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George

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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1291)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Fast start, slow finish."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending. The story started well and continued to develop for about half the book. The story then got fuzzy and tedious. It ended with a dreary conclusion that was not a conclusion at all - merely an introduction to the expected follow-on novel. A bit of a cheap trick in my mind.


    Would you recommend Earth Unaware to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. Compared to the author's Ender series, this novel was not bad, just anemic


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The various narrators were quite satisfactory although a single male and a single female narrator would have been sufficient.


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

    Don't know. The question should be does it have enough substance to be considered a candidate for a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Card has written some very good stuff. I hope he can again.

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  • Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5341)
    Performance
    (4004)
    Story
    (3980)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss.

    James says: "Pick up the coin?"
    "Dramatic, exciting and enchanting."
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    Would you listen to Death Masks again? Why?

    Jim Butcher is a master story teller (in a writing sense) and James Marsters is a master story teller (in a narration sense). Together, they are awesome. This the best of the 8 or 9 Butcher books I have read. An interesting thought came to mind as I progressed through the book - Butchers works are essentially fantasies about mythical beings and have strong occult overtones. However, more conventional spiritual undertones emerged in this book which I had not observed before. It suggests to me that while the author uses magic, demons and really evil characters in his stories, he is simply employing his creating talents and not denigrating opposing and more conventional spiritual mores'.


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