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  • Children of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By George Ralph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    In a desolate orphanage in what remains of post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion - and flourishes when he's supposed to die. The discovery of his unique immune system may hold the key to the long-awaited cure for cancer and AIDS - and a link to a clan of vampires.

    Kelly Howard says: "needs a different reader"
    "Masterful! Don't let the bad reviews scare you off"
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    I’m shocked and disappointed that this book got so many bad reviews. I have never read a Dan Simmons book that was less than masterful, and this book is no exception. As always, his research is impeccable, which allows him to make a distant world vivid. The characters are compelling (one of them is from Children of Night, where he is much younger).

    Other reviews have complained of boring stretches and romance. Some parts go into biology details, but I found these parts fascinating (and they are important to the story). As for the romance, well, I have no idea why a love interest is a bad thing. The characters are human, after all, and humans have love interests, so it’s quite realistic. But even if you dislike a bit of romance, don’t let that deter you from reading, because it’s actually quite a small aspect of the book.

    I enjoyed the reader. None of his voices are irritating, and one of them is done exceedingly well. I feel that his performance enhanced my reading experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Without Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alan Wiesman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Most works about the environment build on dire threats warning of the possible extinction of humanity. Alan Weisman avoids frightening off readers by disarmingly wiping out our species in the first few minutes. He then continues with an astounding depiction of how Earth will fare once we're no longer around. The World Without Us is a one-of-a-kind work that sweeps through time from the moment of humanity's future extinction to millions of years into the future.

    Whyrl says: "A Must-Read for Every Human"
    "A Must-Read for Every Human"
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    This is a must-read for every human on this earth.

    I read a lot of novels, rarely venturing into the too depressingly realistic realm of non-fiction. This book has made me vow to read more non-fiction from here on out. This book isn’t just about what the world will be like without us – it weaves together the world before us, the world with us (and our pollutants), and the world after us. Wiesman does this with uncommon skill. His tapestry plunged me to the depths of despair (yes, this book has many horrible facts about what humans have done to the planet) and then carried me onwards and upwards to lands of hope and reverence (Wiesman counteracts the dark places of the narrative with many inspiring moments and ideas).

    The performance is just what you want for non-fiction: clear, non-irritating, and appropriately emotive.

    Read this book. It will make you think. You will learn so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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