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Not enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-19

When I started this book, I immediately liked it. I loved the self-contained story. I felt it to be amplified by the lack of any huge stakes, simply two strangers getting to know one another. I sincerely wish there were more novels in this vein.
Thanks for writing this.

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Locational Inaccuracies

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Overall, I quite enjoyed the story. Though, unfortunately, mr. Stephenson skewed the locations quite severely. What I mean is, Elphinstone in British Columbia is north of Seattle, Washington. Not North of Idaho. He could have easily worked with Creston, but just decided to mangle the geography. Since I grew up in the county that the latter portion of the book took place in, I found the fact that he chose to place Richard's brother in a location that is over forty miles from the border quite egregious. I can see changing Bonners Ferry to Burns Ford, but he could have easily chosen a real location, such as Porthill or Eastport, as those are actual border towns. And don't get me started with Chongyor hurling across the long bridge in Sandpoint at 90 miles an hour. Traffic would never allow such a maneuver, let alone the sharp turn at the northern end.
But, in the end, overlooking occasional slogs, it turned out to be a fun story. Though, the end was a bit rushed.

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Bronson was excellent.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Using reincarnation as a method of providing a sense of continuity among the characters was an interesting choice. Not unpleasantly so.

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I'm sad to see Luke Daniels go.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

While listening to the first two anthologies, I did not realize that it was he who really brought the stories to life. So far, Felicia Day and the man who voiced Fortunato are the best; but that is not saying the best that could be said about them. Felicia does well, but hey mild lisp works against her in the narrating business.And, frankly, I have to agree with an earlier reviewer, Bagabond strikes me as a rather extraneous character. Though, I do not agree with him nearly as vehemently.

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Intriguing ideas

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-14

Where does Starship Vectors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This collection ranks rather high, especially since I am quite partial to hard science fiction.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite story would have to be Mayflower II. I have to admit that I am biased toward aloof musings on extreme time-frames, as Stephen Baxter tends toward in his Xeelee sequence.

What about Tom Dheere’s performance did you like?

The performances were not strictly Tom Dheere's, each story had a different narrator. Though, overall, I feel they all did quite well, and that the only failing was in the story itself.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I intensely enjoyed the fact that the flow of Mayflower II was very turbulent. Baxter mixed large chunks of exposition with occasional interactions with the environment.

Any additional comments?

To be completely honest, I tuned out just about all of Tomb Wife and The Political Officer; they just did not engage me. But, I will not condemn the overall collection based off of just two stories.