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Springfield, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 207 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Darwin's Radio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up.

    Paul Krasner says: "Really good science fiction"
    "A huge let-down"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    At first look this looked like an exciting book about the results of theoretical genetics gone wrong. The science behind it was facinating and well thought out, but the story itself is drier than a popcorn fart. Most of the book consists of scientist sitting around calmly over-explaining technical details and discussing ethical and legal concerns brought up by a genetic apocolypse. Meanwhile the fact that the human race is ending and society is falling to pieces around them is treated as a footnote. The story presents plenty of opportunity for emotion and human drama but instead spends the majority of its time slogging through tedious and largely unnecessary dialogue. I'm not a big fan of action stories but this book seriously needed something. It was like reading a text book except that by the time I was through it I hadn't learned anything. It's a great idea that never gets off the ground. Mind-numbingly dull. Skip it.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Bear again?

    At this point, it seems unlikely.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He added very little character or inflection. It was difficult to distinguish one characters dialogue from anothers, leading to a complete train wreck of boredom in a largely dialogue-driven book.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The science seemed like an exciting notion and even seemed believable, but the the lack of humanity and story just made it like sitting through a 18 hour long genetics lecture. While there is nothing wrong with that, it's not what I expect from a work of fiction.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credits on this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    "Basically a Generic Zombie Story"

    This is basically every B-movie zombie flick ever made without the charm of the cheap effects and crappy acting. Joe Everyman, salesman and loving father and husband, goes into work one day only to witness the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and see his best friend eaten. By lunch time he's a grizzled survivor, by noon break he's a tough-talking, knee-breaking action hero with his own cliche catchphrase. It reads like it was written by a room focus group of advertising executives as they ticked off a list of zombie tropes and contrived plot points. Thankfully this was a free offering but it'll still take up two hours of your life and unless you're totally into anything with zombies, I wouldn't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Winner Takes All: New Series Adventure 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner
    • Narrated By Camille Coduri

    Rose and the Doctor return to present-day Earth, and become intrigued by the latest craze the video game, Death to Mantodeans. Is it as harmless as it seems? And why are so many local people going on holiday and never returning? Meanwhile, on another world, an alien war is raging. The Quevvils need to find a new means of attacking the ruthless Mantodeans. Searching the galaxy for cunning, warlike but gullible allies, they find the ideal soldiers on Earth.

    Annissa says: "One of the best!"
    "Solid characters and great narration, okay story."

    I listen to and watch alot of Doctor Who and this one not only stays true to the series, but it is one that I think a more causual fan could get into. Jacqueline Rayner captures the esscense of the characters, especially the 9th Doctor, Rose and even the ol' Tin Dog Mickey perfectly. She also obviously did her homework when she made this one as it stays well within the continuity of the Whoniverse and even keeps up with most of the themes of series 1 of the TV show. I could have easily seen this one being made into an episode and would have loved it if they had. The story itself isn't great but it is well executed and very entertaining, though the villians in this one are a tad on the silly side. And while I was not expecting much from Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler on the show) when I pick this one up, I was very pleasantly surprised. She did an absolutely brilliant job narrating this one and I hope they get her for some more. Well worth a listen, especially if you like the 9th Doctor and Rose. Give it a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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