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  • 2 reviews
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  • Pilot X

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tom Merritt
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pilot X is Ambassador of the Alendans, a race with the ability to move through space and time as guardians of the timeline. Locked in ongoing conflict with the Sensaurians, an organic hive mind that can send messages in thought throughout its own history, and the Progons, a machine race who can communicate backwards in time, Pilot X finally manages to create peace among the three races.

    LetsTryThisTech says: "Amazing book"
    "A fun, quick listen for fans of Doctor Who"

    Audiobook: I was unfamiliar with Kevin T. Collins prior to listening to this book, but I'll be keeping an eye out for him in the future. He reads clearly at good volume and does a few voices as well. Tom lucked out with a good narrator who added a little something extra to the book.

    Story Review
    For what it's worth, I've been a member of Tom's online book club Sword & Laser for nearly 5 years, and helping to moderate the group for the last 2.5 years.

    Tom might be better known for his work as a tech blogger and podcaster, but to me he's always been someone whose opinions on Science Fiction I've come to value. I picked this book up once I saw that I could get it in audio because I wanted to support Tom, but I seem to have very little time to read lately.

    I know Tom has dabbled in writing on and off, especially during Nanowrimo, and that shows here. I haven't read any of his previous works, but this book is well written. Tom does a good job of showing and not telling, which is especially important to me in a book this short.

    There are some big ideas about Time Travel, and he is consistent within his own rules for how it works, without spending too much time getting into the "science". This is the kind of big idea, little detail story I tend to associate with older Science Fiction stories.

    Oddly, I don't tend to enjoy much classic Science Fiction because I tend to prefer more detailed world building. However I felt this book does a good job in packing in world building as the story progresses. There is a lot of room for imagination, but you're provided enough detail for framing the story he's trying to tell.

    The one place I felt was a bit lacking was the characters. There isn't a ton of character development with Pilot X, and apart from the ship Verity and maybe the Secretary, most of the characters feel thin/disposable. I would have liked to read more about the after math of Pilot X's decision than we got.

    The book has a bit of a Doctor Who feel, which isn't surprising as Tom has discussed how his inspiration for this book stemmed from that show's own Time War. However Pilot X doesn't feel like the Doctor. Or at least not any of the Doctor's I'm familiar with.

    This book does a good job at borrowing an idea from Doctor Who while being it's own thing. I'm glad that I picked it up, and figure that I'll be able to tell people I followed Tom Merritt before he became a successful writer.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan

    When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

    Gina says: "By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle"
    "Some Minor complaints about the audio quality"

    I don't normally write reviews on Audible, but I wanted to note that I was dropping a star from the performance not because Mr. Reynolds did a bad job (in fact he's one of my favorite narrators and this series is a must listen so long as he's the narrator) but due to some strange audio anamolies.

    Possibly this was due to last minute editing? Whatever it was, it made for some noticeable changes in the quality of the audiobook. It's hard to describe exactly. The best I can say is the volume/cadence of Mr. Reynold abruptly changes for a short period of time then changes back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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