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Lydell

Sacramento, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3402)
    Performance
    (1608)
    Story
    (1616)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Sci-Fi actually made up of real people."
    Overall

    OK, for those who do not like sex in their reading leave NOW. It's not a major point of the story (this is not debbie does sci-fi), but it is integral to intereactions of a few characters and it shows the mentality of people who have many different versions of reality and the culture they are in. Basically, if you can get passed the fact the book actually shows how normal people are and act (ie we all curse and have sex), then you will find very interesting characters and a really good who done it sort of story. If you follow on to the other two books like I did, you will find an interesting universe that is severly self referential (pay attention in the book because things will come up later!).

    I happen to really like the job this narrator did on the books as well (not the same guy on all three but this guy is my favorite Takeshi Kovachs), and I really think he was able to give life and personality to a story that is in essence, a recap of past events. It felt like someone was telling me a war story over drinks in a bar at times, and for me that's a good thing.

    I really enjoy my sci fi scruffy and unrefined. If you do too then you will love this series.

    PS. For those who shrank at the torture scene please realize that if you don't feel the weight of the torture it stops being the abborant act it truly is. So your gut reaction is exactly what the author was going for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Stanton
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    The first in a new series of paranormal mysteries from fan-favorite Mary Stanton, Defending Angels introduces young lawyer Brianna Winston-Beaufort. After taking over her uncle's law practice in the much-haunted city of Savannah, Georgia, Bree is itching for her first case. That is, until she gets an otherworldly phone call from Benjamin Skinner, a local businessman who's just been murdered.

    Lydell says: "Iliked it, and I am not a 12 year old girl!"
    "Iliked it, and I am not a 12 year old girl!"
    Overall

    There is a lot of character development in this so at times there can be a slow burn with little action, but since this is obviously the first in a series that's to be expected and the story never drug on or got boring, just took time to explian a few things. The author crafted a very real and lived in Savannah with interesting characters and added some mystical elements to make it this side of strange.

    I think the idea of a paranormal justice system is a very novel one (pardon the pun). I found the story engaging and entertaining even if it did have a Perry Mason-esque ending (which is not a bad thing!). This was a great introduction to a series I feel holds much promise.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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