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The Three-Body Problem
- By: Cixin Liu
- Narrated by: Luke Daniels
- Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.
They create a computer using a 30 million man Army
- By Josh P on 12-07-14
An Odd and Grand Adventure
At first the narrators voice is flat but you soon discover that he does great character voices.
The book itself was winding and a bit long winded, but a good story. As with most eastern stories it doesn't wrap things up in a nice little bow. A great many things are left unanswered, but the characters and their journeys are what matter.
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Ready Player One
- By: Ernest Cline
- Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
- Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.
- By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14
Every Fond Memory Jammed Into An Awesome-Sandwich
Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?
Ready Player One is like Willy Wonka meets Matrix meets World of Warcraft. If you have fond memories of playing video games for hours, going to the arcade, having friends online that you've never met in the real world and watching hours upon hours of 80's (and early 90's) television/movies, then this book is for you.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?
Just when you think that the book is getting dull there's a twist, a turn, a surprise, a surprise bit of (well researched) trivia. This book, thankfully, spends very little time in the physical world. I've always hated it when an author feels that they have to pad a story with useless story, taking you out of the world you've come to enjoy up to that point. Cline doesn't do this. Physical world story is there to further the story as a whole, even when you're thrust into the post-apocalyptic (a world that surely went out with a whimper not a bang) world unexpectedly.
What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Wil Wheatons performance was great, though a little dry at points. I suppose that if you listen to someone reading from a script for 15 hours straight you'll start to get bored at some point, I guess we can't have Jim Dale narrate every book in existence.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The massive Oasis confrontation! Everything built up to that point, everything.
- By: Philip Palmer
- Narrated by: Gideon Emery, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Bianca Amato
- Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
A prolific writer for film, television, and theater, Philip Palmer here delivers a science-fiction thriller that rockets along from blistering start to fiery conclusion. A juggernaut striking fear into the hearts of planets that fall within its path, the Hell Ship mercilessly slaughters innocents as it travels through space, amassing slaves. But one slave, Sharrock, refuses to accept his shackles—and his cause is soon to be boosted by Jak, who’s following the ship and determined to destroy it for its crimes.
A Very different kind of story!
- By Dennis on 11-08-12
What a Strange and Wonderful Trip!
Would you consider the audio edition of Hell Ship to be better than the print version?
I didn't read the print version, though I suspect I may have lost interest as it doesn't really follow the usual storytelling conventions. But, that's okay!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell Ship?
The absolutely insane action, strange twists and turns and unusual characters. Not a human in sight! I love scifi, but I don't like it when authors take the easy way out by having all of the aliens behave and resemble humans. This is written fiction, you can have anything, any shape, any voice, smell, customs, morals, ethics, religions...! Mr. Palmer didn't take the easy way out, not by a long shot. He doesn't let you forget for one minute that these are a varied group of aliens, many so completely different from humanity that we would scarcely recognize them if we had encountered them. Luckily we get to spend a lot of time in their heads.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
I think that if this book were read entirely by one voice actor it would have been dull. With the addition of two others, it really kept my attention.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Over fourteen hours of strangeness, wonders, cultures, action and aliens!
Any additional comments?
The ideas in this book are the biggest, craziest, mind blowingest, ideas I've read in a book. One crazy thing after another!
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