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John Moore

Valparaiso, Indiana United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Echo: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Eccentric Sunset Tuttle spent his life searching in vain for forms of alien life. Thirty years after his death, a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic, indecipherable symbols is found in the possession of Tuttle's onetime lover, and antiquities dealer Alex Benedict is anxious to discover what secret the tablet holds. It could be proof that Tuttle had found what he was looking for.

    Jeff Tingle says: "Better than the last version"
    "Disappointing"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was alright, but the story dragged in a few places and the action was sub-par. I think main problem with the story was the premise. The story universe already has one alien race, but the characters act like aliens are complete impossibility. It undercuts the story and makes the characters' action unbelievable. Then when they find aliens they basically turn out to look and act just like us.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack McDevitt? Why or why not?

    I would, I've liked the other Alex Benedict novels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably. But no one expected the end to be quite so…sticky…or strawberry scented. Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to audiobooks with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted.

    Alyssa says: "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"
    "I love Yahtzee...But"
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    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Needs to be cut down by a couple hours. The middle section dragged on and for a while the story seemed to go nowhere. Story just wasn't as good as MogWorld. Still the story was funny and fun to read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Axis

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

    John says: "Spin off Axis"
    "Good followup"
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    Performance
    Story

    Not as good as Spin but a descent followup. Felt it ended a bit suddenly, looking forward to Vortex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (567)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    colleen says: "A Different Pratchett"
    "I loved it"
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    I had heard this was a good book so I got it. Defiantly a good choice. From the characters to the story I really like it. I hope the story is continued.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2871)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1616)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "An ok novel, expected better"
    Overall

    Given the number of positive reviews on Amazon I figured I would give this book a try. It does start out with an interesting idea and gets some descent twists and turns, but ends up falling back on the tried and true method in techno-thrillers of having very smart characters who do very smart things for most of the book then start doing nothing but stupid decisions to move the plot along.

    Chief among them is the character Eli Glinn who becomes a near Mary Sue in the book until its time for him to have one dumb idea after another. Perhaps this was a way for the writers to balance the character out, but its makes for a poor plot when in the beginning the character can do nearly everything perfectly and then turns into an over confident idiot.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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