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jason

portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Dune: The Battle of Corrin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (326)

    Fifty-six hard years after the events of The Machine Crusade, after the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. The human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.

    Eric says: "The Battle for Corrin"
    "Ok book. Good narration."
    Overall

    The book finishes off the Jihad and tries hard to set the stage for the proper Dune novels by Frank Herbert.
    As with the other collaborative novels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J .Anderson, it feels like Junior Dune or an episode of Star Trek Voyager. Brick's narration is perfect, he seems to have a personal investment in the Dune universe which comes out in his work - too bad he didn't have a better book to read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Variable Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (190)

    At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

    Michael says: "BRVO!"
    "Not Heinlein, Not Very Much Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Variable Star?

    The plot is kind of ham fisted. I guess I was hoping for something else, something that felt more like classic sf. I dont listen to modern sf and this work reinforces that tendency. There was little wonder, and little joy. It had fascinating bright spots but those would usually be ruined by some character emitting some crappy dialog and spoiling it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Fountains of Paradise


    What didn’t you like about Spider Robinson’s performance?

    OMG. I didnt even know Robinson was the narrator, this makes placing the blame much easier. The narration and the prose collude in a schleppy mess that sounds like old Woody Allen, if Woody Allen were a space faring Canadian gentile. There are moments of singing, and they are not nearly brief enough. The main character and narrator seemed smarmy to me. I dont know, if he had a English accent maybe I would have found the whole thing charming and Arthur Dent like.


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

    I felt like it was a waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure that there are legions of Robinson fans out there that appreciate his work. I am just not one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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