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Wyndham Vale, Australia | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 73 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

  • A Confusion of Princes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You'd think being a Prince in a vast intergalactic empire would be about as good as it gets, particularly when Princes are faster, smarter, and stronger than normal humans. Not to mention being mostly immortal. But it isn't as great as it sounds. Princes need to be hard to kill - as Khemri learns the minute he becomes one - for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor, and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor.

    Dave says: "A Rollicking Space Opera From Beginning to End"
    "great story and world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes its one of those rare sci fi stories that feels interesting and real

    What did you like best about this story?

    the point of view of the prince and his journey, the interesting world that has been built by the author

    What about Michael Goldstrom’s performance did you like?

    easy and comfortable to listen to

    Any additional comments?

    great ending - to be a prince or not

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parasite

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Christine Lakin

    A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives... and will do anything to get them.

    Andy says: "Tedious story"
    "Tedious story"
    What would have made Parasite better?

    Less complaining from the main character and more sci fi. Its not until midway till something starts to happen, but by then I'd burnt all my goodwill for this book.
    Endless introspective complaining and chatting about her situation after some car crash. Tedious interactions with her new boyfriend. More complaining and whining about having to see her psychiatrists - who are all characterised as one dimensional and predictable.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Mira Grant again?

    No. She writes well, if you like slow plodding human relationship stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "Story ok though plodding, Narration issues"
    What made the experience of listening to Revelation Space the most enjoyable?

    The description of technologies and future worlds is good. The author has obvious skill.

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

    I would have increased the pace of the story - chapter after chapter describing the recruiting of a gunnery crew member. Chapter after chapter describing the politics of digging up an ancient civillisation's artifacts. Its all a bit stretched and dubious. The characters are all a bit nebulous and could do with some sharpening up.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Whilst the narrator has perfect diction and a nice voice he drones through the story. He RANDOMLY adds emphasis to words in each sentence to add variety, but this just serves to annoy. Then he trails most sentences away into a whisper, so that you can't hear what he's saying unless you turn up the audio level. But if you do that, his constant loud PUNCHING of random words in each sentence hurts your ears. You can't win. And of course other reviews have already mentioned the similarity of accents used for characters. And of course other reviews have also mentioned the fact that there are no pauses between sections so it takes you a while to figure out the scene has totally changed to a different planet mid-paragraph. Its bizzare - does nobody oversee these narration recording sessions and spot these beginner mistakes? Study the guy who narrates Iain Banks novels for a true master.

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

    Half way through the book, running out of energy, hoping it picks up steam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "fun playful intelligent"
    Would you listen to Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again - geez - I just heard it - what a silly question.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The emperor is cool, fun, smart. Such a wacky and interesting character. Very 'real' and appealing.

    What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?

    Voices and reading style all excellent.

    Any additional comments?

    Some scenes between the emperor and his sidekick assassin guard woman are a bit repetitive, with the same old shtick of "have you thought of the consequences of you actions" and "you are a criminal and I'll bring you to justice" or "I don't understand your genius, but I'm sure its evil". But there is more than enough other story to keep you going. Excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Faire: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hell's Faire continues Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, this time pitting Major Mike O'Neal against a Posleen overlord with impressive technology looking to conquer human territories.

    Colin says: "Last book, but its not over! 8 more to go"
    "military nonsense"
    What would have made Hell's Faire better?

    more variety, a less military story

    Has Hell's Faire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes. maybe fun for soldiers to read but not for normal folk.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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