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thomas

I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (662)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "Better than the Movie!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an important story in the history of Science Ficiton. If you are a fan of the genre you will find this story archetypal on some level and a continuation of the "detective" tradtion of Asimov and robotics.


    Would you recommend Blade Runner to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. But it should be noted that this is a much different story than the movie, better in my opnion.There are more layers to it and it is a more challenging story in terms of humanity, religion and robotics.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I think so. I am a huge fan of Scott Brick, at times the narration was a little stilted but I think that was done to match the almost schitzophrenic nature of the dialogue.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Well this is a big of an odd question since they made a popular movie (maybe the best SF movie of all time besides 2001),.I would frankly love to see a movie made out of the story in this novel, but it would be different. Maybe the tag line could be "does empathy only come in human form?".


    Any additional comments?

    Many of the characters in this story are not likeable, which is not a pre-requesite for me or for a good story. I found myself having empahty for the robots who seems to be more human than the humans. I think that Dick did an excellent job in challenging the reader and this novel is deserving of its place in the top SF novels of all time.

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  • Conquistadors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Wood
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Following in the footsteps of the greatest Spanish adventurers, Michael Wood retraces the path of the conquistadors from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. As he travels the same routes as Hernán Cortés, Francisco, and Gonzalo Pizarro, Wood describes the dramatic events that accompanied the epic sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires.

    John says: "Good starter on Conquistadors"
    "Aptly Titled"
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    Would you listen to Conquistadors again? Why?

    Maybe not again, but it has inspired me to learn more about the Inca's Aztecs and Mesa-American cultures. Fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the later part of the book the author describes the yearlong trek of several ship wrecked Conquistadors that were the archetype of "going native". I found this particularly interesting and provided a lot of insight into the daily lives of native people.


    What does John Telfer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought he did a great job, and he added to the story in many ways. His British accent was well suited to the primary material and his Spanish affectations were helpful in distinguishing Incas rules in particular. Well done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I am not really a movie fan. This book is broken into 3 primary stories, all of which are well known through historical documentation. the author travels to these areas and brings the stories to life through his first person account of the terrain and people he encounters. I have a novice interest in anthropology and this provided a great introduction and overview into this subject.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not revisionist history, nor does it attempt to rationalize European colonialism. It is a fair account of a difficult period in world history, but one that had some level of inevitability. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding more about how the Americas were formed. Very well done.

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  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (336)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "A Good Listen."
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    What made the experience of listening to Into Africa the most enjoyable?

    Well John Lee is one of the premier narrators, he could read the phone book and probably make it interesting. In fact, I am not sure I would read the book, but listening to it was gratifying and I enjoyed it.


    What other book might you compare Into Africa to and why?

    There have been some recently quality books about exploration recently. This book compares to the River of Doubt and The Lost City of Z favorably. it puts the exploration story within the context of colonization and race relations. This story however is not written as a first person account, rather as a researched narrative. I don't think it detracts too much from the story, but first persona accounts are always more compelling.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    I have heard some reviewers criticize the Scottish accent on Livingston, I thought it was fine. It certainly didn't distract from teh story. I would say Livingston was my favorite, Lee has just the right inflection to make him someone that we admire yet not quite the heroic peson we might have heard of in school.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book helped fill me in on details that I only knew tangentially. I am glad I read it. this is not powerful story, mostly because I found some of the characters distasteful. but that is the history is in reality.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible has a good collection of exploration books. This book fits nicely into any reading list that concerns itself with world exploration and the subsequent problems it has caused to the present day.

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  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1036)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "An Incredible Story About an Incredible Man"
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    What did you love best about The River of Doubt?

    From beginning to end it grabbed your attention. It was well documented, yet had a narrative that was compelling and character driven. If you can put aside that it is about a famous Roosevelt adventure this would be one of the most dramatic stories you can imagine. Cultural and economic implications that can still be felt today. Now interject one of our most famous presidents into the story and well...you have to read it to believe it. I have listened to about 150 books on Audible and I have enjoyed all of them. If don't like a book I stop listening to it and never write a review, so every book I finish I enjoy. The River of Doubt might be my favorite of them all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The River of Doubt?

    I don't want to give anything away but every minute of this story is interesting. From the time they are planning the journey to the back story of what happens 30 years later. I particularly enjoyed the section about Rondon, a man I never heard of prior to listening to this book. His story alone is worth listening to this book.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Superb job. John Lee and Scott Brick are among my favorite narrators and Paul Michael is now in those ranks. He was serous without being maudlin, dramatic without being melodramatic.Great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not in one sitting but I got through it very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a good example where a narration can be better than a reading of the book. Fantastic job audible. Thank You.

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  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (370)

    A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

    Jennifer says: "A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers"
    "Onward to the Amazon"
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    If you could sum up The Lost City of Z in three words, what would they be?

