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Quesnel, BC, Canada | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 125 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Tim says: "Groundhog's Day, It's Not!"
    "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"

    In 1987 I read the paperback copy of REPLAY and just couldn't put it down ... in fact I enjoyed it so much that I read it a second time while going the beach! It's just one of those books, a great concept and good all-round story. Just the other day I ran across this same title on audio here - downloading it immediately I might add - and was NOT dissapointed, it was indeed worth the asking price, if not more. Well written AND well read in my humble opinion. While some of the more jaded 'upper-crust' listeners may knock the story, writing and/or plot, take it from someone who reads a LOT of books and has a MASSIVE audio book collection, REPLAY is one of the gems. Listening to this was like having an experienced someone read me the book! The story will give you pause for thought and, if nothing else, take you away for 11.5 hours or so. I stay a member of for diamonds such as this title!
    Now if we can just get some John DeChancie titles in here ... the Starrigger saga - hint, hint ... or H. Beam Piper's 'Little Fuzzies' trillogy ... !!

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "One of those books ..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    ... really don't know ... couldn't get into the story ... it just didn't hold my attention and I didn't get past the sixth chapter

    What was most disappointing about Alastair Reynolds’s story?

    ... the story was probably fine ... it just didn't captivate me the way most books do that I end up reading multiple times ... and you know by the second or third chapter

    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    ... reads well ... good voice

    Do you think Pushing Ice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    again ... can't really say, couldn't get into the story far enough

    Any additional comments?

    not saying this is a bad book or poor performance or even a lousy story ... like most sci-fi books I need to be captivated and drawn into the story by the second chapter ... Pushing Ice slowly unwinds like a good space opera, it's well read ... but after after five days of trying to get into the story it just wasn't happening, and it really didn't hold an appeal for me ... which is a pity considering it came highly recommended to me by a friend - and fellow sci-fi buff - who's opinion I highly value when it comes to most things sci-fi

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fleet of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at Human-Puppeteer (Citizen) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel. Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

    Edward says: "Lacks the fire of the old stuff"
    "Loved Ringworld?"

    All I can say it that if you like Larry Niven, and you loved Ringworld and the following books, then you REALLY need to read/listen to this first one. This is both history and background info that in many ways explains many things the original story may not have or simply left untouched. And yes, this first 'Of Worlds' book is a little slow, but as you get into it, it IS a classic in the works and you need to read/listen or hear the whole story, book by book ... and this is just the beginning!
    Hat's off to Larry Niven for the WHOLE Ringworld saga, and many thanks for a GREAT story!

    I only gave it four stars because it is a little slower that the rest of the saga.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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