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MOUNT VERNON, WA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 236 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    GadgetDon says: "Smart People solving problems"
    "Not a Novel"
    What would have made The Human Division better?

    It would have been much better if it was written as a contiguous story rather than a choppy set of short stories.

    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Characters were very shallow and the science and motivations were not consistent. A lazily written book.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator said all of the "he said" and "she said" in a way that became very irritating. Either act the conversations such that these statements are not needed or use other ways to indicate conversation identity.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Human Division?

    I would have required the author to start over and write a novel rather than gluing together a loose structure of short stories.

    Any additional comments?

    Not up to what I have come to expect with John Scalzi. This was a great disappointment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Good Balance"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The book is a good balance between character development, world development and plot. The characters are 3-D, not perfect or stereotypical. The world is rich with interesting nuances and magic is blended with science in a smooth way that allows both to be believable. The context is mostly consistent and cast somewhat in the Middle Earth modality, but is has unique quirks that make it refreshing. The plot is compelling, basically a coming of age journey, where action is not the driver as much as the narrative itself. I especially like structuring it into a frame story, so that you are drawn in and out of context, with hints presented in the frame and then fleshed out in the narrative. The narrator has very effective voicing that communicates character and emotion. The story is compelling and keeps you engaged, not predictable, pedantic or too weighted toward pointless action scenes. It is consistent and builds with threads that seem purposeful and meaningful to the overall flow of the plot.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I am interested in reading more from this author.

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The structure of the world, along with it's science and magic, is fairly straight forward. However, the author's characters themselves are interesting and insightful.

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing. The narration adds to and does not impede the story. I do not think of the narrator often, and find the story flows from voice to voice without me being aware of the narration. That is my measure of an excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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