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Chris Gray

Listener Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 188 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Timescape

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a future wracked by environmental catastrophe and social instability, physicist John Renfrew devises a longshot plan to use tachyons - strange, time-traveling particles - to send a warning to the past. In 1962, Gordon Bernstein, a California researcher, gets Renfrew's message as a strange pattern of interference in an experiment he's conducting.

    Mike Schultz says: "An enjoyable book with problems"
    "Interesting plot - irritating characters"

    I had to look at the author's bio after reading this one. After reading the book, I was certain he had some serious issues with women. He is slightly forgiven b/c he is very old and this was written in 1980, but still much older writers than he manage to do it- especially when writing about a future in which he stated that women work and have equal place in the world with men (you can't just say that, you have to write characters that fit it!). The authors biography has the most in common with the main character Gordon, and I imagine his major female characters are all based on ex-girlfriends or ex-wives he doesn't like.

    The science is cool and the depiction of future global disaster is always thrilling. However, how the world gets to such a place of gloom and doom is not adequately explained. He talks about the molecular mechanisms, but not the political change and sheer lack of testing it would take to bring them about. Real world doom scenarios happen slower.

    I agree with other reviews that it was too long. I do think the narrator did a fine job (except for the casual loops, but that gave me some entertaining thoughts about how casual time loops might be different from causal time loops, maybe casual time loops are just a bit more breezy and fashionable).

    Its not terrible, I enjoyed listening even if I got steamed up at the author for half of it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this... The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run....

    Q says: "A great "what-if" apolcalyptic exploration"
    "Illogical plot; poor narrating"

    The premise of the book is weak at best, but could have been saved with good writing - it wasn't. The characters are inconsistent at best, and whiny and completely unrealistic at worst. Some of the climatology was interesting but in other parts the author has some serious gaps in his understanding of science and of the world. I followed to the end out of sheer determination with one more illogical step after another (both in the characters personal lives and the flooded world). The narration made it worse- the accents were terrible and never what they were described as - a "California drawl" sounded like a drunk Ozzy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Horrible Narrator"

    This might be a good book, but I couldn't get past the first 15min where the narrator read about murder and horror and very dark descriptive statements in a sweet sing-song voice completely out of sync with the text. It makes the whole thing sound idiotic. If I were the author I'd be furious. As a listener its a waste of a credit, but I'd happily give it another shot on paper.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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