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  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1065)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "Unexpectedly absorbing"
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    If you could sum up Jumper in three words, what would they be?

    Fast-paced, logical and clever


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teleporting hero is most interesting. He is unexpectedly moral given his ability to travel and enter wherever he likes. The author treats the advantages as well as challenges of having such a "superpower" in an unexpectedly serious fashion. Its impact on the hero's relationship with friends, how he copes with ordinary human problems and the dangers of the modern world, lends credibility to the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The foiling of the terrorists was great fun.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just enjoyed the ride.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is great for teens and not too simplistic for adults. It suggests happiness is not guaranteed and has to be worked at even when one has a superpower.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10630)
    Performance
    (10116)
    Story
    (10133)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Mashed potatoes a la Mars"
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    This tale of a Robinson Crusoe marooned in space tops Daniel Defoe in piecing a life out of flotsam, outdoes Jules Verne for scientific accuracy, and out-McGyvers the original. The hero is a believable human being, as down to earth as the potatoes on which he survives. The only cannibalism entails high tech machine parts, but the real meat of the story is the hero who conquers every set-back by sheer dogged ingenuity, and a blue-collar sense of humor. The supporting cast consists of somewhat stock nerdy types; yet their predictability makes the main character's unorthodox solutions that much more unexpected.

    Basic science is ever present in the story but not too dense to be entertaining. The sparseness of language makes every sentence count. And it might actually be true that inane '70s comedies and disco music would be more conducive to keeping one's sanity in the midst of mortal danger and utter isolation than anything more elevated.

    The self-deprecating style of RC Bray provided perfect narration, so it was more hilarious in audio than in print, though I enjoyed it first on Kindle.

    I highly recommend this to sci-fi fans who like their sci- solid and their -fi funny. Looking forward to anything else Andy Weir comes up with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Flower: Jane Whitefield Series # 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    In this exciting seventh entry in Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles-but the price of Shelby's freedom is high.

    John says: "Non-stop action all the way"
    "Outdoes earlier plots"
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    What made the experience of listening to Poison Flower the most enjoyable?

    The headlong start of the book kept you guessing how it could end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane Whitefield only improves with time.


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have listened to all the Jane Whitefield books multiple times, and this one is on a par with the well narrated pace and characters voiced.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that the heroine is not impervious to injury and pain this time around but nonetheless uses good strategy to survive is a great development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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