This is a tale of capitalism gone nuts. There are no taxes. Except for a small token government, everything is private enterprise. The schools are "sponsored" by businesses like Mattel Toys and McDonalds. The police sell their services through slick brochures including murder for hire. Businesses resolve their differences with armies of lawyers and sometimes all out warfare.
People no longer have family names. Their last name is that of their school or their school. It is a high shame to be unemployed and have no last name.
Jennifer Government works for what is left of the government as an investigator. If an aggrieved party has the money to provide a "budget" her department will conduct an investigation and arrest the bad guys. She is also really gifted at bucking that system.
I enjoyed this one. It is worth the read.
This Heinlein classic is a study in alternate relationships, quantum travel and good old fashioned science fiction. We follow a man living in the future as his life is turned upside down by a series of events that lead to ducking everything from local police to shadowy super villains. There are a few twists in the story.
As it is with most classic science fiction, it is fun to listen to this and compare the technology Heinlein thought up to what we really have today.
This book is a sequel to the Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It is a good listen and makes the miles go by fast.
Stephen King weaves a tale of twists and turns that ramps up to an edge of the seat climax. All through the story King expertly builds the suspense from one tense scene to another. About the time you think you know where the story is going, King will surprise you.
This story does not move as fast as Under the Dome or Dreamcatcher. But it is worth a listen. The characters are all believable and it is easy to empathize with the protagonists.
There are scenes in this book that children should not hear.
This is a long drawn out tale. You will need some time to spare to get through it. There are stretches that grab the reader's interest. Those parts will get you through the parts that really drag the momentum down.
Mr. Flynn develops his characters well through this. The reader gets to know them very well. Alas in the end, he kind of left us in the dark as to what happened to one main character.
The author did an admirable job of tying space flight, modern educational problems and many people's willingness to come down on the rich simply because they are rich. I like the way he handled the public schools. He also highlights a very real problem that many of the governments of the world are ignoring.
All in all, this one did ok. It kept me interested even though there were parts that had me thinking, "Come on, lets get back to the good stuff."
This story will leave you thinking "what if" before you reach the end. The technology in the book is well beyond what we have now, even in secret. But there are many that believe something similar to the operations in the book is already go on in secret in order to keep the planet's population down, avoid world wide famine and to prevent technology with massive destructive potential from getting into the hands of bad actors. That group of people are especially going to like this tale.
The story is well written and well narrated. There is quite a bit of suspense that will keep you engaged through out the length of the book. Some may find the "rogue government agency out of control" a bit cliche, but I think it works here.
This one does indeed make the miles go by fast.
This book will take you back to the 80's pop culture and then mix with the future. If you ever spent time in video arcades, watching John Hughes movies, in roll playing games or even on line gaming environments, you will find yourself reliving some of that time inside of a really good story.
I cannot say enough about the story and how well it comes together. Wil Wheaton's narration takes this story to an even higher level. Between the story and the narrator the miles go by fast.
John Scalzi takes us through a winding tale of political intrigue on an interplanetary scale all wrapped up in a quest to find and protect a particular species of sheep. He does so in a way that keeps the listener's interest. As always, Wil Wheaton's narration takes a good story and makes it great.
There are many minor players in this drama. In audio form it was easy to get confused as to who was who. But not to worry, the confusion doesn't last long.
This one is a good way to pass the miles.
This one is a grand slam home run. The story line, characters and premise all fit together to hook the listener. Wil Wheaton's narration on top of a good story completes this combination to make one of the better audio books out there.
Be sure and stay with the audio book for the bonus Novella at the end. The chronicle of "Haden’s syndrome" done like you were listening to a documentary is very good. The use of multiple actors to put it together makes it all that more entertaining.
If you like science fiction, you will like this one. It really made the miles go by fast.
Lee Child has done better work. This one was a little slower than the other Reacher books. Not as much action either.
Even with that it was still able to hold my attention. If you are a Jack Reacher fan, go for it.
This is a series of short stories all tied together with some of the same characters popping up as we are taken forward into the future. This story is told from the perspective of African American's living a future where it is very rare to own more then a few personal possessions.
Corporations own almost all real property. Gifted children are taken from parents and sent to special schools where their gifts can be developed "for the good of society." Prisons are run by corporations that make their money by performing medical and psychological experiments on prisoners. Work is rationed out and the unemployed are banished to underground ghettos.
I am not a fan of stories that carry a "social message." I read and listen to books to be entertained, not lectured. The message carried all through out this book is that working people, even in the future, are still being held down and abused by rich people. If that is your cup of tea, this book is for you.
On the technical side, I found the narrator's heavy use of poor southern dialect and slang very hard to understand in the first part of the first short story. However, that got better after the first few minutes.
This is a well told story of science verses the Bible. The characters are well done and keep you interested in the story. Alas the ending left me a little flat and kind of depressed. The author could have put a little more work into wrapping it up.
It is worth the listen and makes the miles go by quickly.
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