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Jack Reynolds

Springfield, IL United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Broken Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (650)

    Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

    crazybatcow says: "Very very good story, very very "adult""
    "Excellent Book for Lovers of Gritty Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    This is another outstanding effort in the ongoing saga of ex-Envoy assassin, cum private detective Takeshi Kovacs. Many reviewers have taken exception with comparing Richard Morgan to Neil Stephenson or William Gibson. I loved Stephenson?s early work, and Gibson broke new ground with Neuromancer, but where are they lately? Stephenson has been engrossed in his three book Cryptonomicon series, a long drawn-out story that is something like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell but that flat out makes no sense. Who knows where Gibson has gone, his later books show him struggling with finding new visions in his once vivid imagined universe. Morgan picks up the mantle and welds on a bit of Raymond Chandler, and the result is exceptionally entertaining and quite interesting. There are a couple of graphic sex scenes that do seem a bit gratuitous, and if you read the first book, they will make you wonder about Morgan?s predilections. Still, I have to think that if Chandler could have gotten away with it, Sam Spade would have had a similar scene with the bookseller in The Maltese Falcon. If you like gritty, sci-fi set in the not too distant future, and not the dreck that Kevin Anderson is pushing in his abysmal ?Saga of Seven Suns? series; you?ll like this book and its prequel, Altered Carbon. Definitely not a waste of a book-credit.

    -Jack

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Point That Thing at Me: A Charlie Mortdecai Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kyril Bonfiglioli
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don't Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai: degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward.

    Jack Reynolds says: "Dashed Amusing, Dontcha Know"
    "Dashed Amusing, Dontcha Know"
    Overall

    A blend of Lord Peter Whimsey, Lovejoy and Bertie Wooster all mixed up and resulting in something original and incredibly fun. Simply one of the best I've heard recently. Simon Prebbles accent is spot on and the various voices he takes for the characters are distinctive and nicely done. The plot is intricate, the characters are well fleshed out (particularly Johanna) and I found myself amused and entertained throughout. I'm giving this one five stars and can't recommend it highly enough.

    Jack

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1336)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Exceptional, Like William Gibson On a Good Day"
    Overall

    Set in an imagined universe of interchangeable bodies, downloadable personalities kept in computer storage, high-tech weaponry and Artificial Intelligences capable of owning and running hotels, Altered Carbon picks up the mantle (and the void) left by cyberpunk writer William Gibson. Gibson has departed from his roots and his later novels lack the hard edge of Neuromancer and Count Zero Overide. Richard Morgan develops his protagonist Takashi Kovach and he spins through the narrative like Sam Spade in a Kevlar vest, implanted with neurochem that gives him the physical edge in the bleak world he inhabits. Exceptionally well written, great characterizations, nicely read by Todd McLaren. If you love the cyberpunk genre, this is one of the best authors on the scene. Also recommended is his sequel Broken Angels.

    -- Jack --

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (504)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "How Can This Book Receive a 4.2 Rating?"
    Overall

    It's interesting to note the disparity of reviews for this awful work. It apparently is a "love it or hate it" kind of thing. Somehow it seems odd that a work that is resoundingly hated by many reviewers, received an overall rating of 4.2. We are also teased with comments like "remember it is a sequel" by the positive reviewers, and it is compared to Dune and Lord of the Rings (astonishing considering how absolutely bad it is). It makes one wonder if the author's friends are doing a bit of log-rolling to help him out. Take it from someone who does a lot of reading and listening to recorded books, This one is a dog.

    Jack

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Mark Sherman
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission was to save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two-and-a-half million years before.

    Hugh says: "Protector - Classic of Known Space"
    "Excellent, A Tour de Force"
    Overall

    I have always loved Larry Niven's novels in the Worlds of Known Space series, and Protector is no exception. Niven makes some leaps of logic that are both logical and stunning, providing the backdrop for a terrific story that has well developed characterizations, good science and tight plotting. The battle in deep space is a great, indepth analysis of what extreme long-distance warfare would be all about.

    Mark Sherman does a good job of narration, and his pronounciation of the Pak language is quite interesting, although not how I would have done it. Another example of how the written word can be interpreted differently by different people.

    In all, highly recommended and worth the download.

    Jack

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels.

    Bob says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "A Masterpiece"
    Overall

    A truly wonderful story, populated with rich, characterizations and terrific background. I've listened to the first two in this series and in my estimation, this is the best. Great sea yarn along with some of the most interesting characters in fiction. I have heard that the quality of the stories drops off in the later books, but the first three will knock your socks off. HIGHLY and FIRMLY RECOMMENDED.

    Jack

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (381)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Moving, Interesting and a Virtuoso Performance"
    Overall

    Unlike some of the other reviewers I had no trouble with the full cast component. I'm a terrific Heinlen fan and I think this version did justice to his book and the "Boy's Adventure" form he popularized. I enjoyed the unfolding of the story, the courage and steadfast loyalty of Henry, and was brought to tears by the tenderness of the Mother-Thing and found this one of the best selections I've ever made from Audible. As my daughter would say, definitely a do-over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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