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Charles

JONESTOWN, PA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Amazon Customer says: "Like uncovering a lost treasure"
    "If you Hitchhike the Universe ride with the Doctor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To my friends that enjoy Doctor Who, this will be a blast. If your first Doctor was the fourth Doctor when Adams was writing episodes, you'll enjoy this presentation.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well, the doctor always tidies up in the end but there is a twist to this tale that you ay or may not see coming. Read carefully


    Did Lalla Ward do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did fine. I especially enjoyed her dramatization of the ships computer. Varying tempo and pitch I had no trouble following her rendition.


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

    Shada: What's a life sentence to a timelord?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a lot like I remember the show. Roberts did a great job taking Adams unpublished script and turning it into a narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6441)
    Performance
    (5997)
    Story
    (5999)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Something is not quite right with the universe"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've had that feeling, perhaps you have too. This is a great read for anyone who has loved the TV sci-fi genre. Why do the low ranking members of the away team likely not to return?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is Andrew Dahl's slow realization after receiving his prestigious assignment to the xenobiology lab aboard the Universal Union's flagship the Intrepid.
    First every away mission involves a confrontation that turns lethal. Second, the captain, first officer and other high ranking members of the command crew always survive and third, one low ranking crew member is always killed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A great deal of energy is expended below decks to avoid being chosen for away missions. This is largely managed by one crewman who has managed to make himself invisible on board ship.


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

    Not necessarily one I would sit through in one sitting, you certainly could. I usually always enjoy Wil Wheaton's performances.


    Any additional comments?

    There are 3 "codas" at the end that wrap up some loose ends and shows some alternate perspective to the events that transpire. A satisfying read all around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1746)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Smart Science FIction"
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    If you could sum up Pushing Ice in three words, what would they be?

    Smart Science Fiction


    What other book might you compare Pushing Ice to and why?

    I thought this story was unique in its approach to humanities expansion into the universe. If I were to make a parallel I would point to Arthur C Clark. It is a smart kind of science fiction.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lee is a competent narrator and pleasant to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it made me consider some of the sciences involved how relativity works and some of the possibilities in the realm of longevity.


    Any additional comments?

    Being an astrophysicist comes through in Reynolds writing, hence the smart fiction.

    0 of 0 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
    (12564)
    Performance
    (11693)
    Story
    (11700)

    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.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "a geek and nerd tour de force"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    No. but it's nice being read to!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wade was easy to be sympathetic towards.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The OASIS itself was an awesome concept. But moving across the surface of the polished corporate world was, in my mind, a cool scene.


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

    "game on"


    Any additional comments?

    A book you will read twice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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