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Mark

Mirboo North, Australia

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  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1431)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Great in parts but difficult to get through"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or William Dufris?

    Possibly if the reviews were good.


    Has Cryptonomicon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many interesting and fun parts of the story. Anytime Bobby Shafto appeared the story was great.


    Could you see Cryptonomicon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This would not make a good movie unless it was subject to some serious editing.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was about two times too long and suffered from the authors interest the details of codes. It could have been good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stonemouth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Iain Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile, his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up. An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with its five mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On a bleak one it can seem to offer little more than sea fog, gangsters, cheap drugs and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides.

    Mark says: "Another great Iain Banks story read by Peter Kenny"
    "Another great Iain Banks story read by Peter Kenny"
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    Where does Stonemouth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot moves swiftly (the book covers a 3 - 4 day period) and there are several unexpected events. The authors slow revelation of the main characters history was good.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    Peter Kenny's performances are consistently good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Some people never forgive....


    Any additional comments?

    More please.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5164)
    Performance
    (3163)
    Story
    (3190)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Great plot and concept let down by awful politics"
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    What disappointed you about One Second After?

    The plot and concept are great, very interesting and thought provoking. I liked the small town setting which allowed the reader to easily grasp the consequences of the war. The setting also allowed some character development. Unfortunately, the book was let down because the author had endowed (burdened?) the characters with awful, unthinking, conservative political and social views. I guess these views reflect those of the author given the connections he must have given who wrote the foreword. The views and attitudes of the characters also made them pretty stereotyped which is a shame because I think the author could easily have developed more rounded, variable and realistic characters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything that doesn't suffer from right-wing politics.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    John's mother-in-law.


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

    Disappointment for the reasons set out above.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Steep Approach to Garbadale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Iain Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The Wopuld family built their fortune on a board game called Empire, now a wildly successful computer game. So successful, in fact, that the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the Wopulds out. Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks Spraint should be treated with suspicion, but he also has other things on his mind. What, for example, drove his mother to take her own life?

    Dan says: "Entirely enjoyable. More AudioBooks by Iain Banks?"
    "Banks read by Kenny - a superb combination"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Steep Approach to Garbadale the most enjoyable?

    I've listened to a number of Bank's books read by Peter Kenny and all have been excellent. This book has an engaging plot and characters that seem genuine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all excellent.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    Kenny has a very clear speaking voice that is well modulated.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some scenes in the book were very amusing, particularly Alban's awkward teenage experiences with his cousin.


    Any additional comments?

    More Banks / Kenny combinations please.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans.

    Shawn says: "100 years out, humans are reaching for the stars."
    "Excellent narrator, pity about the story."
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    What disappointed you about Blue Remembered Earth?

    I've read and listened to a number of Alastair Reynolds books and they are generally excellent. Reynolds usually writes complex and quickly moving plots with many twists. My personal favourites to date have been Terminal World and The Prefect. By comparison this book is very slow and far less engaging.


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The plot should have moved more quickly. The characters were not engaging, it was difficult to empathise with them.


    Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favorite?

    All of them, the narrator was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has not put me off Alastair Reynolds as an author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2074)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1446)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Is the conservative undertone ironic?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is likely to appeal to young science ficiton fans who are unknowingly conservative.


    Has Live Free or Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The book hasn't put me off science fiction as a genre.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was excellent.


    What character would you cut from Live Free or Die?

    Tyler Vernon.


    Any additional comments?

    Throughout the book I was struggling to work out whether the right wing US nationalism of the characters (and inherent in the plot too) was supposed to be ironic or not. I sincerely hope it is irony but, unfortunately, I doubt this is the case. Until my doubts prove to be unfounded I won't be reading or listening to any more or Ringo's books as I find the attitudes on display disappointing and naive.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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