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Menudo Bandito

San Francisco, CA | Member Since 2001

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  • Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

    Aser says: "You Can't Get There From Here"
    "To be fair - I have not finished this book yet"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better characterization, less circular and ultimately useless internal conversation, more convincing characters


    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dina Pearlman?

    I'm not sure.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Passage?

    1/3 of the book. At least


    Any additional comments?

    IF YOU ARE NEW TO CONNIE WILLISI don't know if I can finish this book. I am roughly halfway through - a 15 hour investment in what I sincerely hoped would be a rewarding 30-hour saga. I do not typically quit something once I start, but every hour that goes by with 5 minutes worth of enjoyment is really starting to bug me. I haven't posted many reviews, but felt compelled to warn others. If you've read and enjoyed Connie Willis prior, then you will probably enjoy this book. If you haven't, and - like me - this would be your initial foray into the Connie Willis Experience - listen carefully to the full sample sound byte and decide if you can listen to 20+ hours of this. If I'm to extrapolate her typical style from this title alone, I'd say she is long-winded while still managing to lack adequate characterization. Her characters are frumpish, and it makes me feel as if I'm 30+ years too young to be reading it (i am 37).Maybe the mistake is all mine. I love SciFi of all types, and in my haste to find a new book I recklessly downloaded this one on a quick sample and jacket summary alone. Do yourself a favor - LISTEN TO THE FULL SAMPLE FIRST.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Weapons of Choice: Axis of Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Birmingham
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters. Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand.

    Nelson says: "Superb!"
    "Near perfect"
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    I don't hand out 5 stars flippantly...ever. This was pure entertainment...very few dull moments, and they were easily cancelled out by Jay Snider's narration. Engaging and wildly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (270)

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "Time to cut the cord..."
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    I've been with this series since book 1 - as anyone who's made it this far has - and still 3 more to go. I thought the first 3 of the Change series were good; maybe a little cliche at times, but gripping nonetheless. The mid-installment, a.k.a adventures of Rudi, dull by comparison.

    Sword of the Lady was a downslope, but this book hits rock-bottom. Slow and dull, if it were print I wouldn't have made it through. Reviews of the future novels seem to indicate this is a theme - that Stirling should have cut his losses instead of dragging this out.

    The best thing about the book is Todd McLaren's narration. He has a great voice with wide range and spot-on delivery, though I have to say some of the character voices he established in 'the Sunrise Lands' took a vacation in book 2, then came back forever changed since. I know Ingolf hails from Wisconsin, but the overdone Upper (as in upper-peninsula) accent makes him sound goofy.

    I hate to quit a story prematurely, but I cannot waste any more $$ on this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7060)
    Performance
    (6716)
    Story
    (6728)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "A Pleasant Surprise"
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    I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wound up getting way more than I bargained for. Andy Weir's deep subject matter knowledge, combined with R. C. Bray's amazing narration jobs made this book a genuine pleasure to hear. If you love hard sci-fi with loads of technical detail - and like the idea of mixing in some hilarity(?), then you should give this book a spin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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