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Soddy Daisy, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 274 ratings
  • 584 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    Lorrie says: "A question about further Clavell books."
    "Worst Narration Ever"

    I read the book years ago and it was great!!! I could not get past the reader. He sounds like a stuck up British chain smoker reading a grocery list. The first hour I could not stop thinking that he needs to clear his throat. He reads without any pauses making it hard to keep up with the story. You never know who is talking. His voice is very weak and sharp. I would say more if I did not think that it would be removed for lack of political correctness. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample.

    12 of 13 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
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    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..."
    "Good solid read !"

    This book could be a Stephen King book if it were a little more refined. All of the characters are well writen. The plot was great. (better infact than many of King's books) . This book can stand alone or become a series. It gives you an ending with a loophole for the next book.
    Most "end of the world" books have only one way of life after the big event. This book explores a more realistic outcome of what could happen. You find your stenght and use it.
    The sci fi part is new and old but well thought out and easy to follow. I think that it could have used just a bit more editing to improve the flow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

    Ethan M. says: "Science fiction in Deep time"
    "Loved it!"

    Some have said that this book is long and does not go anywhere. I disagree. The book's mysteries are given up nicely as the journey progresses and the end has a lessen for man kind. I not only enjoyed the journey I liked the ending. It took a while for me to get used to the idea that someone can live a million years. Even if most of the time was spent in stasis. Think of the possibilities!

    4 of 5 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

    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."
    "What ???????"

    Names: Enico- Amaco??, Conico -Coneeco??, Kenya- Conya ?? Dog F@cker and Who??? Ginko. The narrator keeps changing the way he pronouces the names. It takes a long time to figure out that this person is that person: Huksoon - Oxsen. I made myself listen to four hours. I think that I had 30 or more names in my head. I am not sure how many people that is. 10, 20???? Anderson has three names I think? I have listened to many many hours of lectures on Quantum Theory and string theory. They are both easier to follow. It is like bits and parts of other peoples' dreams. I could not keep track of a time line or anyones wants or motives. green bands?? , white shirts????? yellow cards ???? I do not know what any of these things are. They talk about joules of power ( watts) and jewels, as in diamonds. I was never sure which one was which. Both are valuable and hold power in there own ways.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"

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    Although this is a (fiction science fiction) book. I was surprised to find much of the science grounded in real science. The book is written in a way that you can enjoy the story with or without a knowledge of science. Many times I got caught up in the book and then realized that they had made a reference to a science that few would know about. I kept this in mind and found that an understanding of the science was not needed. It just served as a bonus for the readers that did have a knowledge of the reference. This is a multi level book that can provoke thought between chapters. This is a good book for people that like to ask "what if".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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