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House book adict

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  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (340)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "So bad I had to stop ---and I never do that"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or the narrators?

    no


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Black House by Stephen King


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    They did the best they could


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The slowest most dragging plot (is there a plot?) --no narrative pace. Inane dialogue, and sophmoric humor --even an obsession with nudity ("ooooo they aren't wearing clothes"). Jeeez. How this could be described as "the wickedest and most wonderful science fiction story ever..." completely eludes me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3614)
    Performance
    (1995)
    Story
    (2006)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Good concept made boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Paolo Bacigalupi’s story?

    There was almost no charcter in this book that was truly sympathetic --or even particularly developed, each desperately involved in self interest. And any plot(s) --both complicated and pedantic . I kept listening hoping it would gel into something but never seems to.


    Did Jonathan Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration is good. It went some way to salvaging the situation....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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