Posts Categorized: Audiobook

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Review of Interference (Semiosis)

Review of Interference (Semiosis)

When I first started listening to this, I did not realize it was a sequel to Semiosis. It starts off on a future Earth when they are preparing to send a new expedition to Pax. It was a nice viewpoint to see how Earth is in this universe, but I… Read more »

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Review of Eon

Review of Eon

This is an interesting science fiction story about a mysterious carved-out asteroid that shows up on Earth’s doorstep right before a catastrophe is about to decimate the Earth. Right off the bat, the book has dated itself because it was written so long ago. There is a running thread through… Read more »

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Review of Creation Machine

Review of Creation Machine

I listened to several hours of this book, and nothing interesting really happened. The profanity is over the top, the two main characters so far have not been very likeable, and the plot is slow and boring. The world building is kindof interesting, but nothing is really explained very well… Read more »

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Review of Rebelborn

Review of Rebelborn

So this book took a completely different turn from the other two. I was expecting more of a book about how they rebuild society and put Roselle in charge, but instead it goes off into a wild science fiction direction about mind-controlled humans (introduced at the end of book 2),… Read more »

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Review of The Fifth Doll

Review of The Fifth Doll

At first I found it hard to get into this novel, which was set in a historical Russian village and seemed to have a rather weak premise. But as the story unfolded, I came to enjoy Matrona’s character and the magic of the world she was dealing with. I will… Read more »

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Review of Traitor Born

Review of Traitor Born

The second book of this series was more of the same. The stakes are raised significantly during the book, and for the most part, added some good tension. The ending though kindof comes out of nowhere and really throws the believability out the window, not to mention make plot holes… Read more »

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Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles)

Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles)

This was a pretty good followup to Cinder. The characters were pretty well-done and the plot was non-stop. I enjoyed both Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s. However, Scarlet acted recklessly and naively throughout most of the novel, and the whole human-wolf hybrid thing is kindof strange. Emperor Kai is a bit… Read more »

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Review of The Snow Queen

Review of The Snow Queen

Supposed to be a classic, but I found the story to be rather disjointed and uninspired. The separate chapters have little connection to each other, there is little to no depth here, and as a fairytale, it doesn’t seem to really teach any moral or idea. There is some story… Read more »

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Review of The Adventures of Tom Stranger

This is a slapstick, science fiction in the likes of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that goes for absurd humor. I found the book entertaining and listened to the entire thing, but I felt like the humor was very juvenile so targeted to young teenagers, but it had a ton… Read more »

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Review of Ringworld

Review of Ringworld

This is a classic that holds up surprisingly well. I didn’t realize it was almost 50 years old as the technology is handled quite well. There is a lot of great imagination in this book about what other civilizations could be or do, and the plot was all about character… Read more »

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Review of Orion Colony

Review of Orion Colony

This is a rather short story about a man embarking on a colony ship to another world. Mars (and Earth) are composed of two classes… the elite who are genetically-engineered to live forever, and the normal people who aren’t. In other to create opportunity for normal people, the elite have… Read more »

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Review of Supernova (Renegades)

Review of Supernova (Renegades)

This final book of the Renegades series brings everything together, finally pitting Nova and Adrian against each other, revealing their secrets, and showing Ace Anarchy’s plan for the world. Overall, it was a fitting conclusion and resolved most everything the other novels began. It was a lot of action, a… Read more »

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Review of METAtropolis

Review of METAtropolis

This is an anthology about a future world where civilization has partly collapsed due to resource shortages, consumerism, etc. In the chaos, various parts of society are trying to soldier on through various “green” solutions to food, work, energy, etc. The first story, “In the Forests of the Night” is… Read more »

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Review of Dark Age (Red Rising)

Review of Dark Age (Red Rising)

This book really takes its title seriously. It was a very, very dark book and probably the darkest of the series. It was a bit depressing. There is very little good or hope that comes out of this book, but there are perhaps a few threads that can be picked… Read more »

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Review of Return of the Temujai (Brotherband)

Review of Return of the Temujai (Brotherband)

Another fine Brotherband book. The crew of the Heron take on the Temujai in a remote region and must work together to stop the Temujai from invading. The stakes here were definitely raised…so much to put the Heron itself in peril and several of the crew. There really aren’t any… Read more »

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Review of Children of Ruin

Review of Children of Ruin

This was a truly amazing sequel that not only continued the story of the humans and portids, but introduced two new alien species whose thinking was truly alien. These two parallels made the story very engaging…on one hand, seeing the humans and portids working together as a space-faring civilization, and… Read more »

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Review of The Worldship Humility

Review of The Worldship Humility

This was a pretty amazing story set aboard a colony ship headed for a new world after Earth was destroyed. It had pretty good characters and it kept my attention the entire time. The only drawback was over-the-top profanity, and the fact that it kindof ends with a cliffhanger. The… Read more »

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Review of Iron Gold (Red Rising)

Review of Iron Gold (Red Rising)

I have mixed feelings with this book. On the story of Darrow, this book is an absolute mess. Darrow turns into a complete idiot for the entire novel, and he makes as many bad decisions as he can. He always throws away his values (family, friends, etc.). In short, the… Read more »

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Review of Red Rising

Review of Red Rising

This is a great dystopia about a future multi-planet society ruled by genetically-enhanced humans called Golds. The rest of society is broken down into castes and colors. Darrow is a “red”, who is stuck mining gas under the surface of Mars. He is convinced by his wife to begin pursuing… Read more »

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Review of Golden Sun (Red Rising #2)

Review of Golden Sun (Red Rising #2)

This is a truly great followup to Red Rising. The action, world building, and characters are all great and I really enjoyed listening to this. Darrow continues to defy all odds and achieve great things. Overall, it is a great read/listen.

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