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Firebird: An Alex Benedict Novel | [Jack McDevitt]

Firebird: An Alex Benedict Novel

Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe-science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system, where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger.
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Publisher's Summary

A new Alex Benedict novel from "a master of describing otherworldly grandeur" (Denver Post).

Forty-one years ago, the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe-science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system, where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger.

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    Mary S 08-16-12
    Mary S 08-16-12
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    "What a disappointment!"
    What disappointed you about Firebird?

    I kept waiting for the story to come to life. I was never drawn to the characters or story... and when did Chase get so whiny!


    What could Jack McDevitt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Go back to his original story telling!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pseudonymous CA United States 07-30-12
    pseudonymous CA United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazingly Boring"
    What would have made Firebird better?

    If something actually happened in the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't think the reader was suited to the genre.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this if you actually want a sci-fi adventure. There is very little sci-fi in it and Nothing seems to happen and I don't think we can finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-17-12
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-17-12
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    "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR"

    I can't imagine why this book was written. I had to put it down after the 3rd chapter. It was awful. Don't waste your time. Not worth it even at $5.95.

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    Eric 04-02-12
    Eric 04-02-12
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    "Excellent SciFi Mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Firebird the most enjoyable?

    The Story was well written, interesting and kept you guessing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack was my favorite character. I enjoyed how he out-thought his opponents and I was sympathetic to his viewpoints.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Oystein 02-29-12
    Oystein 02-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great book from McDevitt!"

    Jennifer Van Dyck is back and sounding greater than ever! Really loved this book! If you struggle in the start please keep in there, as the book only gets better and better! :D

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Bellapaise, Turkey 01-10-12
    Derek Bellapaise, Turkey 01-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Where did they find this Narrator?"
    What disappointed you about Firebird?

    The narrator covers the story like a shrill female Captain Kirk and characters are protrayed as angry frequently when the story doesn't call for that emotion. So bad I could not continue regardless of some interest in the story itself


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack McDevitt? Why or why not?

    I would try with a different narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Van Dyck’s performances?

    You couldn't pay ME


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Oakland, CA, United States 12-27-11
    E. Oakland, CA, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2011

    Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.

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    "Entertaining, but the narrator is a bit flat."
    Would you try another book from Jack McDevitt and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    The story is compelling enough - starships, scientists, mysterious disappearances and holes in space time. McDevitt seems to be aiming for detailed character development, but instead the story falls a bit flat, with lots of exposition and irrelevant description.


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

    Something about the narrator's voice was just a smidge off for my liking - the way she reads dialogue is a bit forced and lacking in believable emotion. It wasn't bad enough to turn me off the story, but it didn't draw me in the way other performances have. I suspect a slightly different narrative performance might have hooked me better.


    Was Firebird worth the listening time?

    All that said, it kept me intrigued and amused for the entirety of the performance. I was glad to listen, if only to pass the time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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