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  • Eon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Enjoyable solid Si Fi-30 years old- still topical"
    "Can't miss a single minute without getting lost"
    What did you love best about Eon?

    It's a "great big object" plot which is so cliché today, borrowed from the mind of Arthur C. Clark who did it first with Rendesvous with Rama, but it's such a great idea and so much fun that I didn't care! I love asteroids and stories about them! But I do wish that Bear had fleshed out the characters and environments better. I had a hard time rendering the scenes in my mind before Bear just charged ahead. Even after a second time, I still don't quite know what each of the six areas really look like or what Thistledown city looks like. Bear describes some of the technology but we're left guessing as to what the city actually looks like.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eon?

    When I realized that the universe in which the narrator exists is NOT our universe! That moment came when Vasquez was testing the value of pi, presumably in "our" universe, to test her multi-meter device, and showed: 3.41592645, and she said "ok". Wow. Because, when I'd read that as a teenager for the first time, I'd assumed it was a typo.

    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s voice?

    Mon. O. Tone. Easy to get lost listening to this complex story. I like his voice, and it may just be this material which is complex, but I found it hard to see the picture his voice was painting in my mind's eye and had to backtrack quite a bit. A second listening will be needed to really get into the story the way I want to. Reading on my own with the Kindle edition I was able to follow the story much better. I'm not sure if the reader can be blamed for that but there are times when he does go full-on monotone and delivers some really sleepy lines.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    World War 3. I read this in 1986 so that part of the story was disturbing. But it's funny to think about that now because the Earth in this story isn't "our" Earth (i.e. Greg Bear's Earth).

    Any additional comments?

    Multiple readings/listens are required to fully appreciate this difficult but enjoyable story. It's hard sci-fi of the hardest type, not for casual fans who know nothing about science.

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  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Evolutionary Void to be better than the print version?

    Yes! John Lee's performance is excellent, with variation of character voices and rock solid narration with inflection and emotion.

    What other book might you compare The Evolutionary Void to and why?

    It is epic in scope and polishes off the series very similarly to the way in which The Return of the King concludes that particular story. And given the nature of the Silfen, it's not an unwarranted comparison--I was especially pleased with the Silfen "roads", reminiscent of Tolkien's elves taking their journey out of Middle Earth. A not-so-loose tie-in.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I haven't finished the entire book yet but so far my favorite has been the flight of Araminta to escape the dreamers with the Silfen after the barrier goes up around Sol.

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

    Humanity's Imperial Future Put To The Test

    Any additional comments?

    This is, without a doubt, the best of the series, including the two previous novels leading up to it. Starts off fast and continues at a breakneck pace without slowing down, and all sub-plots are dealt with masterfully. I can't recommend Temporal quite as much as this one, although I definitely would not skip any in the series. I was pleased that Hamilton did not re-explain everything. This book is for a fan, not a new reader. I am also glad that there's less time given to Edeard in the Void--though that is essentially the main thread of the book. I don't know how it ends yet, but looking forward to it.

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