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hslanda

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  • Foundation's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation - a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian - set out in search of the mythical planet Earth. Meanwhile, someone - or something - outside of both Foundations seems to be orchestrating events to suit its own ominous purpose.

    chris says: "Enjoyed it as much as the original trilogy"
    "Classic Asimov"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Foundation's Edge?

    It is a continuation of the Foundation story that combines Seldon's plan of "Psychohistory" with the underlying premise of robotics. Scott Brick reads well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation's Edge?

    The decision to go to Gaia instead of Trantor


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Golan Trevize


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

    The Search for Earth


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (299)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    DebaDeb says: "There's an app for that!"
    "Fabula Interuptus"
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    Performance
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    What did you like best about Cell? What did you like least?

    The story line is intriguing. The practice of Medicine will change with technology, the next leap being an IDoctor. That being said, deeper development of ancillary characters was lacking, an example is the potential relationship of Dr. Wilson with the surgical intern from Stanford, especially in light of the conclusion of the book. The other issue- and that applies to some of Dr. Cook's more recent novels- is that the stories seem to be cut off prematurely. This novel was an excellent example of that, as it needed another 15-25% more of the story to come to a conclusion, whether the ending be 'happy' or not.


    Would you recommend Cell to your friends? Why or why not?

    In other words, I was left hanging at the end of the book; Judging by the previous 'Pia' related stories, I think there may not be a sequel to this one. I am unaware of any follow up on Pia, and it barely made a brief mention in the text. Ergo, I fear that there may not be a sequel to this episode, and hope I am wrong.As far as recommending the book, the story is a good one.As far as not recommending it, the story is incomplete and one can only hope that the good Doctor has penned a sequel.


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

    He is an excellent reader


    Was Cell worth the listening time?

    As noted above: in a sense, frustrating.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the book was not written under deadline duress from his publisher. If it was, it would explain a lot of his more recent writing.

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