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Eric

Austin, Tx, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1750)

    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"
    "Great Story"
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    Where does Leviathan Wakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was a little unsure at first if I wanted to check out this book. But I am glad that I did! Fantastic story, good characters, and lots of faced paced action. Can't wait to go through the next one!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8417)
    Performance
    (7970)
    Story
    (7998)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "I can't believe how much better book two is!"
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    If you could sum up Words of Radiance in three words, what would they be?

    Focused, long, payoff.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to most of the Wheel of time books over the last few years (after having already read them a few times.) and Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do those and these books so well. They are really my favorite people to listen to and do an outstanding job.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't thrilled with book one and decided I probably wouldn't be doing book two at all. After reading some reviews I decided to give it a whirl and am really happy that I did. It's a looooooonnnnngggg listen, but well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1224)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Please press zero for better narration."
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ?

    Anyone. The narrator sounded exactly like a recorded menu on any automated phone menu. I found his narration so slow and lifeless that it would just become a kind of hum in my ears and I'd realize I had drifted off in my thoughts and hadn't been listening for the last several minutes. I did discover about half way through the book that if I adjusted my iPod to double speed that it was easier to listen too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11731)
    Performance
    (9121)
    Story
    (9181)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "I don't understand why this is so well reviewed?"
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    What disappointed you about The Way of Kings?

    I honestly don't understand why this book is so well reviewed. I found out who Sanderson was when he was tapped to finish the Wheel of Time series. I thought he did a good job, so wanted to check some of this other books out. This is the first one, and might be the last. I had originally picked it up in book form, and made it about three hundred pages in before setting it aside. I decided to give it another go, but to try listening to it instead. I just don't get it. So little happens in this book. It's a thousand pages, or forty hours of people kind of milling about. The best thing that could haven happened to this book is that it gets cut in half. If five to six hundred pages would be removed, this might not be a bad book. It just seems that the characters never make any process. Unless you count long conversations and realizations that ultimately go no where progress. I've chipped away, and chipped away at this book, and I'm not sure why. I guess out of some sort of feeling that I've already invested so much time that I need to finish it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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