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David

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Galileo’s Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    With Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson crafts an instant masterpiece that blends epic adventure and thoughtful alternate history. Ganymede, a rebellious Jovian, attempts to bring famed scientific mind Galileo forward in time to alter the course of history with astonishing results.

    David says: "Historical Novel?"
    "Historical Novel?"
    Overall

    More a historical novel than science fiction, Galileo's Dream covers the latter half of Galileo's life. While there are some action scenes this is not an action novel. And while there is time travel and alien intelligence, it is more a novel of about Galileo, his scientific ideas, and Vatican politics. If you make it through the twenty hours you will gain a understanding and an affection for this flawed genius. It does go on for too long. It could stand being about a third shorter. But I would recommend it for an entertaining introduction to the life of Galileo Galilee.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1160)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Come on guys this is really bad writing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to another book narrated by MacLeod Andrews?

    MacLeod Andrews does a decent job with bad material. I would listen to him again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed with the generic pedestrian writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1494)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1245)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "And All the Devils Are Here"
    Overall

    Hell is Empty is definitely one the best audio books I've listened to this year. The book initially struck me as all action with the characters we grown to know sidelined. But then the action turns into something more. It turns into some kind of journey through hell. Though hell is a frozen mountain. And hell has a seven foot tall guide that may be real or just a hallucination.
    The Walt Longmire series is usually very down to earth. Hell is Empty may not be as firmly rooted in reality but I will listen to this one again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7022)
    Performance
    (3385)
    Story
    (3391)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Part 1?"
    Overall

    If you liked the ending to the last episode of The Sopranos you'll like the ending to The Passage. I have to assume there is a second volume coming. Other than the cliff hanger ending I did enjoy the book. It works great as something to listen to on a cross country car trip.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Roommates Kelly and Chloe are enjoying their lives and their downtown Detroit loft just fine. Kelly is a Victoria's Secret catalog model. Chloe is an escort, until she decides to ditch her varied clientele in favor of a steady gig as girlfriend to eighty-four-year-old retired lawyer Tony Paradiso, a.k.a. Mr. Paradise.

    Duke says: "Not the typical E.L.; still great"
    "Entertaining novel with deadpan delivery"
    Overall

    Except for the Elmore Leonard novels that have made it into film, this is my first of his novels and I am looking forward to reading some of his other books. The story is fast and entertaining. Robert Forster's reading of the novel is as dry as dry gets. Imagine a no nonsense kind of guy telling a long story. It takes a while to get used to his pacing and his subtle sense of humor. After a short while I found myself thoroughly enjoying his deadpan delivery. I can see where other listeners may not care for his understated performance but I've listened to the book twice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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