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Winston Steward

A Very Cold Place | Member Since 2015

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21733)
    Performance
    (15575)
    Story
    (15484)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Chick-Lit, straight, no chaser"
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    What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

    Beneath the hundreds of pages spent describing the main characters running towards each other through the tulips in slow motion, Outlander is a very good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Time-travel stories often spend too many pages describing the contrasts between modern and ancient, as experienced by the traveler. In this story, the main character is modern, but not a stranger to sudden adversity. So we are spared some of that.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    All characters are drawn fairly well. The novel is mainly a Masterpiece Theater-flavored family drama set in 18th-century Scotland, very few sci-fi or fantasy elements.


    Was Outlander worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Outlander bears none of the clever conundrums of The Time Traveler's Wife, nor the memorable, edge-of-your-seat pacing of Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, two other novels with heroines forced to straddle the centuries. Outlander has too many romantic scenes, too much swooning and fainting and sentences that begin with "My heart was racing..." Beneath all of this is a great story, worth reading or listening to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tigerman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Lester Ferris needs a rest. He's spent his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. Mancreu is the ideal place for Lester to relax. A former British colony, soon to be destroyed because of its very special version of toxic pollution. But Lester Ferris makes a friend: a street kid with a comicbook fixation who will need a home - who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. But in a place like Mancreu, just what sort of hero will the boy need?

    Cath says: "Slow start - but very touching"
    "Just as Good as Harkaway's Two Previous Novels"
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    One often fears what happens when a favorite novelist decides he has something to say: something personal, something political or religious, something other than story. You're afraid the resulting novel will lose the free-form sense of wonderment that made the previous novels so exceptional. Will you be left with an elaborate moral essay? No matter how well-written or correct, such a work would nonetheless, be a bit of a letdown.

    But this is Nick Harkaway we're talking about. No one juggles Life's Big Questions with story arch the way he does. But while spinning unforgettable stories populated by unforgettable characters, his two previous novels were clearly more about brain than heart. He nimbly teased us with moral quandaries amid plot twists racing towards a can't-stop-reading-now climax. Tigerman is different. It offers no doomsday machine or crazy substance that separates matter from what we know about matter. It does, however, have a huge heart. And, I'm happy to report that Harkaway's storytelling talent hasn't suffered under the burden of a tale with more emotional heft than brilliant plot devices. Tigerman is a different type of Harkaway novel, but just as good as anything else he's written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gone-Away World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of troubleshooters who roll into action when things get hot.

    Ryan says: "Exhaustively witty, but unsatisfying"
    "Best Novel (and audiobook) of the year"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Gone-Away World the most enjoyable?

    Yes, the story is loopy, but it's so much fun. Well worth listening to twice - or even more. Harkaway brings something to Dystopian fiction that it seldom sees: - truly memorable characters, a wild, memorable story, and even worthwhile ponderings. Gone-Away has twists and turns that are well worth the effort it takes to getting your brain around. The narrator is superb.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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