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Dejan

Interested in futurism and hard science fiction.

Eight Mile Plains, Australia

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  • 6 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 162 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Farside

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system and the most sensitive radio telescope, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid body. But building Farside is a complex, dangerous task. And what they ultimately find stuns everyone, and humanity will never be the same.

    Gordon says: "Not super impressed to be honest"
    "Caught up in character affairs instead of science."
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    I prefer hard SF and speculative fiction. This book provides an enjoyable amount of technical detail but I felt that the main discovery seems to have been delivered flatly and in a rush with too much attention paid to character driven action and affairs.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jay Posey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (299)

    The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fantastic - Fast Moving - Totally Engaged"
    "A Fast-Paced Story in a Post-Apocalyptic World."
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    Three is set in a fast-paced, post-apocalyptic world with patchy human settlements scattered around hostile and unforgiving land. The amount of scientific and technological concepts and innovation is minimal but satisfying.

    Remember that feeling when you hear things like "microfilm" and "magnetic tape" on an inter-galactic space ship in classic science fiction? I can imagine someone in the year 2113 reading this book and not be disappointed with the subtle technology Posey weaves into the story. He's a futurist.

    Don't be discouraged by reviews which highlight the lack of background story. Author's gestalt approach allowed me to conceptualise my own version of the world rendering the book highly interactive, engaging and personal.

    While this is not the very best book I've purchased on Audible, it's certainly the one that kept my attention right through to the end. So many times I literally couldn't go to sleep until I found out what happened next.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6749)
    Performance
    (6422)
    Story
    (6435)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Brilliant, Funny, Technical and Scientific"
    Overall
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    This is the most satisfying hard science fiction read since Asimov or Clarke.

    What makes this book great?

    1. The amount of science and technical detail.
    2. Plausible situations.
    3. Characters' optimism.
    4. It's funny! It made me laugh out lout plenty of times.
    5. Narrator.

    What could have made it better?

    Some situations seemed quite unrealistic taking away the well-established realism of the whole story. Although I enjoyed his optimism, the main character felt "plastic" at times. I felt that there would be moments where any individual goes through a bit of an emotional turmoil facing adversity in a hostile environment. The author could have painted the main characters' emotional state better throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3086)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2141)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "Surprising and Unexpected"
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    I was quite surprised at how things developed in this book, especially around the overlords look. I was given something unexpected to think about and was quite grateful for that. A great book.

    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
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (595)

    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"
    "Very Satisfying Book"
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    I love the concept and I love the story. I would have enjoyed it even more if there was more emphasis on speculative science and technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperial Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Set in 2276, Imperial Earth is the fascinating odyssey of Duncan Makenzie, travelling from Titan, a moon of Saturn, to Earth, as a diplomatic guest of the United States. Duncan’s initial challenge is to prepare for the 500-million-mile trip to Earth. Once there, he is caught up in a sweep of new experiences - including the social whirl of Washington, a strange visit to a carefully preserved ancient city, and a search for the woman he loves.

    Dejan says: "Interesting Story"
    "Interesting Story"
    Overall
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    I really like the main concept behind the book, but wasn't too sure if the Earth-side affairs were as interesting as I hoped they would be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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