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Erik M. Heidotting

Cincinnati, OH | Member Since 2012

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4341)
    Performance
    (3786)
    Story
    (3758)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "In need of a good editor"
    Overall
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    This is good story. The fantastical elements to it didn't bother me, as it did some here, but that could be because I also like science fiction and fantasy. I did not have the same issues as others did with the narration, though, to be honest, I only rarely have issues with audiobook narration.

    What was distracting to me is that you have to wade through a great number of eye-roll-inducing sex scenes. I'm not a prude, but I do have a finite amount of patience with that sort of thing, if it's gratuitous. Here it largely was. Perhaps there is a cultural element to this. I've seen anime with the blatant "fan service." Maybe it's like that? If it was meant to titillate, it even failed in that (at least for me).

    I found that the characters often said and thought and did things that real people don't say and think and do, and not just with sex (though certainly there too), but generally. This also produced some eye-rolling for me.

    So for these reasons I was frequently jerked out of the flow of the story by thoughts of, "oh no, here we go again again," or "would she really say that?"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2332)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1686)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Ayn Rand in outer space"
    Overall
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    Story

    I agree with a great deal of the politics in the book, but, Ringo really shoves in your face. It's really a political screed in the guise of a science fiction novel. The sad thing is that I think it might have been a more effective at making its political points with some subtlety, and would have been a better novel to boot.

    It might not bother too many others, but to me the very technical, very blatantly expository dialogue got very tedious very quickly. And there's LOADS of this here. I followed it for awhile, but the exobiology lessons in the form of dialogue made my brain drift. And then I would have that sinking feeling that I've just spent the past 15 minutes wondering idly about things like when Toyota intends to change the Corolla in a meaningful way, or weighing the pros and cons of buying the smaller 700 watt or the larger 1000 watt microwave while this audiobook droned on in the background. So I'd have to weigh whether to back it up or not. Mostly, I said "screw it."

    With characters existing to advance political didacticism and deliver wooden expository dialogue, your expectations for character development should be low. Well, lower them yet further and you'd be about right.

    After a point, I lost patience with it, which is sad, really, because I think the premise IS intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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