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James

West Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Chasm City

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (871)

    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
    "Start Reading Alastair Reynolds here"
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    After reading six of his novels, I would recommend that "hard" sci-fi fans of "space opera" start here with Alastair Reynolds. Chasm City kind of blew my mind. Reynolds has done some very creative things writing in the first person, and Chasm City is my favorite example. After Chasm City, try "The Prefect" and/or "House of Suns." If you're really enjoying yourself, proceed to Revelation Space, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap or some of the others, which I can't yet comment on.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Mark Sherman
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (194)

    Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission was to save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two-and-a-half million years before.

    Hugh says: "Protector - Classic of Known Space"
    "Great Serious Sci-fi"
    Overall

    In a word: compelling. Niven's ingenious story compelled me to read it twice, get it for a friend so we could discuss it and seek out discussion groups on-line to ponder it's complexity and creativity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3549)
    Performance
    (2508)
    Story
    (2551)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    Ryan says: "Still a classic of visionary science fiction"
    "I was underwhelmed"
    Overall

    Clarke is one of the giants, and this work was acclaimed as one of his best, which is why I was eager to listen. In short, two things bothered me: first the authors' political biases dominated the story, and second the disappointing outcome, which was not quite "he woke up and it was all a dream," but close. That's not to say that it had no redeeming qualities, and if you share his political views or don't care about those things, you'll enjoy Childhood's End.

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful

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