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Shane

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
  • 86 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • A Dry, Quiet War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Tony Daniel
    • Narrated By Jared Doreck
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In "A Dry, Quiet War", Henry Bone returns home from the War at the End of Time to live out his final years on the rural planet Ferro. But he's not the only veteran to return to this timeline: a group of cybernetically enhanced soldiers - some human, some not - have made the billion-year journey as well. Only they're not looking for peace and quiet.

    Shane says: "Great Story, Good Reading"
    "Great Story, Good Reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is my favorite science fiction short story of all time. The audiobook is well worth the money, but at times the narrator does a poor job conveying emotion without going a little over the top, which tends to distract from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halting State

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    The year is 2012, and China, India, and the United States are waging an infowar for economic domination. With innocent gamers mere pawns in the hands of electronic intelligence agencies, programmer Jack Reed is tasked with ferreting out the plot of those who would gladly trade global turmoil for personal gain.

    C. Hartmann says: "2 Smart Books Well Worth the Listen - Great Reader"
    "Ugh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The second-person thing is really tough to get used to. It remains annoying the entire time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1369)

    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"
    "Best Neal Stephenson Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like it even more than Snow Crash. The narrator does a fair job, but he reads Bobby Shaftoe as an imbecile and keeps mispronouncing 'eruditorum' as 'eruditorium' for some reason. Besides that, he does a pretty good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3492)
    Performance
    (3054)
    Story
    (3088)

    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, with a caveat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think the book is altogether excellent. The only quibble I have (and it is minor) is in the final act, which maybe Stephenson tries to hew too closely to Snow Crash, i.e. crazy action/adventure for the sake of action/adventure. It isn't bad, it just seems to go on a little too long and a little too intensely (if that makes sense). Still, excellent book and well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (339)

    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

    Ken says: "Great introduction to The Culture series"
    "Good Second Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really didn't like the first book of the Culture series, but a buddy of mine told me that Consider Phlebas is not representative of the remainder, so I gave Player of Games a shot. It's really good. The narration is excellent and the story is excellent. I'll check out the third book in the series next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking in Tongues

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    In Speaking in Tongues, Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author Neil Gaiman reads a selection of his own stories and poems, including "The Price", which he says "is more or less true. At least, the narrator...is pretty much me, the house is my house, the cats my cats, and the family is my family."

    Richard says: "Remarkable stories and performance!"
    "A Bit Expensive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a bit expensive for such a short story. The stories are good and Gaiman is always a good narrator, but I think some of these stories are on other Gaiman productions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Telling Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    A collection of stories written and read by Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author Neil Gaiman, including "A Writer’s Prayer", which he says, "was written shortly before I began American Gods. I knew the first two verses when I began it, and the conclusion was there when I reached it. This is why I love writing."

    Patty says: "DRUM SOUNDS"
    "Not a Good Value"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the story was good and Gaiman always performs well, this was definitely too expensive for so little product. Not only is it short, there was a 16 minutes instrumental track at the end for no apparent reason.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (519)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Performance Detracts from Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually like William Dufris. I've listened to him read books by John Scalzi, Neal Stephenson, and Mark Twain, and given him high marks for each effort. He's just wrong for this book, though. Something about his treatment of the material comes off as an attempt to be humorous where it doesn't really belong or over-emotional when Takeshi Kovacs wouldn't really react like that. It doesn't help that he mispronounces the name 'Kovacs' throughout the book, even though the proper pronunciation is almost a plot point in the first two books.

    Todd McLaren does a much better job on Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, so the difference in quality is that much more evident listening to Dufris trying to perform the same type of material.

    Other than that, it's a good book. The story is good while still remaining as confusing and wide-ranging as the first two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (550)

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "Annoying Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is pretty good, although somewhat repetitive from The Last Colony. It is pretty obvious that it is a middle age man projecting himself onto a teenage girl, but it still works relatively well.

    The biggest problem with the audiobook is that the narrator has a serious case of vocal fry that becomes more and more annoying as the book goes on. It is most evident when she portrays female characters but is present throughout. Other than that, it is a worthy listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3186)
    Performance
    (2739)
    Story
    (2741)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Better than expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this without seeing who the narrator was and then pressed 'play' at the beginning of a long trip. When I heard that the narrator was Wil Wheaton, I told my wife to switch to one of the other audiobooks because I had no desire to listen to Wesley Crusher for 8+ hours. It turns out that I hadn't plugged in my iPod since my last 3 purchases from Audible so this was the only audiobook available. I resigned myself to the fact that I would need to deal with it, but I was quite presently surprised.

    The story is good, with only a few plot holes I won't get into. Wheaton does a very good job with the material. Every now and then, he tends to emote at times when it is inappropriate, but those instances are few and far between. Overall, he does well by the material and made me feel like a schmuck for being so reflexively averse to him as a narrator.

    I also have The Android's Dream read by Wheaton and I'll be listening to that in a few weeks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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