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Mark

Tulsa, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 225 titles in library
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  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Jose Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (261)

    For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

    C. Leed says: "Fantastic World"
    "Mildly Entertaining."
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    If I had borrowed this book I would not have finished it. I paid for it, so I saw it through to the end. It was long winded, over detailed, and lacking in good character building. If condensed, I think it would make a good short story, given more work be applied to building the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Between Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bruce Coville
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    When Don Harvey’s parents abruptly summon him from school on Earth to join them on Mars he has no idea he’s about to be plunged into a deadly interplanetary intrigue. But from the moment he begins his journey he finds himself the subject of intense – and possibly deadly – scrutiny.

    Mark says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    Heinlein is my favorite SF author. While he has a few works that failed, the vast majority his writing is excellent. This is no exception. Another great Heinlein book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1466)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1230)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Robert says: "My favorite book this year."
    "Classic Fantasy"
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    Very happy with this purchase. A classic tale, entertaining, strong characters, well written. Worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5171)
    Performance
    (3863)
    Story
    (3894)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Great Character Building"
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    King is masterful at character building, and he did a great job in this novel. The characters alone make the story good. Some parts are mildly scary, definitely some disturbing parts. All in all an enjoyable novel, though the ending is weak, as is typical with King. Narration was excellent!! Definitely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat's Cradle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (481)

    Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

    Robert says: "KV at his best."
    "Everything must have a purpose?"
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    A lot of thought provoking ideas in this book. The plot is entertaining, but the real gem of this book is the scattered lines throughout the book that make you stop and contemplate. To really understand Kurt Vonnegut his work needs to be read slowly, not exactly suited for audible. Still, a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1115)

    Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

    Tango says: "Meanders, then races to a satisfying conclusion"
    "Very Predictable"
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    It'll be a while before I consider reading Hugh Howey again. This was more predictable than the previous book ("Shift") in this series. While Howey is good at building characters it is not enough, I need substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1397)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "Entertaining but Predictable"
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    I read "Wool", and liked it, so I decided to try the next novel. Much of this novel is predictable, Howey makes up for it with good characters to readers engaged.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4446)
    Performance
    (3354)
    Story
    (3380)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Destined to be a classic"
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    I must say this book reminded me of "Forever War" in many ways. Great job of building characters, story flows nicely. Very much worth the time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (3058)
    Performance
    (1698)
    Story
    (1725)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Could have been better..."
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    Lack good memorable characters. I have read Niven books that had much more endearing characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1907)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1764)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Silo - a structure used for storage..."
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    A future dystopian setting, where human life is relegated to the interior of a silo. The Silo is a multi-layered city the supports life for all the humans inside; a self containing vessel. Questions arise about the outside world, the ritual of "cleaning" unfolds, and a lowly mechanic named Juliette eventually emerges as the main protagonist.

    The author Hugh Howley does well keeping this story entertaining thourhgout.

    The narrator Amanda Sayle did a good job, I have no idea what other reviewers found distastful about her performance.

    Note: Hugh Howley self-published "Wool", first being released in a five part series e-book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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