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Don

Work in IT for a county office of education. love scifi and alternative history

Dinuba, California, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (256)

    Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

    Eivind says: "Worth the credit"
    "Loved it growing up, still love it now."
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    Story
    Would you listen to Friday again? Why?

    Yes! Growing up, the genetics and sciences fascinated me because of this book, and now that I am older, I find other things that I can reflect on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but sadly, my commute is too short to :(


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boat of a Million Years

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Others have written science fiction on the theme of immortality, but in The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson made it his own. Early in human history, certain individuals were born who live on—unaging, undying—through the centuries and millennia. This story follows them over two thousand years, up to our time and beyond—to the promise of utopia, and to the challenge of the stars.

    Michael says: "Long winded and boring..."
    "The book feels... Unfinished."
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    What did you like best about The Boat of a Million Years? What did you like least?

    The concept was fantastic, but because it was shoehorned into one book, I feel that an opportunity to paint a more vivid landscape with each era was missed. The character development came up short as well. i found it hard to empathize with any of the main characters; they were not as deep as they should have been to make this a successful book in my opinion.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    1635


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would. A movie, with awesome CGI would make this story amazing. Film can set up eras with something as simple as an aireo shot.


    Any additional comments?

    Now that I have read this, i will take down my copy in my library and trade it for something that will fit better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (1879)
    Story
    (1909)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "Cornerstone of scifi??"
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    What disappointed you about Foundation?

    I tried to read it growing up and it couldn't keep my interest and now that I am older I tried the audio book and discovered WHY!! The sentence structure is almost that of a young reader, and I found the short, choppy sentences to be annoying and bothersome.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    If this is the "cornerstone" of scifi, no, I will read David Weber or Elizabeth Moon.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anoyance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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