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Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

  • 6 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 20 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Double Star

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James

    When the most important statesman of the 21st century disappears on Mars, the only hope of preventing interplanetary war lies in a ham actor's ability to impersonate the missing leader well enough to fool two worlds!

    W. Seligman says: "More worthy of a listen than a read"
    "Some Super Campy Fun Times"

    The "Great Lorenzo" is an actor short on work, who finds himself suddenly hired to impersonate an important politician. It's an interesting premise and the thing that made me really enjoy this book was how much I loathed the main character. He was so pompous, whiny, and arrogant, it was brilliant. It's always neat when an author manages to tell an engaging story through such an unattractive character.

    Being written in 1956 made for some entertaining sci-fi too. Since it was pretty low on the technical descriptions, the book has fared well over time. However, there are still many things that make you chuckle. The slide rule made more than one appearance, and the male/female relationships were equally dated, making for a great and campy read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Really Weird, but Still Pretty Good"

    This was definitely an entertaining read. However, I didn't think it was as amazing as Ender's Game. It might have been a little TOO original for me. Too many strange machines, customs, aliens, etc. But my main beef with this story was the main characters. They were all supposed to be incredibly intelligent scientists studying an alien race. But I don't think the author did a very good job of making them seem intelligent. There were parts of the plot that were very easy for the reader to figure out, but the brightest scientists on the planet with years of research never figured it out for themselves? It wasn't believable.

    That said there were a couple things I loved about this book. In particular was the incredible amount of detail that Card put into describing the ecology of the planet they were on. It was so unlike anything I've ever read about, really made me believe that Lusitania could be an actual alien planet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "You'll Never Look at Adverbs the Same Way Again"

    Really fun to listen to and I'm glad King actually read the book too. Sometimes books read by the author are a huge mistake, but King does a great job with this. The first half of this book was a bit of a biography, at least of the parts of King's life that led him to writing. The second half wasn't so much a how-to-write book, as a way to think about writing. He gives an overview of what he thinks are the important parts of writing a story and some advice based on his own experience. I would recommend this even if you have no wish to be a writer, but would simply like a behind the scenes look at the world of writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    H. Brown says: "Well done!"
    "A Great Stand-Alone Inro to the Wheel of Time"

    I very much enjoyed this prequel to the WOT series. I think Jordan got back to the style of writing that made me love the first few books in the series. It was also really great to see Moiraine again, one of my favourite characters. I wish she played a larger role in the other books. I thought this book did a great job of filling us in on the beginnings of Moiraine and Lan and how they came to start out on their quest to find the Dragon Reborn.

    And as satisfying as it was to get all those extra details and see everything tied in so nicely to the WOT series, this book does well as a stand alone read. So if you're not sure you really want to read the other eleven or so books in the series this one would be a great way to see if you'd enjoy them without really feeling the need to go on just to see what happens if you don't like it. And a word of warning to those who do go on to read the rest...the series has no end, the author recently died and the final three book are being written by Brandon Sanderson.

    This was also the first book I've done in audio and I have to say I'm a fan. It's the lazy man's way and I love that I can listen while I work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Amazingly Boring"

    Amazingly boring. That was 17 brutally long chapters, that just went on and on, without making much in the way of an original contribution. Here are three of the things that drove me nuts about this book:

    1. More concerned with coining a new word or phrase than writing an interesting book. eg. "Hot, Flat, and Crowded", "Energy-climate Era", and "Out-greening". That last one he was trying to popularize for a friend...

    2. Writing style. It was much more obvious in the audio book I bet, but the writing style was so formulaic. His sentences more often than not were simply lists of words and then an explanation. eg. "If America can't quit being green, purple, and blue, then it's never going to be red."

    3. Very few original thoughts. I didn't learn enough reading this book. If I'm going to spend my time reading an environmental work, I want it to make me think about the issues under a new light.

    Bottom line, there are other books that are better written and more thought provoking than this one, on environmental issues. Definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "A Different Look at Success"

    I really enjoyed this book. Gladwell makes you look at how people succeed in a totally different way. The thought that it takes a person 10 000 hours to become really good at something is somehow depressing and inspiring at the same time. Also, the thought that even if you put in the time to become a master at something that a person only becomes successful under the right circumstances is also a little depressing. But it was definitely a worthwhile read and really gives you something to think about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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