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Mark Dewald

Colorado, USA

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  • Security

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Security takes place in a future America, where control and efficiency are emphasized, and unquestioned loyalty is required. Nobody wants a repeat of the disastrous war that happened 75 years previous, and sacrifices must be made to ensure the ultimate peace. At least that's what Dr. Allen Lancaster, a pyhsicist and Project Chief thinks, until a top secret branch of Security decides his planned vacation will be spent on a mission in space.

    Mark Dewald says: "Security"
    "Security"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nothing indicated to me that this was a short story. Just when it got a bit interesting, it was over. It was okay for a short story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator sounded like he was nearly bored to death, or perhaps he was one of those drab old guys who might normally be an appliance repair man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (407)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "Story? What story?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like mentally hopping around as if the menagerie of thoughts being portrayed were brief yelping moments on a bed of hot coals, Brin is your guy. Frenetic is the word. I saw this guy on the science channel, and thought well, he might be able to write a good story. Boy, was I wrong. The synopsis completely suckered me into thinking there was a story. That's the last time I'll trust one of those, I guess. I wish Arthur C. Clarke could have lived longer. I have only lost interest in one of his novels, and I've read about eighteen of them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Brin again?

    Only if someone I trusted told me that another book he wrote was worth it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    It wouldn't help.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    nope.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Orphans of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (212)

    The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

    Noe says: "Our world is a spaceship."
    "I'm not liking Heinlein"
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    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Eric Michael Summerer?

    I've never read "Stranger in a strange land" but after this book, I'm almost afraid to. This book was one of the worst SF books I've ever read. The characters are mostly idiot-morons, and the dialogue is elementary school level at best. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but it's all blunt violence and interminable, comatose drivel. Bleh!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert A. Heinlein again?

    Not likely


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Orphans of the Sky?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    One thing to note: I'm not a fan of military SF, and while this is not even in that class, I understand that Heinlein wrote in that genre. I like A.C. Clarke, Azimov, Bradbury, Alastair Reynolds, Poul Anderson, Vernor Vinge, Roger Zelany, to name a few.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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