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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-16

a great book and a great audiobook

i enjoyed this so much that although it says a review is optional i am going to write 20 words basically i loved the book and i loved the audiobook too

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-16

interesting but how realistic?

a bit of a fable
in my experience things are more likely to get worse rather than better let alone improve so dramatically.
it is fiction. ..

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-15

great book great saga

i really don't have 20 words to say i am not a literary critic but a mere book reading geek and ask i can say the Amber saga is brilliant and i can only recommend it

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-15

masterpiece timeless

forget anything else this is a real masterpiece of fantasy and scifi literature. and beyond.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-15

masterpiece

If you could sum up Dawn in three words, what would they be?

For years I read Octavia E. Butlers books and then I stopped and now Audible is giving me a chance to re-read (or better: listen to) books I had already read decades ago but also to listen to books I did not know.
Xenogenesis is a group of 3 books that I had not read before and it's great.
This one in particular, the first one, it definitely the best because it introduces the Oankali and their culture.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

Which character – as performed by Aldrich Barrett – was your favourite?

All of them

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Learn about others and you'll learn about yourself

Any additional comments?

thanks for producing these audiobooks!!

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-15

One book too much but still a recommended read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I liked the Xenogenesis saga but, with all due respect for a great writer such as Octavia E. Butler, I found that overall the story could have been told in 2 books.
I found certain parts a bit boring and that they did not really add to the experience.
Overall Xenogenesis is a great story and it's an absolute must for anyone who likes this type of sci-fi (sociological, anthropological with the theme of racism in the background.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Imago?

To learn of the Oankali and to discover how had the author imagined this alien species.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Anything that had to do with life on the spaceship

If this book were a film would you go see it?

absolutely and not just once

Any additional comments?

Read it, listen to it despite my critique above.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-14

Had not thought of this book for a long time

Where does The Martian Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a very pleasant experience as an audio-book, Scott Brick has a great voice, a clarity and warmness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Martians because their existence and extinction is proof that humans are nothing but barbarians with a brain smaller than a peanut

Which scene did you most enjoy?

One of the early missions discovers how martians would not believe them to be from another planet. To me it's a parody of man: he thinks he is at the center of the universe and instead is nothing but a meaningless and transient grain of dust in something truly great.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Actually: why hasn't a movie been made of this?
My tagline would be: "Americans need not watch this movie: they would not understand it"

Any additional comments?

Great book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-13

great audiobook

Where does Spook Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved all WG's audiobooks on Audible.

What did you like best about this story?

I am an obsessive WG's reader, and these audiobooks have given me the opportunity to make a totally new experience. having read each of WG's books many times, the audiobook has been a welcome way to renew the experience.
All of the WG's audiobooks that I have found on Audible are top quality, great recording, great voices, great readers and all unabridged.
Can only recommend all of them.

What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

Although all performers of WG's audiobooks are great performers and all give an astonishing performance, I must confess I am partial to Robertson Dean's performance.
His voice, in my perception, sounds extremely Gibsonian, so to say

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-13

great audiobook

Where does Pattern Recognition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am an obsessive WG's reader, and these audiobooks have given me the opportunity to make a totally new experience. having read each of WG's books many times, the audiobook has been a welcome way to renew the experience.
All of the WG's audiobooks that I have found on Audible are top quality, great recording, great voices, great readers and all unabridged.
Can only recommend all of them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely yes! and actually I have already listened to it twice!

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

a great book and an even greater audiobook

It's hard to explain why I like so much William Gibson's books.In his language, in his narrative, in the pace of his stories, in his characters and in the situations he evokes, there is something that resonates with me and my personality.

Thanks to the audio version of WG's books, I can now listen to them while on the move, so as I walk the streets of London I can immerse myself in my favourite books.

You need to be careful crossing streets, negotiating a busy junction or a busy pavement.

Initially I had to get used to the style of narration, where there is one narrator for all the characters, but I appreciate the craft, the skills of Jonathan Davis and his ability to modulate his voice in a different way for each character, given each his or her (or its) own personality, it's own "mark", making them recognisable.

I found the experience excellent and the quality of the voice narration is so good that very rarely I had to go back in the story to reconnect with the narrative. The biggest problem I had in early attempts with audio books was "disconnecting" from listening the story and spawning a train of thoughts or an external event requiring higher attention and causing a disruptive distraction from the book. With this book and some discipline, I managed to stick to the story almost all the time and never get distracted.

I recommend this audiobook at many levels:

- because I love the book itself - and it's not just for SF fans, William Gibson is certainly much much more than a SF writer, he is one of those writers who leave a deep mark in the century(ies) they inhabit.

- because of the excellent quality of the audio and of the narration and the great voice of Jonathan Davis.

Book readers who approach for the first time audiobooks should be aware that they will have to invest their attention in a different way, and possibly find a new and revolutionary way to enjoy their favourite books while doing something else.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful