Exploring the rich depths of the history of Recluce, Magi'i introduced Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i. A fastidious student mage who lacked blind devotion, Lorn was made into a lancer officer and shipped off to the frontier. Having survived an extended stint fighting both barbarian raiders and the giant beasts of the Accursed Forest, Lorn has proven himself to be a fine officer - perhaps too fine an officer. As his prowess has grown, so has his number of enemies and rivals.
I love this book. On average I've read this book and its prequel at least once a year since sometime in the 90s I would guess. Heyborne does a competent job reading it.
But I have a major issue with Audible cataloging this book as written by an author with a last name of Jr. For what it's worth the kindle edition is also listed as written by Jr, and not Modesitt. WTF, Amazon? You got the name right on the rest of LE Modesitt, Jr's works, so why not fix this?
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
What a fantastically entertaining story.
The major weakness of this audiobook is the limited vocal range of Wil Wheaton. He hits the snarkiness factor perfectly, but his performance is weakened by the fact that every character is either Wesley Crusher or "Chaos" (Leverage). Unfortunately, these seem to be the limit of his vocal range.
Other than every conversation sounding like a monologue, this is a great book and well worth a read/listen.
The crudest, most ruthless officer in the Thousand World Contact Service, Major Alonzo Norfeldt - alias the Dutchman - finds himself pitted against the most cunning and deadly of intergalactic aliens...while partnered with an idiotic greenhorn.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an entertaining bit of brain candy. There are just enough though provoking points to keep you on your toes without drawing your attention from the story.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Except in one regard, Mr. Glick does a solid workmanlike job of narrating the book. In other words, his presence neither adds nor detracts from the story. I did have one initial problem with Mr. Glick's performance.
With all due respect, Glick sounds like he's about 15 years old. If this had been one of Heinlein's first person, juvie novels he would have been perfect. As it is, Mr. Glick sounds too young. This was jarring at first, but now that I'm about an hour in, I can say that I've gotten use to it. It still jars on occasion, but its not a major problem.
Any additional comments?
Be warned, this is not a single novel, but rather a collection of short stories connected by a framing series of interludes. Over the course of the book, we get to follow Emile as he goes from newly minted officer to experienced hand.
This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.
Any additional comments?
I first discovered this entire series as a child and loved them then. Listening to them as an adult, I find them even more remarkable. However, this particular edition (or at least my download) of All Things Wise and Wonderful has a major flaw. It seems that at some point, the dvds the Audible edition was created from was put out of order. The end of the book occurs about an hour or so before the recording actually ends. I suspect that a single dvd was placed out of order.
Other than that, these are remarkable stories about fascinating people and animals. I highly recommend them.
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The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
One of my all time favorite Golden Age novels that I've recommended to friends many times.
What didn’t you like about Peter Ganim’s performance?
Mechanical and droning. He does his best with the accents, but this was a very difficult listen because at least 70% of the book sounded like it was read by a robot.
Any additional comments?
This is a fantastic book that is one of my all time favorites. Unfortunately, Mr. Ganim's performance is at best poor. He does his best with a limited range of accents, but his style of mechanically reading in a monotone, droning voice is incredibly distracting and really detracts from a wonderful story that is filled with all sorts of emotional moments.
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Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.
Over the last 2-3 months, I listened to the entire 8 book series (and more are coming). I actually own these in book form as well, and regardless of the format, this is good brain candy. These adventures of Kris Longknife don't make you think, raise questions about morality or do anything but provide a pleasant diversion from life.
That being said, these audiobooks have a major flaw. Miss Pearlman has a pleasant enough voice and does a better and better job of presenting these books the further along in the series she goes. However, she also has two rather distracting flaws in her performance. Throughout all 8 novels, she regularly presents the wrong voice for a character, particularly using Jack's voice in place of Kris' quite frequently. The other problem I have might more fairly be described as a personal preference. Particularly in the early novels, Miss Pearlman regularly slips into a sort of children's storytelling cadence during the exposition. Its jarring to be hearing about a battle, when the rhythms of her voice sound almost fairytalish.
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