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Ramon B. Cano

tvaelm

Orem, Ut | Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 156 titles in library
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  • Pebble in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (204)

    One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil - so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of 60. Joseph Schwartz is 62.

    bonnie says: "Jewel of a book"
    "Good story with interesting premise."
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    Would you listen to Pebble in the Sky again? Why?

    This is classic Asimov story telling. The technology and cultural stuff is, of course, dated (having been written in the 1950's) - but the premise of the story is interesting and it's a quick read/listen. What I love about Asimov's books is his consistent universe between different books. This book takes place during the time the galactic empire is expanding from Trantor. Other books take place before and after this time - but the empire and it's history are always consistent (which is nice). The narration is good - but a little over dramatic at times - But not too distracting from the story.


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  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3204)
    Performance
    (2732)
    Story
    (2765)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Word Nerd says: "Great Book"
    "Good writing and Good Story"
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    If you could sum up The Maze Runner in three words, what would they be?

    a Fun read.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Dashner? Why or why not?

    probably. The end of the book leaves a lot of question to resolve.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance. Very good and consistent use of voices and accents to differentiate the characters. It was seamless to the point where you forget he is using different voices.


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

    Yes it would have been perhaps slightly better if it had been a little shorter. It is written as young adult literature - so I felt like it could have moved to the conclusion a little faster.


    Any additional comments?

    I was kinda frustrated at times with not getting any answers to the mysteries presented in the book. And then end of the book only answered some of them and presented more mysteries at the end. If this is something you enjoy you will love the book - if you feel like you get kinda ripped off when not everything is resolved - beware.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1528)
    Story
    (1542)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Worst Narrator Ever could not ruin great book!"
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    Would you listen to Wool again? Why?

    No... I would read it next time. This narrator was truly awful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the story was very well written and and thought out. It was easy to get lost in the consistent world of the Silos.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Sayle?

    Will Wheaton.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end was pretty cool.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't heard the other narrator for this book (there are two versions with different narrators) - so I can't recommend the other narrator per se. But it is hard to imagine any narrator doing a worse job. So I guess I am recommending you buy the other version.

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  • A World Without Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (467)

    Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcmoed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

    Stephanie says: "Brandon Mull has won me over again!"
    "Great beginning to hopefully great series."
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book much more than any of Mull's Fable Haven books. It was a better concept driven forward by better overall pacing , better character interaction, and a more interesting story line. I can only hope the succeeding books can keep it going...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1807)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Interesting story... ok narration..."
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story a lot it but I didn't care for the whole story being narrated with a bad Russian accent. It was distracting for about the first 3rd of the book....luckily I enjoyed the concepts of the book enough to get past it....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves: The Starcatchers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (358)

    Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff.

    SciFiSurfer says: "My Kids Loved the the Starcatchers Series!"
    "Not as good as first book ...but still pretty good"
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book a lot... but I felt like this book kind of drew me out of the world of Neverland and I felt a little disconnected for most of the time from that world. As a stand-alone story it is great and it does give a little more back story to the Peter Pan/Neverland story. As always Jim Dale (narrator) was incredible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3914)
    Performance
    (2351)
    Story
    (2383)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Interesting, odd story of first contact"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found the story to be interesting and engaging. The writing is pretty good and natural flowing, The narrator does a pretty good job as well. The story has a lot of interesting twist and turns... not what I expected at all. The authors do a good job making the aliens very foreign and so it makes it kind of like a mystery ( hint/spoiler ) - there is something fundamental we don't understand about the aliens that might just prove critical. But I felt in the end like the book went on a little too long. I wanted it to wrap up a little quicker at the end. Also there could have been a little more action in the story. Overall it was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4131)
    Performance
    (3636)
    Story
    (3637)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Fun and easy listen."
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun and easy listen. The story is pretty straightforward... not a lot of surprises... but the characters are good and the writing style is nice. The narrator is good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (709)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "Great prequel to Peter Pan."
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    Any additional comments?

    I have never really been a big fan of Peter Pan... BUT since Jim Dale was narrating this I thought it would be a good book to listen to on long car trips with my kids (He's such an excellent narrator). What I did not expect was to actually, really enjoy the story. It was a good enough story that I actually found that I like the world of Peter Pan as envisioned by these authors. This was truly a good and fun prequel to the Peter Pan story we all know and grew up with. Jim Dale of course is excellent. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (626)

    Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

    Ethan M. says: "Science fiction in Deep time"
    "Enjoyable hard Sci-Fi novel."
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    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this book. I really liked the fact that for a long while at the beginning of the book I didn't know what was going on and still found that I enjoyed the story and narrative.The universe the author creates is interesting and the flashbacks help bring the story into focus over time. Others have complained that there is not enough action in the story - and I admit after I was done with the book - I looked back and realized the same thing. But I still really enjoyed the read ... and getting lost in this world was fun. This was my first book by Reynolds - but will most likely not be my last. The is some hard profanity in this book although lightly used most of the time ( I estimate there were maybe 2 dozen F-Words in and 18 hour book )As for the Narrator, he does an excellent job on this book - and that may have contributed to how much I enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3424)
    Performance
    (2701)
    Story
    (2701)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Could have been a great book but..."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is set in a pretty interesting world, the author is actually a fantastic story teller and the story was pretty good. BUT - there is a lot of things that made listening to this down right un-enjoyable much of the time. The dialog of the characters was too abrasive (like everyone one was an angsty teenager) and the bad language was way over done! I estimate that there is on average about 1 to 2 F-words per minute in almost every character's spoken dialog. In a book that is about 24 hours long - that's a lot of F-Words (And I haven't even guessed how many other profane words were used - so you can extrapolate it's a lot of profanity). I haven't heard this much profanity outside of a high school locker room - much less a serious book. If the bad language had been toned down this would have been a much better book. The subject matter is sometimes pretty dark and very violent. And there are parts that are just crass. The narrator, though, was really really good. He almost made the book good by himself.I probably would not recommend this book to anyone I actually know (mostly because of the language and the sometimes crass parts of the story).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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