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Allan

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  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (336)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "tool rules"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Drowned Cities again? Why?

    Great story with great characters.
    There's about 3 dire chapters of moralising about a third of the way in but then everyone packs that in and gets on with scheming and killing things.
    Awesome.


    What other book might you compare The Drowned Cities to and why?

    suppose hunger games fans might enjoy this.


    Which character – as performed by Joshua Swanson – was your favorite?

    Sergeant Ocho


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

    Nope, I have a life


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this reflects more on myself than the story but I find this vision of the future both believable and alluring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hydrogen Sonata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (228)

    The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

    Ethan M. says: "Culture meets Hitchhiker's Guide & Da Vinca Code"
    "more of the same"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make it more original


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Taken it from out of up itself


    What three words best describe Peter Kenny’s voice?

    camp, fruity, RSC


    Do you think The Hydrogen Sonata needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, because there's no more room up there


    Any additional comments?

    There is no reason to read this other than to be able to say you've read it

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (923)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Swashbuckling Science Historical Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Quicksilver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Staggering voice performances. Parallel plots with time jumps enlivened by incredible circumstances and fascinating scientific/political and historic insights. Best audiobook I ever 'read'.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Halfcock Jack, because he is so entertainingly perverse


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

    don't think so


    Who was the most memorable character of Quicksilver and why?

    Jack again, because I'm perverse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5675)
    Performance
    (2299)
    Story
    (2327)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "best narration - least feelgood"
    Overall

    Terrible journey for the characters told with the best narration of any of the 100s of books I have listened to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sean Hannity
    • Narrated By Sean Hannity
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    As Americans face the ongoing war against terrorists and their state sponsors around the world, Sean Hannity reminds us we must also cope with the continuing scourge of accommodation and cowardice at home. With his trademark blend of passion and hard-hitting commentary, he urges Americans to recognize the dangers of putting our faith in toothless "multilateralism" when the times call for decisive action.

    Jean says: "Deliver Us From Evil"
    "Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Liberalism"
    Overall

    I find this book offensive. If you don't find this book offensive, please do us all a favour and stay out of world politics!

    5 of 20 people found this review helpful

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