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Morton

Northville, MI, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Mech 1: The Parent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (211)

    After centuries in stasis, a lost task force returns home. Arriving from the infinite void the surviving ships discover that the Imperium lies in ruin. The Homeworld itself is destroyed, and nothing lives in the Ancestral System except an infestation of unknown bipedal beings - creatures soft, red of blood and warm of flesh.... When you colonize a planet, make sure the owners aren't coming back.... MECH is the story of a new Earth colony built upon the ancient Homeworld of a civilization presumed (incorrectly) to be long dead.

    Mike From Mesa says: "This book needs a prologue"
    "Gave up half-way."
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    What character would you cut from Mech 1: The Parent?

    Well, most of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to give up on this book after the first half hour but I stuck it out until half-way, at which point I felt that I had other audiobooks that I would prefer to try.

    I found that I just didn't like any of the characters; the bad folks are too worthless and too numerous. I found that I just didn't care what happened next, so I gave up.

    The one interesting point was seeing the Bugs (cf. Starship Troopers) from the Bugs point of view.

    --Morton

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (441)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Detailed character and story development"
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    Story

    I can't usually slow down enough for the super-detailed plot/character development novels (e.g. Wheel of Time) but I found this one to be Ok. The story is certainly told in a measured pace but it constantly (perhaps inexorably) moves forward and you receive a lot of background along the way.

    Character actions and entirely consistent with their beliefs and they don't ever seem to do something unnatural, just to move to plot in a certain direction.

    I see that others didn't like the narrator. Hmm, well she certainly narrates a measure tale in an ever more measured and deliberate style but I found she seemed to compliment the writing. I thought she did a great job of giving the characters personality and individuality, so I was happy with her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1623)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Interesting but too slow"
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    The overall story is interesting, with intriguing alien concepts. But I found the story progressed far too slowly for me; I remember my disappointment when I finally got to the end, only to discover "You have only come to the end of a part, but not the end of the entire book" What? Oh no...

    Towards the end, I was definitely tiring of the frustrating tendency for the characters to decide on a course of action and then spend time debating the merits of that course. But wait, they already committed to this action, so why discuss it? I also read "Ship of Magic" recently which is even more detailed but doesn't feel slow because it is constantly progressing the plot.

    The Dr. Zachary Smith type of character is often a required foil for the smart people to play against, but I've never been a fan of annoying people who can misunderstand any given situation.

    Many of the side-plot narrations seemed to have little purpose in the overall story arc, other than to show other things that were going on.

    The narration was generally fine but I found the frequent and rushed "I'm sorry" grew tedious.

    Overall, I guess I'm glad that I read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Distant Thunders: Destroyermen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (746)

    After the battle in which the men of the destroyer Walker and their Lemurian allies repelled the savage Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange ship captained by one Commaner Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy - an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.

    John M says: "Very enjoyable - could have used more action"
    "Another superb Destroyermen novel"
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    This series is great and somehow just keeps getting even better.

    The characters are exceptionally interesting and I just like hearing what they have been up to. The overall story arc is great and the individual stories are fascinating. I wish all novels could be this engaging!

    I'm amused to see that other reviewers say how both Destroyermen and Lost Fleet are their favorite series; I thought it was just me. I have even built a model of the USS Walker, which is my first model in over ten years.

    William Dufris is a great narrator and shines with his work in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (1933)
    Story
    (1951)

    Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears.

    Aser Tolentino says: "There is Still a Need for Black Jack"
    "Excellent!"
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    Another great novel in the Lost Fleet universe!

    It has the known structure of well-written fleet engagements but I found myself continually surprised how the author finds entirely new things (e.g. the new aliens) to explore. I'm confused by the reviewers who call it formulaic when I found it anything but.

    I love how the aliens all think differently, with distinct cultures -- and then act consistently within that culture. I'm pleased to say that I figured out the DT and it was highly amusing.

    Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1310)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Intriguing"
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    Story

    I like how it's two books in one and figuring out how the fantasy story relates to the "outside" SciFi story.

