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Jan Saell

Member Since 2002

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 449 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014

  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology. But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure

    Brian says: "A worthy read / listen"
    "Another masterpiece of Ben Bova"

    Another book in the "grand tour" series is now done - And it was the Moonrise book.

    This book in the series is the first book about the expanding solar system and the humans expansion.

    The plot starts of with a murder.

    The head of mastersons industies, Gregory Masterson commits what looks like a suicide. His son Greg with his wife Joanna blames Joannas new love, Paul to be the blame for the suicide if not the killer. Ths ongoing plot continues through the hole book and infests the relation between Greg and Joannas new son Doug.

    In between this major plot is small subplots. The startup problems of Moonbase, a base at the Alphonsus crater at the moon.

    The struggling and problematic use of nanotechnology when the "nano"-luddites make the use almost forbidden on the earth.

    In this, Ben Bova also give a hash slap at "New Morality". A fundamental rise of all religious principles, Jew, Muslim, Christian, etc, that forms this new group and makes demands of all universities and people and demands more morality and fosters censorship. A bit of scary predictions of what can happens if we don't keep free speech open.

    As usual Stefan Rudnicki makes and excellent narration of the book and his different voices of the different characters in the books make for a very easy and enjoyable read.

    A plus 5 read for sure.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Builders

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dan Randolph never plays by the rules. A hell-raising maverick with no patience for fools, he is admired by his friends, feared by his enemies, and desired by the world's loveliest women. Acting as a 21st privateer, Randolph broke the political strangle-hold on space exploration, and became one of the world's richest men in the bargain.

    Jan Saell says: "And excellent book and hard to stop listen to"
    "And excellent book and hard to stop listen to"

    This is the second book about Dan Randolph even if it was writte well before Powersat.

    The earth is heading towards a greenhouse cliff, a sudden climate change that will destroy much of the planet in ten years if something isn't done soon. The ice caps will melt. Cities will be flooded. Millions will die. When Randolph tries to let people know what's going on and try to help orchestrate a plan to avoid this catastrophe, government officials from the Global Economic Council (the GEC) confiscate his company, imprison him, and silence his scientific team.

    The story continues and as usual it quite good and i find the book hard to put down, or stop listen to if you, like me listen to the audio book.

    Stefan Rudnicki does an very excellent job adjusting his voice to each of the characters so you get a god idea of who speach. Speech tags become redundant. He captures a variety of accents well, and the voices match the personalities. He tries hard to get the Japanese right, but it doesn't roll off his tongue well.

    Its even a bit scary to think that this book was written back in 1993 and quite well talks about some of the problems we have been facing today. The tsunamis in Indonesia and the flooding of New Orleans.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Fear No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald

    As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

    Lisa says: "Not Heinlein's best - but still good"
    "My brain work in images"
    What did you love best about I Will Fear No Evil?

    My brain work in images.

    This can sometimes lead to confusion or misses. When I first saw the Lord of the Ring movie, I was so surprised and annoyed when they cam to Rivendal as it, in my minds picture, was on the other side of the river.

    So when I read a book I can se most of the story played in my mind and that gives me great pleasure in reading.

    At the moment im reading the book - well listening to the audiobook - I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A. Hainlein. It was fist published in 1970 so its a bit old but its a very nice book.

    The plot is that billionaire Johann Sebastian Bach Smith is dying, and wants to have his brain transplanted into a new body. His beautiful young female secretary, Eunice Branca, is murdered, so her body is used, since Smith never thought to place any restriction on the sex of the donor.

    For some strange reason the spirit (or whatever you want to call it) is Eunice is still with Johann when he wakes up after the transplantation in the new body.

    The book then continues to follow the 2 minds as they experience a , for Johann, new world and new body. And a new sex. Yes the book steams of sex. Actually its not written that much and there are no explicit writing of it, just what leading up to it and feelings and so on. But as my mind is very graphical its very sexy for me.

    I would say that this is one of the most trilling books I have read in a long while.

    What about Anthony Heald???s performance did you like?

    The vocal artists are doing a wounderfull job. Even when you started to hear the words from Eunice, you cluld here that it was here before you got the explanation it was her.

    So the characterization of the characters in the book is very nice and its hard to put it down.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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