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David

86th Floor Librarian

Hopkins, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Worlds of the Imperium

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Keith Laumer
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    When Brion Bayard was kidnapped and brought to the alternate world where Earth's history took a different turn, it was not a pleasant experience. It was, however, a startling experience. Here was a world that was just like the Earth he was taken from--with just a few subtle changes. On top of all this, Brion was given a puzzling assignment by his captors. He was to secretly enter a palace, and kill a dangerous and tyrannical dictator. There was one, small catch--the hated dictator in this world was the mirror image of Brion Bayard.

    David says: "Good 60s science fiction adventure story"
    "Good 60s science fiction adventure story"
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    Keith Laumer was at his best in the 1960s, writing some of his best science fiction adventure novels, usually with an interesting spice of his lone man against overwhelming odds philosophy. Worlds of the Imperium is a good one, and I thoroughly enjoyed this reading. Hope that Audible will follow up with Catastrophe Planet, A Plague of Demons, and Galactic Odyssey, Laumer's absolute best. And maybe Time Trap and the Retief stories, too. But Worlds of the Imperium is an excellent first step!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Lady of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Charles Busch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In this superb novel, originally published in 1977, Fritz Leiber explores the concept of "paramentals." Leiber makes his definitive statement on alienation within the urban environment and the capacity of concrete, steel, and glass to suck up miseries and spew forth monsters.

    David says: "Outstanding!"
    "Outstanding!"
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    My favorite novel by my favorite writer, "Our Lady of Darkness" by Fritz Leiber has held up for me with repeated readings, and I was delighted to finally hear this book performed on audio. Charles Busch did an outstanding job, reading the story with intelligence and verve, skillfully bringing the various characters to life with a solid array of voices. Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skylark DuQuesne: Skylark Series #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By E. E. "Doc" Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    Dick Seaton and Marc DuQuesne are the deadliest enemies in the universe. Their feud has blazed among the stars and changed the history of a thousand planets. But now a threat from outside the galaxy drives them into a dangerous alliance as hordes of strange races drive to a collision with mankind.

    Morris says: "Worth buying on discount. Good Performance"
    "classic space opera, a fun read"
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    Doc Smith's "Skylark DuQuesne" is a wonderful fun melange of 1920s space opera and 1960s science fiction, brought to life by Reed McColm. As usual in the Skylark stories, the villain Marc "Blackie" DuQuesne dominates the story, which truly begins to roll when he returns from extra-dimensional incorporeality and gets his body (and his mile-long spaceship) back. No deep meanings, no subtext, no subtlety -- but lots of massive spaceships, bizarre aliens, equally bizarre humans, and galaxy-spanning battles. Possibly not for the modern, sensitive reader in search of subtle characterizations, but definitely for the reader who'd like a few hours of fun reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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