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gary

I'm the most boring person on the planet.

Tecumseh, MI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1120)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Great Story, Not His Best, But Solid"
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    I have enjoyed all but one of Alastair Reynolds' books (Absolution Gap being the one exception). If you have liked any of his other books, you will enjoy this one, too. You almost always feel you're there in his stories, this is no exception -- you imagine you are on this not so alien world, along for the adventure.

    John Lee does an excellent job, as always. One of my favorite narrators.

    Happy listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (5137)
    Performance
    (3527)
    Story
    (3558)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Lunch Would Be Better"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was Friday. More specifically, it was a Friday afternoon when a recent reader [listener] of the Good Omens book sat down to write a review. The reviewer was wondering how best to describe the book. He had thought long and hard about the descriptive prose he could employ, but was coming up short. He started making a list of things he liked about the book, but it was a short list. So far, he had exactly the same number of bullet points in his list that he had had for the last 47 minutes and 32 seconds -- none. He tapped on the keys of his keyboard as the thought about the things he could write that would so elegantly describe in great and flowing detail the wonders and fascination someone else would get by reading this book, but again, his brain was having none of it, so he did what any reasonable person would do, he made lunch. Footnote: Lunch is a great deal more entertaining than Good Omens for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that you can eat it. Footnote: If you do have to eat lunch, and in the course of eating lunch finding yourself wondering if you would enjoy listening to Martin Jarvis, you would probably find yourself delighted by his avuncular air and enthusiasm; you might even want to listen to him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (941)

    The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics.

    C. Hartmann says: "Intersection of the Void and Commonwealth - Super"
    "Never Thought I'd Say This..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More action in the Revolution. I liked the first quarter and last quarter of the book, but found the Revolution build to be tedious.


    What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

    The Revolution story line.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    {Redacted} No spoilers here. Move on. No body loss to see...


    What character would you cut from The Abyss Beyond Dreams?

    Savasta (sp?))


    Any additional comments?

    If I could go back in time... I would tell myself not to bother with this book. I'm a HUGE PFH fan, but this story was not up to the standards he has historically created for himself. I loved the Sheldon threads, but the Revolution plot was simply tired, slow, and boring. I know I've lost interest when I become annoyed with a book, and I did with this one. I finished it, as I would do for any PFH book, but was not impressed. To describe it in a word: "Meh."

    Still, based on all the other works of PFH I have absolutely LOVED, I will still read [listen] to anything he writes. He is easily one of my top 10 authors of all time, and despite this book, he keeps his place at number 6. Truly a giant in the SF world.

    John Lee did a great job, as always, he is also one of my top 5 narrators and I could listen to him all day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (877)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "Surprisingly satisfying..."
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    Would you listen to Kenobi again? Why?

    I admit I was not excited about the story before I started the book, with so many reviewers making this into some Star Wars western. But... And I can understand they analogy... I liked the story. I think Ben's story has been somewhat under-told and would welcome more Kenobi lore. He was such a great character in the early stories, would be nice to know more about him from here to Luke (as an adult).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I mostly did. I don't often take books out of my car (away from the daily commute), but I did this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Deepness in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (309)

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    Amen-Ra says: "A science fiction classic"
    "Oy. What to say..."
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    What did you like best about A Deepness in the Sky? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the Spider story line, but found the space opera to be a much lacking. In the end it somewhat redeems itself, but just barely.


    What about Peter Larkin’s performance did you like?

    Peter Larkin was the great redeamer of this book. Had I not enjoyed his ongoing performance, I might have given up on this book. Easily he has been added to one of my favorite performers and I hope to hear him again.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not a chance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fire Upon the Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (481)

    A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.

    Noah says: "What a wild, wacky, awesome book!"
    "Good ideas here, but not enough to carry the story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the space opera side of this story, but not the medieval side. I found myself dreading when the story would come back to the Tine world thread. Many novel thoughts within this story, but not enough to carry it for me. I give one more star to the ideas than I would otherwise to the story proper.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More space opera and less Tine story line. And to be honest, not a lot of excitement in the journey. I wanted to like this story more, but just couldn't. Still, the ideas and the narrator took me to the end, which is further than they would have without Peter Larkin.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never listened to Peter Larkin before, but will wholeheartedly do so again. He was great. Had this story been by a narrator I thought less of, I probably would have given up about halfway through...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (887)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "By Satan... I don't like this book."
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    Would you try another book from David Weber and John Ringo and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    No. I don't like the Satanist undertones of this book and will not only not continue with this series, but will not longer listen to anything by either author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber and John Ringo again?

