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Wesley

I love hard core sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds"
    "I Remember Reynolds Being Better Than This"
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    What did you like best about Blue Remembered Earth? What did you like least?

    The writing is solid in typical Reynolds fashion. The narrator is just fantastic and took a slow predictable read and made it come alive.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I knew early on where the story was going and hoped it would have a more thrilling ending. It just kind of fizzled out.


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Kobna before but I will be on the look out for anything else read by him.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read every book Reynolds has written and this is by far his weakest work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (531)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Sleeping Furies, Kovacs goes out with a whimper."
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    After Broken Angels I was really looking forward to this installment by Morgan.

    Wow, I was let down.

    The story is the worst attempt at preaching I've ever seen. I got it Richard, you don't like Muslims.

    I was so sad to seek Kovacs turned into a petty man with such shallow motivations as this story portrays him. It feels like Morgan had signed a three book deal with two books done and this one rounded out the contract.

    There are a few bits of Sci-Fi fun the whole take on small teams of people that go in to clean up a war zone full of AI controlled weapons, but that was the high point by far.

    Again, the graphic sex was just too much. I don't need to know the exact amount of fluids exchanged between people, ugh.

    It wasn't enough that the story was weak the ending was a giant "meh". I really hope this isn't the last Kovacs novel he needs a better send off than this.

    Willam Dufris has the poor luck to follow Todd McLaren from the first two books. If that wasn't hard enough, he didn't do even the basic research needed to pronounce Kovacs name. What a let down. Dufris doesn't to a horrible job just not a great one. His reading is a bit over the top in spots and there are some slips that should have been re-recorded. I have the feeling he was given this at the last minute and was forced to read it at gun point.

    The production quality was also lackluster. I don't need the cheap sound effects to let me know Kovacs is thinking about the past or talking on the phone. In some spots it made it hard to listen to the book.

    Take a pass on this one, it adds very little to Kovacs story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1687)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (725)

    Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

    crazybatcow says: "Very very good story, very very "adult""
    "A masterful follow-up, Morgan hits his stride."
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    After Altered Carbon I put Morgan on the list of authors to watch.

    I wasn't sure what to expect from Morgan's second outing with Kovacs character. He wasn't flat but there wasn't a whole lot of depth to him after the first novel. I was pleasantly surprised with this outing and with the fact it departed from the Hardboiled Nior genre a bit and got more into the para military aspects of Kovacs past and his current skills.

    This is my favorite novel to date by Morgan and is on my short list to read again. It is good enough to stand on it's own without Altered Carbon backing it up. Morgan uses the distance of time to keep the same character but put him in a different setting where we can see a whole new dimension to him.

    Morgan still puts in too much graphic sex for my taste but that can be overlooked in this novel.

    There isn't much more I can say without spoiling things. I will say that it is a very fun ride with lots of shoot'em up's and head scratching with a real taste of aliens without actually having a live aliens marching around in the book.

    This book has made the "recommend to friends list" and will stay there for a long time to come!

    Todd McLaren is just masterful. Again, he takes the written word and gives it life. His readings never get in the way of the story. I'd listen to him read the side of a cake mix box, he is just that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3293)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1517)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Future Tense Sci-Fi Meets Hard Boiled Killer"
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    This is a solid first outing for Morgan and he doesn't ruin the whole singularity / tech immortals genre. He is late to the game though.

    Morgan covers a lot of the same ground as other authors. He does offer a few minor twists on how society has handling this transition. Altered Carbon is in essence, a story about a retired special forces operative who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. It has a hint of Noir in it and the story is fairly well constructed. As a detective story goes, it doesn't disappoint. It is rare these days that I don't know the who, what, when, where and why by the middle of these kinds of stories. Morgan kept enough threads running without losing focus to make it an interesting read.

    I wasn't a fan of the sex in the book, a bit too much detail and porn quality to it. It may have shock value for some but I didn't think it added anything to the story as a whole. The relationships did. The interaction between the characters wasn't crazy complex or extremely deep but they did lend a since of humanity to the book.

    If you haven't read anything from Alastair Reynolds and LOVE Sci-fi and a good whodunit this is will be in your top list of books to recommend to others.

    If you have read Reynolds and came to Morgan for the same, you won't be as happy. Chasm City is probably one of the best outings in this genre and is the benchmark as far as I'm concerned.

    Todd McLaren is a top performer. Not just for his ability to bring the characters to life but for the homework he does BEFORE stepping into the studio. No sound effects, no over the top Rambo style performance just s solid reading that brings the book alive.

    There are a few narrators that I will listen to even if I've never heard of the book and it is outside my normal venues just because they are that good. Todd is on that list.

    Was it worth the money and time? You bet! It was a good roller coaster ride even if it was a bit bumpy in some spots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brightness Reef: The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    Persecuted refugees from six separate alien races have migrated to the idyllic planet Jijo. And despite their incredible diversity, the inhabitants live together in blissful harmony. However, settlement on Jijo is illegal - and it's only a matter of time before the residents of this forbidden paradise are discovered by the galactic powers-that-be.

    Chas says: "Hard Core Sci-Fi at it's best!"
    "Never again David Brin!"
    Overall

    God bless George Wilson for trying to make this horrid book listenable. This has to be the worst writing in the SF genre I've ever encountered. It is a horrible knock off of Heinlein I've had the displeasure of being subjected to. Do you grok me? I couldn't finish this book. I got two parts in and just had to put it down.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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