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Phillip

Lino Lakes, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Blue Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (185)

    The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

    Phillip says: "A fine end to a good series"
    "A fine end to a good series"
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    As is the previous 2 books, Ferrone's performance has no emotion or enthusiasm. The only real problem with this book is when it jumps forward in time, it doesn't tell you the date. It covers over a century, jumping decades at a time, without tell the reader/listener where you are.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Green Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (221)

    The initial Martian pioneers had fierce disagreements about how the planet should be used by humans. This led to a war that threatened the lives of billions of people on both Mars and Earth. Now, the second generation of settlers continues the struggle to survive the hostile yet strangely beautiful environment of the red planet.

    Phillip says: "Good sequel w/ soulless performance"
    "Good sequel w/ soulless performance"
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    Richard Ferrone returns w/ another performance almost devoid of emotion and conviction. But the book makes up for it. Great story, believable predictions of the future of economics, and a Terran disaster actually considered one of the worst case scenarios governments worry about. Although there is a lot of hippy-dippy stuff, and some fuzzy ancient history, which bug me, but those are short lived irritations that don't detract from the story. My on;y real issue is all my favorite characters were killed off in the first book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (486)

    Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

    For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

    Paul says: "If you like books with DETAIL not much Action"
    "Good story w/ outdated science"
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    After reading several series focusing on sci fi war, it's nice to listen of a more mellow book heavy on science. There are only 3 issues with the series: (1) Richard Ferrone's performance is completely w/out emotion or conviction, it's like listening to someone reading the phone book; (2) the books show their age in outdated science; and (3) the Mars colony is founded in 2026, we won't land on Mars before 2050 at the rate we're going, and that really depresses me. Robinson never clearly never foresaw the bush years.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3695)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2266)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Best book in the series"
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    I wasn't sure about this book from the first few chapters, but it turned out pretty good. Although it's described as such, it isn't very firm science fiction. And it gets softer the further into the series you go. The characters are believable and organic, although some of their stories are excessively boring and sappy, but don't last too long. The later books in the series become annoyingly sentimental, and suggest Simmons has a New Age fixation of some kind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (589)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Great book, acceptable ending"
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    About a month ago I was comparing search results on Google and the evil upstart known as Bing, searching "Project Orion". On image search Bing turned up a schematic drawing of an Orion powered warship called Michael, from a book called "Footfall". I'm an astronautics engineering student, scifi junkie, and proponent of nuclear pulse propulsion, so was intrigued. I've heard of the book from time to time, so figured I'd give it a listen. I'm frankly blown away. This is one of the best books I've ever "read". The story is told from multiple view points, engaging and believable. And the science is excellent. I've spent the last year listening to the Dune saga; I love the books, but you can tell the authors didn't know much advanced science. I'm a stickler for accuracy, and the dune dreamers took too many artistic licenses for my taste; and some of them are absurd.

    There are a lot of complaints in these reviews about the ending; which I can understand. But I also understand why the authors ended the book where they did: the plot was finished evolving. After the snouts surrender, there's only one way the story can go. The last passage brings total clarity. Given what is known about the characters and situation, the reader's mind can fill in the rest. So ending the book there wasn't a cliff hanger, it's an artistic flourish. I approve, although an epilogue set a few years or decades later would have been nice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: The Battle of Corrin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (310)

    Fifty-six hard years after the events of The Machine Crusade, after the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. The human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.

    Eric says: "The Battle for Corrin"
    "Now that's how you end a war."
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    This is by far my favorite book from the Dune universe. Mass pandemic, galactic scale nuclear holocaust, political stagnation, mutiny, technological revolution, religious strife; so exiting. It makes up for how boring the first book in the trilogy is.

    The great purge was the only way the jihad could've really ended. You can't destroy an empire one piece at a time; you either decapitate its government and take over, or burn it to the ground. That would have been my plan from the beginning. The only way to save the enslaved populations of synchronized worlds would have been to liberate the entire empire all at once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (556)

    The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
    —Stephen Colbert

    Phillip says: "It might be inspirational."
    "It might be inspirational."
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    This is the least professional audiobook i've ever listened to. It's also the funniest. I might have been inspired if I wasn't choking on my laughter.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: The Machine Crusade

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (291)

    More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat. Get ready for Dune: The Machine Crusade.

    Jr says: "Dune - How We Love Thee!"
    "And then there was one. Everyone I know is dead."
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    I'm massive lore nut: I love the background information in the Dune universe. The machine crusade is loaded with political intrigue, horrible crimes, and unremitting war. The best part is the multiple story lines. The original 6 dune books have a very narrow scope, just one or two interlocking stories.

    There's a moment in that last few chapters that really resonates with me. After Sabrina Butler throws away her life, Xavier Harkonnen burns up with Iblis Ginjo, Zufa Cenva needlessly gives her life to kill Hecate' (and her ex-husband in collateral), and Hecate's asteroid wipes out the Ginaz archipelago, that several characters find they are all that's left of their associates and dearest friends. Chirox was the most striking. The image of him standing on the island stripped bare, holding the broken body of his long time student and friend; contemplating how the core of the mercenary order happen been exterminated, and that he'd rebuild it. That's a powerful image, and I'm moved by the horror and desolation of that moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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