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Jeff

Sixty years young. Surfer, Kayaker, Abalone diver, Backpacker. Rabid reader/listener. I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

Graton, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1393)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "My favorite book of all time"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cryptonomicon to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the characters become so much more alive in the audio format. I love the print edition, but the audiobook is richer .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't choose just one:Bobby Shafto, flawed determination, horny junkie. Both Waterhouse men( Lawrence,Randy) nerds as men of action. America Shafto, the woman of my dreams! Enoch Root, comic immortality, morality. Goto Dengo, just all around great character.
    The U-boat Kapitane is killer too.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Bobby Shafto


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Some tough sections to get through early in the book where the math gets a bit deep but worth the effort. a masterpiece

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2739)
    Performance
    (2063)
    Story
    (2080)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Not Orson's best work"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No it was not because Rigg's character was so annoying.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    Endless semantic babble by Rigg's character with Umbo as his lame foil.
    I recently listened to the first Mithermage novel which is some of Card's best work ever.
    Pathfinder was pale and weak by comparison, with nothing in the characters to engage the reader/listener.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, the reader was fine, but the material has to be good, and it wasn't.


    Do you think Pathfinder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO WAY, spend the energy on more Mithermage novels,PLEASE!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tobruk

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

    J B Tipton says: "Fair dinkum"
    "Informative but long-winded"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book, but it was just too long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The snapshot of Australian life and attitudes from the time period


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    The common Digger soldiers


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. War holds no attraction for me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Paradise War: Song of Albion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langston
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    In an ancient cairn in the wilds of Scotland, Oxford student Simon Rawnson vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Where has he gone? Unsettling signs, a mysterious Green Man, and a Celtic circle chalked on the sidewalk point his roommate, Lewis Gillies, to an impossible answer...and an incredible destiny on the other side of a doorway between worlds.

    Alcairha says: "Can;t recommend this highly enough"
    "PeeYuu"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead and/or Stuart Langston?

    Not on your life. I waded through some of his earlier works some years ago and had forgotten how wordy and plot action free Lawhead is. He must get paid by the word. I listened for hours and about 15 minutes were interesting. Character development went away after the first third of the book and the parts that could have been interesting were never developed. Lewis' love interest faded to nothing. Simon's character was interesting to begin with, then faded to monochrome. Professor Nettles was great, then disappeared.yada de yada de yada


    Has The Paradise War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I'm currently listening to The Red Pyramid and am quite enjoying it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Langdon's voice became monotonous, more voices would have improved what action there was.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Paradise War?

    All the slogging through interminabile countryside to get to the fortress when they could have stayed put in the King's original strong hold and rebuilt. Weak plot device milked to make more pages. No doubt the further books will run to 14 volumes like Robert Jorden's work. I bailed on that series too!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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