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  • The Tuloriad: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    Of the once innumerable battle clans of the possess only a handful survive. And that on the sufferance of a group of despised Indowy and Himmit. Plucked from the maelstrom on Earth they are cast out into the eternal blackness of the stars with only a slightly insane Indowy and a computer virus to guide them.

    Amazon Customer says: "Different but good"
    "Alien religiou conversion story does not ring true"
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    This is the only lame book in the series. Converting aliens into any religion that will stick to make them peaceful? This seemed to work great for humans, didn't it?

    Because of the lame plot, not much could be done developing the characters, and it shows. Particularly the super AI ditzy-nagy ship-woman character is below contempt. Same for the alien horse priest, his son and wife, and pretty much the rest of the cartoonish characters.

    It contrasts dramatically with the other books, my hopeful guess is that Tom Kraftsman, and not John Ringo, have done most of the writing (or the plot?) So, 2 stars for the story, but the reading performance alleviates the pain.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (896)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the 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.

    Chad says: "Simmons' Magnum Opus"
    "Amazing plot through eyes of underachiever hero"
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    Dan Simmons accomplished a rare feat - both in Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. The plot is intricate and unexpected. But the main hero - I believe intentionally - is an irritating dolt. Keep in mind that he does not develop or increase his mental abilities throughout both books. Rohl is just driven by events and actors from one adventure to another, generally reacting, but hardly ever initiating or playing deciding role, with exception when a brute force is called for; he is the last to understand what happens, and he is often irritated by things he does not understand, just as it is typical for dumb people. Again, I believe this character was intentional, if unorthodox. Don't take me wrong here, I don't see only negatives; Rohl is also a kind and ethical person.

    Hopefully my warning will let you enjoy the plot - which is very creative, and prepare you to give main hero more slack than conventional.

    Narration sometimes drones in exalted tone for minutes, mostly when depicting Rohl observations, which is fitting the hero's character, but is hard to enjoy after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (423)

    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

    Ken says: "Great introduction to The Culture series"
    "I wish we were there"
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    A great story. Lately I became tired of the 'kill the evil superior technologically aliens with our low technology but right to exist and propagate in our primitive ways values' kind of science fiction. So I tried to find something of a different kind. And this is just what I was looking for. There is just a tiny obligatory overtone of the above theme. Well developed story. Narration is also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3930)
    Performance
    (3602)
    Story
    (3610)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Excellent, John Ringo style"
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    I listened to ALL John Ringo books first, no disrespect to Larson, but this is why the comparison. If you like John Ringo, you will like Larson. I personally like Swarm even a little bit more, but this is a close call based on averaged Ringo's books impression (some later Ringo's volumes, specifically written in collaboration with others I rate way lower than earlier ones authored by Ringo himself. But then again, I never believed in creativity by committee, so this was another confirmation of this belief).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years. Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "Intriguing and leaving you wanting for more..."
    "Great SF book"
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    I read just this book of the series, and want to join other that gave 5* rating. Like it, both the plot and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1687)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1202)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Mauricio says: "A challenge that's worth the investment"
    "Just not my cup of science fiction..."
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    I like authors like Richard Morgan and Peter Hamilton. Someone recommended to listen to Alastair Reynolds, supposedly similar style. This is his second book that I can not finish (the first I actually forced myself to complete), but I give up on this one, it is not worth the suffering. Thought there are a lot of people that liked the book, so it must be my personal taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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