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WAITING (UNABR.) (7 CASS.) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BRILLIANCE AUDIO; Unabridged edition (April 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567404189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567404180
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.6 x 6.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 286 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would like to start out by saying that this is an exellent novel and I recommend it to anyone. Usually, after I read a book, I check the Amazon customer reviews just to see what other readers thought about it. What I saw about this book was expected, people going on and on about the rediculous environmental propaganda. While the book did mention some environmentalist views, I did not find it at all disturbing. Some of these reviews make it seem as if every page you look at will give you another reason to 'save the environment.' That simply is not true. There would be maybe a few paragraphs of it every few chapters, and even though I hate it when authors include political views in a book, I found it bearable, and anyway it was overshadowed by the book's plot which I found very intriguing.
(This is not a spoiler; it is the equivalent of what you will read on the back of a book.)
In Waiting, the main character, Artie, investigates the death of a friend and fellow "Suicide Club" member. He finds out about the existence of another species of human, dubbed the "Old People," who have the ability to send thoughts into the minds of others, and the plot goes on from there.
In another review I looked at, the reviewer argues that the "Old People" are not superior to humans, that they are just the same, and that even though they are supposedly so worried about the environment, they still drive cars and pollute. Well, the fact is that to Old People are superior; it is essential to the plot of the story. And Robinson, in my opinion, does not try to portray our race as evil, because in the story, both sides kill.
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By A Customer on April 13 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was mentioned in Stephen King's reading list (as an appendix to his inspirational "On Writing"). The premise of a race of "superior" beings living among us intrigued me. Unfortunately, that was the ONLY reason why I endured the book until the end. I couldn't care less about any of the two-dimensional characters, the corny dialogue, or the repetitious spoon-feeding of plot detail (how stupid is the reader expected to be?). I sped through most of the novel because I was anxious to put it away and move on to a better book. VERY disappointing.
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By Huff Daddy on March 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. The beginning is strange but if you can make it to about the middle of chapter 2, you'll be hooked. What I was amazed with the most is the way Robinson created a sense of dread throughout the entire book. It was like hearing the low bass tones in a scary movie that gives you that sense of anticipation and dread. I don't know how he did it with words. Definitely have to tip your hat to Robinson on his writing style.
I had a hard time putting the book down, staying up late at night but not pushing myself like I have done reading Stephen Hunter. The ending was not completely predictable but I did have my suspicions by the middle of the book. The ending was a little bit of a let down, not for anything other than it seemed like Robinson was trying to meet a deadline and rushed to a conclusion, but it didn't ruin the book by any means.
I would definitely recommend this to any one who enjoys minor amounts of science fiction rooted in fact or counterfactual thought. It reads very fast and would be good for travel of vacation. The message regarding our environment is timely also.
For more details, go to aj.huff.org. Thanks.
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By William Black on Aug. 14 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that I picked up because I could not find the book that I came for. Cover art sells books for sure. I started reading this book and had to flip back to the cover to make sure that I had never heard of the author before. This book was extremely well written. Some of it is predictable but you get mad at the characters for not seeing the obvious, but that adds to the realism because real people would not see the obvious either. I really enjoyed this book. It is light science fiction that readers of Sci-fi and mainstream should enjoy. Books this good cross genre boundries.
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By "yollo" on Aug. 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book. Once I started I couldn't wait to finish it but for all the wrong reasons (I don't like to just stop reading a book halfway through). I was curious to see what others had to say about it so had a look at the reviews here and was amazed to see some positive reviews about it. I had no connection with any of the characters and the environmental issues side was very heavy handed. Put simply it is a very poorly written book.
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Format: Hardcover
Here's the story: clueless t.v. journalist Archie's friend is killed in an alley by a pack of wild dogs. When this happens, Archie believes his death is NO accident and begins to search for the killer. During the course of his investigation, he learns about the existence of another race of beings which has been living amongst us for centuries. Archie's investigations uncover a vast conspiracy of epic proportions... Can Archie save humanity? Or is it already too late?
Okay, I am as concerned about the environment as the next person. But when I pick up a horror/thriller novel, I don't like to be bludgeoned over the head repeatedly with paragraphs and paragraphs of environmentalist propaganda. The novel assumes that all humans are idiots, care nothing about the environment and live in an ignorant vacuum. Not so. Some of us are scientist, researchers, anthropologist, or just plain concerned people. Robinson goes a bit too far in my opinion with the sermonizing, and , painting humanity with a broad-brush as possible, while portraying his created race, 'the old people' as being 'good, kind, and saintly.' Please. I mean, we get it already, humanity= evil 'the old people' = good. What I don't get is if the 'old people' are so concerned about the environment.... Why do they drive cars? Don't cars pollute the environment? And what about killing people? Isn't that wrong? I mean, come on. This novel practices an alarming pseudo-science. Humans are mammals of the Primate order. So are Robinson's 'old people.' Primates (especially males), of most species are violent. I find it extremely difficult to believe the 'old people' are somehow SO much superior.
While I really liked the characters, and some of the concepts, I got tired with the author's soapboxing.
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