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Mr.

Crofton, MD, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Farnham's Freehold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (276)

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

    Lisa says: "Heinlein of his time..."
    "time traveling pioneers meet the naked jungle"
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    Purchased this on the discount and now understand why it was so cheap. I'm trying to give Heinlein the benefit of doubt that he was attempting to make a statement about racism in this future earth by poking at just about every racial stereotype in an over-the-top fashion, but the best praise I can give it is that his well documented narcissism got in the way of that message. It starts off as a familiar sci-fi pioneer survivor type of story by H, then diverges into an inside-view of slavery in a future world dominated by survivors from when the northern hemisphere is destroyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (376)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Ora says: "have waited a looonnnngggg time for these on audio"
    "fantasy equivalent to Douglas Adams"
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    This series is a light read along the lines of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but in a fantasy genre rather than science fiction. If you like a light farce along the lines of P.G. Wodehouse or Douglas Adams, you will probably enjoy Asprin. Good escapism.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1490)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1025)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "not sure this works well in audio format"
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    I found this a really tough listen and put in about 10 hours listening to the first 5 hours of the story and had to put it down and relax with something else. If you have read it previously, I suspect you will enjoy the performance. I don't blame the narrator. The book probably has some visual cues to scene transition (paragraph spacing or " * * * " or something. In audio, it is almost impossible to understand when a thread transition happens and by the time you figure that out, the story is someplace else. Not a good commuter book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Door into Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (196)

    Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

    K. Lange says: "One of Heinlein's Best"
    "now I know where the roomba came from"
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    This is the first time I've read this story, although I'm a fan of other Heinlein works. If you like this, I recommend The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Being an engineer, I can appreciate his coverage of "the art of the possible". Sure, the technology is dated and you have to deliberately ignore the sexist attitudes (if you can), but given that the story is from the 50's it hold up pretty well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3042)
    Performance
    (2072)
    Story
    (2103)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "good concept that wandered"
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    I'm a fan of Rama series and 2001, but I found this story to be lacking plot and incredibly depressing to boot. It starts off well, but every crisis point is sort of self-resolved and the characters seem to not have much of an investment in living.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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