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A. J. Mail

Ardent audio book fan, science fiction and fantasy maven. 40 something, Boston area.

Nashua, NH | Member Since 2010

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  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (409)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Another great title from A. Reynolds and John Lee"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Terminal World to be better than the print version?

    Yes - I preferred the audio version of this book!


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

    Yes - most of them. He is uniformly great at developing character's voices and bringing them to life. It does take a few paragraphs to get used to his slightly Scottish (?) accent and the low timbre of his voice, but you quickly get used to it, and then you realize how really fabulous a narrator he is. His reading adds to, rather than detracts from, the author's work.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a bit off the beaten path for Alistair Reynolds - more of a "steampunk" covered-wagon era technology novel set in a post-apocolyptic "Earth" (which I think is actually Mars, but not explicitly stated as such). The ending begs for a sequel, but I have read that Mr. Reynolds has no plans for one so that will be a disappointment.

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  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2826)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2015)

    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?"
    "Great author and story but awful narration"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! Bring back Kate Reading!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Yaegashi?

    The narrators of Sanderson's other books


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry this is terse I am writing it on my phone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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