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Eric

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  • The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David E. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (134)

    During the Cold War, world superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals containing the explosive power of one million Hiroshimas. The Soviet Union secretly plotted to create the "Dead Hand," a system designed to launch an automatic retaliatory nuclear strike on the United States, and developed a fearsome biological warfare machine. President Ronald Reagan, hoping to awe the Soviets into submission, pushed hard for the creation of space-based missile defenses.

    Andrew says: "Credible study into Russia's weapons programmes"
    "Interesting but disturbing"
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    This was an interesting book about the Soviet chemical and bio weapons program during the end of the cold war. I found it somewhat disturbing to find out about how much of this work was being performed, and how cruel it would be if used in an actual confrontation. Nuclear weapons seem almost humane compared to some of the weapons presented in the book. Very interesting to read about some of the behind the scenes discussions during arms reduction negotiations. Overall the tone had a very Pro-American slant when presenting events, but was for the most part not condescending towards the Soviets.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (387)

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "Very entertaining"
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    Where does Red Planet Blues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most entertaining books I've listened to. The story is full of different things to keep you wanting to listen to just one more chapter...then maybe one more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Pickover. Sort of the C3PO of the book but with a little more spine, intelligence, and strength.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He is the best. Accents were very well done and he can perform female characters without sounding silly.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting questions are raised on the nature of life and consciousness. Also the ultimate fate of biological humanity. Lots of cool scifi gadgets and technology but still very much grounded in reality and believable. Great book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (408)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Depressing"
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    Would you listen to The Age of Miracles again? Why?

    Probably not. The story is pretty straightforward and there aren't many plot twists or subtleties that you would miss the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perspective of the world ending from a teenage girl. I've never read a book from this perspective before so it was that angle that kept me wanting to learn what happens next and how she would react to it. Most sci-fi stories are from a male perspective or an adult female so I found it very interesting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Find your happy place, you're gonna need it.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow this was a depressing book. There just wasn't a ray of light all the way through it. Just one speed bump after another on the downward spiral to the end of the world. Pretty much any other book would have ended with a happy note like a reversal of the catastrophe, or at least it stopping and establishing a new normal. Not this one, there's every indication that the world is doomed, it's just a matter of time. Definitely worth the listen, but brace yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (769)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "Strange future"
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    Would you try another book from Joe Haldeman and/or George Wilson?

    Possibly. It would depend more on if somebody recommended another book to me or reviews we compelling enough. This book was recommended by a family member.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Relativistic effects make this a very unique book. Experiencing a few months worth of real time only to come back to Earth centuries in the future make the book interesting. The tactical effects of this are not explored much as far as the overall war, but that's probably purposely done as part of the pointlessness of the war.

    Not sure if I'd call it "least interesting" but I found the depiction of a almost universally homosexual future a little hard to believe. I just don't see that happening no matter the circumstances surrounding it.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Nothing spectacular but was good enough for the story. Average story and average narration.


    Was The Forever War worth the listening time?

    Yes. The depiction of the future is unique as far as I've read and the time effects of traveling near the speed of light were more realistic than in most Sci-Fi books.


    Any additional comments?

    There are quite a few technical issues that might turn off a hard science reader. How they travel such high percentages of the speed of light is never really explained. "Tachyon reactors" or something. There must have been some major breakthrough in propulsion technology between the 1970's and 1990's if they were able to travel at high sublight speeds out to the "colapsars" and then on to other stars for first contact with the Taurons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1203)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Great listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    The plot kept me glued to my iPod. I couldn't wait to find out what was the secret behind the silo and how the story would resolve itself.


    What other book might you compare Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) to and why?

    Not a book but it reminded me a little of the move The Island. Somewhat similar in that the people are living in a large closed facility with a forbidden outside world around them.


    What about Minnie Goode’s performance did you like?

    Most of the female characters were very good. She completely became the sheriff’s wife in my mind which made her fate all the more powerful. Can’t say I’ve ever experienced something like that from an audiobook before. However the male characters were almost cartoony in their voices. It didn’t distract from the overall quality of the story but they could have been better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5699)
    Performance
    (5318)
    Story
    (5314)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "So meta it hurts"
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    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    Trek, meta, Wheaton


    What did you like best about this story?

    Star Trek references


    Any additional comments?

    Towards the end of the story it starts to get more and more convoluted. Seemed like an effort to be as "meta" as possible. Enjoyable book for the most part, just tried too hard at points.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1542)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Slow start, entertaining"
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    The story definitely got off to a slow start. There were plot points happening but they seemed to get bogged down in details about the character's lives. However, once the story got moving, maybe halfway through the book, it was very entertaining. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series.

    The narrator was decent. Not the best, not the worst.

    This book has some pretty salty language. Not a good book for listening with the kids on a long drive. Found that out the hard way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9568)
    Performance
    (5244)
    Story
    (5320)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    Overall this was a very good audiobook. The sound quality is very good. The narrator is very good. However the character actors were intermittent. Sometimes the narrator would do the voices, sometimes the actors would. It would even shift within paragraphs. The actors were very good, it just would have been nice if it was either all actors or all narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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