    The characters are interesting and likable. Enough good and bad things happen to them that they are believable and engaging.

    The author must be from Britain and it's amusing to see the number of (probably unintentional) quaint references when these characters in the far future do something that's common there but not elsewhere. Their many cups of tea being only the most obvious.

    The variations on "one body, one consciousness" are very clever and really make the reader think. Well done!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2041)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1414)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Just amazing!"
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    I *really* enjoyed this book! I found the story interesting and told in an engaging way.

    I liked the characters and I loved the touches of humor (when the alien first tastes the MS) and the many oblique SciFi references.

    I look forward to the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spindrift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    June 1, 2288 - Europe's first starship, the EASS Galileo, launches on its maiden voyage to investigate an unidentified object, code-named Spindrift, which is traveling outside our solar system. An object that may be alien in origin. The Galileo disappears soon after...February 1, 2344 - The Galileo's shuttle returns to Earth carrying three surviving expedition members, who still appear to be the same age they were when they departed. They report that they have, indeed, made contact with an extraterrestrial race.

    Ingar says: "Not bad"
    "Worth reading"
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    I often wonder what it's like coming into a series mid-way and this book is set within the Coyote Universe. I probably missed a number of nuances but I wasn't confused. I suspect the backplot blew some of the storyline from Book1 but I'll probably read that sometime, too.

    I found this book to have a 'medium' pace with enough sub-plots and fractious characters. (Kind of like Dr. Smith on Lost in Space).

    I found the final chapters odd; the characters seemed to become completely difficult and argumentative and rude or petty. It didn't detract from the overall story, it just didn't seem reasonable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rally Cry: The Lost Regiment, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    When Union Colonel Andrew Keane led his blue-coated soldiers aboard the transport ship, he could not have foreseen that their next port of call would be neither in the North nor the South, but on an alternate world where no human was free. Storm-swept through a space-time warp, Keane's regiment was shipwrecked in an alien land, a land where all that stood between them and destruction was the power of rifles over swords, spears, and crossbows.

    pakkmom says: "Kept my interest"
    "Kept my interest!"
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    The similarities between this book and the Destroyermen series are just amazing! I'm sure neither author was aware of the other, but the number of congruent plot details is quite fun to note.

    I found this book was fun to listen to as a stand-alone series, but I found myself wishing that I was listening to the next book in the Destroyermen series, instead. (Which isn't really fair to Rally Cry as I prefer the WWII era).

    I think that if you're into the Civil War era and SciFi/Fantasy, then you would like this book.

    I'll probably get the next book in the series, sometime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sten: Sten Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Bunch, Allan Cole
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    The first book in an action–packed new SF adventure series. Vulcan is a factory planet, centuries old, Company run, ugly as sin, and unfeeling as death. Vulcan breeds just two types of native: complacent or tough. Sten is tough. When his family is killed in a mysterious accident, Sten rebels, harassing the Company from the metal world’s endless maze-like warrens. He could end up just another burnt–out Delinquent. But people like Sten never give up.

    Professor says: "THE MASTERPIECE BY JERRY SCIARRIO"
    "Uninteresting"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Sten?

    The bad people (which is most people) seemed too cliche and callous. Some of the plot devices were too contrived (someone keeps a loaded flame thrower on his wall?) Maybe it gets better in the second half but I gave up mid-way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3893)
    Performance
    (3401)
    Story
    (3369)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Why use one word when ten will do?"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Author: Never again.
    Narrators: Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried this book because a friend said it has received wide acclaim. I thought the basic idea was interesting but the glacial slowness was just too frustrating. I listened to twenty hours before deciding that I couldn't stand the lack of progress any longer.

    The trivial minutae receive so much detail and, worst of all, repetition (usually about four times, as if the author thinks the reader wasn't paying attention). It's like following alongside someone on their regular day; most of what happens just isn't worth reporting.

    I specifically wanted a long book, but I had expected it to make plot progress. This should be a seven hour book; it doesn't have enough content to warrant being any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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