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Peter

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  • Timescape

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    In a future wracked by environmental catastrophe and social instability, physicist John Renfrew devises a longshot plan to use tachyons - strange, time-traveling particles - to send a warning to the past. In 1962, Gordon Bernstein, a California researcher, gets Renfrew's message as a strange pattern of interference in an experiment he's conducting.

    Mike Schultz says: "An enjoyable book with problems"
    "Better than I expected"
    Overall

    This proved a very entertaining and interesting novel. It is cleverly set in two time periods (now both in the past, but at the time of writing one was in the future - this adds an unintended dimension to the plot)with the later time period trying to contact the earlier one in order to try to head off a global catastrophe. Paradoxes of interfering with the past are cleverly dealt with and some of the science was really ingeniously woven into the plot. If you are interested in this kind of technical science fiction, go for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2214)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1537)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Dumb, but entertaining"
    Overall

    If you were in a hospital bed recovering from surgery, or in an airplane with nothing better to do, and you wanted something quite undemanding to listen to, then this audiobook might well qualify. The story moves a fairly quick pace, and the plot is reasonably novel, but do not expect much thought provoking content.
    The book is set in the not too distant future (mid 21st century) where time travel has been invented and is available to academics (at Oxford, at least) to allow personal exploration of previous times. Amazingly, despite this quantal technological sophistication, the author has failed to anticipate the use of mobile phones or any other personal communication device (I suppose the book was written in the 1980s) and so the protagonists still have to resort to fumbling in their pockets for change to use in the always-hard-to-locate payphones! (Sometimes a mobile phone is wheeled in on a trolley!). The academics resort to petty squabbling over who is the best user of the time travel device (more reminiscent of Junior High School than Oxford colleges). And the heroine, who ends up beiing stranded in the 14th century, is an undergraduate who convinces her tutor that this is a good idea solely because she has "always been interested in the Middle Ages"! I don't think so! Making her a post graduate student engaged in Ph.D. research would perhaps have made me less likely to snort with ridicule.
    If I had started this book as one to read as opposed to listen to, I think I would have given up before 50 pages. But as something to distract me while doing something else, it ain't so bad.

    9 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Man of Property: The Forsyte Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    The Man of Property, the first novel in Galsworthy's epic social satire The Forsyte Saga, introduces us to Soames Forsyte, a solicitor and prominent man of his important family. Accustomed to getting whatever he wants, he sets his sights with absolute determination on the beautiful Irene, in spite of her pennilessness and her indifference to him.

    victoria says: "Five stars aren't enough..."
    "A tale of epic proportions"
    Overall

    I was first introduced to the Forsyte Sage through the 1960s BBC TV adaptation. This audiobook brings it all flooding back. A wonderful portrayal of late Victorian & Edwardian England. It is true that the opening chapters introduce a vast cast of characters, but the tale settles down and they disentangle themselves with skilled assistance of the narrator who is able to play each character quite distinctly. Highly recommended.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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