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San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 3 reviews
  • 323 ratings
  • 449 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2015

  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson, Bryan Kennedy, Joe Barrett

    The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result. Nick may be a lost soul, but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son.

    Jeffrey says: "Outstanding, haunting work from a master of sci fi"
    "Disappointing political diatribe"

    I have listened to and really enjoyed many of Dan Simmons' other books. He is a good writer and I love sci-fi. However, this one turned out to be a political diatribe. I can't stand stupid left-wing or right-wing propaganda. Anyway, I listened to it, the readers were a little amateur. The premise of the book started out as an interesting detective story set in a United States that is totally bankrupt, radical muslim terrorists and street gangs have taken over America, and the world. The world has all gone to hell. Then the story devolves into a cheesy cautionary tale of how healthcare reform, drugs, and cut-back's on military spending and nuclear weapons, caused it all. Its funny, Texas takes on this mythical status and is a mecca which won't allow "losers" or "worthless" people into the state. And gosh darn, the protagonist is paying cash for his grandfather-in-law's operation. I felt used, like when Ralphy in "A Christmas Story" figures out his decoder ring's message is just "a crummy commercial."

    19 of 24 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

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Great F*ing Audiobook"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The is a VERY entertaining audiobook. I could not stop listening to it, Started it around 3:00 pm, fell asleep listening around 1:30 am, got up and finished it off. It has it all, good storyline, good tech, thrills, chills, and an EXCELLANT narrator, I laughed out loud, I (almost) cried. May have to listen to it again.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Not Good"

    I have listened to 1-2 sci-fi/fantasy audiobooks per month for 2-3 years now. Love them. I had to say something about this clunker. Briefly, the dialogue is very poorly written. It sounds like it is directed towards young children. The reading is very amateur, the plot thin, the story trite. After trying to listen to it for 5-6 hours, wasn't interested anymore. This has only happened to me 2-3 times over the past years.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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