    This books tells the fascinating story of world famous explorer Fawcett and his numerous treks to the Amazon. Part history book, cultural analysis and the description of a man whose maniacal quest that put himself and his entire family at risk. Fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Fawcett. The term obsessive-compulsive gets thrown around a lot today, after reading this book your definition will change. I guarantee it.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I thought he did a good job. This is fundamentally a fist person account, and the author is a relatively young man. the author captured his enthusiasm and perspective very well. Solid job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It cannot be discounted how much courage it took the author to do what he did. From an apartment in NYC, to a trip to a sporting goods store to going to the Amazon... wow. the authors journey was fascinating and added to the back-story of Fawcett and his maniacal quest.


    Any additional comments?

    The style of the book is essentially reporting based. There is no real narrative, but several levels of history, current events and historical documentation. If you are interested in learning about this fascinating region, and the efforts to understand it over the years, you will enjoy this book. I did ad I highly recommend it.

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  • My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bart Yasso, Amby Burfoot (foreword)
    • Narrated By Steven Roy Grimsley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    My Life on the Run chronicles the heatstroke and frostbite, heartache and triumphs he's experienced while competing in more than 1,000 competitive races on all seven continents. With the wit and wisdom of a seasoned insider, Yasso tells runners what they need to know to navigate the logistics of running in an unfamiliar country. He also offers practical guidance, such as 5-K, 10-K, half-marathon, and marathon training schedules, including his innovative technique known as the Yasso 800s for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun and funny."
    "Enjoyable"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life on the Run to be better than the print version?

    I think so, narrator was very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life on the Run?

    I am an avid runner and the life Yasso has lived is extraordinary. Every one of his stories would be enough for one person alone. But if I had to pick just one it would be Antarctic Marathon. I have run races with Thom Gilligan of Marathon Tours and and it was great to hear about the essence of these tours, which are geared toward the average person who wants to do something different on a running vacation. the camaraderie with the Russian people was heartwarming. Yasso is a great guy and running brings regular people together in a wonderful way.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Roy Grimsley – was your favorite?

    Yasso is the star. A life that could have gone a different direction. he has given back many times over to people who also wanted to find a different path, and become the athlete in all of us.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt a deep connection with all the stories. If you have run for any period of time, either a 10k or a marathon you will immediately understand the community portrayed in this book.Yasso never comes across as boastful, he comes across as a genuine person who loves what he does.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more of a memoir. It is not overly "written" and it is not int eh same category as Born to Run or Running with the Kenyans. However if you want to understand how running became the sport it is today you have to understand how Yasso fits into that history. This is his story and every running should know it.

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  • Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Adharanand Finn
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world’s greatest runners - and put them to the test - combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights.

    Sharlene says: "His Curiosity is Contagious"
    "One of the Best Running Books!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    it was great. John Lee, who I have listened to many times in the Peter Hamilton series really brings Finn to life. the accents and attitudes of the African runners made me feel like I knew them. Amazing. In many ways this book is less of a running book and more of a travel book. It gets you close to another culture and does so in a non-judgmental way based on curiosity. I was sad to see it end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running with the Kenyans?

    Each part was interesting, I found the sections where Finn was just trying to figure out what was going on as he settled into the village of Etan fascinating. These are gentle, quiet giving, people and although Finn brought his Western sensibilities with him, he integrated into the Kenyan way of life and way of thinking in a remarkable way.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Honestly his running partners. Found these people to be very happy, without having or wanting many possessions. It came out in the characterizations and interpretation by Lee. But Finn is the most intriguing of all, his curiosity is infectious.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I rarely do that...


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend to any runner especially if you like Born to Run. I would also recommend it to any emerging athlete, or traveler. Just a great, simple, heartwarming book.

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  • A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Liz Robbins
    • Narrated By Chris Fogg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    New York Times reporter Liz Robbins brings the famed New York City Marathon to life, capturing the day's festivities mile by mile. She tells the stories of the determined competitors - from their friendships and rivalries to their adversity and redemption - through the prism of the unforgettable 2007 race. Infused with rich history of the event's legends and its colorful neighborhood characters, A Race Like No Other provides a curbside seat to the first Sunday in November, breathlessly carrying the reader from the start on the Verrazano to the triumphant finish line.

    steve finkelstein says: "Story is interesting, narration is challenging"
    "I Enjoyed It"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Race Like No Other to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps. The narrator had an enthusiasm for the subject that was infectious. I thought she did a great job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I find it interesting that this book was never written before. The NYC Marathon is a great sporting event, this book is a chronicle of the 2007 race and combines amateur and professional stories in order to the drive the narrative of the overall race. A logical idea, and I am surprised nobody thought of it before.

    The author brings a certain naivety to the story that I found refreshing. This is not an insiders view of running. It is written in a style that attempts to describe it from a non-runners point of view. As a lifelong runner, I actually enjoyed this approach. It didn't veer into cliche and the enthusiasm of a non-insider was at times charming.


