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Karen

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  • Variable Star

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
  • Narrated by: Spider Robinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Spider WHO

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Not a great effort...not awful either.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-07

I have two issues with this novel. Let's get the narration out of the way first. Spider Robinson is a fun writer most times. He is however quite lacking as a narrator. Perhaps it is simply I do not take to his habit of speaking with an odd and inconsistent cadence. to me his speaking lacks real rhythm. I simply find myself distracted because I am spending more time thinking "...this guy needs to have three less pots coffee's before reading and to SLOW DOWN..." So, basically the narration style is distracting...for me.

Now, the second part is...the story is plodding and very predictable. It is not even to the level of a RAH junior novel. The basic story line is not much different than Citizen of the Galaxy. Maybe because it was likely the work Heinlein used to write Citizen. This story seemed to lack any real focus or, strangely enough, no character development. If anything Heinlein was a master at developing humanist SF. And, sure this is not RAH's work really. But for me it was simply Spider Robinson piggy backing the RAH name. A valiant effort for certain. It simply feel far short of a solid novel for me.

And Spider, please slow down and enunciate...you know your works...give us that not some that feels, well, in a hurry to get back to the bar where you can cash the extra check for doing the narration.

I just feel badly for writing such a negative review...but I was greatly disappointed in this audiobook and story. I do think it is worth a listen if you lower your expectations somewhat.

12 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Bums

  • An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • By: Peter Golenbock
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST for the true Dodgers or Giants fan!!

  • By Karen on 02-25-07

A MUST for the true Dodgers or Giants fan!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-07

WOW, this was just nothing short of a complete history of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Every Dodger fan should add this to their library. Every Giants, Yankees or just plain baseball fan needs to add this book/audiobook.

Just don't think it is actually the old geezers doing any of the audio...most of them are, well, no longer with us...but included are comments and even several pages of commentary by the all time great players.

The reader is well spoken and carries a nice pace to his reading. It takes a bit to catch on to the style/format of the book itself but once you do it's a smooth listen.

I found this at the perfect time for getting revved up for the baseball season...

While there are not any really adult sections there are a few that younger kids might ask questions about, so if you want your kid to listen be aware a few passages might be a tad off color but nothing horrible and nowhere near as bad as they hear on the playground every day.

With that I recommend it as a gift for your son or daughter too! Probably age 12 and up to really understand enough of the book especially the times of Jackie Robinson.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful