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Ron P

Monroe, WA USA | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 388 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    Striker says: "Decent Story, Lacking Good Narration"
    "Narration really is that bad"

    I understand that narrators sometimes have to change. But the narration here was so bad it's hard to integrate the book with the others. The speech rhythms felt like the narrator was out of breath. And so many of the characters became different people than the ones Jefferson Mays brought to life, with Avasarala coming out by far the worst.

    I get uncomfortable criticizing a person's performance so brutally, but . . . this was the worst narration of any audiobook I've ever purchased. They should have seen early on that this wasn't going to work and switched to someone else. Anyone else. I will not purchase another audiobook in this series as long as they use Erik Davies.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Seems like an argument over beers . . ."

    Feels like a book arising out of a pub discussion/argument about whether someone could survive alone on Mars. "Oh yeah, well what about *this*?" I can almost picture the scene as the author and some buddies actually start working it out. Add some research, construct the circumstances to make it at least possible, and . . .

    Now, the kickoff of the story is silly, and the author occasionally misrepresents the consequences of conditions on Mars (specifically wind), but that's mostly just to get the protagonist in position. From there, suspension of disbelief is easy. The problem-solving was interesting, the problems themselves were believable, and the protagonist was easy to root for. I've seen complaints that he was too glib, too much of a smartass, but I figure a person would have to have his sense of humor just to keep from giving up.

    Not Tolstoy or anything, but a smart, witty, interesting book. I really enjoyed it, and R.C. Bray narrated the heck out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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