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Kellan

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  • Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

    In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

    Alaskak64 says: "Fascinating"
    "Brilliant Imagination"
    Overall

    I'm not sure why people listen to audiobooks if not for the incredibly entertaining imagination that lurks behind the story. This is classics Orson Scott Card he went and once again redefined his genre this is Science Fiction at it's best. He went and made a book that looks at what our history could have been had things happened differently. His theory is sound, and I'll admit a little long winded at times but it quickly evolves into an incredibly intriguing narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Citadel of the Autarch: The Book of the New Sun, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    The Citadel of the Autarch brings The Book of the New Sun to its harrowing conclusion, as Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch, fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will alter forever the realm known as Urth.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "The End of the Tetralogy"
    "Ends like it begins, no point to the tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to all 4 of the books in this series because I got them and figured I'd get my money's worth. I tried to focus on what was happening and I even enjoyed some of the scenes and I think the library style was well done. That said, this series had no point and no clear direction. There were more things left unexplained then explained and the reader was not rewarded with a worth-while journey. The thing is that with so many excellent books out there, why would anyone bother listening to something that could have and has been done better?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of the Lictor: The Book of the New Sun, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Shone brilliant @ times, but muted in the middle"
    "Deeper down the rabbit hole"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like to think they're enlightened, but are too afraid to admit that they were just as confused by this book as the rest of us.


    What could Gene Wolfe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a plot that made sense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (504)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Ryan says: "great writing, won't appeal to everyone"
    "A start of a confusing series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is not the worse book I've heard, but it lacks so many elements that make a story good. There's no clear direction of where it's going. It gives these fantastical scenarios without explaining anything about them. The listener is left to try and puzzle things out long after the book is done, and it's not such a happy task. It leaves far too much to interpretation and then it ends abruptly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Claw of the Conciliator: The Book of the New Sun, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Ryan says: "The strange world deepens"
    "Confusing and too metaphorical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gene Wolfe and/or Jonathan Davis?

    No not from this author, but I enjoyed the narrator.


    Has The Claw of the Conciliator turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I still love sci-fi, but this was not a story that was easy to follow, nor one that rewarded the reader for doing so.


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

    This could never be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that people are saying things like the prose makes it worth while, but I beg to differ. What makes a story good is just that, the story. In this case the story really doesn't give the listener anything solid to go on. It's incredibly confusing and disconnected and there really isn't a point to the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wyrms

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    The sphere is alien in origin, but has been controlled by Man for millennia. A legend as old as the stars rules this constructed world: when the seventh seventh seventh human Heptarch is crowned, he will be the Kristos and will bring eternal salvation...or the destruction of the cosmos.

    Melissa says: "Card fans, don't miss this one!"
    "Heavy-Handed"
    Overall

    This is just not Card's best work. In the afterward he [Card] even said that he thought it was preachy and heavy handed and there's no doubt that it's heavy-handed. The story itself is interesting but really it's not worth the massive amount of bickering and speculation that comprises Card's personal opinion. Honestly just avoid this book and sped your money on Card's far better work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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