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Daniel

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  • Earth Awakens: The First Formic War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1162)

    Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

    Freeman says: "this series is going downhill"
    "Earth may be waking up, but not you"
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    The story now being mostly based out of the Moon and on Earth, all the fun seem to have been left out in the asteroid belt. —could someone please give the whining spoiled rich kid a kick in the rear? Earth Awakens will not help keep you from falling asleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Between the Stars: The Saga of Shadows, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (445)

    Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

    Trip Williams says: "Crank It Up Again!"
    "Thinner than Saga of Seven Suns"
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    This is a good beginning for a continuation from The Saga of Seven Suns. The Human Federation, taking the place of the corrupt old Terran Hanseatic League, is strong and flourishing. So is the Ildiran Empire after being shaken out of their race’s collective developmental slumber after the events in the cosmic Elemental Wars. The Ildrian’s start to question what they hold to be true and start challenging themselves. Coming from a world under seven suns, their greatest fear is darkness. And guess what is coming to our local galaxy….

    The plot seems thinner than that of the Saga of Seven Suns. Kevin J. Anderson tries to recreate the sense of urgency and imminent doom that drove the Saga of Seven Suns in The Saga of Shadows. Unfortunately, he already gave humanity and its allies greater experience and weapons at the conclusion of the Elemental Wars. The new threat is not as fearsome nor engaging as the Hydrogues and Faeros. The surprises and revelations are seen from a mile away. Leaving a space opera with no driving plot line.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Wreck: The Slaver Wars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Raymond L. Weil
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    Disaster has struck the first Moon landing to be attempted in years. Commander Jason Strong and his fellow lunar explorer Greg Johnson have become stranded with no way home. In desperation, they set off in their lunar rover to check out an anomaly they discovered on their descent. What they find will shake their beliefs and what they know of human history. It is the beginning of an adventure that will take them far out into the Solar System and to a discovery that is beyond belief.

    Frank says: "A book of cliches"
    "Novice sci-fi author"
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    A moon landing goes bad after encountering interference that breaks down the lander’s on-board computerized systems. Two astronauts—now being stranded on the Moon—discovers a powerful artificial intelligence and an approaching threat to Earth while investigating the source of the interference.

    The story is simple, the plot line is simple, the premise is shallow, and the characters act like robots reading a script of their expected emotional reactions. There is no connection between their emotions and their behavior. Having read more than my fair share of sci-fi books, it is easy to tell that Raymond L. Weil is a novice sci-fi author.

    The aliens are, of course, fully fluent in English and no Earth customs surprises them.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2378)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1748)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Fascinating journey with great narration"
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    I am not religious nor am I an atheist. But the book gave me much to think of within the constrains of it’s Universe.

    A critical thinker gets all the “facts” he demand to question whether or not there is a God in Calculating God. I really appriciated the journey and the thought experiments.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Keen
    • Narrated By Andrew Keen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In a hard-hitting and provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew Keen exposes the grave consequences of today's new participatory Web 2.0 and reveals how it threatens our values, economy, and ultimately the very innovation and creativity that forms the fabric of American achievement.

    Michael Fielden says: "A painful voyage from a single perspective"
    "Half the facts from a bitter man"
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    Did a Web 2.0 site once touch Andrew Keen in a bad place? This is the bitter story of a bitter man who once must have taken a wrong wrong step and was left alone and cold.

    Much of his facts aren’t wrong, but the conclusions are from a single point of view with an agenda. (Two chapters are dedicated to criticize others who present things online in this manner with ‘hidden agendas.’ Hypocrite.)

    On one hand he criticizes the knowledge of individuals on the internet, only to raise individuals he him selves approve of (like sales clerks in record stores) to enormous heights. What Andrew completely misses is that these people — like everyone else — are also present online. We must take it to themselves to find talent offline AND online. There is no difference, and we must all be critical of information regardless of the format and provider.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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