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Simon Forsyth

Old timer IT guy, researcher.

Brisbane, Qld Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • 16 reviews
  • 233 ratings
  • 475 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2015
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  • Elizabeth Kolbert on Field Notes from a Catastrophe

    • ORIGINAL (5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kolbert
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Author Elizabeth Kolbert talks about how global warming is not a theory, but a fact. She speaks of the deep concern the scientific community has, and how other countries have begun to take steps to address this growing problem while America lags far behind. Field Notes from a Catastrophe is a compelling audiobook you'll want to listen to and share with others.

    Simon Forsyth says: "Climate is an angry beast"
    "Climate is an angry beast"
    Overall

    I would raise some issues with Kolbert's over attribution of global warming to various climatic events and regional changes. The increase in global average temperatures due to human produced greenhouse gasses (and other actions like deforestation), is in the order of 0.2C per decade. This will produce changes in the climate outside our standard experience. While the overall trend of weather patterns and changes in regional variations should be detectable over a good chunk of time, the attribution of singular events such as Katrina to global warming is a large stretch. People spreading the call to action should walk the rigid scientific line otherwise you open yourself up to attacks of denial from the various sources of disinformation. So while Kolbert's message may be valid, many of her facts are quite fuzzy. I love the quote "Climate is an angry beast and we are poking it with a stick."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3205)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1984)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Excellent book! Poorly narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    If you have seen the movie but not read the book then read the damned book! Very different. Unfortunately Lloyd James is very average at reading, he gets somewhat better as the book progresses but he actually has trouble with the flow of sentences in the early chapters. There are also a number of audio editing mistakes in this production - pretty weak for such a classic. Mark Boyett would be perfect to narrate a new production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1209)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Leader of the world fights on the front line"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mark Boyett does an excellent job at narrating, great choice for this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Larson is pretty one dimensional. Advanced civilisations that have a uniform behaviour. Nearly nothing happens that Riggs doesn't personally do or think of, other characters are grudgingly given ideas, but they will always complain and moralise, while Riggs stands alone with nearly no support. If something has to be invented to save the day then there is Marvin, the regularly verbally and occasionally physically abused genius AI. Riggs goes about thinking up good lines to partially speak only to get cut off mid sentence, and then everything changes. Well you'd hope so, but it doesn't. 9 books of pretty much the same stuff. The guy in charge of everything deciding he better go be on the front line, micromanage everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3416)
    Performance
    (3068)
    Story
    (3076)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Very average / cutsie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very simplified story is aimed at young women who aren't concerned about contrived situations, lack of depth in action, and a good smattering of malapropisms. Being tech ignorant will help with the suspension of disbelief. Marissa Meyer needs a stronger editor. This isn't a horrible read, by any means, but will have a limited appeal.

    Rebecca Soler is an awesome narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bad Place

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (384)

    Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there?

    Root Dorn says: "THE BEST KOONTZ"
    "Or he could have shot him"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The story is told well enough, and is reasonable light reading. There are a huge number of missed opportunities for Koontz to make the story incredibly interesting, rather than harp on about describing relationships, or how various mechanisms make people feel. The contrivances at the end are painful, all far too tidy an ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1295)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Creativecolor says: "Brillant!"
    "Great fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Jeffrey Kafer performed excellently, however Talmadge Ragan really let the production down by slurring words and frequently messing up expression. Fortunately most of the book is Jeffrey.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2904)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Juvenile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Daniel Suarez and/or Jeff Gurner?

    If you read this book, there is a chance that you will never buy another Suarez book. Please be aware that this is most definitely NOT the book to judge Suarez by, his others are far more worthy of your time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book stinks of ultra cool hero worship which might appeal to a certain type of younger audience. If you are a fan of Brent Weeks then you'll probably like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (513)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Reynolds is usually excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    I would carefully examine the reviews. This is the first "miss" for me out of 9 novels that I have read by Reynolds all of which were excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I would hesitate to highlight the numerous annoyances of this novel because there are likely many people to whom these would not matter ... unless pointed out. To me "Terminal World" is such an inferior book compared to Reynold's other works, filled with grating contrivances and a completely unsatisfactory ending. I find it shocking that this was published in 2010 with numerous better books behind him, so the shortfalls cannot be put down to a lack of experience, but I suspect more to laziness.

    Do not make this your first Alastair Reynolds book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2420)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1765)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Excellent - STOP RIGHT NOW!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The average review rating should say it all. Please do not look at other reviews as what they point out will begin to weigh heavily on your perception and may diminish the experience of the story, which is outstanding, as is the narration. I highly recommend listening to this audio book first, then coming back and reading the comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons (Part One): Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    This is Part One of A Dance With Dragons. The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age, George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, this recording is unabridged and split into two parts. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies.

    Ian says: "What happened here?"
    "Smells of Jordan"
    Overall

    I somewhat disagree with complaints about Dotrice; pacing and vocal range are more reasonable than most, although his rhythm is too pronounced sometimes. My sad tale would be that I think Martin is doing a "Jordan", as in Robert Jordan who would be too busy describing a scene rather than actually getting on with the plot. I started to get this feeling in the previous book and it seems to be spelled here pretty strongly. Things need to move along! However it feels like another two books minimum at this pace before a conclusion can be reached. The twists are starting to feel a little contrived. I hate writing this, I have been a huge fan of this series since it was first published.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orion: Orion Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (334)

    John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Cornucopia of Genre's"
    "Not too bad"
    Overall

    While the story flowed reasonably, and was somewhat interesting, the overall plot was simplistic and a little too flawed for my tastes. I did listen to the end and appreciate what Bova was trying to say, and I do like the message and philosophical questions. Probably aimed at a younger audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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