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  • Last Call

  • By: Tim Powers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player 20 years ago and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in 10 years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead are drawing him back to the magical city. For the mythic game he believed he won did not end that night in 1969—and the price of his winnings was his soul. Now, a pot far more strange and perilous than he ever could imagine depends on the turning of a card.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of American Gods will like this one

  • By Cliff on 02-07-14

Powers Rocks

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

Tim Powers is neither sci-fi nor fantasy (at least no in any conventional sense), he writes very interesting stories where impossible things happen. In Last Call, he's mixing cold war spy stories with old school middle eastern mythology, and pulls it off brilliantly. Pinchot would not be my first choice for this book but he does a very good job.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Moving Mars

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Mars is a colonial world governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, brave, and intelligent, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of Earthly powers to keep the best inventions for themselves. The young Martians - the second and third generation born on Mars - have little loyalty to Earth and a strong belief that their planet can be independent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites

  • By Karl Story on 07-09-08

Good book, odd recording

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

The story is interesting. As usual in a hard science fiction book, there's a fair amount of discussion of technicalities, but it's very interesting. Bear's writing style is a bit mechanical, he is in no way a prose stylist and his characters are a bit on the stiff side, but both are used well to drive the story. My only complaint is the recording itself. It sounds like it's been compressed to within an inch of its life, it occasionally sounds like its being read by a computer. It's also muffled sounding like it was first recorded on cassette. It's not horrible but its annoying, particularly if you listen on headphones.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful