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Edward

Framingham, MA, United States

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  • Ringworld's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

    Ausbin says: "Great Sci-Fi"
    "Can't get past the narrator"
    Overall

    Barrett Whitener's reading is so harsh with a creaky brass-toned voice that I just can't get into the book. This is too bad, as I thought Mr. Whitener a good choice for Protector, and he did a decent job in Catch me if You Can. Sorry, Mr. Whitener, but I'll have to buy the paperback after all some time, and hope it's not as poorly plotted and interminable as Ringworld Throne. Give me the original Ringworld anyday over the sequels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 2: Captain Cook and the Scientific Explorations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    As the 18th century approached its midpoint, commercial and military competition between the European states became fierce. And whoever obtained accurate information about distant lands would hold an advantage. Were there continental landmasses in the Pacific? Was there a Northwest Passage to Japan and China? What lay in the interior of Africa? Was it possible to cross the Sahara? Where did the rivers Nile and Congo originate?

    Aaron says: "Entertaining and moving"
    "More great stuff from Herrman and Griffin"
    Overall

    See my review about Volume 1. Volume 1 was fascinating, and Volume 2, which I expected to be boring, turned out to be even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 1: Columbus, Magellan, and the Early Explorations

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    In the space of 400 years, Western man methodically set out to explore and map the entire earth. During some of the most dangerous expeditions ever mounted, an extraordinary group of determined men forced passages through vast oceans, dark jungles, and withering deserts. Never has their like been seen since. What drove these soldiers, sailors, and civilians to leave the comforts of civilized life and face the horrors of shipwreck, starvation, cannibals, and disease?

    Howard says: "Discover this Book"
    "A great discovery"
    Overall

    I never learned anything in detail about the conquest of S. America when I was in school, and who knew we knew so much about Columbus and Magellan, even down to how much of what stores they took on their ships. What emerges from the chapters on Africa is that the interior of Africa might truly be said to have been unknown until the European explorers arrived. It seems unlikely that any one group on the African continent had any handle at all on more than a small fraction of the picture.
    Herrmann's post-WW II German prejudices come through in many places - still focused on the role of the European, whether Europeans had ever been in thus and such a place before, are the natives partly descended from Euro's, and so on. Much of the thinking on these subjects in the early to mid 20th centuries seems to have been quite altered in the more than 50 years since the book appeared.
    Still, a very interesting read, with lots of human interest and character development of the many explorers he covers.
    And Charlton Griffon's exceptional narration is as nearly unexceptionable as I have encountered. My only complaints are variant pronunciations, and occasional apparent lack of preparation in emphasizing the wrong element of a sentence, a flaw I find in most audio readings. And it's all made up for by Mr. Griffon's flawless sense of pacing and passion.
    Interesting, if dated, material; well-read; and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier of the Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marshall S. Thomas
    • Narrated By Bill Sebastian
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    A rough truce divides the known galaxy between the System, the despotic slave empire that rules the inner systems, and the Confederation of Free Worlds. The ConFree is defended by the Legion. Beta Three, call sign Thinker, like so many young fools before him, joined the Legion after the love of his life walked out. Fresh from the boot camp called Planet Hell, Thinker's unit is called to defend a remote ConFree world from a mysterious System incursion.

    James says: "adolescent enhanced narration, not audiodrama"
    "Great fun!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed most of the actors' performances, and the story is a blast. I hope there will be a sequel, because this ends on a cliffhanger. This was a great listen while driving between my work and my home, some 200 miles apart. I didn't mind the two-dimensional villains, and found I could just accept whatever alternating silliness and quasi-profundity the author chose to throw at me. The names of the characters are a blast, too: Thinker, Priestess, Psycho, Valkyrie. If you liked the performances of The Helmsman and Galactic Convoy, you'll likely get a kick out of Soldier of the Legion.
    PS. I followed this up with The Great Age of Discovery - another bunch of crazies running around tearing everybody else up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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