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Chromo Domo

Walnut Creek, CA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Timothy Dadabo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (333)

    In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....

    Raquel S. says: "Once upon a time on a Halo far far away..."
    "Haven't Finished It Yet"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Halo: Primordium to be better than the print version?

    Can't say, but the narrator Timothy Dadabo made the whole story fun to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riser - I think I had a relative who he reminds me of.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy Dadabo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't think so, but I will see if he has performed something else I might want to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A storehouse of life, varied, flawed, and yet noble.


    Any additional comments?

    Greg Bear doesn't hold back on making broad settings speak broad lessons. A great story that is a great yarn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (421)

    Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

    Kyle says: "Utterly Amazing, Mind Expanding"
    "I want more - the best is yet to come?"
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    Where does Halo: Cryptum rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy the medium of audiobooks, and Halo: Cryptum is among the very best in this medium, and certainly the best of the Science Fiction audiobooks I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Halo: Cryptum to and why?

    The Moon Maze Game - somewhat juvenile and predictable
    Robopocalypse - pretty standard fare
    Pandora's Star - The first book of this series - a charming tale
    Judas Unchained - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
    The Dreaming Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
    The Temporal Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
    The Evolutionary Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
    The Memory of Earth - Just as good as Halo: Cryptum
    The Mote in God's Eye - A real classic and a great story
    Impact - Predicable, but enjoyable nonetheless
    Blackout and All Clear - Loved this time travel tale - an Anglophile's dream
    The Draco Tavern - just plain fun to listen to


    What about Holter Graham???s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice and dialect control, but occaisionally dialog between characters became a bit of a challenge to the listener


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forerunners are powerful, but even they need all the help they can get.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep adding classic SciFi titles to the Audible library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • By the Rivers of Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    Lod Airport, Israel: Two Concorde jets take off for a U.N. conference that will finally bring peace to the Middle East. Covered by F-14 fighters, accompanied by security men, the planes carry warriors, pacifists, lovers, enemies, dignitaries - and a bomb planted by a terrorist mastermind. Suddenly they're forced to crash-land at an ancient desert site. Here, with only a handful of weapons, the men and women of the peace mission must make a desperate stand against an army of crack Palestinian commandos....

    Patti says: "A good story, but a lot of characters"
    "Implausability Gives Way to a Great Story"
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    Would you listen to By the Rivers of Babylon again? Why?

    Probably not...I already know how it turns out!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I could see some things coming, but several of the scenes were really compelling


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's great, and he can do character 'voices' changes without being jarring or confusing.


    Who was the most memorable character of By the Rivers of Babylon and why?

    Jacob Hausner


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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