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Alan Mimms

Puyallup (Seattle), WA USA

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  • The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (340)

    In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

    Mr says: "The Confusion"
    "Love this series"
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    Where does The Confusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have been loving the ride on this series. It's long and delicious and brilliant and witty. The characters are people you really want to know better - even the ones that aren't icons of history like Newton and Leibnitz.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Daniel Waterhouse's movements through the story.


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

    Yes. Prebble, Kellgren, and Pariseau narrated the earlier books in this series as well. They are consummate!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed many times and occasionally got misty-eyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Neal Stephenson is a planetary treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon’s Gold: Book Six of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (278)

    The year is 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, where he joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt down a criminal gang attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with "Infernal Devices," or time bombs. Unbeknownst to Daniel, however, Newton has an ulterior motive: to wrest the Solomonic Gold from the control of his arch-enemy, the master counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    Andrew Pollack says: "My favorite in the series so far"
    "LOVE this"
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    What made the experience of listening to Solomon’s Gold the most enjoyable?

    Stephenson's writing is voluminous and - to be honest - full of extraneous details and side-trips. I happen to LOVE the side trips and enjoy every minute of the stories. He can be a little graphic in rubbing your nose in the dirty details of life in 17th and 18th Century Europe, but I can forgive that as it is surrounded by such delightful characters, deeply intertwined story threads, and magnificently crafted surprise twists.

    If you're a smart person who loves complex and rich storytelling, you will love this entire epic series of books. The performances in the audiobooks are astoundingly good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (386)

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is the telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds.

    Frederick says: "Content Wonderful - Audio Product Dubious"
    "One of my all-time faves"
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    Would you listen to Time Enough for Love again? Why?

    I have loved this story since I was 16 when I first read it. This book contains lessons for life, color stories, fascinating future history world building, and fantastic character development. Unfortunately, it also contains a few things that should have been edited out (diploid pair genetic analysis for way too long, for example).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lazarus Long is my idol. I really love this character, and the story brings him to life. I want to be Lazarus Long when I grow up.


    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes! I worried a bit about Mr. James' voice (was raw during some of the read), but it was perfect for the part in every way.


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

    Yes, but I listen when driving. I had to force myself to get out of the car sometimes.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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