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The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
The New Voices of Science Fiction
Jamie Wahls, Sarah Pinkser, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Rebecca Roanhorse, S. Qiouyi Lu, Darcie Little Badger, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Amal El-Mohtar, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Alice Sola Kim, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Weinstein, Rich Larson
Progress: 13%
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer (Audiobook, abandoned)

Calculating God - Robert J. Sawyer, Jonathan Davis

Narrated by Jonathan Davis


Abandoned @ 15%


I thought I’d give this book a shot as an audiobook. I’d read it years ago, back when I actually enjoyed Robert J. Sawyer’s books, and I thought it would be a nostalgic kind of read that would get Toronto points. It did get Toronto points, but I found the narrator too annoying. He over-enunciated Toronto all the time and even managed to say North York in a way I found a bit weird. I’m not sure what it was, exactly, since I’m not entirely sure how you can pronounce North York in a funny way, but it did sound funny. He also spelled out CSIS (see-ess-eye-ess) instead of using the semi-acronym (see-siss) like you’re supposed to say it. I’m not entirely sure why CSIS had to pop up in the book other than to shout, “Look! I’m Canadian!” and they didn’t stick around for long, but it was still annoying.


Anyway, I give up. I don’t see why the narrator couldn’t have stuck to over-enunciating Toronto only when the alien said it and pronounce it more normally the rest of the time but obviously someone approved of his performance. At least the narrator used the acronym for the ROM instead of spelling it out. I would have given up a lot sooner if that had been the case.