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R. Laplante

brainerd, mn USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 918 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • Tunnel in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (213)

    When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness.

    Rory says: "Where it all started ..."
    "Not just for kids"
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    Story

    This book is classic Heinlein. Yes, it is marketed as a young adult novel but it never feels juvenile. Great adventure story. This is early Heinlein which I consider better than a lot of his later works.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Power Play

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Dr. Jake Ross, a university astronomer, wants nothing more than to teach a few classes each semester and continue his research. Instead, he finds himself aggressively recruited to be the science advisor to Frank Tomlinson, an ambitious politician with his eye on the US Senate. Tomlinson is in need of an edge that will allow him to defeat his opponent at the polls, and Dr. Ross can contribute just that: MHD. MHD, or magnetohydrodynamics, is a new innovation that will allow electricity to be generated efficiently and cheaply. But MHD is still in its infancy, and there are deadly risks.

    R. Laplante says: "Not bad"
    "Not bad"
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    Story

    I love Ben Bova books. That being said, this one is just OK. It is a decent story and good science. I thoroughly enjoyed it but it is not one of his best. I would still recommend is as Ben Bova, at his worst, is still fanatastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changer of Worlds: Worlds of Honor #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Victor Bevine, Lauren Fortgang, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    Lady Dame Honor Harrington - starship captain, admiral, Steadholder, and Duchess - has spent decades defending the Star Kingdom of Manticore against all comers. Along the way, she has become the legend known as "the Salamander" from her habit of always being where the fire is hottest... and also a national best seller.

    Jean says: "Great to learn more about Honor Harrington"
    "Good science fiction"
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    I personally like the Honor Harrington series. It is military science fiction. This is not usually my favorite genre, but this series is well written. This book contains great short stories that fill in Honor's background or flesh out that universe. Good stuff.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1943)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1536)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Dececent, enjoyable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting and fun. A relaxing, engaging story. A nice peek into a different time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirk Quigby's Guide to the Afterlife: All You Need to Know to Choose the Right Heaven, Plus a Five-Star Rating System for Music, Food, Drink, & Accommodations

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By E. E. King
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Hell's too full, so the Devil hires ad man Dirk Quigby to pen a travel guide enticing travelers to different afterlives: Hindu, Catholic, Protestant (that one's got a lot of subdivisions), Scientologist, and more. Instead of writing a boffo best seller, Dirk unites all religions in a common goal: kill Dirk. E. E. King grew up in one of those tolerant households that don't force religion down kids' throats. This is the result.

    R. Laplante says: "Cute"
    "Cute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is a fun book. Worth the time. A great, funny overview of many religions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (185)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "Boring, preachy, over emphasis on religion"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different story line


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

    Stefen Rudnicki is one of my favorites.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, exasperation


    Any additional comments?

    I am usually a fan of OSC. I know that occasionally he gets preachy, or emphasizes religion, but it is usually kept as a side element. This book though was a book about Mormonism. The story about the lost boys was a side story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (2136)
    Story
    (2148)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Very interesting"
    Overall

    Interesting outlook on what could happen with genetic modifications of food and people. Pleasantly surprised by how good it was. One of the years best and unique science fiction books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3670)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1858)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "HORRIBLE"
    Overall

    This is the first review I have taken the time to write. This book was so awful that I felt the need to warn others. Many of the other reviewers have compared the writing to some of the truly great SF writers. That is an insult. There were some interesting ideas, but the story line as a whole, was not good. Most importantly, the writing was atrocious. It often reads like a cheap detective novel. And then there were the gratuitous sex scenes. I'm not normally prudish, but they were unnecessarily graphic. We're talking Hustler graphic not Playboy.
    I have been reading sf and its sub-genres for 25 yrs now and have not come across this poorly written of book ever. I cannot believe it was published. To compare it to Stephenson or to Gibson is to insult 2 very talented writer. If you are a true SF or cyberpunk fan avoid this book!!!

    17 of 27 people found this review helpful

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