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Martin Smith

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  • AlterWorld

  • Play to Live, Book 1
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for people who are expecting a 4.5 star book

  • By Liz on 06-06-16

Childish and flat

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

This is by far the worst audio book I listened to since I became a member of Audible one year and 50 books ago. I understand that litRPG is a new genre of fiction and I have nothing against it on the onset being a gamer myself. That being said the plot is flat and the writing is quite poor. I ended up finishing it since I had paid for the lemon, but I would caution all but the most ardent fan of WOW against downloading it. We can all do better than this.

  • Crux

  • Nexus, Book 2
  • By: Ramez Naam
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not good as the last one

  • By Claudia H on 07-06-16

Action filled with little substance

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

The story setting after Nexus felt familiar and the excitement of the discovery was replaced by gruelling scenes of torture and action. If the first book was interesting with its mix of Buddhist philosophy and neuroscience, the second was repetitive without adding much to the world it had built.

Maybe what turned me off was that this was aimed at a younger audience than myself, probably at teenagers or science fiction enthusiasts in their early twenties.

In any case, even if the performance was generally of good quality, what I enjoyed the most was the unintentionally hilarious accent of the various protagonists.

Not a bad book, just not quite for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Iron Dragon's Daughter

  • By: Michael Swanwick
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Named a New York Times notable book of 1994, The Iron Dragon's Daughter tells the heartrending story of a changeling child who is kidnapped to a realm of malls and machines and enslaved in a vast, infernal factory. Ultimately, she escapes and attempts to educate herself about this alien world, while being tormented by visions of the life she was denied.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inconsistent story and makes for a poor experience

  • By Martin Smith on 07-10-15

Inconsistent story and makes for a poor experience

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

This is a difficult book to recommend to anyone because of how scattered the style is. In the first third of the book both the characters and the plot seem to come right out of a preteen novel with laughable dialogue and very little substance to keep the reader interested. Follows a high school soap opera of sort filled with two dimensional unlikable students. At that point, the only thing keeping me from deleting the book was the frustration of having spent money on such a poorly written novel. Finally, the last third became more bearable with a darker and more mature story line.

Nevertheless, none of it was what could be qualified as adequate, leaving the awful feeling of having wasted not only my money, but my time also.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Victorian Britain

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

This series of 36 fascinating lectures is a chronological journey into the story of Victorian Britain, from the unexpected ascension to the throne of teenaged Princess Victoria in 1837 to her death in 1901 as the Boer War neared its end.Presented with all of Victoria's strengths and foibles left intact by an award-winning teacher and author, the lectures invite you to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of her reign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good introductory course

  • By Dulce on 10-08-13

Excellently narrated; fascinating topic

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Must buy for history enthusiast of the Victoria period. The topic is made interesting through storytelling and copious number of external references.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful