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Jul 24, 2013 10:32AM

4170 terpkristin wrote: "All Scalzi books are like that. When you read the print, it's easy to overlook but it becomes painfully obvious in the audio. I also find it helps to speed it up to 2x when Wheaton narrates."

Listening to Wil Wheaton read this book put me off of any Wil Wheaton read book. The only emotion that Wheaton can convey is "Wil Wheaton trying to convey emotion".

He almost killed Ready Player One for me and pretty much ruined this book for me.
Jan 21, 2013 04:10PM

4170 Carter wrote: "So far this month, in addition to OMW, I have knocked out The Hobbit (little behind I know, but I moved in December!), Dies the Fire, The Protector's War, Storm Front (OMG, I love Butcher. Just no..."

I love the Emberverse series, but it does kinda fall into that perpetual story with no real end category. At least each book has a climax and somewhat of an ending. Dies the Fire and The Sunrise Lands where my favorites. I'm sure that I will read The Given Sacrifice when it comes out. Maybe Stirling will wrap it all up, but I doubt it.

I also love the Dresden Files. I'm not big of werewolf and vampire stories, but somehow Butcher makes the genre much more entertaining.
Jan 19, 2013 10:42AM

4170 David Sven wrote: "Finished the Audible version of Fool Moon
My review http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Starting the Audible version of The Name of the Wind The Kingkiller Chronicle 1 which I have bee..."


I liked The Name of the Wind, but it is long and doesn't have much closure. It is obviously just setting you up for The Wise Man's Fear, which was good too, but again, long with no closure setting you up for The Doors of Stone.

I really hate this trend in writing where the books are not books, but rather chapters in a long, long story. I call this the Game of Thrones syndrome. Some people love it. I hate it.
Jan 04, 2013 03:00PM

May 05, 2012 01:21PM

4170 Kris wrote: "Started The Mongoliad: Book One and so far I really am enjoying it. After this it is back to the Malazan Empire for book 5 Midnight TidesMidnight Tides."
I subscribed to the Mongoliad website when it started and was really excited for the series (in serial form), but it just seemed to peter out, or maybe my interest petered out. Either way... Hopefully the book is better. I am thinking that I will have to give it a go.
May 05, 2012 01:19PM

4170 Fresno Bob wrote: "I finished The Gameslast night, which I found somewhat underwhelming, Scott Sigler's Ancestorcovers roughly the same territory better IMO. Trying to finish A History of the World in 100 Objectswhi..."

The 100 Objects podcast was a staple for me for a while. It was awesome to hear the items described, but also to go to the BBC website and see them. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryofthewor...
May 05, 2012 01:05PM

4170 Justin wrote: "I as well just finished up The Hero of Ages. It was the tail ends of a lot of epic fantasy I'd been reading. Between that and this month's book being a big time sci-fi book, I went with a slightly ..."

I dig the Iron Druid series, although, to be fair, I have only read
Hounded and Hexed.
May 05, 2012 12:59PM

4170 I am just starting the second book of the Gentlemen Bastard series by Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies and I am listening to one of my all time favorites, A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin.

I just finished The Magicians by Lev Grossman which after a very promising start got a pretty solid "Meh".

I also recently finished Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, also a pretty solid "meh", although an interesting look at time dilation.
Apr 14, 2012 10:40PM

4170 I was reading this as a serial on the Mongoliad website. It was okay, but I kinda lost interest.
Mar 31, 2012 06:03PM

4170 I just finished Hyperion and give it a resounding meh. It wasn't horrible, but then again it wasn't great.
Mar 23, 2011 09:34AM

4170 Brian wrote: "Equal Rites, at least at the moment. Not sure what I'll be reading later in the month, though. Daemon, perhaps?"


Daemon and Freedom (TM) are must reads!
Mar 05, 2011 09:00AM

4170 Sandi wrote: "I am listening to Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton. It's really long and the narration is very monotone, so I'm breaking it up by interspersing chapters of shorter novels. Right n..."

I loved Pandora's Star. Judas Unchained is not as good, but definitely worth the read.
Mar 02, 2011 09:57AM

4170 I'm about halfway through the third book of the Emberverse novels of The Change by S.M. Stirling, A Meeting at Corvallis. The Change novels are a very entertaining series based on, well, The Change, an event that isn't explained, but which stops all electric and combustion devices from working. So, no cars, computers, phones, guns or bombs, etc. Basically we are taken back to a 15th Century existence. Swords, bows, crossbows, horses... What's not to like?!
Feb 09, 2011 07:04PM

4170 I just wanted to give Tom some props for the sweet Pixies reference in the last podcast.
Jan 18, 2011 01:57PM

4170 Audible books are separated into chapters. A file can (and usually does) contain multiple chapters. If you sync your iPod with iTunes, you can use the Chapters feature in iTunes to get back to where you were, at least to the start of the chapter. I think Chapters are under Controls in iTunes.
Jan 08, 2011 08:38AM

4170 I haven't read fantasy books for some time, but I read the The Sword of Shannara Trilogy a long, long time ago and love it.
4170 You can stream it on Netflix - Firefly
4170 But I wouldn't call Neal Stephenson or Douglas Adams sci-fi writers. Just because someone writes a sci-fi books shouldn't pigeonhole them as a sci-fi writer.
4170 I read (well, listened to) Hominids. I really enjoyed it and have been meaning to continue the series. But I would say that falls into sci-fi, maybe fantasy (not real sure where the line is there), since it takes something no longer of this world and reintroduces it and because it introduces an alternate universe.
4170 Ok, fair enough. Still a bit of stretch, but I see your point. That really does open the field quite a bit, though.
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