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Tom

Chino, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2477)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1071)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Excellent Great story and Narration."
    Overall

    I read this book 20 years ago and really liked it. I felt enough time had passed that it wouldn't be boring. Glad to say I was right.

    If you like Heinlen you'll love this book, it's a great story and brings up many fascinating concepts.

    The narration is excellent. The narrator does a great job of playing the different characters.

    This is a must listen for science fiction fans.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9901)
    Performance
    (8539)
    Story
    (8557)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "This series will be done in the year 3010"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The Author has decided to cash in on his success and keep the story so slow moving that he'll be putting out books in the year 3010. I slid him a break on his last book but this one is even slower.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next listen will be from an Author who has a story that moves.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I thought the performance was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes I can imagine the Author banking his millions and wish I was him


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first books, but this guy has become worse than Stephen King. He needs an editor. And he needs to get the story moving again.

    This is the last Martin book I'll ever read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3818)
    Performance
    (2167)
    Story
    (2201)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Long and Boring"
    Overall

    I was very disappointed there were so many popular reviews for this Audio Presentation and it turned out to be so bad.

    I quit after around 4 hours. I just found it boring. At the point I left they were concentrating on character number 4 or was it 5.

    Mind you I liked the Keven J Anderson "Saga of Seven Suns series" which also had a myriad of characters.
    So I'm not adverse to books with a number of different character stories that combine into one.

    I just didn't like this book, it was so darned slow. The narrator was dry too.

    Try listening to a sample first to make sure that you don't find the voice grating like I did..

    After I've listened to every other book I've ever bought a second time. Maybe I'll try to slog through the rest of the book.

    Luckily it was only $5.00 so it's not worth the bother to try for a refund.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (206)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Forest says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "From Cyberpunk to Phantasy good transition."
    Overall

    Like many the gay stuff put me off a little. But really the gay part is a very small part of a long and exciting book.

    I've listened to all of Morgans CyberPunk books and he's made the switch to fantasy very well.

    Lots of swashbuckling action and intriguing characters.

    The hero has feet of clay which makes it even more interesting.

    The narrator is British so I'd suggest that you listen to a excerpt first as his accent might annoy some.

    He wasn't bad but I would have preferred the narrator from the previous Morgan books.

    I still gave this a 5 star as I couldn't put this down.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (544)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Excellent-History Comes Alive"
    Overall

    Fans of Kathleen Mccollough "1st Man in Rome " series will love this book. The author makes history come alive, lot's of political intrigue.
    The narrator was perfect too.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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