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phil

lafayette, la, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 4 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 77 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Folk of the Fringe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Only a few nuclear weapons fell. But in the chaos of famine and plague, there existed a few pockets of order. The strongest of them was the state of Deseret. The climate has changed, and the lake has filled up. There, on the fringes, brave, hardworking pioneers are making the desert bloom again.

    Sam says: "Short Story Collection"
    "social science fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Folk of the Fringe again? Why?

    no, i don't usually


    What did you like best about this story?

    development of the main story line and how the seemingly random events were actually a timeline of development.


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

    no, but it was enjoyable and thought provoking.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Binding Energy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Marcus
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson, Carol Kodish-Butt
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When he came closer still, she saw the fine, radial scars around his eyes. A Void Dancer. A shudder passed through her. A Void Dancer. She'd never met one, but everyone knew what they did. Take a one-person jumpship and dive into the Wyrm at a velocity and angle of incidence nobody had ever tried before. Mapping the Universe by throwing darts, blindfolded, in an empty room.

    phil says: "maybe fiction but some is far from science;..."
    "maybe fiction but some is far from science;..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    better stories


    What didn’t you like about Mark Douglas Nelson and Carol Kodish-Butt ’s performance?

    sounded sometimes that they were just reading


    Any additional comments?

    it did have some good moments but overall i was mostly let down by the end of the story or it was something i just didn't get...too hard to make a connection with the point of the story. or maybe there was no point. do not get this if you are expecting science fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4057)
    Performance
    (2569)
    Story
    (2598)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "overall disappointed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the end


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hyperion?

    the generals fight


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the blade tree


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

    probably.


    Any additional comments?

    this was a very exciting and enjoyable listen throughout the whole story. the characters and story line develop well but the end comes very quickly and resolves nothing. the epilogue feels like the author got so many negative comments about the end that he felt he needed to add something. it is weak also. i was ready for some brilliant, genius, twisting at the end but it never came. that was a disappointment...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22642)
    Performance
    (14019)
    Story
    (14165)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "nice bit of everything sci fi..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    great story line


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

    ?


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    went well with story


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

    yes/no


    Any additional comments?

    it will be hard to find another read as good as this one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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