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Heat-Rae

Charlton, MA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Clockwork Angels: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Neil Peart
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself. He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great with the album, decent YA novel alone"
    "Incredible Story of a Fantastic Adventure"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes Absolutely Great story, and Great Reading


    What other book might you compare Clockwork Angels to and why?

    The story is in the same archetype as Name of the Wind.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Peart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All are excellent, this one is the equal of any other


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As Rushfan this just made happy...and dreamy


    Any additional comments?


    1. As a Rushfan(tm)
    2. As a Standalone book

    Either way is one of the best books I have read in years.

    1. As a Rushfan(tm) this book is an incredible expansion of the "Clockwork Angels" album and of the band's entire body of work. The book's Primary focus is of course on bringing an expanded version of the albums concept to life. However it goes further, it brings out an expansion of all of the Rush's work. It brings in concepts from the entire history of the Band's albums and songs. These are not just cheesy planted references, but ones that enhance the naritive and even the understanding of such.

    2. As a standalone book the story itself is vibrant and clear. There isn't a wasted word in the book. The story could have easily ran on as 500-1000 pages dragging out the concepts of the narative. However Anderson (and Peart its made clear this was a very tight colaboration) keeps the story running on the same steel wheels of the Steamliner's that figure centrally to the narative.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (155)

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "Really Good, one glaring production flaw"
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    If you could sum up Zodiac in three words, what would they be?

    Damn Good Book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zodiac?

    There are serveral it was a good mix of Boston Humor, some of which you really have to be from here to get.


    Have you listened to any of Ax Norman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    There is one glaring production flaw. If the manin character is from Boston and the narration is first person I would have expected proper regional pronunciations of words. I don't mean Boson/Mass accents, a few characters use them and the narrator gets them mostly correct. However at one point the story moves to Natick. When the name of this city comes up it JUST HURTS my ears. The name is said as

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