realism.

    1. Over-bloated. 1/3rd too long. The author had material only for two books. Third book-part is so boringly slow. Too much overlap between story lines when characters are basically stepping on each other toes and figuring out the same puzzle parts again and again.
    2. Far-fetched love story axis (like in chic lit) made me roll my eyes many times while listening to the book. Some kind of not really believable Japanese version of Odysseus.

    For Murakami first novel readers:
    1. Be aware that novel is spiced up with some sex scenes. This should be nothing new for the person who read several Murakami novels.
    2. Not the best Murakami novel as first read.

    56 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"

    The trilogy is awesome. But second book for me was the weakest book from all the trilogy. From my perspective author had material only for 2-2.5 books and this middle book slows down and sets up the story for the third book. Most of the action is in one place. The filler material: growth of two young adults: facing fears, doubts and participating in political activity. While this happens you read and roll your eyes and mutter when will you grow up. Ayway this book has high ratings. So I suppose it depends on the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starhawk: Priscilla Hutchins, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins has finally realized her lifelong dream: She’s completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot’s license. Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth.So there’s not a lot of demand for space pilots.

    shirley says: "lacking attention to detail"

    Not sure if it was a waste of credit, but definitely this book is at the bottom of the list of all McDevit books that I have. Too many boring parts. Important story lines were left dangling in the end. Rationale for character action in tragic circumstances are so not convincing that it seemed just sheer laziness on the author's part.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lies, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When catastrophic overpopulation threatens Earth, one company offers to teleport citizens to Whale’s Mouth, an allegedly pristine new home for happy and industrious émigrés. But there is one problem: the teleportation machine works in only one direction. When Rachmael ben Applebaum discovers that some of the footage of happy settlers may have been faked, he sets out on an 18-year journey to see if anyone wants to come back.

    Tomas says: "hmmm, big ball of mess"
    "hmmm, big ball of mess"

    well, there were some phillip k dick moments, but overall I am very disappointed.
    During 3rd hour of listening there is abrupt shift in story line of one character and other characters. My first thought was like wow: the narrator mixed the papers took out 50pages or so and appended them at the end of novel. I have listened to all the book and still can not shake off the feeling of some audio editor screw up :) At first I thought to request back my money from audible. Then I checked amazon reviews and wiki. It seems that this P.K.Dick novel has very messy publishing history. If it is not audio editor screw up, then they took some screwed up published version. Save your time you should not be paying your money and having such thoughts.

    BTW I checked with some online PDF version (that claims to be the final final version) the pages that I am complaining are back in place and the story is 50% longer.

    Well complete mess what can I say. In the case it is audio editing screw up I am reviewing 7 hours 16min length version :)

    Description of the shift: We have a far from earth totalitarian planet. There are two ways to get there: 18year trip using ship(with round-trip option) or 15min teleport(only one way). One main character made a decision to take 18 year trip, doing all the preparations. Next chapter the character is preparing to enter teleport chamber. Why? What circumstances made to change his mind? Well in the last pages of the novel you get the missing pages with an ending that feels kind of abrupt.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "science part ok, but story poorly executed"

    author have done thorough scientific research, but he is not philip k dick :), although he tried to do his best. And, yes, secular readers should be prepared to a dose of paragraphs with christian view.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hurry Up and Meditate

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Michie
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his thought-provoking and entertaining book, David Michie explains the nuts and bolts of meditation. As a busy professional, as well as long-term meditator, he also gives a first-hand account of how to integrate this transformational practice into everyday life. Combining leading edge science with timeless wisdom, Hurry Up and Meditate provides all the motivation and tools you need to achieve greater balance, better health and a more panoramic perspective on life.

    Thomas says: "Yes, and worth the credit."
    "Not bad"

    I am in the progress of listening to this book.
    So for I am interested.

    One minor thing that pissed me off:
    Audio book chapters are not mapped to audible format chapters. You get to skip in chunks of 70minutes and get in the middle of book chapter.
    This is true for format 4. Big thumbs down to audio publisher for this screw up.

    Ok, but I should apply mindfulness technique on this irritation :)

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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