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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Good story but technology is sorely abused"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is a good one but there are a few areas where it is annoying. For instance, the characters can "hack" into any ememie's computer network on a complete whim while at the same time their networks are 100% secure. There are inconsistancies with relativity as well that are bothersome. For example, in one part this one ship had to come to a complete stop in space to do repairs because it was too dangerous for a space walk at their speed. They also mentioned that hitting some debris at their speed would kill a man and that was the justification for coming to a stop. This is absurd. First off, the ones on the walk would be moving at the same speed as the ship regardless of its actual speed. Secondly, while I agree that if you were moving at 70,000 kph and hit something it would be bad but by coming to a stop to prevent that makes no sense - do you realy think everything in space is not moving? Whether you are moving or not, there are plenty of objects out there traveling much faster than you are - so by stopping you really are not doing anything to increase safety.

    Good book, but these type of things bother me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "OK story but the many characters are annoying"
    What disappointed you about Earth Afire?

    Too many characters were so self-righteous and whining it became painful to listen too. I was hoping a few of them would die off so my ears would not be assaulted by them anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirth of a Nation: Audio Companion, Fellow Traveler, and Friend for Life (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael J. Rosen
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts, Susie Essman

    Perfect for commuter train rides, rush-hour gridlock, Pilates workouts, or any time when levity might add to the very quality of life. With inimitable contributions by Merrill Markoe, Dave Barry, Garry Trudeau, and Bruce McCall, you have a triumphant salute to one of America's greatest assets: its sense of humor.

    Brad says: "They left out the mirth!"
    "They left out the mirth!"

    This is simply bad. The reading is good, the articles are well written, but their content is just plan 'stupid'. I hate using such an inelegant word, but anything else may give the articles too much credit.

    I suffered through the first two CDs hoping to find something to make this worth the time and expense, but no luck. Just more really bad articles about ridiculous topics.

    Stay away from this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Waste of time"

    Terrible book. Let's put it this way - 5 country bumpkins manage to outwit and outfight over 1000 "trolics" in the first part of this book. Heck, they outright attack a line of 100 trolics and get away scot free while killing a large number of the bad guys.

    Add to that the author loves metaphores and similies - he must be the king of em! I mean a few are interesting and add color to the tale but he is just excessive.

    The readers are 'ok' at best. I have listened to a large number of books and these two just don't cut it.

    Anyway - terrible book and storyline that is not very well read. Try "A Game of Thrones" (and that whole series) if you want a good fantasy tale that is exceptionally well read.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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