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Christopher

SAN JOSE, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4445)
    Performance
    (2107)
    Story
    (2139)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "disappointing, sad, and unredeemed"
    Overall

    The book has so much promise but ends up driving into a depressing dead end. It is as if the author loathed all the characters in the story and had no idea where to go with the tale. There is an attempt at cleverness and some good characterer development -- but it goes nowhere. One plot line after another is developed and then left uncompleted. The let down is wrsened by the fact that the reader invests so much time in the tale. Very poor book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Apollo's Outcasts

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Ramon DeOcampo
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Jamey Barlowe has been crippled since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. He lives his life in a wheelchair, only truly free when he is in the water. But then Jamey’s father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup d’etat that has occurred overnight in the United States. Moreover, one of the other five refugees is more than she appears. Their destination is the mining colony, Apollo. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life.

    Christopher says: "Simply Wonderful"
    "Simply Wonderful"
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    Would you listen to Apollo's Outcasts again? Why?

    This book was a very enjoyable classic sci-fi tale. It very much reminded me of the best of the Heinlein juvenile. Allen Steele is one of the finest artists in the genre and this book showed an entirely new dimension to his work. If you like classic sci-fi, kids growing up in space, good guy - bad guy throw downs, you will not regret listening to this tale.

    Also, the narrator does a fine job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Honor of the Clan: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Julie Cochrane
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (201)

    The Indowy "Bane Sidhe" conspiracy has grown strong, and the cunning and resourceful Darhel - tacit rulers of the Galactic Federation - have decided that the time has come to wipe that threat from the stars forever. What the Darhel don't know is that humans have joined the rebellion - led by thief and assassin extraordinaire, Cally O'Neal. Now Cally is set to destroy a web of alien deceit millennia in the making.

    james says: "Essential, IF you're already a fan."
    "Absolutely dreadful, unresolved story"
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    Would you try another book from John Ringo and Julie Cochrane and/or Marc Vietor?

    I enjoyed the Posleen series. I found Cally's War to be poor and then was encouraged by sister time. This book was absolutely dreadful and makes one wonder why the reader should care at all about the Mike O'Neal character. His appearance and role in this book really makes one question how he, and the ACS, could be considered a hero as opposed to collaborators.

    The book provides an unsatisfying and unresolved end to this triad of books. I could not recommend it.


    What could John Ringo and Julie Cochrane have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Provide a reasonable ending.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    Cally


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Honor of the Clan?

    All the scenes with the ACS


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (1792)
    Story
    (1787)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Wonderful Story - Great Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this series to fans of science fiction serials and adventure. The stories are fast moving and engaging. the character development is well done and the listener learns to genuinly love or hate characters as the author intended.


    What other book might you compare On Basilisk Station to and why?

    This series is clearly based upon the Horatio Hornblower novels, and given its space background, is therefore closely related to Star Trek (Kirk was also based upon HH). Honor Harrington is a classic hero in the Hornblowerr, Kirk, Picard, Janeway style.


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    Allyson Johnson is a truly fantastic narrator and makes the books come alive. She is one of the most engaging and entertaining readers I have encountered in a long time. I love her narration of the story and her voice perfectly fits Honor.


    Any additional comments?

    On Basilisk Station is a great introduction to Honor Harrington. The book is fast paced and drops us into the story right away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allen Steele
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The second American Revolution has propelled the Southern-controlled United Republic of America into power, its oppressive laws enforced by the National Reform Program's re-education camps. The citizens are suffering from a militaristic tyranny and federal extortion at the expense of an ambitious space program designed to propagate the galaxy with model citizens of the Republic. A special bonus, author Allen Steele introduces this Hugo-nominated novella.

    Christopher says: "Great read but is simply an extract from Coyote"
    "Great read but is simply an extract from Coyote"
    Overall

    This book is just an extract of the first few chapters of Coyote. If you buy that book you have this content so it is really not woth it. If you are going to listen to this, then you should listen to all of Coyote -- one of the best novels in sci fi in many years.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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