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Simone

simonepdx

PORTLAND, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Hull Zero Three

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination — unknown. Its purpose — a mystery. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home — a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms — he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

    A. Alegria says: "very good sci fi thriller"
    "Original take on the Generation Ship Concept"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Greg Bear and/or Dan John Miller?

    I have enjoyed several of Greg Bear's books.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Greg Bear does a strange thing with the ending of this book, jumping to the conclusion before going back and finishing the tale of how the characters get there, effectively draining the tension out of an otherwise well-put-together story right at the end.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm pretty new to audiobooks. This seemed like a good performance. Sometimes the narrator's "woman's voices" grated on me a bit, but I'm not sure how that could be improved.


    Do you think Hull Zero Three needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think the concepts Bear introduced were covered thoroughly here.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Wake: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse? This infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of ... more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly. Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land.

    Linda B says: "It is OK"
    "Half of a great story"
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    What did you like best about Devil's Wake? What did you like least?

    Great characterizations with very believable teens who interact with the few adults in their post-zombie-apocalypse lives in a really reasonable fashion while still carrying all the bittersweetness and impulsivity of those pre-adult years.Fantastic reading performance.I really REALLY disliked that it was only part of a story. It seemed pretty blatantly incomplete. There were no character arcs completed, and the title is just the name of a place a few of the characters want to go. They don't even get to any of their alternative destinations, or interact with any of the people whose voices have guided them on their journey. It stops basically at one of the pit stops along the way, an entirely temporary place.Basically, selling this as a complete book seemed cynical. I'm not sure I want to pay for another one.


    Would you recommend Devil's Wake to your friends? Why or why not?

    Warning them that the book is only the first part of the story, yes.


    What about Emily Bauer’s performance did you like?

    Really well done.


    Was Devil's Wake worth the listening time?

    half-and-half. Great, but woefully incomplete.


    Any additional comments?

    Even the first hint that this is the first part of a longer story would have made me feel less ripped off. This doesn't even qualify as the start of a trilogy. It's more like they just chopped the book off when they had enough words.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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