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Isaac Sharp

Norwalk, CT United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 4 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 53 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Star Maker

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Olaf Stapledon
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    One moment a man sits on a suburban hill, gazing curiously at the stars. The next, he is whirling through the firmament, and perhaps the most remarkable of all science fiction journeys has begun. Even Stapledon's other great work, 'Last and First Men' pales in ambition next to 'Star Maker' which presents nothing less than an entire imagined history of life in the universe, encompassing billions of years.

    Darryl says: "meditative classic"
    "Literally (literally) awesome"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Blew my mind like few books I've ever read.
    Speculative scifi novel? Metaphysical philosophy? Surreal dream-journey? Epic prose-poem?
    yes, yes, yes, yes.

    And it was published in 1937! Seriously amazing. Stapledon is an under-appreciated genius.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Pye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Equipped with love, Mr Harold Pye lands on the island of Sark, his mission to convert the islanders into a crusading force for the undiluted goodness that he feels within. The extraordinary inhabitants of the island range fromthe formidable Miss George in her purple busby to the wanton, raven-haired Tintagieu, 'five foot three inches of sex'. Mr Pye, however, is prone to excess and in the increasingly personalised struggle between good and evil, excess is very nearly his downfall. Mervyn Peake was born in 1911.

    Isaac Sharp says: "Quick and amusing"
    "Quick and amusing"
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    Story
    Where does Mr. Pye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I became a big fan of Peake after reading the Gormenghast trilogy.

    This book, while is still full of Peake's characteristic descriptiveness and elegant prose, lacks the depth and imagination of Gormenghast (read that instead!). A pleasant, light read, but nothing special.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Ijon Tichy, Lem's Candide of the Cosmos, encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride.

    Isaac Sharp says: "Eh... It lost me"
    "Eh... It lost me"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Started good. Kinda Douglas Adams-esque scifi parody, but got pretty repetitive.
    And it is full of pseudo-scientific jargon that is at first amusing (again, a la Adams) but at a certain point just makes it really hard to follow.


    What about David Marantz’s performance did you like?

    Great performance, just not a great book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last and First Men

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Olaf Stapledon
    • Narrated By Stephen Greif
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    One of the most extraordinary, imaginative and ambitious novels of the century: a history of the evolution of humankind over the next 2 billion years. Among all science fiction writers Olaf Stapledon stands alone for the sheer scope and ambition of his work. First published in 1930, Last and First Men is full of pioneering speculations about evolution, terraforming, genetic engineering and many other subjects.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Quite impressive for 1930"
    "Starts slow, but give it time; mind-blowing"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The vast scope of time.


    Any additional comments?

    In the forward, [whoever wrote that] said they recommend skipping the first 3 chapters because they are tedious, and obviously, are now past future-history, which makes the predictions a little laughable in their falseness.
    I didn't skip the first 3 chapters and almost gave the book up at around the 2 hour mark, and am so happy I didn't. It grows exponentially more amazing and interesting all the way to the end. Unlike anything I've read before. Truly mind-expanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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