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steve

I read and listen to books as much as possible.

Ferndale, Wa, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 16 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 497 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Axis

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (323)

    Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

    John says: "Spin off Axis"
    "Not a great sequel"
    Overall

    Spin was great but i read it, this book i tried to listen to and lost interest and later i read it, but Scott Brick is a great reader.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wreck of The River of Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael F. Flynn
    • Narrated By Dave Giorgio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In the days of the great sailing ships in the mid-21st century, when magnetic sails drew cargo and passengers alike to every corner of the Solar System, sailors had the highest status of all spacemen, and the crew of the luxury liner The River of Stars, the highest among all sailors. But development of the Farnsworth fusion drive doomed the sailing ships and now The River of Stars operates in the late years of the century as a mere tramp freighter among the outer planets, and her crew is a motley group of misfits.

    Randal says: "Well crafted & Poignant"
    "This Book Is Killing me !"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend because the reader drives me nuts. He sounds like he is reading a nursery rhyme to a 3 year old and after 15 minutes it becomes unbearable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I am over half way through the book and I am yet to encounter a most or least interesting aspect of the story because I keep checking out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Giorgio’s performances?

    No


    Was The Wreck of The River of Stars worth the listening time?

    I don’t really know if the book is any good or not.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been through the two trilogies by Michael Flynn available on Audible and enjoyed them both very much. As far as I can tell, this story connects them in some ways but it is such a hard book to listen to. I can’t really determine if it is poorly written or if I just can’t get past the performance but I usually give it about a half hour a day and then listen to something else. It is turning out to be the longest book of my ten years with Audible. I will not get another book narrated by Dave Giorgio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Frozen Sky: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Darrin Revitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark... where they confront a savage race older than mankind...

    steve says: "I don't even know if I can finish this book."
    "I don't even know if I can finish this book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe a better reader.......it's hard to tell which is worse, the reader or the story itself.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Carlson again?

    Maybe, even the Beatles had a boring song......probably not this boring though.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader is just not any good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Frozen Sky?

    The whole first 23 chapters was pretty mind numbing with unrealistic technology and useless detail with no point of reference to the actual universe that has been created for the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Two thirds of the way and I am still not getting on-board. This may be my first Audible book I don't finish in 10 years.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darker Than Amber: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.

    Anne says: "At last, but hoping for a better Meyer"
    "The Summer of Travis McGee"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have been waiting for a long time to dive into these books. I didn’t expect Audible to do this but I am so glad they did. With work and college, my recreational reading is pretty much nonexistent these days. I listen to audiobooks at work and this has been the summer of Travis McGee for me. Every one of the stories does exactly what they are supposed to do.

    The Narrator was also a very good choice. He doesn’t actually talk Florida to well but he handles characters very distinctly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterhood of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (390)

    It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

    Clydene says: "This is the First Need to Listen for 2012"
    "It is definitely another Dune book by B and K"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I’m just not real crazy about Scott Brick reading the book. That may be because he read a few other books I just hated. His emotional expression sounds so forced. This story is a bit tedious at first but I eventually got into it.

    I have either read or listened to every Dune book by both Frank Herbert and Brian Herbert. It has been a while so when it started naming characters and giving background right off, I had to strain my memory. Truthfully, the set of books that precede this one, turns out was just not so memorable.

    I am trying to decide if it is Brian Herbert or Kevin Anderson who brings the element of bubblegum sci-fi to these books. I read Anderson’s Star Wars trilogy years ago but that is supposed to be bubble gum so I can’t tell.

    Even though I just cannot bring myself to give it a glowing review, I just have to follow this series. I also do other horrible things to myself like binge drinking and going to the gym.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Quantum Murder: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (512)

    Dr Edward Kitchener, a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology, lies dead with his lungs spread out on either side of his open chest. Only a mercenary or professional killer could have breached the premier-grade security system - but why would a professional waste time in ritual slaughter? Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch an investigation into a past which - according to Kitchener’s theories - might never have happened.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Excellent sci-fi murder mystery"
    "Where is Book One?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Peter Hamilton's books. I listen to them over and over; but why did Audible first post book three, then book two? I'm not going to start this series until they post book one.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11961)
    Performance
    (10360)
    Story
    (10337)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Wonderful Book!"
    Overall
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    Story

    I really have a hard time putting it down (or pausing it). I see most of the other members complaining about the reader, I can be really critical of readers in my reviews but I just never thought of it listening to this book. They may have a good point, but I didn’t think of it until I saw their complaints. He is a good reader but maybe not the best choice for this book. It is annoying to hear him refer to OS Ten as OS “X”. Someone should have caught that! Steve Jobs would have eviscerated him for it, Windows user scumbag……

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1113)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "Weak Science Fiction"
    Overall

    Because they had to make it a point that the author has a PhD in robotics, I expected some good old hard science fiction, it was not. The audio production was excellent, but the book was poor. There is no real explanation for the technology.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Job: A Comedy of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (148)

    After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake. To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near.

    Vincent says: "OK, So I Get The Joke Already..."
    "I always love Heinlein, but..."
    Overall

    I read this book about 10 years ago, and I don’t remember it being so sappy!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3348)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1130)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    Good Book, good reader, kept me interested until the end.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • God Emperor of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (704)

    More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Almost as good as the original"
    "The Golden Path is obvious!"
    Overall

    They are doing a great job with the production on these books, The readers are fantastic!
    Of course they are the Dune books by Herbert so they are great. This one was as good as the rest.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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