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Alex

Encinitas, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2325)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (496)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "mediocre"
    Overall

    It lacks new ideas, draws on the old, beaten up 'paranoia of the global control' thoughts. If you like paranoid, get this book. It does not help that this author is a mediocre writer. What else can I say? Well, he does not quite excel in the "bad writer" department. There are ones worse than him out here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (230)

    The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

    Ausbin says: "Great Sci-Fi"
    "great hardcore sci-fi"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyable despite the narrator, Barret Whitener. Mr. Whitener has a highly annoying habit of reading phrases with an unwarranted ascending intonation. It adds an effect reminiscent of moaning and howling. Fortunately, thanks to the book's content, I was able to ignore it. Presently, as we are offered no choice of narrators, we should be happy to hear this book as offered. Sequel is implied. I look forward towards Audible providing us with other Niven books. (Even if they are read by Whitener.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Callahan's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (64)

    Nobody blends good science with bad puns as brilliantly as Spider Robinson. Now he's back with the latest chapter of the Callahan saga: an improbable tale of impending doom, a road trip, space, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

    Kathryn says: "Purchase Callahan's Chronicles First!"
    "psychedelic dream of an old hippie"
    Overall

    I found this book to be mildly entertaining, with few OK puns that were greatly diluted by the mediocre ones. This sci-fi is pretty low on "sci" and not too high on original "fi". The most annoying recurring phrase was "he was right...". It repeated too many times throughout the book and tasted like yet another spoonful of sugar in the same cup of tea. I was somewhat bored. However overall, it is not the most horrible piece of literature I was exposed to.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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