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J. Seiler

Las Vegas, NV | Member Since 2009

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  • 3 reviews
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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (362)

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "Collage of old "gumshoe" Fi & unimagitive Sci"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Christian Rummel?

    Yes. I've read other Sawyer work and he isn't shabby. Just not excited about this one.


    What was most disappointing about Robert J. Sawyer’s story?

    Very shaky science; the fi part is OK if a bit outdated. I've read and re-read most of the 20s to 60s detective stories, good at the time but better left where they lie.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have no issues with Christian Rummel's work


    Do you think Red Planet Blues needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really. It's pretty much of a stretch already.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my less than stellar appraisal, I did kinda enjoy it, though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4848)
    Performance
    (2831)
    Story
    (2847)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Daemon revisited"
    Overall

    While certainly nearly on a par with Daemon, falls short in several areas. Development of the characters Loki and his protaganist "the major" was somewhat disappointing - pretty one-dimensional. Loki we want to like but can't, he's too mean-spirited; we understand where he came from, but expect an epiphany for him which never happens. The "major" sort of appears from out of nowhere, and his authenticity as a real entity is too much of a stretch of the imagination. The techie stuff is generally quite good and reasonably accurate, as was the case in Daemon. The culmination of the "Quest" is, in my opinion, the highlight of the story, and clearly leaves an opening for at least a trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape Route

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jared Doreck
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    The starship Lady Macbeth encounters a long-abandoned alien spacecraft, with its escape route still intact - but leading where? If the crew claims salvage rights, the technology inside could make them wealthy enough to buy planets. But first they need to make sure it's as empty as it seems.

    Billy says: "Narration was distracting"
    "Not ready for prime time"
    Overall

    Clearly an immature work. I purchased this after reading Pandora's Star and was part way through Judas Unchained, and was expecting it to be sort of a prequel to this series. That being said, it was a major disappointment. The few rave reviews of the work were not likely all written by actual reviewers but by shills. Based on Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, I whole-heartedly agree with those who consider Peter Hamilton a first rate writer. Unfortunately, those kudos do not extend to this book. In addition, the reader left much to be desired, and I'm happy to see that his services were not retained for this author's subsequent works. Finally, the hokey sound effects between sequences are a serious distraction and do little to establish any mood which their inclusion might have intended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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