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Andrew Finn

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  • Starship: Rebel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    The date is 1968 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now. The Republic, dominated by the human race, is in the midst of an all-out war with the Teroni Federation.

    Almost a year has passed since the events of Starship: Mercenary. Captain Wilson Cole now commands a fleet of almost 50 ships, and he has become the single greatest military force on the Inner Frontier.

    Rancher5 says: "Whats to say the book was great."
    "Great book, light sci-fi reading"
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    An easy read, easy to follow, probably better to follow in order but not overly necessary for the series. If you are a sci-fi space buff, you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation and Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (349)

    Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

    Jerry says: "Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!"
    "Any computers synthetic voice could match this"
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    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    Larry McKeever does not do characters with enough distinction so it is next to impossible to tell when the characters are changing and who is saying what. Would be a good fit for documentaries but not novels.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not been able to listen to the entire book, in fact I could not get through the first couple of chapters. I'll update my review if I can go back some time and actually finish listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4634)
    Performance
    (3090)
    Story
    (3137)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Keep listening."
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    This book gets off to a slow start, the change of readers from previous Sanderson books (in the order I listened to them) also threw me off. I grew annoyed at the purchase after listing to "The Way of Kings" and the Mistborn and the Wheel of time series of books (Sanderson has blended in incredibly well after Robert Jordon passed away). Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were so good with Sanderson's novels I really was not ready to put up with Jack Garrett on what was obviously not one of Brandon's better books. I decided, however, to keep going, the gloom and doom start slowly progressed into something of interest. Then, not sure when it actually happened, but as with all of the previous Sanderson novels, I could no longer stop listening. Jack garret does a great job, and while Elantris certainly does not have the depth of characters compared to the longer series of books he has written, halfway through the book I realized this could easily become another great series. Sanderson's attempts at explaining politics might leave something to be desired, however, it could also be my lack of interest in politics that allows me to ignore this area. As good as Jack Garrett may be, I do miss the female voice when scenes change to a female perspective. I found that while Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were a bit of an adjustment at first, I now miss books not read from both genders when the story line perspective changes genders. All in all, another great read? listen? Well, another great performance of a book while I try to explain to people how incredible it is to have some one tell you a story when reading a book or watching a movie just does not fit the schedule of some one always on the move.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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