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Bethany

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  • Science Fiction Favorites

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Isaac Asimov
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    This selection of some of Asimov's most enduring and unforgettable stories is read by the author himself. These vintage tales encompass the full range of Asimov's versatility, while displaying his puckish sense of humor.

    Jeff says: "Entertaining and personal"
    "How wonderful to hear his voice"
    Overall

    People will be certainly reading Asimov's stories in print hundreds of years from now. His Foundation books are perhaps the best science fiction ever written. When I chose this title I was hoping only for a few gems and expected to hear the stories narrated by a professional actor. To actually hear Asimov's voice telling his own stories was, for me, wonderful. Sure he sounds a little funny - like the way he pronounces robot as "row-bit" - but to me there was something fantastic about hearing his inflections and his comments as he read his own stories. Some of the stories were wonderful and others were merely clever. All were worth listening to. Compared to the other audio books I have listened, this one is one of the very best.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3708)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1849)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Warning too late"
    Overall

    The appropriate place for this review is really book one of the series. Anyone who has read this far in the series will of course read the last two books.

    That said, words are insufficient to describe the level of disappointment I experienced reading this book.

    King spent years building up to this conclusion and this book shows that his creativity just faded away.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1857)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (801)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "It is not Dune, but it is well worth the time"
    Overall

    I just finished this book and enjoyed it a great deal. Some elements of the plot were awfully forseeable but that did not bother me too much. If you have already read the full Dune series (including the great prequels) and the Foundation series, and are looking for a series with similar scope and ambition, the Saga of the Seven Suns is one you will likely enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: The Battle of Corrin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (331)

    Fifty-six hard years after the events of The Machine Crusade, after the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. The human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.

    Eric says: "The Battle for Corrin"
    "Top Tive Of All Time"
    Overall

    This book was absolutely fantastic and the best of the Dune prequels by far. I loved seeing the formation of the Harkonnen-Atredies feud and thought it was richly complex and superbly done. The birth of space folding and the Bene Gesserit were also executed fantastically. As I passed the halfway point I started limiting myself to only an hour a day, to make it last longer. Really, one my favorites of all time - and I'm pretty picky.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3807)
    Performance
    (1982)
    Story
    (2015)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "The Worst Ender Book By Far"
    Overall

    Ugh. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead were two of my favorite books because each presented a new "aha!" concept. Speaker for the Dead was especially interesting to me with the concepts of the third life and the philotic connections. In those books, Card made his point in a subtle way that I enjoyed greatly.

    Sitting through Children of the Mind was like going to a bad college lecture in which the ponderous professor *tells* you his lesson instead of bringing it to life through an example.

    The story here was slow, and it went nowhere. The characters were endlessly lecturing themselves and each other. And Card seemed to spend half of ths book reprising the concepts in the previous ones.

    All in all, a great disappointment.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: I, Q

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John de Lancie, Peter David
    • Narrated By John de Lancie
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    I, Q is a wild and witty voyage through the secret soul of creation as only the enigmatic Q can tell it! Co-written and read by John de Lancie, who portrayed Q on television for more than a decade!

    Ryan M. Damon says: "Download this file"
    "Surprisingly Crappy"
    Overall

    First of all, this book was all of three hours. Before it even started, it was over. Second, the story was pretty lame. Q is one of my absolute favorite characters and I very much enjoyed hearing him narrate, but other than that, this title was not worth the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Now Herbert's son, Brian, working with Kevin J. Anderson and using Frank Herbert's own notes, reveals a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

    Brian says: "enoyed premise but not execution"
    "If you love Dune, you will enjoy Butlerian Jihad"
    Overall

    I just finished reading the book and have not listened to the audio version. I enjoyed the book a great deal. It was wonderful to learn about the first person who rode a worm, and the origin of the crysknifre. Ditto on the history of the machines who took over and their struggles to learn from their programmers. I was interested to see an earlier encarnation of the Harkonnens when they were brave and noble. I am looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Atredies and Harkonnens go wrong. It was fascinating to see the distant history of the Bene Gesserit and how they developed. Likewise the contrast between the humans as slaves while also being masters was well done. Overall I was very impressed and am looking forward to the Machine Crusade.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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