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Robin

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 243 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dervish House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian McDonald
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    It begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone, it seems, is after a piece of Turkey. But the shockwaves from this random act of 21st century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square. Welcome to the world of The Dervish House; the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. The year is 2027....

    Karen says: "Listen, but then read"
    "Almost put me to sleep while driving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Dervish House better?

    More action earlier in the book and at least a couple appealing characters


    What was most disappointing about Ian McDonald’s story?

    It's not very engaging


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Davis?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I suppose if you love politics, dreary cities, and eccentric child-savants with obscure health problems you might like it


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, I gave up on the book after listening for an hour. I could not get engaged with the characters, the plot (or apparent lack thereof), or the setting. It was just depressing me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3123)
    Performance
    (2530)
    Story
    (2538)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Good story, narration off-putting"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend the entire series; it would be hard to engage with this book unless you'd read the previous ones. High entertainment value, with interesting characters and politics to keep you brain busy between the gripping battle scenes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagination and mystery surrounding the alien races.


    What didn’t you like about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s performance?

    I found Rummel's voice characterizations distasteful. Desjani sounds like a bitchy Stepford Wife more than a battleship captain, and some of the male characters sound like they have chronic sinusitis. The whole thing sounds cartoonish. This is just my reaction; many people obviously like the narration, which is certainly competent. I just don't care for the interpretation. I do want to read the rest of the books, but I think I'll actually read (instead of listen to) them


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

    Probably not (I'm not a big movie-goer).


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crossed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (911)

    The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.... In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Can't Wait for Book Three"
    "Good for young audiences"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I think these books would really appeal to 12 year old girls thirsting for an adventurous role model, but also possessed of a maudlin romantic ideal. I found myself wanting more complexity out of both the characters and the plot. On a positive note, the quality of writing is really quite lovely, which adds a nice dimension.

    One thing I really dislike (and is why I gave the performance only two stars) is that some of the dialog is accompanied by music, which I found terribly distracting. Aside from that, the narrators are fine, although "Ky" always sounds a bit overwrought.

    Through no fault of the author, this trilogy has been compared to The Hunger Games trilogy, and it ain't that by any stretch. This trilogy would have fared better, at least in my rating of it, if the expectation had been set that this is really targeted at tweens. I was hoping for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2392)
    Performance
    (1527)
    Story
    (1546)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Incredible story, too many orgies!"
    Overall
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    Another rich and engrossing story from Peter F. Hamilton. Love the characters, imagination and the social/political complexity. Wish it had more science and less magic, which is why I dinged it a star. And it has a bit too much gratuitous sex for my taste - which I realize may be a selling point for many. I can't put it down nonetheless!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2097)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "I was sad when it ended"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's rare that I get so hooked on an audio book that I don't mind being stuck in Seattle's horrible commuter traffic. With this one, the longer the traffic jam, the better. Great balance of action, characters, social/political commentary, and just plain good science fiction. More please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4395)
    Performance
    (2691)
    Story
    (2731)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Rich, entertaining science fiction"
    Overall
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    The story is as complex and engrossing as Deep Space Nine. Great mix of characters, politics, psychology (both human and alien) against a backdrop believable enough that my BS meter was kept in-check.

    It took a couple chapters before I became engaged, but I encourage you not to give up. And while the narrator put me off a bit at first, his skill at subtlety varying his voice for different character really helped me keep track of the characters.

    I'll be reading the sequels for sure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chronoliths

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future. In early 21st-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter.

    M. Stephenson says: "A haunting, beautiful work..."
    "Another great read from Robert Charles Wilson"
    Overall

    Wilson weaves a futuristic threat into a world that feels very much like the one we live in now, making it easy to relate to. The characters feel real and are better developed than in many sci-fi books. The premise - a warrior, in the future, conquers one nation after another, and sends monuments of himself into the past (our present) - is inventive and has all sorts of interesting political and psychological factors, which Wilson develops well. I love the way the plot sweeps up a seemingly disparate cast of characters and unfolds across the years of their lives. Big thumbs up.

    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
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1116)

    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!!!!!"
    "Reads like a predictable thriller movie"
    Overall

    Think about the kind of movie that substitutes tension and dramatic scenes for plot. Now imagine that instead of viewing the movie, you are reading the script. That's how this book reads. It's written as series of increasingly scary and violent scenes, each involving different settings and people. The premise - "What if we made really good robots that went bad on us?" - is tired, and there's nothing fresh or inventive about this treatment of it. Lots of graphic, gory descriptions though. Not my cup of tea. To be fair, I gave up when I was half-way through; maybe it redeems itself in the end, but I lost patience. I'd call this more thriller than sci-fi. Maybe it will make a better movie than book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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