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Daniel

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 696 titles in library
  • 58 purchased in 2014
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  • Sarek: Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By A. C. Crispin
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying, and Spock returns to the planet Vulcan where he and Sarek enjoy a rare moment of rapprochement. But just as his wife's illness grows worse, duty calls Sarek away, once again sowing the seeds of conflict between father and son. Yet soon Sarek and Spock must put aside their differences and work together to foil a far-reaching plot to destroy the Federation, a plot that Sarek has seen in the making for nearly his entire career.

    Daniel says: "More Unabridged TOS Please"
    "More Unabridged TOS Please"
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    No mind blowing sci fi apart from that already established in the source material but a well crafted story. I don't know why there aren't more unabridged Trek Titles. Unless this is attributable to Pocket's perceived need to hire Trek actors to read the books. This narrator was wonderful, he subtly impersonates the characters as portrayed by the performers associated with them but more importantly he lends just the right amount of tone and texture to the prose. If more full size Trek books appear I'll certainly spend my credits on them. Well, if they're TOS. The TNG and after stuff is probably better but I just don't get a geek on for it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (622)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Sad"
    Overall
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    Parents should be ready to discuss racism and how an otherwise charming story can be tarnished by it. The gentle nature and sweetness of the story make Lofting's inability to rise above the prejudices unquestioned in his day all the more regrettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Steel Breeze: Poseidon's Children, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Chiku Akinya, great granddaughter of the legendary space explorer Eunice and heir to the family empire, is just one among millions on a long one way journey towards a planet they hope to call their new home. For Chiku, the journey is a personal one, undertaken to ensure that the Akinya family achieves its destiny among the stars. The passengers travel in huge self-contained artificial worlds - holoships - putting their faith in a physics they barely understand.

    SciFi Kindle says: "Earthier, narrower, more feminine than AR's work"
    "Impatient For The Third Book"
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    Humor, joy and wonder, this is high end sci fi. Alastair Reynolds read by Adjoa Andoh is just about perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David S. Goyer, Michael Cassutt
    • Narrated By Joe J. Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Three years ago, an object 100 miles across was spotted on a trajectory for Earth's sun. Now, its journey is almost over. As it approaches, two competing manned vehicles race through almost half a million kilometers of space to reach it first. But when they both arrive on the entity, they learn that it has been sent toward Earth for a reason. An intelligent race is desperately attempting to communicate with our primitive species. And the message is: Help us.

    Brian says: "Good character based sci-fi"
    "Feels Like A Movie"
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    I love Big Dumb Object sci fi. I almost loved this but for the huge role some nearly meta-physical speculation plays in the story. This may appeal to listeners who enjoy supernatural science fiction. The story is well paced and suspenseful. If this becomes a movie, and is then successful, then perhaps 'Rendezvous With Rama' will finally happen.
    Joe J. Thomas' narration is good and I'm surprised I hadn't heard him on audible before, he should do more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chill

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Bear
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear has won high praise for her thought-provoking science fiction. The second in Bear’s powerful Jacob’s Ladder series, Chill finds the generation starship Jacob’s Ladder with a new captain—Perceval. As Perceval struggles with the ship’s recent damage, remnants of the rebellion still linger and a threat to the crew grows.

    Jennifer says: "Sequel to "Dust""
    "Beautiful Story Telling"
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    I resisted the previous book in the series, 'Dust' for sometime. I love the generation ship trope, but not so much the fairy-tale motifs which are sprinkled throughout the narrative. Despite it's grounding in the structure of high fantasy, I was so taken with the book, that I downloaded this, as I consumed the final hour of 'Dust' so as to dive, immediately, back into Elizabeth Bear's beautiful prose and sense of wonder as conveyed though Alma Cuervo's cooly intense narration. 'Chill' takes the characters on a very different quest and we see more of Jacob's Ladder than before. I am very anxious for audible to offer the final installment of this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Powersat: The Grand Tour Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And in its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of spaceflight.

    Greg says: "Great book but substandard recording"
    "Political Thriller More Than Sci Fi, But Good!"
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    I would have passed this over had I not seen the Grand Tour banner attached to the title.
    It's a political thriller with plausible science unpinning the narrative. As far as the Grand Tour goes, I am looking forward to more exploration of the outer solar system, but this satisfied me for now.

    While it is a shame that Blackstone released this somewhat rough cut instead of a properly edited recording, I can't say that it was terribly upsetting to me personally. Stephen Rudnicki is such a wonderfully gifted narrater, it was interesting to hear his alternate inflections and retakes. But please, Blackstone, this is not podiobooks, you're getting paid, so next time review your work before selling it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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