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An Odd and Grand Adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

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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Every Fond Memory Jammed Into An Awesome-Sandwich

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

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.

What a Strange and Wonderful Trip!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful