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D.James

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  • Sandworms of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (274)

    Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'll buy it anyway"
    "Not Dune"
    Overall

    This is the best of the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson Dune continuation collaborations. Unfortunately, you'd have to read/listen to several of the other books to understand the setting and the story, not to mention the characters. Your listening time and money would be better spent on the original Dune books written by Frank Herbert.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1620)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1474)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "A minor sun in the Ender universe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't quite up to the standard of other books from the Ender universe. The early chapters contain a lot of repetitious description. How many times/ways can/need you say that the character Sargent is a bully? After Card finally puts the bully issue to rest, the book gets much more interesting. The performance was definitely up to the standard of the other Ender books. Short book but worth the time to listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5143)
    Performance
    (2912)
    Story
    (2931)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "A New Beginning"
    Overall

    Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a fabulous job of narration (as usual). Brandon Sanderson has given new life to a story that seemed to have become somewhat stale. The plot is moving again as is character development (finally). If you've been engaged by the Wheel of Time over the past 19 years, as I have, but had grown tired of so much "world building" (minute descriptions of every Aes Sedai's hairdo and the threads in her dress), Sanderson's seamless and more character/plot-focused continuation of Jordan's story is welcome. Come back all you lovers of the WOT; our story has new life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2046)
    Performance
    (1433)
    Story
    (1446)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Calculating? God"
    Overall

    Jonathan Davis and the author, Robert Sawyer do an excellent job of reading. All three books in the Neanderthal Parallax (also by Sawyer) are far better than this one. Calculating God", in short, is science fiction for creation "scientists," although I doubt very much that any believer in the biblical account of the creation of the universe would relate to the version of god presented in this novel. My main problem with the book with respect to its vision of a created universe, is that Sawyer employs all of the standard arguments of the creationist camp and fails to employ the strongest arguments against the existence of a creator. If you really want to learn something about the subject of this novel, listen to and then read Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion." You'll need to at least read Dawkins' book although the reading performance is worth hearing. Then, if you're feeling up to it, listen to this one. It's well written but weak in the respects noted above.

    38 of 62 people found this review helpful

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