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Nancy

CHARLES CITY, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 142 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • Birthright: The Book of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Birthright: The Book of Man is a brilliant novel of science fiction that carefully constructs a blueprint of mankind's history - social, political, economic, scientific, and religious - for the next 18,000 years.

    Amazon Customer says: "This IS your father's Sci-Fi"
    "Just didn't click!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I am afraid it's a struggle to keep listening. Loved his Cassandra Project book but this one just has not grabbed me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immortality, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Want to be immortal? You can be in AD 2110. Just go to the Hereafter Insurance Corporation and hook yourself up to the Machine. There’s nothing to fear. That is, if it happens to be working right, and if nobody slips another mind into your body when you’re not looking, and if you’re not on a poltergeist hatelist.

    ESK says: "Great!"
    "Gripping but did not care for ending."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book for its compelling ideas.


    Could you see Immortality, Inc. being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think it could adapt to a tv show but might loose to much in the translation.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the basic idea, I did not have a problem with the performance at all. I was not satisfied with the ending but won't go into reasons why since that's spoiler territory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (534)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Love Hodgman, wish I loved the story as much!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I loved John Hodgman but the story itself was not my favorite. It is a book that I would recommend for Hitchhiker fans though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (2625)
    Story
    (2627)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Post-Modern Misogyny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I know that post-modern discourse has a tendency to decentralize notions of a linear plot but do we really have to throw plot points in a blender and see what comes out? I was able to put that aside for a while. I told myself that I could expect the next chapter to be something completely different and have no ties to the last one. Once I accepted this then I settled back and waited for some viral but kicking to happen. The thing that lost me and made me not care at all how it ended boiled down to one simple thing and really had nothing to do with the previous issues.

    I wish I had known that there were misogynistic, demoralizing scenes of the rape and torture of women. Then I could have known not to bother. I should say that the scene I am thinking about in particular is not extremely long, it just left me very disapointed. I cannot believe Mr. Cronin has been quoted as saying that the idea for the Passage came from his young daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (2742)
    Story
    (2781)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Enjoyable but graphic"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I did really like the story and wanted to give it a 3.5 but that's not possible. I liked everything enough to keep listening and find out what happens but there were a few issues for me. The story was really graphic at times, as you would expect in an end of the world tale. Certain elements were quite fantastical and stretched credulity.In the end I would recommend for those who like end of the world stories and are used to explicit detail.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cassandra Project

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations—even for politicians—was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future—a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.

    Matthew says: "A lunar winner!"
    "Up until 3am!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Cassandra Project the most enjoyable?

    Not reading to many reviews and knowing as little as possible makes for a great listening experience!


    Any additional comments?

    Just give it a go! I loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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