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Mo Brien

Banshee

Kettering, OH United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Death at the President's Lodging: An Inspector Appleby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Inspector Appleby is called to St Anthony's College, where the president has been murdered in his lodging. Scandal abounds when it becomes clear that the only people with any motive to murder him are the only people who had the opportunity - because the President's Lodging opens off Orchard Ground, which is locked at night, and only the Fellows of the College have keys.

    connie says: "must love brit academe 'tween the wars"
    "Witty, intelligent, insightful mystery, well read."
    Overall

    This English mystery novel pretends to be quiet and sedate, while unleashing a complicated puzzle of murder in a locked-up college full of people too smart for their own good. The author is obviously fond of all his characters, and the narrator has a different voice for all of them. There's even some Chestertonian wild chases across the countryside. What else can I say? Innes writes winners.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Fealty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Jeremy Johnson, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    the near future, Los Angeles is an all but uninhabitable war zone, wracked by crime, violence, pollution and poverty. But above the blighted city, a Utopia has arisen: Todos Santos, a thousand-foot high single-structured city, designed to used state-of-the-art technology to create a completely human-friendly environment, offering its dwellers everything they could want in exchange for their oath of allegiance and their constant surveillance.

    Mo Brien says: "Fun political science fiction"
    "Fun political science fiction"
    Overall

    This thriller from the early 80's plops you down in a near future LA development with incredibly low crime, responsive government, and community togetherness. It's a paradise for engineering geeks and a good place to raise a family. Unfortunately, not everybody likes how they've gone about it.

    This is one of the few utopian books I've ever enjoyed wholeheartedly. Rereading it all these years later, I'm not quite as thrilled by its libertarian vision, but it's amazing to see how many trends of modern life Niven and Pournelle predicted correctly. (For better or worse.) The fast-moving story still works, too, and most of the science fiction we haven't caught up with. Contains some sex and violence, as thrillers often do.

    I think you'll enjoy your trip to Todos Santos. I know I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prowler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alexey Pehov
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.

    francisco says: "New twist on the old "quest" genre."
    "A twist of difference"
    Overall

    Sure you've read fantasy thief stories and quests before, but this time the tale's told with Shadow Harold's sour wit, Pehov's Russian love of poetic description, and MacLeod Andrews' outstanding narration. There's plenty of action, fun characters, funny moments, and clever surprises. But there's also some darned original high fantasy, with amazing moments of wonder and terror. Just when you think you know where the plot's going, you'll find you're wrong.

    So give this book a chance to win you over. Russian writing styles may not be what you're used to, but Andrews does a great job making it seem like perfectly normal speech. I really liked what he did with the various characters, too.

    This novel doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but on a good temporary stopping point in the quest, with progress made. I was eager to find out what happens next in Book 2.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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