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Ron

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  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (750)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Great imagination, horribly written"
    Overall

    This is one of those books I hate and I love. The back story is imaginative and engaging, and the plot is predictable a mile away but still fun. However, the characters are kleenex-thin, the dialog is spiritless and there is not a lick of style or humor anywhere in the book.

    Much better series in this genre are Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan, Hyperion by Dan Simmons and The Gap by Stephen R Donaldson. Check those out before you go further in this series.

    38 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3780)
    Performance
    (2739)
    Story
    (2761)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Very disappointing - trite and superficial"
    Overall

    I had high hopes reading all the positive reviews, but I found this book to be childish and predictable, with one-dimensional characters and a tedious style. It covered well-worn territory with little that was new.

    Richard K Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs stories, starting with Altered Carbon, use the same topics to create a beautiful landscape filled with interesting characters, told in a compelling way.

    Old Man's War is a 50's style space opera, and if that's what you like, you'll like this. If you're more post-modern, you might not.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3976)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1718)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Excellent. Sweet, funny and moving."
    Overall

    Excellent book. A light mystery combined with a very good novel. Short, well-crafted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "Amazingly bad; Tedious and painful."
    Overall

    This wouldn't have been published if it weren't for the success of Da Vinci code.

    I ended up finishing it, but I'm not sure why. The threadbare, incomprehensible and idiotic plot combine with moronic dialog and a belief that pointless detail is a good thing. Cartoonish characters don't help either.

    If someone recommends this book, don't listen to anything they say about books after that. Either they don't read much, or like to follow the crowd.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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