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jay

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  • Shadow of Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (335)

    There are two sides to any quarrel... unless there are more. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

    Jean says: "Talbot Quadrant"
    "On the other Hand, I'll take a deep breath"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone under the age of 15.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Yes, but only because I got hooked on Honor Harrington early.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Has no one told Mr. Weber that all of his characters are from the same mold? All of them talk the same. "On the other hand", so and so "took a deep breath". Really, with how much heavy breathing was going on, I felt like I should have been reading a romance novel.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "Very interesting ideas, Hated the jumping around."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It has a very interesting premise, good writing style, and like-able characters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The autistic characters were really hard to understand in audio form. Also, I really didn't like the way the story would jump 30 years into the future without warning and I spend 20 minutes trying to figure out who was who again.


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

    No, I think it explored all it could.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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