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Hope

Niagara Park, Australia | Member Since 2006

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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3602)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3184)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "excellent reading of a ripping yarn."
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    Not my favourite Stephenson- but the worst Stephenson (which this is not) is better than the best anyone else. Probably on a par with Anathem- very good, but misses the greatness of the Baroque Cycle/Cryptonomicon. Not to be missed for fans of Stephenson or witty, fast moving urban adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destroyer: Foreigner Sequence 3, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (134)

    C.J. Cherryh, one of the most prolific and acclaimed SF writers in the world, delivers the seventh book in her Foreigner series, and the first book in the new Foreigner trilogy - the epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true SF odyssey.

    Professor says: "Magnificent !!!"
    "Horrible narration of great book"
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    ugh!! What's with the wacky voices? yuk!! I'm so glad this wasn't my introduction to the series or characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (571)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "cool idea... good argument for abridged editions"
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    soo many descriptions of stupid things. Subway cars in Toronto.Buttons on a gadget. Recaps of Casablanca. If you edited out all the extra crap and added some characterisation, say, it would have been an interesting story. As it is I'm within an hour of finishing and don't even care how it ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (379)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "good narration, amazing story"
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    loved it! sad that "regenesis" doesn't seem to be available in audio format here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Door into Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (204)

    Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

    K. Lange says: "One of Heinlein's Best"
    "good reading of typical Heinlein"
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    I don't know why I tried this- I am allergic to Heinlein. The story, as always, is interesting. The sexual politics and misogyny, not so much. I didn't finish, but the reader was good and true to the text.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Surface Detail

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

    Hope says: "amazing narration"
    "amazing narration"
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    Like all of Iain M Banks' Culture novels that I have read, this one was vast, mind blowing and in parts hilariously funny. The best part about Banks in audio is that my mind can wander during detailed descriptions of space (or other) battles, and not have lost the thread when the interesting (to me) stuff starts up again.

    The narrator gave a unique voice characterisation to every one of the many major and minor characters, making sections of the story that I think I may have skimmed in print utterly engaging in audio. I'm sure the book has its faults, I've seen other reviewers complain about Veppers being a cardboard cutout pantomime villain, and they're right. I just didn't mind though, so much did I enjoy the personalities of the rest of the characters, especially the ships' Minds.

    Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1445)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "a great reading of a great book."
    Overall

    this is another excellent audio adaptation of Stephenson. I have read this before, in paper even, and enjoyed it. My enjoyment of the audio is infinitely greater though. The exuberance and humour of Stephenson that comes through in a good reading amazes me every time.

    Not only that, but this time around, I am getting all the little "in" jokes as the cast of characters, most of whom are descended from the characters in the Baroque Cycle, take the stage. Of course Cryptocomicon was written many years before the Baroque Cycle, so that makes this referential integrity the more impressive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (928)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "History of science made human."
    Overall

    This reading breathes life into each and every character in this monumental novel. The amazing texture and wit of Stephenson's writing is fully done justice to by this great adaptation. Thank you audible.com for completing this huge but wonderful project!

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3827)
    Performance
    (2274)
    Story
    (2304)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Reader sounds like Zap Branigan"
    Overall

    Story is ok (I'm not that far into it but I liked Jerry Pournelle so much after hearing him on This Week in Tech (podcast) with Leo Laporte, that I came over and bought one of his books. )

    Only bad (or good) thing is that the guy reading it sounds exactly like Zap Branigan from Futurama.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (763)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    David says: "An SCAer's dream"
    "cheezie"
    Overall

    I couldn't get past the cliches in the first couple of hours. The stupid fake Irish accent of the woman, the idiotic idea of the girls being clad in period costume with bows and arrows... ohhhh my brain. It's like Gilligan's Island meets Dungeons and Dragons. It's awful.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful

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