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LesPaul

Chatham, Ontario, Canada | Listener Since 2008

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  • Bowl of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Zach Villa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it’s on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship.

    LesPaul says: "Nothing Happens... Nothing Happens... Its Over"
    "Nothing Happens... Nothing Happens... Its Over"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone who lives in the future who already can read whatever the rest of the books in this series will be... but even then I wouldn't recommend it.


    What could Larry Niven and Gregory Benford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If they made anything at all happen in the book at all... also they could have finished the book in some way.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Zach Villa’s performances?

    I usually don't pick books based on the narrator... but I think I would avoid this one. The voices for characters are either dull and monotone or an annoying stereotypical nerdy voice.


    What character would you cut from Bowl of Heaven?

    All of them... or none of them... it doesn't really matter none of them had any reasonable personality to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I was relatively enjoying myself with this book up until about the midway point.I decide that if the story picks up a bit it will likely be an interesting story... however instead of picking up it just switches back and forth between the two groups of humans and tells the same story from slightly different angles over and over for 6 hours.

    Some reviewers are saying this book ends with a cliffhanger... which really isn't true... it simply ends without any rhyme or reason. It is like they ripped a full book arbitrarily in half and decided to just publish that.

    This could very likely be the worst book I have gotten from Audible in the 5 years I have been a member.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2306)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1902)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Very Good Listen"
    Overall

    I really liked Solaris, it is an interesting story with an interesting plot structure. What I really wanted to put this review up for was to ask if anyone else thought it sounded like Snaut was Alessandro doing a Micheal Hogan (Tigh from BSG) impression?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2607)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1118)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Way Better then Forever Odd (Light Spoilers)"
    Overall

    I really don't see how people could say Brother Odd is worse then Forever Odd. Both aren't as good as the original but Forever Odd was horribly boring with characters that are hard to cared about. Brother Odd is much better at least creating a few characters that have some depth to them. I wasn't in love with the sort of sci fi tipping over the supernatural but even so it led to a very interesting monster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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