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S. Harrison

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Mountain View, CA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (256)

    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross is renowned for his cutting-edge science fiction. This third entry in his “edgy … spoof of Cold War spy thrillers” (Booklist) finds covert agent Bob Howard learning about a top-secret dossier that vanishes with his boss. Determined to discover the contents of this memorandum, Howard runs afoul of Russian spies, ancient demons, and apostles of a hideous cult planning to raise the Eater of Souls from the undead.

    Maggie says: "Top notch!"
    "One of the best in the Laundry Files Series"
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    What did you love best about The Fuller Memorandum?

    Bob Howard is finally coming into his own as a field agent for the Laundry. He combats both office politics and the unknown horrors in this fantastic addition to the Laundry Files.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fuller Memorandum?

    The climax - of course. Here is the thing - you can't help but be disgusted by what happens to Bob but at the same time, you realize that there might a lot more that will flow out of the event.


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

    Mr. Emery has done a terrific job with the whole Laundry series. I have begun to track other books that he narrates and will likely get one yet another one in the future.


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

    In general, Mr. Stross has done a terrific job implying the horrors and the nastiness that goes with a lot of the magic in his world without any tactile evidence. In this story, he got a little too far into specifics for my taste - although my sensitivity might be driven by the fact that I have a new-born son myself (I will leave my commentary there to avoid spoilers, but anyone who has read this book will know exactly what I am talking about.)


    Any additional comments?

    In general, I have absolutely LOVED the Laundry Files series. It introduced me to H.P. Lovecraft and I have been searching - in vain - for anything in the same genre. Stross does a great job with the writing and I am looking forward to seeing the books take on their own life rather than being a somewhat empty shadow of a different genre (Jennifer Morgue was difficult because it is SO precisely like a Bond book that there was no suspense.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (879)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Peter F. Hamilton doing what he does best"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good tale. It is engaging and fun and has a nice sci-fi component. It is a Peter F. Hamilton story though so it has (1) Rich Families, (2) Wormholes, (3) Police officers, (4) Murders, (5) High society intrigue (6) anti-aging processes, (7) novel social constructs. Additionally, he includes his standard sci-fi component of wearable computing, omni-present net access and varying degrees of smart-matter.

    It's a stand alone tale that, at its core, is a murder mystery. However, the person who committed the murder, the reasons for it, and the what is uncovered by the multiple protagonists is quite fun and enjoyable.

    The narration is top rate. Toby Longworth now ranks up there with John Lee, Simon Prebble and Scott Brick as my preferred narrators.

    If you like elaborate sci-fi - pick it up. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2888)
    Performance
    (2735)
    Story
    (2738)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Liquid Surprise as I am not a fan of Zombie books"
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    Any additional comments?

    First off - there is nothing, NOTHING!, that matches the movie to the book. Even the zombies are fundamentally different.

    But, this book was AMAZING. Each chapter is a tale about an nigh-extinction level plague that faced humanity. All across the world, cities nations and towns were faced with the unbelievable. The book takes you through the stages of the first known case of the infection, the various low level outbreaks that were experienced, what happened in the intelligence community concerning the plague all the way to the flat out denial and final acceptance/organization to defeat the infected swarms.

    I figured, when downloading this book, that I would get something like what the movie ended up being - a military, end of the world tale with no heart, soul or thought. What ended up happening was I found myself ACTUALLY THINKING about how I would survive a Zombie Apocalypse. There are stories of courage, of horror, of humanity and of truth all throughout this silly book and I was highly impressed.

    The cast of narrators is fantastic. Each one was well picked and tell their stories in a way that really captured the soul of their subject.

    Bottom line - download this book - you won't be disappointed.

    (Note - there is an abridged copy out there too - it is good as well (I have them both). This one, with the complete tale, is better).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apocalypse Codex

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    The winner of multiple Hugo Awards, Charles Stross is one of the most highly regarded science fiction writers of his time. In The Apocalypse Codex, occasionally hapless British agent Bob Howard tackles a case involving an American televangelist and a supernatural threat of global proportions.

    Ethan M. says: "Still great, though a bit of the magic has faded"
    "Mr. Howard comes into his own!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and No. If they had listened to (or read) any of the previous Laundry Files books then this is a fantastic addition and I would heartily recommend it. If they hadn't read a prior LF novel then this would be a bad place to start. Read (listen to) The Atrocity Archives first - at the very least.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Howard is changing and growing as a character and spook. He is no longer just a desk jockey getting a chance at field work or a trusted assistant out and about - he is really getting out there. AND, it helps that the stakes are getting larger.


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

    He has the ability to convey the whole scene in the voice and tonal selections he makes. He has a captivating voice for the primary narrator and does a terrific job with others. His accent and delivery carry just the right amount of amused horror that this series captures so well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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