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Jimbo

Fairfield, CA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Cassandra Project

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations—even for politicians—was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future—a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.

    Matthew says: "A lunar winner!"
    "Terrible."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Cassandra Project better?

    Better science, realistic law, opposite ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick again?

    Probably not.


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

    No, but the voices were good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed with the lack of understanding of how to get mass into space, the belief that the US wouldn't stop someone launching into space just because they owned the land they took of from, an worst the complete disowning of truth at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I got it on sale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle, Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Stina Nielsen
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    Don says: "Abridged, damme it"
    "Bluntly adridged"
    Overall

    As a devoted reader of all Mr. Stephenson's works, it is wonderful to hear them spoken. However, it is noisome to be startled out of a reverie by the words, "Pages 'blah' to 'blah,' are Cut." Spans of up to 75 pages are tossed off without even a poor syopsis of what's gone missing. I'm glad I resisted the Cryptonomicon (Unabridged Excerpts) due to bad reviews, consider this the same sort of thing. Buy Snow Crash (Unabridged) and/or The Diamond Age (Unabridged). Also consider Ender's Game (Unabridged), Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Unabridged), or Life of Pi (Unabridged).

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4485)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1782)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Dated"
    Overall

    Enjoyable book, fun characters, but with a copyright of 2000, it's all pre 9/11, set in New York. I'm glad I got this one cheap as a Light Listener selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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