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Dave

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  • Fragment

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Warren Fahy
    • Narrated By Robin Atkin Downes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    The time is now. The place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the reality TV show Sealife. Aboard is a cast of ambitious young scientists. With a director dying for drama, tiny Henders Island might be just what the show needs. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders, and the ultimate test of survival begins.

    Jennifer says: "Pretty Good but not Stunning"
    "Starts great, finished poorly."
    Overall

    The first half of this book is fairly gripping. The story brings you along and you find yourself excited to find out what happens next. However, about half way through, the whole thing takes a nose dive. The story gets dumb and the characters get thin. I was terribly disappointed after such a promising first half.
    The narrator is average. I don't think he takes too much away from the book, but most of his "voices" are a bit over the top.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5343)
    Performance
    (3126)
    Story
    (3160)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "Fake Chinese accent is hard to listen to."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed both Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, read by some of the same narrators. However, some of the narrators in this book attempt to use a a Chinese accent that is terrible. It sounds like a stereotypical bad Chinese accent that you might here in a comedy routine. It not only adds nothing to the book, it is actually quite distracting and hard to listen to.

    Otherwise, I enjoyed the story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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