While those not used to traditional Science Fiction may find this read a little dense, it is SCIENCE Fiction. Based in a cyber mapped future, where practically everyone wears interfaces to the internet in their clothing, and information technology is used for good and evil, this story remains, at its heart, human. There is a reason this master crafted story won the Hugo- and that is because Vinge seems to not only understand the classic conflict of man vs machine, but he also realizes and typifies how much we love, hate and depend on being plugged in.
The narrator is great, but I have an issue when they change how names are pronounced in a series, so that was the only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5.
Scalzi's ability to infuse humor, romance, angst and fundamentally human emotions into brilliant adventures is what makes him one of my favorites. I loved this so much, I had one of Enzo's poems read at my wedding. This is a strong follow up and complement to the rest of the old man's war series thus far. Hope you love it as much as I think you will.
I would have Barrowman read it.
The story is a bit complicated to follow, but is pretty cannon to Torchwood. The characters are the ones we know and love/ hate.
Maaaaybe. Something British. He's a very good reader. His dialects are pretty spot on, and he's Ianto!
Yup. Ahem- BBC! Look at this. It would make a good series.
Ok- I know this is totally Americo-centric, and I am sorry. I really am, but we pronounce the word, "Geyser" like "Guy-zer" with a long I, and the narrator pronounces it with the British pronunciation("Gee-zer" with the long E), even when Americans are talking about it with other Americans. It was really distracting.
Ok- I am a Cumberbatch fan, so I gave this a go. Least salacious book evar. You may like it, but if you are looking for a total turn on, this is not it.
Total lack of descriptive detail.
The time he tapped two virgins and was still totally unsexy about it.
Cumberbatch is a good narrator.
I previously downloaded a version of 1984 that sounded as if the thought police had shoved the novel where no darkness shines. However, This five star version of Orwell's masterpiece is so well voiced, so expressive that I find it hard to put down. In this novel, we are transported to an alternate reality where history is overwritten and free thought is a crime. Depite the constant threat of the telescreens, spies and thought police, Winston and his love interest, Julia, endeavor to rebel against Big Brother in their own ways. Orwell's insight into history, warfare and mass hysteria reflect the era in which he was writing, and still endure in this classic of science fiction- a piece that anticipates not only future works in the genre, but twentieth and twenty first century issues of foreign policy and state welfare. If you haven't read this book, you owe it to yourself to give this version a listen- it will challenge you and touch you, and I know that I, for one, will never be the same.
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