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Lebowitz

Bohemia, MA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Vortex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (311)

    Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported 10,000 years into the future by the mysterious entities called “the Hypotheticals”. In this future, humanity exists on a chain of planets connected by Hypothetical gateways; but Earth itself is a dying world, effectively quarantined. Turk and his young friend, Isaac Dvali, are taken up by a community of fanatics who use them to enable a passage to the dying Earth, where they believe a prophecy of human/Hypothetical contact will be fulfilled.

    Ron says: "well-written, well-narrated, but..."
    "Great end to the series"
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    Spin was one of my favorite audiobook experiences. I was disappointed in the second book and almost didn't download Vortex. I'm really glad I gave it a chance. The story is not as unique as Spin (how could it be?), but the story is very enjoyable, narration incredible, and I found the book to have a very satisfying ending for the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Watts
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

    James says: "Compelling modern hard sci-fi"
    "just wow!"
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    I've listened to about 150 audio books. Of those, I've only re-listened to six or so. I'm now on my fourth listen for this one. Of all of the books I've re-listened to, this is the only one that I keep getting more out of with each listen. I almost passed on it because of the vampire thing. However, Watts makes it work. As others have said, this book is high concept and requires full attention. That being said, it is not dry and stuffy or heavy handed. I think about concepts in this book more than any other I've read in years. According to Wikipedia, Watts is working on two additional books set in the same universe. I really hope there are audible versions and T. Ryder Smith narrates.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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