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James Shelton

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  • Divergence: The Heritage Universe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    For millennia, humankind and the other intelligent races have studied the bizarre and unfathomable constructs of the legendary beings known as the Builders. But for all that study, they are still no closer to figuring out who - or what - the Builders have been, or where they have gone.

    James Shelton says: "Heritage Universe series volume 2"
    "Heritage Universe series volume 2"
    Overall

    This is the second volume of a 4 part series. The first hour is a recap of the major plot points of the first novel. I enjoyed the essays on the various intelligent species of the galaxy. The plot is farfetched but the use of science, particularly physics, and biology is fascinating.
    I listened to Summertide the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. This one was good but not quite as believable. Overall a pleasant way to spend 9+ hours.
    I look forward to hearing Transcendence: Book 3 of The Heritage Universe and then Convergence (the whole series is available from Audible).

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Pattern Recognition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (263)

    Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

    Laura says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Good Mystery - not Science Fiction"
    Overall

    This is a good Mystery story. Very good narration - if you are listening on an Otis use format 3 - 2 loses too much nuance. Pattern recognition (the technology) isn?t science fiction nor is most of the technology described in the book and the story takes place in the recent past. The author does a great job of helping you see the world as he does and his prose is excellent. I found the pace a little slow but really enjoyed this book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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