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Grant

Laurel, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Sixty Days and Counting: Science in the Capital, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

    Grant says: "Narrator not worthy of author"
    "Narrator not worthy of author"
    Overall

    This book would certainly have been rated higher if not for the distracting "style" of the narrator. His mechanical reading was not enjoyable. The story was engaging enough to hold me despite this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Degrees Below: Science in the Capital, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Best-selling, award-winning, author Kim Stanley Robinson continues his groundbreaking trilogy of eco-thrillers - and propels us deeper into the awesome whirlwind of climatic change. Set in our nation's capital, here is a chillingly realistic tale of people caught in the collision of science, technology, and the consequences of global warming - which could trigger another phenomenon: abrupt climate change, resulting in temperatures. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

    Grant says: "Avoid this narrator!"
    "Avoid this narrator!"
    Overall

    The story and characters are interesting enough to keep me engaged but this narrator is driving me crazy. His cadence and mispronunciations make it seem he is reading this for the first time. Ugg!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forty Signs of Rain: Science in the Capital, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    The best-selling author of the classic Mars trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt returns with a riveting new trilogy of cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of global warming as they are played out in our nation's capital - and in the daily lives of those at the center of the action. Hauntingly realistic, here is a novel of the near future that is inspired by scientific facts already making headlines. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

    steve says: "Its all"
    "Needs a different narrator"
    Overall

    The author provides a foreword which is fine but the main narrator is either the best available text to speech computer program or a flat, wooden reader. His presentation and especially his cadence are quite distracting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • At Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    A Massachusetts state investigator is called home from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is completing a course at the National Forensic Academy. His boss is planning to run for governor, and as a showcase she's planning to use a new crime initiative called At Risk; its motto: "Any crime, any time." In particular, she's been looking for a way to employ cutting-edge DNA technology, and she thinks she's found the perfect subject in an unsolved 20-year-old murder-in Tennessee.

    Patricia says: "Terrible"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed this author's past work, so I didn't check the reviews - big mistake. I found the characters not very likable, too depressing for me. As others have said, the story ended in an unsatisfying rush. I strongly suggest you look for another way to spend your credit/money.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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