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Carole

La Jolla, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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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"
    "Great Concept - No details"
    Overall

    I would have loved to wrap up this story. We didn't and neither did the author. I actually can't remember much of it because my mind strayed so often that many words were left stranded.
    I love the idea of odd 0ff-worlders taking over. It's a time honored prize-winner. Ultimately, I know the goal is to wrap everything up and usually have the good guys (us humans) win. I miss that in this book.
    I loved "SPIN" and hoped for a similar experience. Thanks for writing it, but I feel cheated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (986)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "5 Stars for Holding Up 60 Years"
    Overall

    This book is for all Armaggedonites. I enjoy end-of-the-World scenario books and "Earth Abides" is supreme. Written 60 years ago, the story is somewhat predictable but holds up beautifully in a today's completely new culture. Stewart whisks through 20 years of post-apocalypse time, which he needed to grow his population, but it is nicely done by naming each year for significant events.

    I love this book and it shall become a favorite along with "Lucifer's Hammer" and "The Stand." Worth double the price.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Atmospheric Disturbances

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rivka Galchen
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue - a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and who audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love.

    Sarah says: "Worth Listening to Again"
    "Disjointed"
    Overall

    A fabulous title for a rambling, uninteresting novel. You never really know if the man's wife is missing or not although this premise is very enticing. Our main character could be imagining it all and if indeed he is insane, it is not amusingly so.

    A weak read, dull and unengaging. Chose another.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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