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Dakota

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (647)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "Felt like it was Abridged"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    I just came off of Dune, and since this was written in the early 1900's I am impressed. However, it feels like there isnt enough detail, and comes across as being an abridged version. Anyone else get this? This wont stop me from grabbing the next one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1796)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "I wish there was more..."
    Overall

    I really felt like the world that Paolo created was getting more and more interesting, and I felt sad when the book came to an end. I wish that there were more books in this world, and more stories about the characters, especially the windups. This was a great read, I am glad I picked it up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimatum

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Matthew Glass
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    November 2032, Joe Benton has just been elected the 48th president of the United States. Only days after winning, Benton learns from his predecessor that previous estimates regarding the effect of global warming on rising sea levels have been grossly underestimated. With the world frighteningly close to catastrophe, Benton must save the United States from environmental devastation.

    Dakota says: "More interested than I thought I would be"
    "More interested than I thought I would be"
    Overall

    I like reading and watching non-fiction about global warming, sustainability, etc. This piqued my interest in that regard. I was a little unsure about the ultra-political fiction, but it kept me wanting to read more. It is 85% about the processes and negotiations, all within the American political system, that I as a Canadian, have no knowledge of or interest in. However, I feel like it gave me a little insight to policy changes/planning at the highest level, but kept it just dramatic enough that it did not bore me. I agree with someone else's comment about the fact that they kept out the unnecessary relationship drama and kept the focus solely on climate change, and everything involved on a world scale that is necessary to fix the problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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