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  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,647
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,016

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

just The right sanderson-standard

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

story incteasingly interesting, told by an excellent narrator. Good! personalities were funny, colorful and suitably exaggerated.

  • The Space Merchants

  • By: Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world’s most powerful executives. Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a SciFic classic done really well

  • By John Laudun on 05-06-12

great recollection

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

Where does The Space Merchants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the better ones. I've listened to Good fact and this is Good fiction.I read the novel in the sixties and couldn't remember it. This was better.

What other book might you compare The Space Merchants to and why?

I like SF and Fantasy. Some of them had the theme "you can sell anything with adequate promotion."

What three words best describe Dan Bittner’s performance?

Quite Good really.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen 30-45 min sessions.

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  • The Black Cloud

  • By: Fred Hoyle
  • Narrated by: Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins (Introduction)
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

As an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, it blocks the sun, threatening to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT - despite it's age

  • By Alexa on 03-28-10

interesting story

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

Reviewed: 05-28-12

Would you listen to The Black Cloud again? Why?

Interesting to compare the difference in technological level of contemporary science and that of the sixties. And likewise of the similarities of human behaviour and reasoning.

What other book might you compare The Black Cloud to and why?

Fred Hoyle has written other books in the same vein. And numerous SF-writers. Arthur C Clarke e.g.

What does Jack Klaff and Richard Dawkins (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm quite interested in Richard Dawkins work, which amplified my interest if I hadn't read Hoyles work in the sixties already. Read a lot of astronomy then.

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

The compelling logic in the events and the hope of undiscovered resources in Mankind.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful