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Eric

Madison, WI, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Sarek: Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By A. C. Crispin
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying, and Spock returns to the planet Vulcan where he and Sarek enjoy a rare moment of rapprochement. But just as his wife's illness grows worse, duty calls Sarek away, once again sowing the seeds of conflict between father and son. Yet soon Sarek and Spock must put aside their differences and work together to foil a far-reaching plot to destroy the Federation, a plot that Sarek has seen in the making for nearly his entire career.

    Daniel says: "More Unabridged TOS Please"
    "Title should be "Spock's Mom Dies""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Well, the plot is really slow. Spock's mom dies. But it takes hours ... What I can only imagine as pages and pages. Also... Vulcans, if anyone can deal with it, they can. Get going!


    What could A. C. Crispin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Plot. Better dialogue. Enhanced lexicon. Using the term "higher ranks" four times in a paragraph is just lazy writing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mis pronounced "dilithium." I laughed thinking "they got the only guy on the planet who has never seen Star Trek to read the story.


    What character would you cut from Sarek?

    Amanda Grayson. Peter Kirk.


    Any additional comments?

    Pacing issues. Like right now, I'm listening to the post death scene. Spock is moving through his parents house.... But it's like a void. What's it like? Lighting? Temp? Space? Art? Furniture? Earlier, a scene where Spock and Sarek are in the gardens, the light is at once "weary, ominous, oppressive, grim, heavy, quavering, twerking..." Ugh.Also, it just feels like the author is trying to make vulcans human. Where is the alieness? The strange esoteric Vulcan mysticism? The odd traditions in the red sand?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (290)

    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

    Charles says: "I Feel Like I'm Coming Down From Peyote"
    "Gnawingly exquisite, powerful and delicate"
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    Would you listen to Annihilation again? Why?

    I've listened to the book three times. The story is layered and complex, filled with nuances of character and plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot instantly drew me in, conspired with my subconscious to tease out hundreds of questions and what-ifs.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read this, do yourself a favor and pick it up:

    Annihilation is book one, Authority is book two, both are terse and elegant, but richly layered. The plot duels constantly with the deep characters, splitting and returning again to unite in brilliant ways.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Scott's discourses on the psychological, religious, physical, and preternatural explanations for contemporary beliefs in ghosts, witches, warlocks, fairies, elves, diabolism, the occult, and even werewolvesare are essential for acolytes of the dark and macabre. The letters dealing with witch hunts, trials, and torture are morbidly compelling. Scott was neither fully pro-rational modernity nor totally anti-superstitious past.

    Eric says: "Good period research"
    "Good period research"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As an academic resource this is a great book. However, it lacks any real narrative and seeks to "debunk" each and eery aspect of the supernatural. Which is okay, but not as interesting as the social and cultural effects of "demons and witches."


    What was most disappointing about Walter Scott’s story?

    The dry, non-committal description. The prose is lackluster and laden with opinion and attitude not story.


    What three words best describe Eric Brooks’s performance?

    Confident and Competent


    Did Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft inspire you to do anything?

    I expanded my research several degrees and was able to pinpoint a time period in which I was going to do more research.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the print version - this is a seek and cite book for academic purposes, not a story book for entertainment. I'd gladly add it to my shelves but the audio version is a bit harder to cite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1658)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Nicely written, plausible sci fi"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld the most enjoyable?

    The pacing was great. Solid science.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Ringworld itself took on an aspect of character, mysterious and consistent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Exploration of the Ring World, the logic and dimensions of the thing made is surprisingly viable.


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

    "We were never alone..."


    Any additional comments?

    Good science fiction, interesting characters that consistently reflect an evolved societies world view. Exploration and trial. A perfect example of the heroic journey without the heavy handed tropes of typical "space opera" or contemporary fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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