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I daresay it's perfect

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

It's easy to produce such great audio when you have a time machine and just go back and record real pirates. I don't know where they dug up the treasure of these voice actors, but there's a big X marking this little drama for sure. I've never read the book and don't have any special interest in pirates. This book is still great and everyone will enjoy it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nick Offerman Not Necessary

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

Reviewed: 07-25-19

It's all worth it for the Frog Princess. Seriously, buy this book for that one story and the rest are just bonus material.
Surprisingly, Nick is just a good addition and not the driving force behind this set of tales.

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Joe Everyman Meets Outerspace

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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: 07-25-19

Really accessible science fiction with a core of likable charismatic hero and goofy bickering sidekick camaraderie. The science part is solid and traditional without much to satisfy the hardcore intellectual, but good ol' American Dream gushes from the pages like apple pie and is sure to bring some wayward cynics back into the fold. The narrator is fantastic and cuts between characters are clear as day.

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Limp Storytelling

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-19

This is more than a stone's throw from Book 1 and in the wrong direction. With an omnipotent AI on board, there is very little real danger, drama, or climax. Too much of the book is used on the flat snarky bro-relationship between Joe and Skippy and none of the core plot questions are really advanced throughout the entire story. There's some great science fiction about wormholes and space combat, but very little space combat takes place. Apparently, wars require no fighting and none of the entire team are lost... not that we get to know any of them anyway and we don't meet any aliens either. 4 ALIEN RACES AND WE NEVER MEET ANY OF THEM.

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Stellar SciFi From Beginning to End

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Couldn't be better. Absolutely genius idea and flawlessly executed. Very tight story without lots of human drama filler. True science fiction at it's best.

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Disorganized Nonsense Fluff

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-19

Hard to follow and long stretches are irrelevant meandering bog hops. There are three amazing ideas inside, but they are completely lost in the page-filling rubbish that is this book. The good parts would be a 20 page short story so I'm extremely irritated that this book was just good enough to keep me hoping it would become excellent and finally waste hours of my time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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There isn't much in The Sea of Rust

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

The first third of this book is tasty, tasty sci-fi. I couldn't stop listening and dreaded the minutes counting down until there was no more. However, it quickly deteriorates after that into rambling introspective nonsense.

The core idea of robots having human struggles is a great idea but there aren't enough events for them to chew on. A metaphor of human life as boring, tedious, and ultimately fruitless may be accurate, but it's not entertaining.

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So many missed opportunities.

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-18

The premise, nanites, is brilliant, but this story doesn't use them to their full potential. It reads like a soap opera that is surrounded by the most fantastic science fiction just out of frame. I find myself begging the author to pan the camera away from the boring flat characters and over to the actual sci-fi. The protagonist is handed infinite power and spends thousands of words wallowing in grief about losing family that we never met and don't care about. This book is like the hallway in a hotel and you don't get to go in any rooms. Just Google "grey goo scenario" and you'll have more fun than this book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Phenomenal, best book EVER

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Everyone should listen it as soon as possible or at least read it as soon as possible.

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Every Boy's Story

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

Would you listen to Born a Crime again? Why?

I don't think this book has very much replayability. It is well-worth a single reading, but the story is not nuanced enough to warrant multiple readings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born a Crime?

The climax of the book is very memorable.

What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

The author reads the book which is an ideal case. No one knows the story like the author and they know how to perfectly present the emotions.

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

As a young man, Trevor did many "bad" things. An important takeaway from this story is that everyone has done some things that society considers to be negative, but they are in fact the spice of life and not the components of true evil.

Any additional comments?

This was a great story. There is some redundancy and the story doesn't seem to be organized chronologically which adds some confusion. Trevor's stories seem to be randomly thrown together... he is a kid then a teenager and you never really know for sure his current age at any given time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful