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Xander

Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Glasshouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms. After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.

    Ken says: "Vintage Stross"
    "Interesting and thrilling up till the conclusion."
    Overall

    The story was wonderful and thrilling. The main character was engaging the secondary characters were a bit two dimensional but not too dull as to drag the story on. The conclusion though, setting aside the abrupt ending that wasn't expected, felt jerky and didn't feel like it flowed as well as the first half of the book. Overall the story wasn't bad but I wouldn't put it in my top 10. Maybe my top 50 though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (534)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Wow, bad choice."
    Overall

    Now, I really enjoyed William Dufris in the Psalms of Isaak series, however in this book his voice just doesn't fit after having Todd McLaren do it for two books his voice came across as a smack in the face. Then as others have said he didn't enunciate Takeshi Kovacs name correctly which was painful to listen to .

    Lastly, what the heck is with the reverb?! If this didn't come in a 3-pack I'd ask for a refund. It was ridiculously difficult to listen to and really made me just want to stop listening.

    Overall, it was disappointing. I was looking forward to this book after having just finished Broken Angels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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