    What does Chris Fogg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way she read the book was well done. I enjoyed her approach. Since many of the sties were about woman it brought an additional dimension to the audible book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I enjoy running and marital arts, and have my whole life. I rarely think movies about sports are any good because I am not sure these mediums are more dramatic than the events they cover. This would be the case with this book. Everyone should runt eh NYC Marathon, it is the experience of a lifetime. Watching a movie about it is a pale comparison. the author captured elements of the race that I think non-runners will find intriguing and runners will find somewhat inspirational


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy a light read such as this book every once is a while. If you are a runner I would recommend it. Although Born to Run and Running with the Kenyans are better overall books, this audible book is a great addition to a runners reading list.

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  • The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Josh Waitzkin
    • Narrated By Josh Waitzkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (375)

    The Art of Learning takes listeners through Waitzkin's unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process.

    James says: "Good overview with interesting backdrop"
    "Fascinating Memoir"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Learning the most enjoyable?

    Josh has incredible passion for chess and martial arts. This came across in his reading and it is what makes this memoir memorable and inspiring.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This really isn't a book with a story. rather a memoir of his life experiences and what he learned from that. There is a complication to this that needs to be overcome by the listener. Josh is beyond brilliant and dedicated. His approach probably shares characteristics with savants and obsessive compulsive driven individual. this is not to diminish his incredible accomplishments but the listener needs to reconcile this. As an avid average amateur athlete and marital artists I identified with what Josh discussed. But it is simply not possible to put some of his approaches into practice. I personally do not posses that level of talent. However it is an inspirational memoir that resonated with me and I took a lot away from listening to it.


    Which character – as performed by Josh Waitzkin – was your favorite?

    Josh. He is a remarkable person. I found it fascinating that he was able to be successful at such a young age and be a fully functional


    What did you learn from The Art of Learning that you would use in your daily life?

    Ultimately I thought the memoir was a study in the practical applications of Buddhist thought. Define your own path, nurture it and dedicate your self to its perfection. In this way I found the ideas presented inspirational to myself as a martial artist and amateur athlete.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book since the concepts could be applied to anybody in any walk of life. Whether you are trying to be a better parent, student or professional there are ways you can focus and learn how to develop your personal skill set. This is a short book, but I am glad I read it.

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  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1336)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "Exhausting But Worth It"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Evolutionary Void the most enjoyable?

    The complexity of the story line was consuming. What I think the best fiction does it draws you in to a world and takes you away from the day to day of life. This series of books fit the bill - and then some.This book is the resolution of the 4 previous books - Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained, The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and the Evolutionary Void.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story lines going back to the first book were pulled through and resolved.Complicated and clever.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything. Voice inflection, pace, emotion. I am shocked how he can do such a great job over a story this length. Its amazing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending made perfect sense and was mildly shocking at the same time


    Any additional comments?

    In my view this is series for real fans of Sci Fi. If you loved Asimov, Clarke and modern epic Sci Fi like Simmons you will enjoy it. But it takes an investment of time and focus to keep up with the story and characters. I enjoy that. There an additional complexity with the actual science that made this additionally challenging, but also rewarding. The audible problems that the reviewers mentioned are in the entire series, but in the end they did not diminish the experience at all. I highly recommend this series and I am happy to have experienced it.

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  • The Temporal Void: Void Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2024)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1361)

    Long ago, a human astrophysicist, Inigo, began dreaming scenes from the life of a remarkable human being named Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. There, under the beneficent gaze of mysterious godlike entities, humans possessed uncanny psychic abilities, and Edeard's were the strongest of all. Equally strong was his determination to bring justice and freedom to a world terrorized by criminal violence and corruption.

    Trip Williams says: "Escapism? Not Hardly!"
    "Wow"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Temporal Void to be better than the print version?

    Maybe. The production issues continue (not enough space between sub-chapters), but John Lee is great and in a book this length his performance keeps the various plots from becoming confusing. I don't understand why there isn't a 5 second space between sections however. It would have been so easy to do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This middel book in the trilogy is devoted largely to Endeard, hence the title. This means that most of the book is not Sci Fi but Fantasy based. Weaving elements of fantasy into Sci Fi is not unheard of (Jack Chalker comes to find) but Hamilton does this a separate plot device which make the trilogy so interesting and this middle book a respite from cosmological concerns.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Nigel. His character is brilliant, hysterical and profane and Lee does him exceptionally well. Ozzie is not in this installment, who is my favorite in the series, but I am sure he is waiting in the wings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible. This is a lengthy book. This is not a book to rush through, rather I enjoyed it as part of my regular routine over a 2 week period.


    Any additional comments?

    Modern Sci Fi masterpiece. If you like Dune of The Foundation Series I think you will really like this combination of hard sic fi, space opera and fantasy. There are a lot of characters but all are well written and important to the story. Highly recommend.

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