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Brad Carter

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  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    New says: "Good story, HORRENDOUS narration."
    "Robinson's Style: Hard Science plus Freaky Humans"
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    Would you try another book from Kim Stanley Robinson and/or Sarah Zimmerman?

    I enjoyed the Mars Trilogy, but nothing else KSR has written has measured up.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The world building was fantastic (as always). The people are a little too "post-human" for me to care about them or their decisions.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Zimmerman – was your favorite?

    Zimmerman's character distinctions are subtle, but still make it easily to determine who is speaking. Though Pauline's part is small, she had the most distinctive voice (and the only comic relief in the novel).


    Was 2312 worth the listening time?

    Probably not. I felt a lot of those moments where I was just powering through to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Sarah Zimmerman deserves a lot of credit for reading the book. It is full of technical language, scientific jargon, spiritual woo-woo and imported words from foreign languages. She ably and confidently tackles it all, and does a very good job holding the listeners' hand through the more treacherous passages. Only because I speak French did some of those phrases fall a little flat to my ear. In particular, the word 'passe-partout' comes up repeatedly, and was mispronounced every time. In general, though, she does a fine job of what must be an audiobook performer's worst nightmare.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1020)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "Unlikeable Characters with Strange Accents"
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    I should have liked this book: hard science fiction with deep future looking stories. Advanced alien intelligences beyond our own. All the things I loved about Pushing Ice. Where did this one go wrong?

    With a heavy heart, I blame the narrator John Lee. Hs work on Pushing Ice and Pandora's Star was good, but he goes overboard with accents on this one. Sylvestre, his father and his retinue are all descendant from French/Chinese colonists. The accent Lee develops for this strange mix is eclectic, to say the least. If a minor character spoke in this way, it would go unnoticed. Regrettably the major characters of the book all speak in the same, cheesy pseudo-Parisian manner. I found it created a wall between me and the characters to whom I was already having a hard time relating.

    I think Alastair Reynolds deserves a second chance, and I will probably push on in this series. I might try to find it read by another narrator, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3464)
    Performance
    (3029)
    Story
    (3063)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "EPIC: 38 Hours Never Flew by So Fast!"
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    Lots to love here, especially for Stephenson fans. I had only read his furistic and fantastic stories like Snow Crash and Anathem. I appreciated seeing his take on a "real-world" setting. I was thoroughly impressed by the research he must have undertaken to write in such detail about such a wide variety of topics: MMORPGs, North American and Asian geography and culture, spy craft, international flight operations... the list boggles the mind. The story is tight and fast moving, even though you wouldn't expect it to be from it's epic 38+ hour runtime!

    Malcolm Hillgartner deserves credit for his masterful reading of the piece. I suspect very few narrators could pull off a read like this; Hillgartner was the right choice. There must be 30+ different reoccurring voices that were required of the narrator, yet he was able to keep them distinct and consistent throughout. His at times grave and at times light interpretation of the material fit Stephenson's style very well.

    This wouldn't be my recommendation of an introduction to Neal Stephenson (that would be Snow Crash). I do think Stephenson fans should strap in for a long drive or a week of commuting with REAMDE cued up on their device: it is a great ride with a lot of variety to love along the way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1932)
    Performance
    (1611)
    Story
    (1625)

    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"
    "An Accelerating, Mind Expanding Adventure"
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    Where does Pushing Ice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An exciting stand-alone sci-fi story that starts in a very approachable near future, then stomps on the accelerator and rockets into adventure.

    I will read more of this author's works, as the story is excellent. I cared what happened to several of the characters. The narrator did an excellent job, and his many different voices distinguish the characters nicely. The audiobook is hurt somewhat by poor audio editing: places where the author and the narrator left short pauses to indicate a new scene or passage of time have been removed. Presumably this was done to reduced download size. I'll gladly download a few extra seconds of silence to improve the flow of the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good realization of alien beings and intelligences. Not all the secrets are revealed, there is room for speculation and mystery. Unpredictable shifts and turns in human relations and politics.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I will search out more of John Lee's works (and hope for better audio editing).


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

    I felt optimistic and energized after reading the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A very nice entry point for anyone interested in beginning to read Alastair Reynolds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (830)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "Worth Joining Audible for!"
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    If you could sum up Caliban's War in three words, what would they be?

    Venus is alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caliban's War?

    The last sentence of the book gave me goosebumps, and has me waiting impatiently for the next instalment.


    Which character – as performed by Jefferson Mays – was your favorite?

    Mays does a masterful job voicing Avasarala. She is a strong character to begin with, and Mays gives her a biting, ascerbic edge that is pitch perfect.


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

    The moments between Amos and Prax are touching.


    Any additional comments?

    This performance is so strong, you would be cheating yourself to only read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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