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Red Planet Blues Audiobook

Red Planet Blues

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Publisher's Summary

Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such "revelatory and thought-provoking" novels as Triggers and The WWW Trilogy, presents a noir mystery expanded from his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella "Identity Theft” and his Aurora Award-winning short story “Biding Time”, and set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper....

Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers - lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when he uncovers clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he’ll dig up....

©2013 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Elaine Sumas, WA, United States 08-03-14
    Elaine Sumas, WA, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books

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    "Dated"
    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Christian Rummel?

    Yes. I have read others that I enjoyed. I bought and recommended "Calculating God".


    What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    create more likable characters. update the job of main character. present fossil plot in the beginning. give more attention to the world of future Mars. remove references to past ideas in earlier books. delete accents; doesn't work for future.










    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    fossils on Mars idea.


    Any additional comments?

    book was not up to sawyer's best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Mom 01-23-14
    Angel Mom 01-23-14
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    "Could have been better"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator saved this story in my opinion. Without his strong voice creating interest in this story I'd never have gotten past the first hour. The characters lacked dimension. Even the main character remained relatively unknown to me as I got further within the story. While the story had strong potential it failed to deliver.

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    KOF 01-22-14
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    "Detective Noir on Mars + Dodge City = GREAT!"

    My first book by this author. Terrific! Sam Spade goes to Mars and lives in Dodge City: a wonderful send-up of 3 genres AND a great story. The author has a wonderful imagination; the narrator is fabulous and switches accents flawlessly. Hard to pull it off but author and narrator together did it. Highly recommended.

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    Michael Cincinnati, OH, United States 01-16-14
    Michael Cincinnati, OH, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book by a favorite author (Robert Sawyer)"

    Robert Sawyer is always finding creative ways to present tough moral/scientific issues. In this case, he writes a good old-fashioned private eye story that delves into the question of what really makes a person valid. In this case, he extends a previous story's concept of a "transfer": a human who transfers memories and experiences to a mechanical (and superior) body, then has the human body destroyed to preserve uniqueness.

    Those people who are fascinated by the idea of colonizing Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson fans, et.al) may be disappointed: Mars is simply a setting (although there's a fair amount of detail that I'm sure Sawyer researched well, as he does everything). What Sawyer has always focused on is identifying the rough edges between science and faith / morality / humanity. And it's not always raw science that wins, or at least not easily.

    So expect tough futuristic moral questions to confront characters - and expect your own beliefs to be challenged, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher lena, IL, United States 10-12-13
    Christopher lena, IL, United States 10-12-13

    26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything

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    "Not too bad.. not the best, but worth it."
    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Christian Rummel?

    Most certainly


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

    none


    Do you think Red Planet Blues needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would love it if squeal were to be made!


    Any additional comments?

    I realize a lot of people didn't like this book.. I'm not sure why, I guess most people are just too jaded? Either way, I loved it.. it's hard to find a hard boiled PI nior in space! Hahaha The story in this book has been told before, many times.. just not in space. I thought it was pretty well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 08-21-13
    Eric 08-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining"
    Where does Red Planet Blues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most entertaining books I've listened to. The story is full of different things to keep you wanting to listen to just one more chapter...then maybe one more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Pickover. Sort of the C3PO of the book but with a little more spine, intelligence, and strength.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He is the best. Accents were very well done and he can perform female characters without sounding silly.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting questions are raised on the nature of life and consciousness. Also the ultimate fate of biological humanity. Lots of cool scifi gadgets and technology but still very much grounded in reality and believable. Great book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Levine Florida, USA 04-03-13
    Alex Levine Florida, USA 04-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable. Did I say predictable? Predictable."

    In general, I like Robert Sawyer. But I have to say that his Ontario is a lot more credible than his Mars. Wonder why? The central premise of this work is easy to grasp, and since it's obvious enough from the blurb, I can't call this a spoiler: this is a Raymond Chandler style Philip Marlowe mystery, transported to Mars. Cute, clever idea, right? Wrong. It's been done before, many times, and much better. The Marlowe character, an off-the-shelf, hard-bitten, morally ambiguous noir-detective, is pure cardboard. Every twist and turn of the plot, even those meant to be surprising or genre-stretching, can be predicted from the first half hour, leaving the listener resigned rather than intrigued.

    Christian Rummel's narration is excellent as always, but he deserves better material. This is the first Sawyer I've heard since his enjoyable WWW trilogy, and I have to say I'm disappointed.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    bryan d costanich seattle, wa, United States 12-02-13
    bryan d costanich seattle, wa, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Cheesy, mysoginistic, stale detective drama"
    What would have made Red Planet Blues better?

    If he hadn't written it.


    Did Christian Rummel do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yeah


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

    Yawns.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so damn boring. It was just a cheesy detective novel that could have been written in the 50s. Crap. Even if you read 2 books a week, you're likely to only get through about 3,000 books in your life. Don't let this be one of them. There are so many amazing books out there, stay away from this crap.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 07-01-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2016

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "OK, Sawyer books are hit or miss, not too original"

    Overall I wouldn't say not to get this book BUT if u are a Sci-Fi enthusiast than this won't be concepts u probably haven't read already. If ur new to this type of genre this book might actually be extremely great to read but as some other critics have mentioned, its a bit predictable & its been written before more than once, & in better literary style in my opinion. and u can choose between different authors besides the graphic R. Morgan I prefer or a couple other planetary P.I.'s or bounty hunters as they stay on one planet or cross light years across the universe. I highly recommend u read the Takeshi Kovac series by Richard Morgan if u like the concepts this book brings up

    Sawyer writes some great books & some mediocre books, this particular one falls more into the mediocre level, but I believe its only because I've read the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy by Richard Morgan... The 2nd book of this trilogy is actually about Martian archeology & the whole process of transference of consciousness is explained into so much more depth in his books (called re-sleeving & a diff between death & real death of a person) but there are other others who have gone down this road before. This book is entertaining & not as nearly as poetic as some of sawyers past books & if u read Richard Morgan he is the definition of a cyber-futuristic-bête-noir, graphic violent books that also has in depth, almost poetic writing.

    I like Christian Rummel Narrations but I actually pictured John Geary with the voice Rummel used for Lomax & as with all narrators there is cross over with character sounds, I pictured other characters as well, which I thought was really funny if you've read the 'Lost fleet series' or the 'Lost Fleet - Beyond series' which are pretty good

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-09-13
    John 04-09-13
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    "The author has no ability to develop a story."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would take an exceptional amount of work to make this book into a four or five star listening experience for me.


    Has Red Planet Blues turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The reader was actually fairly good.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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