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Edward

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  • The Last Continent: Discworld #22

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?

    Douglas says: "No worries, mate"
    "Pratchett Goes Down Under"
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    Classic Pratchett with all the wit, charm & inventiveness we've come to expect. And Nigel Planer is, as always, in top form. It certainly helps to have read the first few Diiscworld books to get the most out of this one (#22 in the series) but if you have, you'll find this one a pure joy. I've read over 20 Discworld books thus far and this is undoubtedly one of my favorites, along with Small Gods and Making Money. Buy, listen, enjoy and appreciate the verbal & creative genius that is Terry Pratchett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief of Time: Discworld, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (426)

    Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater; how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

    Glen Phipps says: "A welcome re-recording."
    "My least favorite Dicworld book"
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    Understand that I'm a rabid Discworld fan but this book was massively disappointing. I wasn't expecting much because I'm not a big fan of stories involving the manipulation of time but this book failed to meet even my low expectations. The story is confusing. I had trouble following much of it. Even the usually stellar Stephen Briggs had me gnashing my teeth by having one of the major characters (Liu Tse) speaking alternately in Chinese & Cockney accents. It was infuriating. I suppose you could argue that this was intended and part of the story (for reasons I won't discuss here) but even if that was the case, it really added nothing to the story and was a constant source of irritation. When placed next to some of my favorite Discworld books such as "Making Money" or "Going Postal", "Thief of Time" is just plain bad. Thank goodness I didn't listen to this one early in my Discworld readings because it would have soured me on the entire series. That would have been a shame because I generally consider both Pratchett & Briggs to be brilliant as evidenced by the fact that I am mourning that there are only a handful of Discworld books left for me to read. I am at a complete loss to understand all the rave reviews for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5326)
    Performance
    (2666)
    Story
    (2720)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Snow Crash Is a Blast"
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    Although I've been reading SF on & off for over 50 years, this is the first "cyber" sci fi I've ever read. I've read other Stephenson books and enjoyed them so much that I though I should give this one a try. It sat in my library for a year before I finally got around to it. I was a little leery because of reviews that suggest that the first part was dull or hard to get into. Although the first part necessarily lacks the constant, fast paced action of the rest of the book, I found it by no means dull. It was interesting. Then it gets exciting. Spiced with typical "Stephensonian" amusing observations & insights on modern life I was thoroughly captivated. I was a bit put off by the fact that the story takes place in (roughly) our present while including technologies far beyond us now but the story was so captivating & original that decided to suspend disbelief and just enjoy myself. That's clearly what Stephenson wants us to do I urge you to do that as well. Great book! (The narration is also quite good.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    Overall
    (3789)
    Performance
    (3323)
    Story
    (3323)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    ""Good story but annoying writing," he said"
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    An enjoyable story well told. However, Scalzi has a writing quirk that drives me nuts. It seems that every other sentence is followed by "Sullivan said" or "Evelyn said" or "Holloway said.." Interestingly, I had the same objections (magnified 10 fold) to Scalzi's "Redshirt." But in that book, the bad writing was intentional and served a purpose in the plot. In this book it's just plain annoying.. It occurs where no attribution is needed because it's obvious which character is speaking. It occurs where alternative phrases would serve better, e.g., "he mused" or "she blurted out" or any of a thousand other words. It just makes it all sound so sophomoric. Too bad because it's an excellent story despite that irritating quirk and other than that, Scalzi tells it well. I really did enjoy the book. Wil Wheaton's narration is adequate although he does speak a bit too rapidly and, except for the voice of the alien, does not try to provide different voices for the various characters. But I don't know that one can fault him for that. It's just another style. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (358)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "We need an editor over here!"
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    I've been a Brin fan for many years so this book was a major disappointment. The multiple narrators were very good. The book had an interesting story & interesting science, but little else. There was no character with whom the reader could really identify. And there were numerous subplots that never really contributed very much to the overall story. What this book needed was a good editor who was ready to cut it's 30+ hour length by 30-50%. It could have been done with little or no impact on the larger story. Very disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Postal: Discworld #29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (554)

    Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

    Robert W says: "Finally on AUDIBLE!!!"
    "Delightful"
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    Delightful entry in the Discworld series. One of Pratchett's best with wit, adventure, & a wonderful, imaginative plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1367)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "A novella, not a novel"
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    A disappointing experience. This is a novella, not a novel and it s a profoundly disappointing entry in Card's otherwise storied career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4072)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2434)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Complex plot"
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    A long and complex plot line that's not always easy to follow but it's well worth the trouble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guards! Guards!: Discworld #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (448)

    "Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

    Chris says: "More Fun than a Mind Full of Dragons!"
    "Highly amusing"
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    All of the Discworld novels are amusing but one is more amusing than most. Heartily recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1489)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "One of Pratchett's best."
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    A must read for all devotees of the Discworld series. Likeable chracters and engaging plot liine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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