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  • The Door into Summer

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By Greg on 04-05-09

One of his best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-06

This is by far my favorite short-story (novella?) by Heinlein. Of all his works, only "Moon is a Harsh Mistress" surpasses it. I last read Door Into Summer when I was in my late twenties. Am now almost 40 and it still holds my affection.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Wolfwalker

  • Tales of the Wolves, Book 1
  • By: Tara K. Harper
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Dion was a healer and a wolfwalker, and the unique telepathic bond that she shared with the wolf Gray Hishn sometimes seemed to amplify her sensitivity to her patients. But she never guessed how strong that bond could be, or what kind of power it could wield, until she found herself lost in the wilderness, with angry slavers at her heels and war on the horizon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t put it down

  • By astaats2 on 03-11-06

no meat, just adrenaline

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-06

I might have liked this book as a teen. The setting and the ideas in the book are good, but the author has a few problems. The main character, Dion, is too much a reflection of the author's ego. The other characters in the book have no real existence beyond Dion's subjective vision. This would be fine if the book was first person limited, instead of third person omniscient. My second issue is that the narration leaps from crisis to crisis. Sometimes the crisis is physical, sometimes emotional, but it the time spent between these dire events is so scant and so rushed that the author clearly finds the time spent writing it an annoying bother.
Finally, the reader has no connection with the story, which is not the reader's fault, but it still makes the narration painful.

The story is good, but the execution is unpalatable.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Hunt

  • Book Two of The Wheel Of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,059
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,987

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first!

  • By So Fain on 04-24-10

Much better

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-05

Ok. I have changed my mind. The Great Hunt was much better than The Wheel of Time. In actuallity I am on the Fires of Heaven now and loving it, but I felt that I needed to reverse my previous lukewarm opinion of this series at this point.
The characters are much more fleshed out and made into individuals in this book. I laughed out loud at least twice.