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Chris

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  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (676)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Shadowplay off another story.."
    Overall

    I kept feeling like I was a block away from Oryx & Crake... It's been quite a while since I read that one and I kept getting the feeling that this story would be much deeper and more interesting if I remembered more of O&C. BIGtime. At least that story seemed to be going somewhere, this one kinda rambled a bit. The characters are kinda interesting but not terribly so. It just seemed like a shadow play off O&C. And the songs were terrible. IF they had been hummed or sung by the appropriate character (a more traditional approach), it would have fallen within the context of the story. As a fully realized musical production however.... it was very jarring and off-putting. I fast forwarded through every one after the first (which kind of defeats the author's intent). Anyway. Not terribly interesting but not horrible, just ok. I feel like I should re-read Oryx & Crake now (which I DID enjoy quite a LOT :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4208)
    Performance
    (2520)
    Story
    (2559)

    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"
    "tooooooooo much"
    Overall

    A great BIG slice of galatic life. The author has DEFinitely created a very interesting world and is intent on showing it off through the eyes of the many, many, many characters that he has also created. I don't mind a couple of viewpoints and tying it all together at the end... but at some point it just gets to be too many and too much and you have nothing to attach to.... you're just on some big ol' merry-go-round that won't stop. The story described on the book page is just one of many, many... and SOME of them obviously tie together ...but... The author really is SO interested in detailing EVERYTHING that tension and character building are kind of left in the dust. I don't know, I only got 20 hours into it ....when ANOTHER character was introduced and my patience just QUIT on me. I kind of wish the author had taken one or two of the very interesting plotlines and just developed them in...detail. LOL. Anyway. Very well written...if you are into a tremendous amount of creatively imaginative detail and don't want to get bored with just one storyline. The creative muscle was FLEXED here...I just wish the storytelling muscle had seen similiar action. Again with the "anyway". My opinion, hope it's helpful :)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11483)
    Performance
    (8349)
    Story
    (8355)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Very entertaining. Sam Spade + magic. A fun book."
    Overall

    Well written. Self deprecating humor. VERY Sam Spade(ish). Not deep, but a pleasant interlude between deeper droughts. Entertaining.

    I read a couple of reviews from others who seemed to have a similiar take on books and found: An unexpected pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Light of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (91)

    From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

    B. Picard says: "Wonderful story"
    "Simply beautiful."
    Overall

    Bardic. Mythological. Philosophical. Musing. Heroic. Masterful storytelling. Simply...... beautiful. I find it difficult to say more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (1729)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1268)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Gwen says: "Poeticly Written"
    "Which story are YOU looking for?"
    Overall

    I was looking for the story about the souless red raiders, the mystery of the fool who saw the future (and the nexus), the fable of the elderlings, the different magics, etc. etc. Unfortunately that is only about 10% of the storyline. The rest of the story is extreme character development to the point that the story is more focused on the 15 year old falling in love, the "bad" boy prince throwing his brother under the bus, the king being slowly poisoned by his son, AND...the burning question: is the serving woman (ex-candlemaker) going to get pregnant (?), ...and all those soap opery things that seem to sell fantasy books nowadays. Don't get me wrong...very interesting characters ...but. If you enjoy George RR Martin....this is a simpler offering along those veins. Fiction in reality but thinly disguised as sci-fi/fantasy. AND, "No" I did not finish this book. I got 20 hours into and said, "Enough". AND, I feel fine giving a review regardless... because this is about a product that I bought and paid for and did not finish due to lack of enjoyment. Not to say you won't enjoy...just saying I enjoyed it to a point...and then got REALLY tired of everything else while waiting for the story I was waiting for ...to develop. I gave up. I really LIKE character driven stories.... but not so driven by character that they are JUST about characters. This is only sci-fi/fantasy because of the token elements that are probably resolved at the very end. More than 80% of this storyline is ...soap opera. Too big of a price (in my book) for what is probably only a token pay-off. Even if the pay-off is HUGE ... at this point...I Just Don't Care. Anyway.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Warrior: Tamir Triad, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, Lynn Flewelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (183)

    As the only living child of Erius's dead sister, Prince Tobin is second in line to the Throne of Skala, but he is not what he seems. To protect him from the paranoid assasinations ordered by his uncle, the wizard Iya gave Tobin the appearence of his murdered twin brother at birth. But now, with the onset of puberty, Tobin has discovered his true identity - SHE the rightful heir to the throne.

    Kuhal Krakatoa says: "Excellent Book!!!"
    "...entertaining....but?"
    Overall

    Author is decent, story has possibility (really a fantasy goth read?) ...but, unfortunately the tale waivers a tad as the author attempts to pull it off. Hmmmm. Still. It IS an unusual angle. Fingers crossed, expectations not too high.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (578)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "very well written, absolutely awesome :)"
    Overall

    It is SO nice to read a writer who KNOWs how to develop a character without resorting to an internal, rambling and somewhat naive soliloquy. One who knows the art of creating AND developing Interesting Characters. LOTS of them ...but who doesn't have a NEED to tell you EVERY SINGLE (completely irrelevent) detail. Someone who can tell even tell WHICH details ARE needed to suggest a story in your mind. An author who knows HOW to use setting to set atmosphere within the piece. An ARTIST who knows how to develop the drama :) That being said, onto the: WOW. What a strange story. A tale written with beautifully ironic and poetic strokes. Can you tell that I REALLY liked this one? Form your own opinion... this is just mine :)

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (544)

    Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.

    Louis says: "Order of series"
    "Entertaining/pleasant"
    Overall

    Character driven to the point that atmospheric and descriptive details are almost non-existent ...but there's enough to drive the story along. A bit better than expected.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2399)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1329)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "It made me laugh in all the wrong places."
    Overall

    A well drawn comic book. Depth of character and story are replaced with an array of quick character snapshots spread across a LOT of people. Easy to see hooks and dialogue driven action move the story along (albeit very slowly). It should make for an excellent movie as it was quite visual. It's a BIG shame, because the true novelty was the fact that here was a VAMPIRE book ...that wasn't just a soft porn novel disguised as liberated romance.

    This focus on individual stories supports the author's statement to the effect that there is no god and good and evil are in the hands of man. BUT.... that's a big statement for so little depth. The author's explanation of vampirism as a disease WAS quite interesting and definitely added to the overall (growing) vampire mythology. Anyway.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (869)

    Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

    David says: "A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos"
    "Simple in comparision."
    Overall

    The Hyperion books were more... philosophically complex and interwoven, a LOT of it YOU had to figure out for yourself. Clues were slowly released and layers woven beautifully into one whole. It was the very act of discovery that made the books so VERY nice. This book is more of a straightforward adventure story. All of the complex philosophical stuff is laid out in an easy to understand and easy to follow format. Unfortunately the revelations are just that: obvious and straight up (or at least comparitively speaking). It feels like the author's head is in a different space here.

    It's funny but there are a lot more groups and a lot more political intrigue and a lot more characters and a lot more scenery and a lot more.... of everything....BUT the book feels smaller somehow.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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