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davidwat

Dallas, TX USA

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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Song of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian R. MacLeod
    • Narrated By Rachel Atkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    A man lies half-drowned on a Cornish beach at dawn in the furthest days of this century. The old woman who discovers him, once a famous concert violinist, is close to death herself - or perhaps a new kind of life she can barely contemplate. Does death still exist at all, or has it finally been obliterated? And who is this strange man she's found? Is he a figure returned from her past, a new Messiah, or an empty vessel? God or the Devil?

    Ray says: "Bleak but well-written and well-performed"
    "An imagined memoir of the 21st century"
    Overall

    Beautifully written, beautifully read memoir of the 21st century. Insightful meditation on art and music, marriage, family and cultural mythology, and the end of life but more fun than this sounds.

    Not escapist fiction, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaunten: Advent Mage Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Honor Raconteur
    • Narrated By Mark McClain Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    I'm the first Mage born in 200 years. I've turned a city into an island, erected a barrier around an entire country, and awakened a war hero from a 200 year old slumber. Prophecies have marked my coming. Kings and nations have begged for my aid in times of peril. I hold the power to create and destroy nations. My name is Rhebengarthen. To my friends and family, I'm just Garth. The world knows me as the Advent Mage. And despite the rumors that you might have heard about me, this is what really happened.

    Atli says: "Brilliant and easygoing book"
    "Pedestrian, graceless prose."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Written by a computer or a twelve year old boy with a new found thesaurus. There may be an original idea in there somewhere, but I won't listen past the second chapter to find it. I can't believe that the positive reviews come from real people.

    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
    (618)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    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"
    "Five hours in- I quit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    5 hrs into it pulled by good basic writing skills and good narration but I still can't see a story arc. Not much interesting science, not much plot development, no humor or wit, and not a very believable culture. Apparently it takes place on Earth but not a very likely one. If this were text rather than audio, I would be skimming pretty fast to find the meat of the story. As it is, I don't have any more time to waste on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Article 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kristen Simmons
    • Narrated By Jenny Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Kristen Simmons’ thrilling debut novel Article 5 is the first in an eagerly anticipated dystopian trilogy. In a world where soldiers have replaced police, arrests are made for minor infractions, and the Bill of Rights has been replaced with the Moral Statutes, 17-year-old Ember Miller longs for the days when things were different. But when her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 by the only boy Ember has ever loved, her peaceful, low-profile life is thrown into chaos.

    Staaj says: "Holds Its Own Against the many YA Dystopian Novels"
    "Done before and much better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this because it was on sale and had a 4 star rating and because I like dystopian fiction. I should have read the reviews. It is bad YA fiction. It raises or rather, nods at themes too mature for middle schoolers and too poorly fleshed out for high schoolers or adults. Basically a little simple minded and poorly researched. This is not "A Handmaid's Tale" for kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1779)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1320)

    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
    "I'm quitting after 2."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Book 1 was good - borderline great. Book 2 was only so-so to borderline good. It had holes in plot characterization, and sociology and lots of filler. I won't waste time on a Book 3 that apparently doesn't conclude the series. Like a lot of fantasy writers Brett is trying to make a franchise by stretching 1-2 books worth of ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "I can't stands no more!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Borderline viable narrative served by graceless prose with a witless economic back story. I am several hours in and have no idea why it's named for the boy. Maybe Joshua is special but I have seen no indication of it yet. I don't care to follow this "Road" any further. Cormac McCarthy did it infinitely better.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology. But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure

    Brian says: "A worthy read / listen"
    "Not terrible but not good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I claim no qualifications as a literary critic, but it seems to me that Great SciFi should have ideas, memorable characters, plot, narrative drive, and elegant or amusing word play. Good SciFi will have some combination of the above. This work suffers from ideas that are no longer new at 16-17 years post initial publication. Its characters range from 1 to 2 dimensional, and their actions are not believable. Its overall plot is a bit implausible as well. Narrative drive is pretty good, ie I did want to find out what was going to happen. The prose is pedestrian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Return

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Zachary Jernigan
    • Narrated By John FitzGibbon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists - only what his intentions are. Under the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon - a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle - warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Danoor, on the far side of Jeroun's only inhabitable continent.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "A stunning and original debut fantasy"
    "Appealing characters in a jumbled mess"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The editor.

    This thing really needed tightening up. It is full of unnecessary asides with unnecessary descriptions of historical figures and battles and weapons that at times are laughably referential to Homer. The presence of an epilogue is the author's admission of defeat with regard to constructing a cohesive narrative whole. As with much of modern fantasy, this book needed a fresh eye and a sharp red pencil to whip it into shape.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Magic: The Immortals, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (242)

    When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.

    Cathy says: "The Immortals series: One of my favorite"
    "This is good juvenile not adult fantasy."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It has a straight forward narrative short on complexity and nuance with simple but well drawn characters. It is not especially original or imaginative, nor is it filled with new ideas or new takes on old ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolution Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (488)

    The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.

    wendy says: "better than absolution gap"
    "Terrible jumble of a book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have liked other works by Reynolds, and I can't think of whom could really be pleased with this mess. Too many competing plot lines left hanging. Any book that requires both a prologue and an epilogue to make sense has some real plot problems.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alastair Reynolds again?

    I would have to think twice. If I am reading I can skim through a subpar book. With audio books one is stuck. With Reynolds that's lots of hours stuck.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Scorpio


    What character would you cut from Absolution Gap?

    The jugglers, scuttlers, inhibitors, shadows, the conch material spacers


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3809)
    Performance
    (2226)
    Story
    (2256)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "A predictable story poorly written."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Wizard's First Rule?

    Derivative, formulaic and lacking in charm without originality of plot, subtext or observation. I'm not saying I could have done better, but many others have.


    Has Wizard's First Rule turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Demonstrates some of its worst characteristics


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Meh - a little monotonous.


    What character would you cut from Wizard's First Rule?

    the three principals.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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