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Michael

Sacramento, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (777)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "A Classic"
    "Great story, narration, and overall presentation"
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    What did you love best about A Canticle for Leibowitz?

    It describes the arc of a civilization in three wonderfully written sections.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brother Francis Gerard is a character that by dint of his humility and neurosis drew me into an epic story.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He seemingly gives a unique voice to the myriad of characters, which I think is remarkable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It, was too long to listen to in one sitting. Moreover, this is a book I enjoyed thinking about while I wasn't listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I'm glad the editor put this in the $4.95 bin. Thank You.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Factoring Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

    Warren says: "Enjoyable, Fast Listen"
    "It's not as good as Sawyer's later novels"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this book to a friend because it feels dated and the author has many better books after this one. This is near-future sci-fi. It was written in the mid-90's and it feels like that. The story incorporates the hot-button issues of that time, like theraphist implanting false memories, quantum computing, and the fourth dimension. The way these topics are presented in this book, they don't withstand the test of time. Additionally, Swayer doesn't presuade the reader that the technology he is describing is feasable. This gives the book a fantasy feel more than sci-fi. His later novels, describe some pretty fantastic events, however, in them it is more convincing that we're still in this universe. Comparing this story to Swayer's later work, like the Neanderthal Paralax, shows the maturation of his story telling ability.


    What was most disappointing about Robert J. Sawyer’s story?

    The technology felt dated and the plot was perdictable and boring.


    What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Good, Sufficient, Melodramatic


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

    Yes, I would see a movie made about this book because I'd want to see a Tesserac on the big screen.


    Any additional comments?

    Melodramatic...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3344)
    Performance
    (1556)
    Story
    (1565)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Good, far future sci-fi"
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    Where does Altered Carbon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Altered Carbon is one of the better far-future sci-fi books that I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of the characters, technology, and the action sequences are the highlights of this story.


    What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads at a fast pace. Additionally, he gives the main character a gravely nourish feel that helps shape the entire story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be too long to listen to in one setting, however, it was a great story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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