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Mike

Mike

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  • The Big Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Have you ever worried about your memory, because it doesn't seem to recall exactly the same past from one day to the next? Have you ever thought that the whole universe might be a crazy, mixed-up dream? If you have, then you've had hints of the Change War.

    David says: "Big Time takes a long time"
    "A classic novel that hasn't aged well"
    Overall

    "The Big Time" hasn't aged well. On the plus side, the novel does create suspense, and I found myself interested in aspects of the characters. But overall, the themes won't resonate much with the modern reader and the characters are a bit thin. Readable if you are a student of science fiction (it won the Hugo), but give it a pass if you are looking for a great novel.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (3215)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1275)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Good but should have been great"
    Overall

    This book won the Hugo Award, and was well deserving. It has excellent and fully developed characters that live in an interesting and complete world, but the ending causes the book to fall short of a true science fiction great. I use the word "ending" meaning the book stops but the book doesn't really end. There is no strong climax and no conclusion. Loose ends abound. It has the feel of too many science fiction novels that are teeing up for a sequel, although Stephenson has yet to provide one. Read it for the rich characters and story lines, but don't expect a satisfying finish.

    Jennifer Wiltsie does a good job narrating the story, and I like the way the music is used during the transitions. Unfortunately the sound quality could be better, as Wiltsie sometimes sounds as though she is too far from the microphone which creates an almost mono effect. All and all she treats the female and male characters equally well, and it is generally easy to forget that she herself is there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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