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  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Tedious and disorganized"

    Footfall was one of the most tedious science fiction book I've ever read... or listened to in this case. The book had way too many "main" characters, most of whom had no bearing on the outcome of the book. Some seemed completely pointless. The alien names were unnecessarily complex and having a section of the book describing their language and its construction seemed self indulgent (of the authors) and tedious.

    The book suffered from uninteresting characters, a lack of coherent story line, pointless dialogue, and unbelievable events. The premise was interesting (alien invasion), but the execution was poor, with the book jumping from place to place for seemingly no reason... certainly not to advance the plot.

    I give it two stars only because the narrator of the audio book (MacLeod Andrews) was simply spectacular. The man deserves a medal for pulling off the bizarre pronunciations and for making the aliens' speech very distinctive from the humans. His narration was the reason I was able to suffer through the book to the (disappointing) ending.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Enjoyable solid Si Fi-30 years old- still topical"

    I couldn't finish this it was so tedious. It reminded me very much of Ringworld (which was absolutely horrid) and Rendezvous With Rama (which wasn't AS bad as Ringworld, probably because the shallow characters weren't obnoxious). Eon falls somewhere in between, but when I realized it was going to be another shallow, contrived story with boring, undeveloped characters with the sole purpose of providing an excuse to blather on about this awesome meteor from the future, I stopped listening. Actually, I kept going a bit further (made it about 1/3 of the way through) just in case it was going to somehow turn into an actual story with an actual plot, but it was pretty clear by then that it wasn't going to do that.

    I was seriously disappointed because the book synopsis held some promise... and I love Stefan Rudnicki's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Now Habit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Neil Fiore
    • Narrated By Neil Fiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.

    Ron says: "A keeper"
    "Good content. Bad narrator"
    What did you like best about The Now Habit? What did you like least?

    The book seemed to have some good content, but due to the author's intolerable narration, I could only make it about halfway through.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The author narrated his own book, but should have gotten a professional to do it. His halting speech pattern was something like a cross between Captain Kirk and Christopher Walken. At times, it was as if he was having trouble reading the actual text.

    Any additional comments?

    Since the content seemed to be worthwhile, I'm going to purchase this in either paperback or ebook format, since listening to the author attempt to narrate the book is not an option in this case.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hitch-22: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens

    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

    Laura says: "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but."
    "Good content when you can hear it."

    I'm a fan of Hitch and, though I have this book in print, I decided to get its audio format to listen to on my commute to work. Sadly, the narration that Hitchens gives is sometimes completely unintelligible. His bass voice, combined with the way he loudly emphasizes parts of some sentences, means that some of his sentences go from crisp and assertive speech down to a low mumbling of inaudible mush. I had the same issue with God is Not Great, but evidently didn't learn my lesson.

    As for content, I found myself in equal parts enthralled and bored. The enthralling parts were wonderful and I found myself laughing out loud at some of his stories, but when I was bored, I all but tuned out the narration, at times contemplating whether to give up and listen to something else. Whether it's noteworthy or not, I thought I'd mention that I found that much of my boredom coincided with parts of the book where the narration reached those all-but-inaudble points of undecipherable mumbling.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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