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Russell

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Man Who Folded Himself

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Gerrold
    • Narrated By Charles Bice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    The Man Who Folded Himself, written in 1973 (and reissued by BenBella in 2003) is a classic science fiction novel by award-winning author David Gerrold. This work was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards and is considered by some critics to be the finest time travel novel ever written.

    Russell says: "One of my first tastes of trues science fiction"
    "One of my first tastes of trues science fiction"
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    Where does The Man Who Folded Himself rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book explored so many avenues of philosophy and inner exploration that it may make you uncomfortable at times. For me this is one of my all time favorites. ( Enders Game(full saga), The Giver, Lucifer Hammer, Pandora's Star, and Dune) to name some off the top of my head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It explored personal identity and sexuality without giving up anything, the book helped me mature and was fascinating and interesting.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11065)
    Performance
    (8497)
    Story
    (8549)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "i'm hooked"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    this writer knows his craft. he gives characters individual voice and personality as well as storied lines that cross with great pacing. none of the characters is meaningless or redundant even though there are one or two that are introduced as point of view characters only to die in the very same chapter. they provide the reader with an entertaining second perspective form a non-main characters point of view of a main character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    even the characters that are more than human are struggling with gritty realities like depression and having unappreciated or misused talents or irrational expectation. few character actually feel like there in control.


    Any additional comments?

    as someone who has read good and bad fantasy, resisting the urge to try and explain the magic of the world is a talent few authors have. this one skirts the lines in this book. i feel like if your going to call something magic you should keep it vague and let the readers imagination fill in the gaps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Permutation City

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Greg Egan
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    The good news is that you have just awakened into Eternal Life. You are going to live forever. Immortality is a reality. A medical miracle? Not exactly. The bad news is that you are a scrap of electronic code. The world you see around you, the you that is seeing it, has been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reality program. You are a Copy that knows it is a copy. The good news is that there is a way out.

    James says: "Excellent Hard SciFi done right! AWFUL narration"
    "i don't hold it against my friend for reccomending"
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    What was most disappointing about Greg Egan’s story?

    the publishing company must have printed the rough draft by mistake. major plot developments drop off and never picked back up, useless character have there stories re told multiple times and never contribute to the over all story, and the book end abruptly as though the author accidentally forgot the last third of the book somewhere.


    What three words best describe Adam Epstein’s performance?

    lackluster and weak. compared to the book itself this verbal recitation (wont call it a performance) is the least of my complaints, but won't be listening to books read out loud by this guy again.


    Was Permutation City worth the listening time?

    maybe - there were great concepts and moments in the book that gave it the potential to be very thought provoking. plenty of ethical and philosophical discussions on what defines a person and reality. i really lost myself in the world from time to time, but more often i noticed that the pacing was off and great ideas were being presented as major plot development only to be mentioned later in passing like the author forgot he was trying to do something with them. a story line that got repeated more than twice that added nothing to the story and should have been presented as a miner diversion at best was beat to death for some reason. overall i wanted this book to be great and maybe the final draft was, but that's not what i got to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pledge

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kimberly Derting
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place - looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she's been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in.

    Amazon Customer says: "3-1/2"
    "An uninspired rough draft at best."
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    Would you try another book from Kimberly Derting and/or Casey Holloway?

    Unfortunately no, I was in no way impressed by this book. The setting was dull and one dimensional, as was everything else. i felt like i was reading spark notes for what could have been a mild success among teens.


    Has The Pledge turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, I love fanatic, sci-fi, thrillers, etc. I have read tons of amazing books (audiobooks from audible) and would recommend almost all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    If you were set on listening to this book or a book following a similar story line please take my advice and try Pathfinder By: Orson Scott Card

    1 of 1 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
    (3443)
    Performance
    (2718)
    Story
    (2718)

    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."
    "This book earned all five stars."
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    Would you listen to The Lies of Locke Lamora again? Why?

    Absolutely. I was listening to the second book of the drizzt saga (Exile: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 2 BY: R. A. Salvatore) and was content with its rather simple writing style when i looked at the reviews for the third book. One of the rating was very low, i read the review and person had nothing nice to say about the series and recommended this book. On a whim i bought it and was entertained beyond expectation. Seriously, anyone looking for a sure win has found one, nothing about this book was less then amazing.


    What other book might you compare The Lies of Locke Lamora to and why?

    Two books. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. neither of these books are similar to one another, but I name them because by the end of the book you are so eager to listen to them again that you do (more then once in my case). they weave such an interesting world full for character, places and cultures so different from anything remotely normal or boring that you almost have to listen to them again to even take in the full essence of the stories being told.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Johnny Depp instant cult classic trilogy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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