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RoswellBooks

texas_bookworm

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  • A Fall of Moondust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar dust. On the surface, her rescuers find their resources stretched to the limit by the mercilessly unpredictable conditions of a totally alien environment. A brilliantly imagined story of human ingenuity and survival, A Fall of Moondust is a tour-de-force of psychological suspense and sustained dramatic tension by the field's foremost author.

    J. Rhoderick says: "A quick, fun read that entertains as it teaches"
    "A bit subpar for Clarke."
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    Although it was first published in 1961, this novel resembles the "disaster movies" of the 1970s, such as "Poseidon Adventure," "Towering Inferno," and "Earthquake." Except for the distressed vehicle being a "moon bus," this could easily be a submarine trapped under the sea, an airplane unable to land, a speeding train without brakes, or any of a number of other Earth vehicles in distress.

    While I stand in awe of Arthur C. Clarke as a writer and a futurist, this novel just simply does not come close to the greatness of "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Rendezvous with Rama," and "Childhood's End," three of the best SF novels ever written. The writing is good, Clarke's hard SF approach is present, but the story suffers from stilted characters, predictable situations, and one too many "cliffhanger" plot twists at the end.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doc Savage: The Jade Ogre

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Will Murray, Lester Dent (creator)
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Who-or what- is Quon? All of Asia knows him as a devil in human form, a twisted, armless monster with a face of imperial jade. Long dead, Quon has returned from the grave to spread his fatal Jade Fever and subjugate mankind. From San Francisco's Chinatown, across the vast Pacific to the spidery jungle ruins of Cambodia, Doc Savage and his resourceful crew battle a seemingly-unbeatable foe whose deadly reach knows no barriers, and whose evil ambitions know no bounds.

    Henry says: "Great entertainment"
    "Doc's greatest hits!"
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    This extended Doc Savage novel is like a compilation of some of his greatest pulp-era adventures. It is well-written, well-paced, and features a super narration by Michael McConnohie. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to all Doc fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Eyes: Doc Savage Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kenneth Robeson
    • Narrated By Richard Epcar
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    In White Eyes, a new supercriminal emerges from the underworld. Dressed all in white, his face masked, eyes blank as that of a blind man, he calls himself White Eyes. Who is he? What are his goals? All of Manhattan reels under the onslaught of the Blind Death, a scourge so terrible that innocent people are struck dead, their eyes turning as white as hardboiled eggs.

    RoswellBooks says: "Recaptures the glory of Lester Dent's best Docs!!!"
    "Recaptures the glory of Lester Dent's best Docs!!!"
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    Many of the pulp-era Doc Savage stories are rather formulaic, poorly edited, and generally fall short of expectations. Will Murray's "White Eyes," written in the 1990s based on a concept by Lester Dent, does a masterful job of emulating the pulps but offers an exciting, fresh, well-written story involving a mysterious power that turns mens' eyes white, boils their brains, and eventually kills them. It reads like the Doc of the 1940s but is much better written, much better paced, and overall much superior. Richard Epcar's narration is also very, very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc Savage: The Frightened Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lester Dent (creator), Will Murray
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    A far-ranging adventure that begins in New York City with sightings of mysterious people inexplicably terrified by images of ordinary fish, and brings the Man of Bronze to New England, where all sea life has mysteriously disappeared from Massachusetts coastal waters. The trail ultimately takes Doc by submarine to Occupied Japan, and an incredible showdown with a foe from his past, who was believed to have perished in the 1945 novel, The Screaming Man.

    RoswellBooks says: "Exciting and well-written Doc Savage adventure!"
    "Exciting and well-written Doc Savage adventure!"
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    I've read about half of all the Doc Savage books written, and I absolutely love this story, which was put together by Will Murray in 1992 based upon Lester Dent's original concept. It is extremely exciting, fast-paced, and very well written. In the story, a mysterious force is wreaking havoc on large segments of the world's fish population, and World War III might be the result! Doc Savage works to unravel a complicated mystery that holds connections to a couple of his previous adventures. Extreme kudos to Will Murray for lovingly putting together this sizzling Doc tale from Dent's notes. The audio narration by Michael McConnohie is top notch -- a complex performance in which he does a great job of switching voices and doing voices with Japanese and Russian accents. I heartily recommend this audio book for all Doc fans and lovers of thrilling adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian War: A Thrilling Eyewitness Account of the Recent Alien Invasion as Reported by Mr. H. G. Wells

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H.G. Wells's vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning? From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with Wells and his companions.

    RoswellBooks says: "A treat for all H. G. Wells fans."
    "A treat for all H. G. Wells fans."
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    I was intrigued by the concept that H. G. Wells might have based his novel "War of the Worlds" on real events. I expected a sort of re-telling of the story from a different viewpoint but remaining faithful to the original novel. The author surprised me, though, as he borrows from all of Wells' novels to build an entirely new story that actually has little to do with the novel (other than the characteristics of the Martians and their technology). Borrowing characters from "Island of Dr. Moreau," "Invisible Man," "First Men in the Moon," and other Wells stories, this novel, although not what I expected, was well-written and quite engaging. Also, Graeme Malcolm's narration was absolutely fabulous. Highly recommended for all fans of H. G. Wells.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (437)

    A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

    Cynthia L. Walker says: "Still as good as I remember!"
    "A great story regardless of its time."
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    Not every good novel is been written in our lifetime, obviously. Here is one of the most enjoyable science fiction novels ever written, and it was written in the early 1930s! Other reviewers have mentioned that its science is bad and that it is a bit too "Buck Rogers" or "Flash Gordon." Regardless, allowing for when it was written, this wonderful book shines through with a remarkable, enduring story that is full of suspense and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which also benefits from an excellent narration by Peter Ganim. The story is the thing - even in an age when readers and viewers demand cutting edge science and technology even from their fiction. This story, though dated, excels. It is, without a doubt, one of the best end-of-the-world novels ever written.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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