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Kevin

Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

Herndon, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (549)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "Armagedon story with a twist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story tells a somewhat disturbing tale about earth post a nuclear exchange. The story covers a few thousand years and is a pretty disturbing story of humanity. The performance is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (689)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Fascinating story - weak ending"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is a complex story about how a society developed to split off the scientific community from the secular community in response to a number of world events that almost destroyed the population. In the midst of this, a vessel comes into orbit that is nothing ever seen before. That is the gist of the story. The telling is great - the actors do a great job on this reading. The story is good, but has a weak ending. But its pretty interesting anyway. Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4561)
    Performance
    (4271)
    Story
    (4289)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Great story, great performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a wonderful story. The lead character is hilarious when he is not serious. The reader does a wonderful job portraying the many personalities. It was a pleasure to listen to it. Great Story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Sharon Williams
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Mars is a colonial world governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, brave, and intelligent, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of Earthly powers to keep the best inventions for themselves. The young Martians - the second and third generation born on Mars - have little loyalty to Earth and a strong belief that their planet can be independent.

    Karl says: "One of my favorites"
    "Great book and performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fascinating story if a bit unbelievable. It is a traditional Greg Bear SCI-FI story about a future of Mars that is different then any others I have read. This is the fourth Mars book that won an award in the 1990s I guess as a result of all the Mars Lander activity during that decade. The characters are well developed story very engaging.

    The audio performance is very good with alot of effort to emulate voices in suits, remote communications,etc. Overall, I really enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Terminal Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    An experiment has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. One will test life after death; another, immortality. The third one is the control unit. But now all three have escaped from Hobson's computer into the worldwide electronic matrix. And one of them is a killer.

    David says: "Incredible"
    "Interesting set of story angles"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book covers many disparate topics from religion (existence of a soul) to determination of when someone is actually dead - for organ donation purposes. The technology discussed moves between things long gone (technologically speaking) to things that have not been done. The concept that one could record one's self and store in on the internet, turn it on and have a discussion with your self is kind of interesting. The fact that there are limitations to that recording vs the physical experience is not surprising.

    The story carries well although a little weak on the ending. The reading is good and captured my attention. Overall a great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon and the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Vonda N. McIntyre
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In 17th-century France, Louis XIV rules with flamboyant ambition, yet the Sun King's appetite for glory knows no bounds. In a bold stroke, he sends his natural philosopher on an expedition to seek the source of immortality, a rare, perhaps mythical, sea monster.

    Kevin says: "Odd Mix of Fantasy and History"
    "Odd Mix of Fantasy and History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not sure why this won a Nebula Award - it has nothing to do with Sci-Fi. It is an interesting story about humans who live in the water - mermaids. It takes place around the 1600s in our time, but with a twist regarding the mermaids. It has the catholic church (the Pope is the King's Cousin), woman in there place (barefoot and pregnant - well at least quite and permissive), the King's Court, and a disturbing story about the mermaid. The story kept me pretty irritated - did a very good job of portraying gender roles of the time.

    The performance is excellent and well read. Worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Parable of the Talents

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won his way into the White House. Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

    David says: "Powerful, dark sequel that stands on its own"
    "Moving Story - great performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What is most disturbing about this story is how it is not that far out of the range of possibility. If the current economic situation crashed, this is entirely possible. And I found that quite distrubing. The idea is interesting (forming a new religion based on science) and the terrible things that the person went through to get the new idea moving makes the story compelling. I am not a fan of the ending - I found the weakness of the brother/sister bonds very disturbing and how the author kind of forgets that the main character saved the brother from slavery - never seems to come back up.

    But the performance is good and the story compelling. worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (360)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    A User says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Very interesting concept - good performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is one in a series of books by Jack McDevitt that are sort of like a long miniseries, but each book has a definite, independent story. This one has several fascinating twists. I think that the author does not follow through with all the story ends, but it is still a fun story and the ending, while somewhat predictable, is still a bit surprising.

    Worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Camouflage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (214)

    The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

    Deborah Thompson says: "Grows on you"
    "Fun idea, good performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is one of those where you will have to suspend your beliefs to enjoy it. The idea of two immortals that end up on earth a very long time ago and as humanity evolves decides to partake in society (one brutal, one less so) and how the two entities find each other....an engaging story. Its sort of disturbing that you know that the humans can do nothing about the situation - only the two entities. It leaves you feeling a bit helpless.

    But I liked the story. It is a quick read will keep you entertained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quantum Rose: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    The Saga of the Skolian Empire is Catherine Asaro's trademark series. It chronicles the lives of the members of the ruling family of the Empire in the distant interstellar future, weaving a fine blend of action, romance, and hard science fiction.

    Lisa says: "ok, but barely!"
    "Soap Opera Sci-FI"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is pretty much like a soap opera. There are the steamy scenes with the a young woman and an older man. There is treachery, betrayal, and conflict. Its a quick book and the performance is very good. The book name and the name of all the characters is pretty interesting once you figure it out. I was somewhat disappointed that this was a Nebula award winner, but it was a quick read and kept my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Speed of Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

    Andrew says: "Totally Recommended!"
    "Great story - sort of weak ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a pretty interesting story, told from the point of view of a functioning autistic adult in a time when autism has been cured for those treated early enough. It is very well written and very well read. The performance does a great job with the various personalities in the book making it very enjoyable. The ending feels like the author was trying to get finished (but it still is interesting). While it is still a good ending, to many things are left undone. But overall, I really liked the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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