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Adam

Newport, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (592)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    colleen says: "A Different Pratchett"
    "Not classic Pratchett, iffy story, terrible ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's not a classic Pratchett book so if that's what you're expecting you'll be disappointed.

    It ends without resolving anything, which I hate even in a series. If you felt betrayed by Connie Willis' Blackout you're going to hate the way this book ends.

    The review by Pete Lamonica is basically right on the money.

    All that being said I did enjoy the story right up until the ending.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5557)
    Performance
    (5183)
    Story
    (5179)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "You need to be a pretty big Star Trek fan to enjoy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Star Trek Fans with campy senses of humor.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wil Wheaton did a good job with the material he had to work with, I'd listen to him again.


    What character would you cut from Redshirts?

    I'd cut the codas they're the worst writing in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Dialogue expressed with "he said/she said" over and over again. It gets incredibly annoying after the first 5 minutes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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