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P. Larsen

Bitman

Culpeper, VA USA

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  • Across the Sea of Suns: Galactic Center, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    It is 2076: Lancer, Earth’s first starship, is on a mission to find interstellar civilizations. Although astronaut Nigel Walmsley’s experiences with alien encounters make him the expert, no one believes Nigel’s theory that machines are the dominant intelligent beings left in the galaxy and that their purpose is to annihilate all organic life. Then the explorers discover once-living planets where only machines remain – and ruined worlds where fugitive survivors must evade omnipresent and lethally advanced A.I. warships.

    Michale says: "The Story Picks Up Speed!"
    "Wasn't able to even finish it"
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    What would have made Across the Sea of Suns better?

    A point to the story?


    What was most disappointing about Gregory Benford’s story?

    Minutes upon minutes of garble and unintelligent dialog. Unable to get a connection to a story that is all over the place. C


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Maxwell Caulfield and Stefan Rudnicki ?

    The change of voice and person is significant ant troubling. Using the same tone of voice and way of reading would make it much easier a listen.


    What character would you cut from Across the Sea of Suns?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Based on book 1 I ventured into book 2. But I'm thoroughly done with the series based on this example.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Sword: The Lost Stars, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (578)

    President Gwen Iceni and General Artur Drakon have successfully liberated the Midway Star System - but the former rulers of the Syndicate Worlds won’t surrender the region without a fight. The dictatorial regime has ordered the ex–Syndicate CEOs terminated with extreme prejudice and the system’s citizens punished for their defiance.Outnumbered and led by junior officers hastily promoted in the wake of the uprising, Midway’s warships are no match for the fleet massing and preparing to strike.

    Jean says: "Engrossing Space Battles"
    "Interesting universe told over and over again"
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    Where does Imperfect Sword rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've re-listened to quite a few audio books in the past. I don't think this audio book or any of the books after the first series will qualify for that. It feels like it's the same story told over and over again, and you find yourself not getting surprised by the majority of the actions.


    What other book might you compare Imperfect Sword to and why?

    This is my first "military" SCIFI I've "read". The initial story of Black Jack Geary and how he introduced dicipline and structure to make a force many fold more effective was exiting. But the Lost Stars doesn't measure up to the original story line(s). If I have to compare it to something it would be the Crusade series by Taylor Anderson.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good and steady voice and voice acting. Not a lot of "X said", "Y said" - and you recognize characters by voice. Clear and well spoken. In other words, what I've come to expect from an audio-book.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole universe of the story is interesting but being a science buff, the whole series has a lot of basic scientific faults that finally got to me as this last series came to an end. SPACE works differently than our ships do on earth. When the engine cuts out in space, YOU DO NOT STOP! There's no such thing as speed in space - only relative movements to other objects. There's no up or down - something the author first claims is easily determined when looking at a solar system, but later "admits" that someone decides up and down when a new system is detected. But then, no where do we hear about how this is communicated and particular after a jump this seems rather important. Vessels shooting mechanical objects cannot shoot them faster than humans can perceive if they are starting from a dead stop. So firing metal balls CAN be viewed at least when they are fired. And unless they have any propulsion system on them, they'll not speed up or stop going once they are cut loose. It's also interesting that concepts like Gravity is completely ignored in the whole series. Even ships without energy seems to have gravity for some reason. Even escape pods. I also find it odd that communication at the speed of light can go through planetary objects and never cause problems communicating from ship to ship, HOWEVER the radar and information of other ships locations are a matter of line of sight.

    Once you ignore these technical faults, all you have to get used to is getting the same "technology" explained over and over again, in each book. I'm not sure, but I think 1 hour or so could be omitted from each book if all the repetition was removed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1772)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "Confusing and nothing to hold you to the story lin"
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    What disappointed you about The Fall of Hyperion?

    It was like word spagetti. Felt like the author enjoys making up names and terms for just the fun of having writing them. About 1 hour in, there was so many new phrases and words, that you couldn't engage with the story at all. Also, the story jumps all over the place initially - I only got a few hours in before I gave up - at that time no real plot line other than the lead chapter, was clear.


    What could Dan Simmons have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Bad question. Dan Simmons and every other author should write books THEY like, not what I like. I just have a different taste than the author.


    What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s voice?

    Monotone, unengaging, confusing.


    What character would you cut from The Fall of Hyperion?

    don't know - didn't go through the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I like longer audio books. I travel a lot, and it's a great way to relax. Short stories aren't long enough to last through a whole trip - so I tend to like 15+ hour books. Gives me more than a day or two of listening to the same story. But if the story like The Fall of Hyperion simply turns out to be a lot of smaller stories tied together, it looses the energy of getting to know characters, relating to a situation etc. - it's just a bunch of small stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hex Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews, and others
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Marc Vietor, Gayle Hendrix, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (296)

    Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?

    Shay Bella says: "Good Format, Good Stories"
    "Could not listen to the whole thing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story, fewer characters.


    Has Hex Appeal turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - but it will most likely make me avoid the authors of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know - I only managed to listen to an hour or so .....


    Any additional comments?

    I was weary of picking this to begin with - I should have gone with my intuition and leaving it be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6603)
    Performance
    (6006)
    Story
    (6026)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Great story and characters - poor preformance"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Characters, Magic, Consistency


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fay - Character went from uneducated farm girl grows into adulthood, responsibilities and learning. You follo how she grew from girl, to woman, to master of her own destiny. Had some great lines too.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bronson Pinchot?

    YES!!! The whispering and low voices makes it impossible to listen and hear it all even a full volume, just to get ear-deafning yelling a few seconds later.


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

    No - I listen mainly during my commute.


    Any additional comments?

    The series is one of the better - and while you'll have to listen to them in order, they build well upon each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13790)
    Performance
    (12813)
    Story
    (12815)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "What a pleasure!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely worth a while; from songs to accents that brings back memories of old songs and movies. The book was a walk down memory lane for those of us who grew up during the 70'ies and 80'ies and the acting bringing old favorites back to life was a big plus.


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    As an audio book, this was on the level of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Lots of twists and turns and a voice that added a new dimension to the story.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - first Wil Wheaton book. Not the last though.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The only way to win the game is not to play"


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure what I was getting into but I read good reviews and gave it a chance. Not regretting it a moment. Having been in the IT business since late 70'ies, the technology throw back was fun - added the pop-culture of my youth just made it a big home run.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paula Brackston
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (242)

    In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

    Paisley says: "Lots of potential..."
    "Disappointment"
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    Would you try another book from Paula Brackston and/or Marisa Calin?

    No - at this point I think that will end my experience with either. I found myself zooming out several times during the read, but still it wasn't hard to follow - very repetitious.


    Has The Witch's Daughter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If the story line is going to be as teenagy as this, then yes. It failed to describe a believable universe and personalities. Lots of other fantasy books covering the craft and other mythology seems to work better on so many other levels.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The audio was easily understood - good voice. But it was almost made child-like at times, making the voice change for each character may work at times - but not this time.


    Could you see The Witch's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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