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Graham

Guelph, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 390 titles in library
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  • The Tar-Aiym Krang: A Pip & Flinx Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    Moth was a beautiful planet, the only one with wings - two great golden clouds suspended in space around it. Here was a wide-open world for any venture a man might scheme. The planet attracted unwary travelers, hardened space-sailors, and merchant buccaneers - a teeming, constantly shifting horde that provided a comfortable income for certain quick-witted fellows like Flinx and his pet flying snake Pip.

    Chris says: "The First of the Flinx and Pip Novels AT LAST!"
    "A nice trip down memory lane for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read this book as a kid, and it's aged quite well (I'm 44 now). Rudnicki turns out a good reading, as usual.

    For the story, I am surprised how some sections paint a better picture in my head than when I read it, but some are glossed over. I was wondering if this is an abridged version or not, but the ending sort of didn't work as well as I had remembered, and for that it loses a star. 4/5, I enjoyed this light SF book which was evidently written for teenagers :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2778)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1289)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "An unexpected gem"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had no idea what to expect, and can't even remember why I bought this particular audio book, but I am very glad I did. Lisette is spot on as a narrator, and really made you fall in love with Botswana and the lead character.

    The writing is simple, yet solid. No flowery prose, but every word goes to build a beautiful landscape in which the heroine goes about her business.

    Once you get past the first three chapters - in which we meet the heroine, understand the relationship with her father, and how she got married - you're straight into the vignettes of each case as they weave the story until the end. You have to understand the first three chapters to get an idea of what drives her, but the journey is well rewarded.

    I finished the book wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (652)

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Blackmac says: "quick easy listen"
    "Pretty good for the most part"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Brick does an excellent job of painting the characters and atmosphere of the SW a hundred years ago. I've never read a Cussler book before, and after this I'd certainly pick another.

    The story sagged a little in the middle, when I think Cussler was trying to sneak out of the mystery genre and into romance, but it soon got back on track (pun not intended).

    Not exactly a "romp", but I enjoyed the hero and the baddie battling it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orion: Orion Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (322)

    John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Cornucopia of Genre's"
    "Better than a 3, not quite a 4"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took me a chapter or two to get into Rudnicki's style, but once I got the hang of it I really started to like it.

    The book, as a beginning of a series, has good points and bad points. Some of the action is great, some of the philosophical meanderings of the "gods" not so much. I'd probably have a go at the second book in the series, but I have almost a dozen other audio books lined up before it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3345)
    Performance
    (2329)
    Story
    (2370)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    Ryan says: "Still a classic of visionary science fiction"
    "Not what I would call a classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Maybe it has a place in SF history, but it has not aged well at all. Summerer tackles the narration well, though the story is not one that I would call decent SF. It didn't leave me feeling fulfilled, nor excited.

    Too many questions went unanswered. Why? Who? and Why? again. If you want to complete your SF library, or adore Clarke, then you may as well get this one, because there are better audio books on offer out there if you're looking for something meaty.

    If it wasn't a Clarke, I'd have said "meh"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
    • Narrated By Chris Barrie
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (270)

    When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

    Missy Hoppe says: "Finally!"
    "What you'd expect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Barrie does a fine job of getting the nuances of all the characters. It's not exactly the same as an episode of the TV show, but it's a good reading of the book. If you've read the book, you'll know what to expect. If you haven't, it's not exactly the same as the TV show, but all in all it's an enjoyable 8 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (549)

    “In the Forests of the Night” is from the Hugo and Audie Award-nominated METAtropolis, an intelligent and stunning creation of five cutting-edge science-fiction writers, performed by an amazing cast of elite narrators and stars from TV’s Battlestar Galactica. METAtropolis takes place in a future where cities have transformed or died, and technologists, eco-survivalists, and civilization itself vie for continued existence.

    Robert says: "Great writer-narrator combination"
    "Good writing, great narration"
    Overall

    The author provides a great canvas and colours - the narrator paints such a vivid world. It took a few minutes to recognise the voice, but I'll definitely be seeking out more audio by Michael Hogan.

    I will also likely be getting more of this series, the world is intriguing enough to have me thinking of it after the end of the excerpt.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (343)

    The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

    Michael says: "It gets better"
    "Bad narration"
    Overall

    I managed to get through one chapter before I had to switch to another book. Imagine Steven Wright playing Spock - that's how monotonous this narration is. The Sci-Fi story may be fine but I'll never know. There are some voices you could listen as they read the phone directory, but this narrator kills what may have been a good book, or a crappy book. Either way, I'll never buy one of his narrations again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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