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David

Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Market Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    What do you buy and sell when the global markets reach saturation point? The markets themselves. Thirty years from now the big players in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money is in conflict investment. The corporations keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They guage who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence, and power. In return for a slice of the action when the war is won.

    Gary Godman says: "Good easy listen"
    "Cynical near future packed w/action & character"
    Overall

    This is one of the best-written books I've listened to or read in ages. The character development is excellent, the action scenes compelling, and the vision of the future not as far-fetched as some have found it to be. Gas prices go through the roof, so only the wealthier segment can afford cars, which leads to all sorts of social tensions and a dearth of traffic. (Anyone noticed gas prices going up recently? It's made a dent in _my_ budget and driving style.) Corporations get larger and more powerful to the point where they can tell governments what to do. Investing in war becomes a legitimate financial endeavor rather than a clandestine operation or governmental action.

    One of the aspects of the book I really enjoyed was its construction and use of the characters in parallel with the use of chess. Plots within plots, moves made to distract while other scenarios are played out. Very nice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4112)
    Performance
    (3048)
    Story
    (3075)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Good idea, decent story"
    Overall

    I liked the story. While some of the infodumps and as-you-know-Bobs were interesting, they really cluttered things up and reduced my enjoyment of the book. I still recommend it, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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