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  • Logan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

    D says: "A Different Logan's Run"
    "If you liked the movie, you'll like this series"
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    This is book 1 of 3, which I'm reviewing as a set. I enjoyed the movie (and somewhat, the TV series), so I was drawn to the audiobook. I wouldn't consider Logan's run good writing, at all, but I found it entertaining, none-the-less. The characters are extremely shallow, the plot contrived, and there are serious flaws in the whole concept. Still, if you have good feelings about the movie, you'll find this series tolerable.

    The first book in the series is the movie (with some differences). The second two books in the series continue the story. Book two is essentially a "return of Logan" that quickly breaks down into a haphazard search for his lost wife ending in a somewhat disappointing battle royal. Book three is an alternative reality 'cheat' to put a different twist on the first book.

    The performance is not good. The reader talks very slow which tends to sap the energy out of the story. However, I found that my iPod allows me to increase the speed (x2) which made it very comfortable with minimal distortion in only a few spots. I would totally recommend you do the same. I find it hard to beleive that the producers couldn't do this for us!

    All-in-all, if you are listening to the series for the sake of nostalgia, then you'll probably have a good time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    The last battle burned the planet to a charred husk, and civilization is nothing more than a few scattered tribes...like the surviving corps of elite killers who served the old dictatorship....or the sadistic bands of motorcycle hoods, prowling the ruins for victims...or the slavers, mutants and madmen preying on those who hope to rebuild the future. Only a brave handful like Logan and his family, who are the hunted in a world of vicious predators, hope to save the strange and bloody land that is Logan's World.

    I. Portscheller says: "Logan's Run, reprised"
    "Logan's Run, reprised"
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    This is book 3 of 3, which I'm reviewing as a set. I enjoyed the movie (and somewhat, the TV series), so I was drawn to the audiobook. I wouldn't consider Logan's run good writing, at all, but I found it entertaining, none-the-less. The characters are extremely shallow, the plot contrived, and there are serious flaws in the whole concept. Still, if you have good feelings about the movie, you'll find this series tolerable.

    The first book in the series is the movie (with some differences). The second two books in the series continue the story. Book two is essentially a "return of Logan" that quickly breaks down into a haphazard search for his lost wife ending in a somewhat disappointing battle royal. Book three is an alternative reality 'cheat' to put a different twist on the first book.

    The performance is not good. The reader talks very slow which tends to sap the energy out of the story. However, I found that my iPod allows me to increase the speed (x2) which made it very comfortable with minimal distortion in only a few spots. I would totally recommend you do the same. I find it hard to beleive that the producers couldn't do this for us!

    All-in-all, if you are listening to the series for the sake of nostalgia, then you'll probably have a good time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Logan’s Search

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Logan is running with the fate of the world in his hands. Earth is free and at peace at last. But not the Earth on which Logan stands. For him a nightmare has just begun. In the 23rd century on Parallel Earth, your 21st birthday is your Lastday. Parallel Earth is a dazzling paradise of artificial delight - of instant pleasure and infinite joy. Here, in a terrifying computerized society controlled by ruthless police assassins, is the world that Logan once destroyed. Now his fate is to live that horror once again.

    I. Portscheller says: "More to the Logan's Run story"
    "More to the Logan's Run story"
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    This is book 2 of 3, which I'm reviewing as a set. I enjoyed the movie (and somewhat, the TV series), so I was drawn to the audiobook. I wouldn't consider Logan's run good writing, at all, but I found it entertaining, none-the-less. The characters are extremely shallow, the plot contrived, and there are serious flaws in the whole concept. Still, if you have good feelings about the movie, you'll find this series tolerable.

    The first book in the series is the movie (with some differences). The second two books in the series continue the story. Book two is essentially a "return of Logan" that quickly breaks down into a haphazard search for his lost wife ending in a somewhat disappointing battle royal. Book three is an alternative reality 'cheat' to put a different twist on the first book.

    The performance is not good. The reader talks very slow which tends to sap the energy out of the story. However, I found that my iPod allows me to increase the speed (x2) which made it very comfortable with minimal distortion in only a few spots. I would totally recommend you do the same. I find it hard to beleive that the producers couldn't do this for us!

    All-in-all, if you are listening to the series for the sake of nostalgia, then you'll probably have a good time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the High Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (278)

    It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Meta before meta was cool"
    "Great story. Difficult to listen to."
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    PKD is not always easy to read aloud, and I think this book may be especially difficult due to the need for Japanese and German accents. Though the reader, Mr. Weiner, did a good job with the accents, his cadence is too much like a metronome and he tended to draw out the last word of major phrases and sentences. For examplllllle, he tends to talllllllk as if he doesn't knowwwww how to conclude a sentence on a perioooood. This drove me nuts, so almost anyone else would have been a better choice.

    If you can stomach the reader, the story is great. PKD does a fantastic job of detailing the cultural nuiances when dealing with the Japanese and Germans, as well as, Americans who have lost their identity. Love the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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