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David

Warwick, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Hull Zero Three

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination — unknown. Its purpose — a mystery. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home — a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms — he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

    A. Alegria says: "very good sci fi thriller"
    "A book you have to read twice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book takes the listener on a journey of discovery through the hull of a colony spaceship in crisis. Along the way there are many clues, but they only become meaningful as the story unfolds. This is a book you have to read (or hear) more than once, with the second journey through its unfolding world even richer than the first. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

    Amy W says: "World and not Character Building"
    "delivered to a deadline?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have made it longer and given it a stronger and more definite ending.


    What does Michael Fenton Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Narrator took the central character from a late blooming child to a confident young man using only his voice. That added a dimension that would have been harder to evoke from the printed page alone.


    Any additional comments?

    I was left with the feeling this book was delivered to a deadline rather than remaining in the creative oven long enough to be well baked. It is possible a sequel may have been planned but I'm afraid "the long lead-up" just didn't have a strong enough conclusion to satisfy this listener. I really do wonder if the authors became carried away with a good story and were told it was due at the printers on Thursday.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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