Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.
I've been a Sci Fi Nerd for over 50 years, and let me tell you that this is about as good as it gets. For "Hard" Science Fiction Anyway. Children of Time belongs in the Canon with "Childhood's End" as one of the most imaginative and well constructed projections of the future of the Human Race that I have encountered. I am still contemplating it's themes and conclusion many days after finishing the audiobook.
For any Sci Fi aficionado's out there, do not hesitate to immerse yourself in Tchaikovsky's universe. This, my friend, is the real deal.
Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.
Anyone wondering what our socially-connected world in the 21st Century actually portends for the future of the Human Race needs to listen to "Daemon". Suarez' hypothesis about how the widespread dissemination of data in our world today might provide both a threat and a promise to human freedom going forward sparkles with energy and originality. Not to be missed!
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In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.
What disappointed you about Silent Child?
Most of the book was taken up by Emma's mental frailties and inability to cope with what was happening to her. Fine, but since this entire portion of the book was all done in first person (and from Emma's perspective) this aspect of the story dragged on and on like an unwelcome house guest. After about 20 chapters of Emma's whining my reaction was "enough already"!
Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah A. Denzil again?
What does Joanne Froggatt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Joanne Froggatt was pretty much the only good thing about the book.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I listened to the entire book, mainly out of curiosity about how the plot would be finally resolved. Unfortunately, the final resolution of the plot was fraught with holes ending with what seemed to me to be a highly improbable and unsatisfying resolution. In other words, no, not really.
Any additional comments?
No idea how anyone could have given high ratings to this book. Simply awful.
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College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I enjoyed the listen, but the plot was so rote and predictable that I couldn't help but be a little bit disappointed.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Eskens develops his characters well. The story starts out very promising, but bogs down in cliche plot development as it progresses.
Have you listened to any of Zach Villa’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Never listened to anything else by Zach Villa, but he does an outstanding job here. I'd definitely be interested in future stories narrated by Mr. Villa.
Do you think The Life We Bury needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I would suggest that Mr. Eskens re-write THIS one!
Any additional comments?
My big disappointment with this novel is that it could have been so much better. There was so much more there to explore, but rather than taking the story into more complex themes, Eskens lets the plot develop into a story that I would expect from the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Perhaps he'll be willing to take more risks in his next attempt.
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The Year is 2040. The Marines have landed on Mars to guard the unearthed secrets of an ancient and dangerous alien race: Ourselves. Scientists have discovered something astonishing in the subterranean ruins of a sprawling Martian city: startling evidence of an alternative history that threatens to split humanity into opposing factions and plunge the Earth into chaos and war.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
MUCH less on the Military conflict and more on what I was expecting to be the central theme of the book, the discovery of an ancient archeological site on Mars.
Would you ever listen to anything by Ian Douglas again?
Any additional comments?
If you are looking for jingoistic one-dimensional war fiction, this could be your cup of tea. If, on the other hand, you were expecting a thoughtful sci-fi exploration of the possible repercussions of finding the remains of a 500,000 year old human civilization on Mars (as was I) this is not the book for you. The fact that this takes place on Mars is almost completely immaterial to the plot.
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In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.
What would have made Term Limits better?
A juvenile take on the political thriller at best, Term Limits would certainly have benefited from completely formed characters rather than the paper cut-outs that Flynn utilizes.
Would you ever listen to anything by Vince Flynn again?
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator did a credible job with an un-credible story.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
My reaction was mostly one of disgust. I would imagine seeing the KKK glorified as heroes in "Birth Of A Nation" would be a similar experience to reading this drivel.
Any additional comments?
I have never read "The Turner Diaries", and now I don't have to.
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A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.
What did you love best about Duma Key?
For Stephen King fans, this is as good as it gets. As usual, King draws us in with his poignant character portraits, and then the fun begins. A terrific group of characters and a really spooky story. For those of you who have never read (or listened to) Stephen King, this is as good a novel to start on as any. If you don't enjoy Duma Key, my suggestion would be to skip any further reading by this author. He can't do much better than this!
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We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.
Where does Comanche Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Although Comanche Moon is definitely NOT as good as Lonesome Dove, it still ranks near the top of the audiobooks I have enjoyed over the last couple of years.
What did you like best about this story?
This story was really more of a Yarn than it was a novel. It was also extremely funny, although you wouldn't be able to guess that just from following what happened. In a way, this was McMurtry's tome to Death and Mortality, which makes it even more amazing to me that it wasn't the least bit heavy-handed. McMurtry was able to talk about facing death in a very serious way that was nonetheless also more than a little bit whimsical. Masterful, really.
Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?
Muller absolutely nailed Woodrow Call. In fact, I thought Muller's narration was spot-on throughout, perfectly depicting McMurtry's tale. I had read several reviews knocking Muller's performance, but I think his comedic timing was pretty near perfect for this particular audiobook. I would LOVE to hear Frank Muller narrate "Roughing It", or really ANY book by Mark Twain.
If you could rename Comanche Moon, what would you call it?
Crime and Punishment
Any additional comments?
This book brought to mind "Little Big Man" almost as much as it did the other books in the "Lonesome Dove" series.
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