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Dayton

- Dayton

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Gripping Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (602)

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    James says: "The sequel matches the first book"
    "Love the Authors, Book is a flop"
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    I've been a fan of the Niven/Pournelle team forever. But apparently even the best have their bad turns, and The Gripping Hand is theirs. It's probably okay if you're still under the thrall of The Mote, so you don't notice how bad this one is. Otherwise though, this book does NOT stand alone as anything worth reading. Sorry, but that's just how it is.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2846)
    Performance
    (2618)
    Story
    (2623)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "Excellent Story, Brilliantly Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In these days of series after series, it's really nice to find a well-written, well-read single book that tells a complete story. It was easy to follow, even in traffic; techy enough to give it substance without bogging down too deeply in the science; twisty enough to keep one's attention without being too tangled to follow; and it all wrapped up into an ending that made sense and left me feeling fulfilled. The narration was as rich and clear as the story, with enough vocal inflection and variance to make the characters easy to identify, and nary a mispronounced word to be found. All-in-all, one of my best audiobook experiences yet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (930)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Brandon Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "Dull, pedantic, and overly complex"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I gave up about a half hour into this one, as it was literally putting me to sleep behind the wheel. It may be a good book if you like things so utterly complicated and slow that a turtle race seems exciting, but for me, I like my books to capture my attention, not lose it - repeatedly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3307)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1358)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Complicated, Convoluted, Engaging, & Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author is a genius, which means it's sometimes a little difficult for me to follow the twists and turns of his stories - which doesn't make them any less entertaining! This one is no exception, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The ending could have been a bit more polished, but it was okay, and is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 (endings are important to me). The narrator did a wonderful job and allowed me to immerse myself into the story without being snapped out by bad narration. The only actual criticism is a technical one... There are a number of audio glitches in it which, in my opinion, should have been cleaned up before publishing, as they really DO detract from the immersive experience. Fortunately, though there are several, they're all brief, so I was able to get back into the story pretty quick. Maybe there should be a rating score for "Audio Quality" or some such.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5627)
    Performance
    (2928)
    Story
    (2987)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "From a guy who almost never gives five stars"
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    This is one of the most creative, amusing, and well-read works I've ever listened to. I almost never give five stars, but this one deserved it.

    THAT BEING SAID... There are a couple of annoyances.

    The reader pronounces "Babel" as if it's "babble". But at least he does it consistently. And I've found VERY few books where the reader doesn't mispronounce a word or two, or five, or twenty.

    There are also a few (3?) spots where the recording has glitches of several seconds duration, which is annoying, but easy to wait out.

    Despite the above, this story and reading was superb, and I just found that in the final analysis, four stars wasn't enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4180)
    Performance
    (2672)
    Story
    (2703)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Well-Written, Well-Read, Ultimately Pointless"
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    I enjoyed the writing for the most part (see below), and the performance was excellent. But at the end of the story, I was left feeling that I'd completely wasted the 20+ hours because the ending was completely meaningless. No wrap-up whatsoever. Also, the endless praising of poetry is pretty annoying for those of us who don't really care for poetry. It's kind of like listening to your IT guy drone endlessly about the merits of computers, when you don't know or care about computers. If you love poetry, you may feel otherwise.

    There's apparently sequels to this story, but I doubt I'll be investing the time and money to listen to another 70 hours before getting the whole story. In a GOOD series, each book should come to a reasonable stopping point and tell a story of it's own, and this one doesn't.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1136)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Mauricio says: "A challenge that's worth the investment"
    "Good but complex and sometimes hard to follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    Yes


    Could you see Revelation Space being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes / Unk


    Any additional comments?

    While the story and reading were both good, it would have been VERY helpful if the scene breaks were actually indicated in some fashion instead of running them together and leaving the listener to figure it out after several lines. I'm sure it was obvious in the printed book, and it really detracts from the story line.

    Can't blame the author or reader, guess I'd have to ding the director?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invaders Plan: Mission Earth, Volume 1

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Earth does not exist. Or so they want you to believe. Who are they and what do they want? They are the Voltarians of Voltar - an empire 110 planets strong. They are already among us. And the invasion is about to begin…. Or is it? The truth is far more sinister. It's the end of the world as you know it…and the beginning of one of the most spectacular, thought-provoking, and wildly inventive works of science fiction and espionage of our time.

    Dayton says: "Rate the Book, Not the Author's Personal Beliefs"
    "Rate the Book, Not the Author's Personal Beliefs"
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    As with most of L Ron's Science Fiction, this one is amusing. The "science" is about as "real" as that found in Buck Rogers, but the story and characters are fun.

    Don't let any preconceptions about outside issues prevent you from enjoying this satiric romp - that goes for the entire Mission Earth series, not just this one book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Alien Affair: Mission Earth, Volume 4

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    What on Earth are the Voltarians up to now? Fast cars and fast women. Voltarian Royal Officer Jettero Heller is putting the pedal to the metal in a race against time—the fate of his top-secret mission hanging in the balance. Standing in his way are a couple of sadistic sweethearts named Miss Pinch and Candy—girls who are about to teach him a valuable lesson: sure, accelerator bullets and suicide car bombers are a pain, but in the end it’s love that really hurts.

    Dayton says: "Rate the Story, Not the Author's Beliefs"
    "Rate the Story, Not the Author's Beliefs"
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    Performance
    Story

    As with most of L Ron's Science Fiction, this one is amusing. The "science" is about as "real" as that found in Buck Rogers, but the story and characters are fun.

    Don't let any preconceptions about outside issues prevent you from enjoying this satiric romp - that goes for the entire Mission Earth series, not just this one book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is the telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds.

    W. Seligman says: "You've already decided whether to get this"
    "Volume 2? C'mon now!"
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    This is a great book. But why the heck they separated it into two volumes (volume one having two parts) is completely beyond me. Does this make sense to you?

    - Time Enough For Love, Volume 1 (Unabridged) Part 1
    - Time Enough For Love, Volume 1 (Unabridged) Part 2
    - Time Enough For Love, Volume 2 (Unabridged)

    If you can get beyond the way it's mangled, it's a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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