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New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
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  • 250 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Some friends, yes. But those who really rely on my suggestions, I would not be able to do so. Any book offering Linda McKinney as a character in it...I will skip. Sometimes a character just gets under my skin as totally implausible, ineffective and unnecessary. Normally I can find my way around him/her. Not this time. On top of that I did not really care about any of the characters. Found myself rooting for her to get waxed. Like the character Bert in JA Konrath's 'The List' or Colony Executive Sevgi Eretkin in Richard K Morgan's 'Thirteen'...sometimes characters just stick in my craw...and finishing the book stops being an adventure and becomes a chore.
    Cool subject matter. The narrator is spot on. Loved Daemon and Freedom. The author knows his craft as far as his ability to spin a yarn. Just that one character spoiled the experience for me. Found myself fast forwarding, something I consider a definitive no no.
    And so it goes.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Pretty much. I kept going till I finished the book. The topic of drones is fascinating since they are now deployed over our not so friendly skies. The delivery of the subject matter has me thinking...and I like things that make me think...after I close the book cover.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part about the ravens and why they have such huge brains. Delicious. I will be finding out all I can about ravens now. I like writers who can spark my imagination.

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

    If the part of the Linda McKinney is rewritten...yes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "Deja Vu"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Yes as long as there are no blacks figuring prominently in it as a race or clan.. As an African of the diaspora I have run into Card's black savage/slave motif before. Tossing in a Hitler and Himmler( or was I dreaming?) into the mix before the character is well on his way to exile just had me stop the audiobook in its tracks. I think I will stick with his Enderverse and the parallel books of Bean and Petra's adventures.

    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    The beginning. See above.

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

    Stefan delivers...always. I will be sad to miss his performance here.

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

    Annoyance. As I read the beginning I had a flashback of another Scott Card book with blacks swinging through the trees defecating while in mid flight and I just can't shake the image. I really don't care how good the book will get or how he does the blacks 'justice' in his depiction of them....any more than I am eager to stumble over the latest Scott Card faux pas and get ejected from the narrative and back into the real world. I enjoy being transported...not ejected . Lost my taste for continuing this book. As I get older I tolerate this nonsense less and less.. I no longer make justifications for why authors write a certain way just so I can finish a book. Something annoys me...I stop the book in its tracks as I did with this one. Permanently. When I qualify for exchanging it...for another audiobook...I will. I am too old for this stuff.

    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading sci fi-fantasy since 1966...and it still is my preferred form of fiction. But I am in my fifties now and intend to be very, very selective from now on.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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