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Seeking authors who don't write stories loaded with sales gimmicks that are so prevalent in audiobooks these days.

Madison, WI, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 361 ratings
  • 653 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2015

  • God’s War: Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kameron Hurley
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference...On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on - there's not a chance in hell of ending it.

    Hari says: "A thought provoking rarity"
    "Break out imagination, it will inspire many."
    What made the experience of listening to God’s War the most enjoyable?

    This was written the moment I finished the book.A book to let your imagination get rich, I enjoyed seeing so much in my head, the people and their rooms and clothes. what is in there hands. I can loose myself in my imagination in so many ways. What characters I would want to be, fear or root for. I enjoyed the nature of the outer world and the craziness of it. I like to be challenged in a way simular to Magic Realism, gone Cyber to "Bug Punk". (Not my phase, I picked this out of a few other reviews)How it would feel to look up at that sky. The writing is like Fate sitting a the spinning wheel as we are given info bits to make the world real, and really different. The technology is ironic, viscus and intriguing. A bit spooky and lots often tension. The martal arts or battles are great with plenty surprises for example a gun that isn't a primitive throwback, nor high tech weap. that shoots a round at near light speeds. Ha, you'll have to wait and see.And much more.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to choose so far

    What does Emily Bauer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'll get back to you on that, She did very well.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wrote this the moment I finished the book, way past my bedtime...urg

    Any additional comments?

    I avoid stereotyping people like the plauge, I don't care for labling groups of people. We are what we are. Even if we are trying to be complementary. Calling Smurfs blue, is it really nessary? Other than in a police lineup?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quantum Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy—from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.

    David says: "Idea-heavy, requires an attentive listen"
    "top of the list for 2014"
    What made the experience of listening to The Quantum Thief the most enjoyable?

    Loved it!

    Flavored like old school Cyber punk, Neat character interaction with romantic tension between the protagonists. I hoped they would hook-up if she doesn't kill him. If he could level with her. ....spoiler cut.... But like all men he blows it and by _______ and other plot points that tie his hands. - but thats looks like it won't happen.

    I love the villains and in fact all the minor characters. All the characters are compelling. Even the AI ship conscious the heroin has at her side, the ship is snarky and devoted to the mysterious, beautiful, and scary powerful heroin.

    There much more to this series than I can't fit into a brief review. Brilliant writing with just the right of Noir - Mystery fog. On top of juicy the mind bending speculative science that comes fast and rich.

    He draws from literary references. Some are fictitious. More cheers for that writing innovation. Fun, creative, well made world that needs to be filled up with a long series like The Culture series by Iain Banks (16 February 1954 – 9 June 2013) Scottish author... God rest his soul. He will be sorrily missed.

    I love the new generation of European SI-Fi writers, to name another visionary Alastair Reynolds, of the many.

    I say thank to Hannu Rajaniemi
    Can't wait for this author to grow.

    I'll bye the books on sight, as long as he keeps writing novels and doesn't cave into pressure from publishers to write serials, cliff hanger trash. I'm not that worried though, with this author, he's gifted

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becalmed: A Diving Universe Short Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Flora Plumb

    Mae, chief linguist on the Ivoire, heads adiplomatic mission to Ukhanda. Her handling of relations with the Quurzod lead to a battle that causes the Ivoire's anacapa drive to malfunction, stranding the ship in foldspace. Mae can't remember what she did wrong on the mission: all she knows is that she's one of the few survivors. If she doesn't recall it, she won't be able to prevent another disaster when the Ivoire escapes foldspace. If the Ivoire escapes foldspace.

    Dennis says: "Nice Short Story"
    "All ways leave us wanting more."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Becalmed: A Diving Universe Short Novel to be better than the print version?

    I value both audio and printed books, I'd rather not debate that. If someone has a prejudice against a form of art, than it's their lose.

    What did you like best about this story?

    What I loved most was the optimistic fantasy that we humans will in the future be heroic, That we are intrinsically good people. I love the idea of flying and in space, it's a notch above soaring like a bird. I eat up long descriptions of futurist technology, aliens, creatures and cultures. Rusch's imagination and talent for story telling is heart pounding. Often I feel joy in a simple description, what might seem mundane, everyday items like a work station.

    Best are her people, I feel the description of relationships. As if I'm in the room with them, I enjoy her strong heroines, without taking anything from the men. She is equitable to all people, making a near utopia that StarTrek trips at, as if wearing poorly fit shoes.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending, very good.

    Any additional comments?

    Next time I write a review I will talk more about her writing and less like groupie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds"
    "Reynolds, Visionary, Deserves more recognition!"
    If you could sum up Blue Remembered Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Optimistic and Masterful

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved most all the characters and hope for this to be a first of a series. Most of the characters I already imagined possible futures they might have.

    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Omg!! It's so great to hear an African accent, the voice artist adds another level of bliss. I was sad when the story ended. His work was perfect, he took some risk and and succeeded, never going beyond his range.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened three times so far.I paused to savor it. After this last read, I appreciate the collaboration even more.

    Any additional comments?

    Alistor Reynolds has a rare gift to tell a story without over the top violence. He doesn't shy away from conflict, and there is plenty of action, tension with out cheep tricks. His stories have a convincing hope. Science fiction writers are important as any other form of literature and tell us important things about the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Legends of Earth: A Radix Tetrad Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. A. Attanasio
    • Narrated By David Gilmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seven billion years from now, long after the Sun has died and human life itself has become extinct, alien beings reincarnate humanity from our fossilized DNA drifting as debris in the void of deep space. We are reborn to serve as bait in a battle to the death between the Rimstalker, humankind's reanimator, and the zotl, horrific creatures who feed vampire-like on the suffering of intelligent lifeforms.

    Steven Wright says: "A Truly Visionary Tale"
    "To Dark otherwise it could have been a great book"
    What disappointed you about The Last Legends of Earth?

    I had to fast forward thru the descriptions of gore. I don't want to take my imagination to a nightmare world. This book needs a Horror warning or label.

    (I should have know from the short sample, but I gave it a try because it sounded like it was going to be light or even humorous when the narrator was reading the guide book to the worlds inhabitants, warring the Earth's people who have been brought back to life.)

    Has The Last Legends of Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It is a multi genre horror and SI-FI so no, I never, ever read horror! this slipped in #$%&!!

    What didn’t you like about David Gilmore’s performance?

    The voice artist is gifted when it comes to clarity and diction. Reading is flat, almost a montone, paced slow and not much change. Some risk and a couple odd voices here and there that are so out of place after the metronome delivery of the rest of the story. Very briefly one voice has a special effect that sounded like an echo chamber that grated so much I fast forwarded that too. Special effects?! Don't do it unless your 100% sure it's going to work. Let our imagination fill in the atmosphere of a well written story and skip the risky stuff.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I think I could have loved this book without it's dark side, if it were just SI-FI without the sick horror. I don't want to fill my imaginary world with torture or genocide when I follow along in a story. Tone down the dark stuff, it isn't necessary to go there to tell this story, there could still be conflict without resorting to the easy or cheap trick of adding that stuff.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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