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  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • performance better than the story

  • By Nautilus on 02-02-18

Terrible sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

I was genuinely quite excited to read this as the opening premise of a disaster befalling a generation ship leaving a sole survivor sounds really interesting. Boy was I disappointed.

The first bad sign is that the back-story doesn't make any logical sense, and as more is revealed the less sense it makes. Then the author takes you through a plot with several large 'twists' but these are executed clumsily with no foreshadowing or dramatic buildup, so while they are a surprise they also lack any impact. The fact that these twists are often completely unbelievable doesn't help.

The main character is ok, he feels like a cross between the protagonists of Ready Player One and We are Legion (We are Bob), but he does do some pretty inexplicable things that aren't well explained and there is some really ham-fisted character building later on.

As science-fiction it's pretty terrible. I can live with magical technology but the universe is not internally consistent the and the author has a tendency to just invent and introduce some new piece of magic just when he needs it so it's full of 'deus ex machina'.

Overall the book feels like a low-budget Hollywood action film. There isn't any substance here and even the action manages to be dull.

R. C. Bray is great as always.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Gumption

  • Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day - Nick's personal pantheon of "great Americans".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A matter of taste

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-11-16

A matter of taste

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the first half of this book a lot, Offerman is funny and it's always enjoyable to hear an irreverent take on historical characters.

My issue with the book is with the second half, where Offerman focuses on heroes from his own life. The humour is dropped almost entirely for an earnest homage to people who have been important in his life, mostly artists, writers and musicians and combined with a constant repetition of his somewhat cliche message that we should all live a simpler life.

This is fine, and some people will enjoy it I'm sure, but it's not clear from the description that half the book is stories about a load of contemporary artists that I have never heard of (bar Yoko) and probably wouldn't like anyway. Combined with the not-as-clever-as-he-thinks-it-is lifestyle messaging it was enough to stop me finishing the book.

One the plus side Offerman's narration is as excellent as you would expect and if the subject matter is to your taste you'll probably enjoy it a lot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Time Salvager

  • By: Wesley Chu
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one's hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world, and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity's demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing story with no clonclusion

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-03-16

Disappointing story with no clonclusion

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

Reviewed: 25-03-16

I stared this book with excitement as the setting is interesting and I was looking forward to a fun adventure. I wasn't expecting anything extraordinary but even my mediocre expectations were let down as the book wore on.

From an good start the book sets up an interesting conspiracy with massive ramifications and then almost completely ignores it before ending with no real conclusion to events. The whole future time line has some serious holes and the magical technology is unconvincing, even for a time travel book. The characters arent anything special either so what's left is fairly weak. It's a shame because I feel the author failed to exploit a good setup here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful