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Mike Reiter

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In the style of the Martian

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Évalué le: 2021-07-28

Earth is facing extinction from an alien. This alien isn't invaders in fancy ships, it is space microbe that is stopping the sun's energy from reaching earth. The solution is a trip to Tau Ceti which seems to have the same infection but isn't affected.

The story is told as a first person narrative. Much like "The Martian". Also like "The Martian" the protagonist works through the science of the problem to find a solution. This seems to be Andy Weir's formula, and it works. This story has a much more epic arc than the life of one man, and much less grounded scientific basis. The concepts are sound but the outcomes take some fantastic leaps of faith. Over all the Ray Porter does a very good job at portraying the story. The story moves at a good pace and has good characters and a decent plot. I wasn't a fan of the very end but it didn't ruin the book for me.

Quirky town, interesting characters

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Évalué le: 2021-07-09

The down of Algren is the smallest town in Canada. To qualify as a town, vs a village you have to have 1500 people, to be a city you need 10, 000 people. To be the smallest town in Canada you would need to have 1500 people, you could not be smaller than that and still be a town.

Hosea is the mayor of Algren and he is on a quest to be the smallest town in Canada so the Prime Minister will visit on Canada day. The town has and interesting cast of characters who all become impacted by this odd quest. The performance is very good, the characters are reasonably quirky that it makes this an interesting, breezy listen. It is smirk worthy vs laugh out loud funny.

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Engaging and Well performed

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Évalué le: 2021-06-29

This is a story about a New York woman who is into sustainable farming and save the planet etc., but she's failing to live in New York. She wrote a young adult novel when she got out of college so she has some credentials as a writer and now she does odd jobs and is barely keeping her head above water. She inherits a farm on Vancouver Island, from an uncle she barely knew I don't think she ever actually met him. It is a failing farm which is predictable. Over time the farm develops an eclectic cast of characters.

Although the story is quite predictable the characters are well written and engaging and well-performed.

Heist book with an interesting premise

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Évalué le: 2021-06-19

It starts off as a reasonably engaging story about a wannabe comedian whose family owns a large grocery store. Then it becomes moneyball for a while and ends as a heist story.

Over all a decent story, with interesting characters. The narrator/author's voice gets a bit annoying after a while.

Tries to employ absurdist observational wit,fails

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Évalué le: 2021-06-01

Ostensibly it is a book about a film: View from the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow. It tries to generate humour using the observational absurdist wit style of Douglas Adams. It fails miserably. It mostly feels awkward. Sometimes things are so bad they're good. This is so mediocre it is mediocre.

Well narrated, predictable plot

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Évalué le: 2021-05-31

Hayley and Gemma are picked up by the police. There is a burning semi-truck, a dead man, and the driver of the truck is very injured. Hayley and Gemma tell a similar story of how they were kidnapped by the dead man, escaped, and were running away when the truck came over the hill, tried to avoid them, and killed their kidnappers. Everything seems to fit but the timelines their stories don't match up. One says they were held for weeks, the other says months. The only real connection is that they were both employed by a mango farm that hires lots of transient labour.

The plot is predictable. There is a small twist at the end but as for the rest of the plot points they are pretty obvious by chapter 10. It is well narrated. Some of the characters are interesting.

Well done but a very sad story

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Évalué le: 2021-05-14

This is a story that takes place in India in the 1970's. Rampant corruption violence, that cast system, poverty all make an appearance. Overall it is a very sad story and has a grittiness that smacks of authenticity. I have been to India an I have seen a veneer of what this book talks about, but of course this goes more in depth.

It follows two tailors, a widow and a young man just starting out. Their lives come together in unexpected ways. It is well written and narrated. It is all quite sad, but very realistic. Like all lives good things happen and bad things happen and there is no story book ending.

It was longer than it needed to be

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Évalué le: 2021-04-05

I enjoy Margaret Atwood's writing. Well I guess I should say I enjoy most of her novels written in 1985 or later. The stuff before that was a bit preachy and flat, in my opinion. This story is written more like the novels that came before A Handmaid's Tale, even though it came after, than what was to follow. Part of that could be it was based on historical events and you can only take so many liberties with historical fact.

The narrator for this work is very good, engaging and fits the material. The characters are interesting and the two complaints I have is that one of the main characters arc just sort of stops, and the other continues down a path and then takes an odd turn. This is really all I can say without adding spoilers. But the exposition of the factual case at the end by Atwood does put it in perspective.

The book felt very "Jane Austin" where a lot of attention was paid to social status and societal convention. Grace is a young immigrant girl who ends up working as a servant. She ends up getting involved with a murder and while her co-conspirator is hanged she is sentenced to life. The opinions range from her being innocent, to insane to a wanton murderer. Most of the book is her telling her story to doctor a decade or so after the events.

Overall I liked the story but it should have been half as long.

A collection of stories, only two really landed

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Évalué le: 2021-03-06

This is a collection of short stories. All of them are listenable and the narrator does an excellent job with the material. Only two of the stories really caught my attention. I guess it was more based on the subject matter of the other stories and the endings. There is nothing wrong with the subject matter of any of the stories, they just didn't peak my interest. Given the length of the stories I guess I was expecting more plot twist or poignant endings just because the space only allowed for limited character development.

Short stories of women in different life places

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Évalué le: 2021-03-01

All the stories take place in Canada. Some I found interesting, some I didn't. Some I would have like to see go farther in the persons life. It is a pretty mixed bag,