    No. I don't like the Satanist overtones of this book and will not only not continue with this series, but will not longer listen to anything by either author. Again.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stefan did an excellent job, at least the 30% of the book I made it through before giving up due to the Satanist undertones.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at the Satanist undertones. Disappointment that I wasted my money on a book I cannot in good conscience listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outcast: Star Force, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (987)

    Star Force is called to arms again! Outcast is a new beginning, the first book in a new spin-off series. Many peaceful years have passed since the Macro Wars ended. Most of those who fought against the heartless machines have aged - but not the ingenious artificial construct known as Marvin. His insatiable curiosity is as strong as ever, and he’s brought home fresh perils to humanity’s doorstep.

    rich says: "Captain Marvin Takes Command"
    "A Chip Off The Old Block..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Outcast to be better than the print version?

    Of course. It has Mark Boyett...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Why are we making a movie about the 10th book? Why didn't we start with Book 1?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good continuation in the Star Force universe. Cody Riggs is a chip of the old man's block and, go figure, just like him. But the story is new, and so are the romances, mixed in with a little of the familiar, and just like that, the Star Force saga continues. I hope for many books to come. So pull up a beer and some constructive nanites and take a ride through another Ring...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Steel Breeze: Poseidon's Children, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    Chiku Akinya, great granddaughter of the legendary space explorer Eunice and heir to the family empire, is just one among millions on a long one way journey towards a planet they hope to call their new home. For Chiku, the journey is a personal one, undertaken to ensure that the Akinya family achieves its destiny among the stars. The passengers travel in huge self-contained artificial worlds - holoships - putting their faith in a physics they barely understand.

    SciFi Kindle says: "Earthier, narrower, more feminine than AR's work"
    "Meh"
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    What disappointed you about On the Steel Breeze?

    It is hard for me to write this review, being a HUGE fan of Alastair Reynolds and having read everything from him to-date... But... This story is simply unremarkable. Very thin plot, little action, the reveal is very anticlimactic and simply disappointing. Twenty-three hours of listening to Ms. Andoh was painful, at times quite literally.


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The first book in this series was fine. Maybe not great, but good. The story arc that flowed from the first book was tired and contrived with no real arrow of finality. Certainly NOT worthy of being in the same book rack as all of the other Alastair Reynolds books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adjoa Andoh’s performances?

    I will not listen to another reading by Ms. Andoh. Her screeching voice in character and her thick accents made this listen very unpleasant. I turned the EQ of my radio to flat and still her high-pitched voice screeched at times and made me cringe. Her accents are so heavy it's difficult to understand her with some characters, which was also annoying because you find yourself constantly having to analyze the sounds to decipher the words. I've listened to performances I didn't like, but I was into loathing on this one. I found the heavy African and Chinese accents especially annoying, which are most of the main characters in the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Meh.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed on so many levels with this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4308)
    Performance
    (3762)
    Story
    (3763)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Not My Favorite Scalzi"
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    What did you like best about Agent to the Stars? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting, but not overly stimulating. I admit I was an instant Scalzi fan fro his first book, but this has been my least favorite so far. Okay, but just okay.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit that I almost did not buy this book based on the narrator. I did not like Wil Wheaton's reading of Ready Player One and vowed to not listen to him again, but this was Scalzi so I gave him another shot, and was pleasantly surprised. This book is a sophomoric writing by Scalzi, not great but not bad either. The story effect towards the end was a little annoying (no spoiler), but also somewhat novel, so I'd give it a C+ for originality. I wanted to love this book, but it just did not happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2833)
    Performance
    (2176)
    Story
    (2190)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    Randall says: "If you liked..."
    "Interesting continuation in the CDF World"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the continuation of the universe of the Colonial Defense Forces, even though the most interesting person in the first series does not make an appearance (although he's back in book 3).


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    William Dufris is now easily one of my top five favorite performers / narrators. His inflection, cadence, and ability to infuse humor into the telling is a true performance and a joy to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, not like in the first book in this series...


    Any additional comments?

    All-in-all a fun and interesting continuation into the same universe of book one. Worth the listen. The book seemed to end a little short, nothing really missing, just wished there had been more of it. Look forward to moving onto the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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