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Yvo

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  • Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    "Pleasant surprise"
    Overall

    This is SF with a new twist to my knowledge. Enough universe, consistent textures and story telling to satisfy the hard SF'er. At the same time Catherine brings in the human side. It is not very complex and still quite mono-dimensional, but this effect creates a very interesting and captivating tension in the layer that supports the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wake Up, Sir!: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Ames
    • Narrated By Jonathan Ames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Alan Blair, the hero of Wake Up, Sir!, is a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He's very good at problems. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his troubled master. And Alan does find trouble wherever he goes.

    Kathleen says: "Too Dark for me!"
    "Really depressing"
    Overall

    The worst book I listened to over the past three years. Guaranteed to worsen your mental condition especially if you are already feeling depressed. If you enjoy craving over the futility of life over a set of futile pages, this is something for you. "Read by the author" did not help. There should be a health warning on the package of this one.Make sure to hear a sample before you buy. The authors' voice, style and tone is totally in line with the content.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2593)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (364)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "SF with a literary twist"
    Overall

    Quite a few books have been written serving the underlying objective to make us ordinary mortals get used to the new perceptions of reality which the 20th century has imposed on us.

    Where SF has been serving the general purpose to make us get more familiar and comfortable with change, it traditionally focuses on the machine/space/technology dimension, or it stays within the framework of myth/allegory. The time-traveler's wife is the first fiction I have encountered that meshes the SF factor so strongly with the human angle of the more traditional literature.

    This is similar to but also very different from "Einstein's dreams" as Alan Lightman imagined them, admittedly quite a mind opener and entertaining book in itself. The Time Traveler's Wife is a much stronger synthetic story about the human condition in Einstein's universe. Highly original and overdue as a further development of the genre. Weird but recognizable, because close to the every day realities as we know them". Captivating beyond pure entertainment levels.

    I would not recommended the story to the hardened cyber-enthusiast, but for those who meander between the believe that the modern insights into the fabric of reality should not be ignored and the nagging realization "all of that" does not appear to make much sense, may be surprised by this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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