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  • Thuvia, Maid of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Mars has become divided by love. Not one, but two princes and a Jeddak are vying for the love of Thuvia of Ptarth. When she is mysteriously kidnapped, treachery threatens to throw Barsoom into bloody war. Now Cathoris must follow in the footsteps of his father, John Carter, and overcome phantom armies, dangerous spies and savage beasts as he attempts to save his true love and reunite Mars.

    Doug says: "Fake accent and wooden performance"
    "Good book. Bad narration"
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    Would you listen to Thuvia, Maid of Mars again? Why?

    Yes, but not from this narrator. The reading wasn't like listening to someone reading the story. It was like hearing someone who recorded a series of disjointed sentences and then pasted them together so it came across with a lot of unnatural pauses that frankly got to be too unbearable to tolerate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I couldn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1423)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Greay book. Lousy Narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator seemed to be reading the words for the first time. Pace, emphasis, timing etc were all off. It was like listening to William Shatner trying to read to you, but with more over-acting, overly dramatic pauses in the oddest of places, and emphasis on words that were just strange to emphasize.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2887)
    Performance
    (2667)
    Story
    (2677)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Well performed. Fairly simple story."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As brain candy to pass the time, yes. Of course, that is why I bought it so it was fine for that.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh. It was OK. The last chapters about the return to earth seemed a bit contrived. Almost like the author was just trying to finish the book and rushed the job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle scenes were well performed.


    Do you think Steel World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, it has two more so yes.


    Any additional comments?

    While I get that the main character was no rocket scientist there were long parts of the book where it took overly long. To illustrate, the way the book revealed things it was like the author brought out an 8 foot clown with a sign that said "I am a clue" and beat the main character about the head with the clue sign while screaming "I'm a clue!". 5 chapters later the character would say, "This might be a clue".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (539)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Andy says: "All too believable"
    "Good action, overly simplistic"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The concept of the complete ineptitude of all officers, yet all enlisted are geniuses in waiting and the world would better if only they were in charge just got old. The situation is true and does happen, but the blanket, overall assumption and presentation that it was a constant in the universe just made it hard to suspend belief enough to enjoy the story.

    Had the issue been a small collection of ignorant officers (and with the remoteness of the moonbase it could have been pulled off) it would have been more believable, but by making it sound as if the entire military organization was that bad all the time it just came across as unrealistic.....and this is from someone who loves SciFi and Fantasy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

    Yes, I still love the action scenes even if the overarching story is not plausible.


    What about Eric Summerer’s performance did you like?

    Loved it.


    Do you think Stark's War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If the overall theme is the same by the third book it will just be too boring.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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