This free 1 ½ hour novella will allow you to decide if the Galactic Center Series is worth perusing.
Personally I will not be getting any more books in this series but this is a case where you shouldn’t be relying on reviews.
Go ahead and download it. If you do not like it you are out no money and only a little time.
If you do like it you not only received a free novella, you now know of a series of six books that are probably your cup of tea.
I’ve tried to finish this book four or five times and never made it. Tom Weiner’s narration makes this book unlistenable; his attempts at accents set the standard for bad narration!!!
The story is one of PKD’s classics. I’m going to buy the paperback so I can enjoy the story and find out how it ends.
5 ½ hours of a H.G. Wells classic for $1.95!!!
The story is told by the nephew of the gentleman scientist that was stranded on the island from his journal years after his death.
The book became famous in the late 1800’s due to the debate on vivisection and infliction pain on animals. While I agree that it is an important debate between when it is needed for science and when it is just Torture. That is not what I thought the main point of the book was. I came away asking when does something become human? Take an animal that may or may not look somewhat like a man. He can talk do a job, has hopes and dreams, maybe even fall in love and start a family. So now is he still a beast of burden or is he a slave? Some of the Dr. creations are so well done it is not easy to tell by looking and talking the them and some have very little humanity. If you were to give rights the high functioning ones at what point do you take it away when they revert to animals?
The book is written and narrated in proper English of the turn of the century. I enjoyed the way it read. One of the differences between then and now is where we would say – I said “open the door” the book would say - “open the door” said I.
The narrator did a perfect voice of the the gentleman scientist. Which was 80-90% of the book. The voices for the Dr. and his assistant were ok.
Since it is less than $2 do not use a credit. Pay for it and use your credits on $20 books…
This had the feel of Max Brooks The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. So much so you could say that Roger Ma ripped off Max Brooks. I am sure Roger feels different since his books deals only with hand to hand and close quarters combat against Zombies and Max Brooks advises against hand to hand Zombie combat. Roger states in the beginning of the book that there is no need to go over tactics using guns since so much is already written about it.
Personally I would disagree with much of the tactics that are recommended but for the most part the book kept my attention. Which is the reason to read it…. The one thing Ma brought up repeatedly was the smell. This one fact is almost always over looked, putrid, rotting meat stinks!
You can go on the books website and download a 30 page PDF of diagrams showing how to dispatch a Zombie with an ice pick, ax, knife, sidewalk scraper and other items recommended in the book. About half of the sketches were interesting and the rest were a waste. No need to show pictures of a baseball bat or frying pan.
If you are thinking – Zombies are not real. Why read a book on how to fight them. Then this book is not for you.
If you are preparing for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. Well if you really are, you have issues and should be working on getting better.
So who would I recommend this book to? Perhaps no one?? Sadly I do not think this book is high on the list of must read Zombie books. Frankly there are many better ones, The Zombie Survival Guide for starters. If you are a Zombie fanatic that must read every one that comes out; you’ve already downloaded the book and are not reading this review.
Kris Koscheski did an excellent job of narrating. It is not easy making what is basically a how to book fun to listen to.
The first story is about everyone having to take massive amounts of drugs to keep the zombies from attaching you. The harder the drug the better, meth is better than pot. Tommy Lee and Ozzy Osborn are the President of the US. While the idea for the story may have sounded good in between bong hits the author was unable to pull it off. It is not that I am against drugs or I have it in for Ozzy, (Black Sabbath is my favorite band) it’s that the story was boring and made no sense.
The sad part is the stories get worst as the book goes on. At least the first story was about “zombies”. Many of the stories I do not even consider to be zombie stories. If you like stories about Zombies dating each other, how it is hard being a teenage zombie, falling in love with and having sex with a high school Zombie girl, then this may be a book for you. If it wasn’t for the hard “R” sex parts I would say this would be a good book for teens.
Even a World War Z story by Max Brookes couldn’t save this book.
The narrators read the stories in one voice. While not bad I am spoiled by the range of voices many narrators have.
Well they found a way! This is so over produced with music effects and poor control of the sound volume, the book in unlistenable.
You get a couple of lines of dialogue then some weird loud music. It is also very hard to follow a conversation because they have one person talking so softly with a low volume and the other one set high. So if you set your volume so you can hear the lows you get blasted when the other guy talks or the music kicks in.
Someone took this in post production and ruined it!!!!! Luckily Audible has an excellent rendition of Foundation it will cost you quite a bit more but it is worth it; just click on Isaac Asimov’s name above.
Five wonderful back stories on players in Enders Game mixed in with short stories from other authors.
The back stories give an insight on people like Bonzo Madrid, Maser Rackman and Alexandra (the girl and her mother that was on the ship with ender for 2 years) that you can’t get from Enders Game book. We also get an expanded expiation of why Ender couldn’t come back to earth.
While I didn’t come to like Bonzo or that dominating mother I do have a better understanding of why they are the way they are.
The rest range from 5 star enjoyable stories to items that should not have made it into this or any book.
Now the question is what order to read the books in. The author, Orson Scott Card recommends reading in the same order he wrote them in.
The Ender books:
Speaker for the Dead, by far my favorite and could be read and enjoyed without reading any of the others – these next three books happen two thousand of years after all Ender and all the Bean books.
Children of the Mind
The Bean series
Shadow of the Hegemon
Shadow of the Giant
A War of Gifts – not part of Ender or Bean series story line. Christmas in Battle school where one of the children solders gives presents. If you loved the dynamics of battle school in Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow this is a good read.
Ender in Exile – Takes place within the latter part of Ender’s Game to fill in between xxx and xxx, I don’t want to toss in a spoiler. It also encompasses all 4 Bean Shadow books.
First Meetings: In the Enderverse – 4 short stories including the original short story Ender’s list, a couple back stories on his Parents and one more short about black mail.
If you wanted to read by time line start with Ender’s Game then the 4 Bean Shadow books. Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide & Children of the Mind could be last. It is worth noting that they are very different form the other books; Battle School is vague memory, grown up ender is no longer the child hero.
All the books have excellent production and are well read by a full cast.
One more thing about Ender’s Game; the first time I listened I thought that the book was really over and the author was just filling in time for the last hour. Boy was I wrong and I ruined it for my self. It was only after I started Speaker for the Dead did I realize what Card did at the end.
I do not believe the series is finished. Hopefully there will be another book that takes place after Children of the Mind.
This is the second book in the World War series. “In the Balance” is the first and you need to read that first.
So, if the first one gets you hooked and you understand that this has same type of non-ending; by all means go ahead and get this.
The order of the books are.
World War Books
In the Balance
Tilting the Balance
Upsetting the Balance
Sticking the Balance – not on Audible yet
“Colonization series” Post War books can be read independently if you are not interested in the World War books.
Down to Earth
Aftershocks – not on Audible yet
I love Alternate History stories and I’m a big fan of Larry Niven and Harry Turtledove!
Sadly this misses the mark. The stories left me not caring weather or not they could have happened. With the exception of the last story, it wouldn’t make any difference in my life if they happened or not.
If you get this and decide not to finish listening, skip to the last story it is by far the best.
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