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Brian

Falls City, OR, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Flag in Exile: Honor Harrington, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (867)

    Two irresistible forces are rushing together to crush the planet Grayson between them, and only one woman, uncertain of her capabilities, weary unto death, and marked for murder -stands between her adopted planet and its devastation.

    Professor says: "Honor Harrington Universe Book 5"
    "Weber does it again"
    Overall

    Another in the series about Honor Harrington. To understand the full series, you need to start with On Basilisk Station and follow tem from there. The story is well written, like all David Weber books (for true space opera/naval battles try "The Shiva Option/In Death Ground"). I have yet to be disappointed with a David Weber book, his characters are well developed and rarely do you find anything disconnected. Highly recommended series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Call to Duty: Book I of Manticore Ascendant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Weber, Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (258)

    Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

    Jean says: "Astronautical adventure story"
    "Another great start to a Honorverse series."
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    What did you love best about A Call to Duty?

    Adds a historical context to the Honorverse, in how Manticore came to rise, the discovery of the wormholes, and the politics in between.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Typical Weber depth of characters. A good book to fill the void in the current HH series.


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    Good narration and voices, great use of distinctive accents and voices for characters.


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

    I listen as I drive to work, can't do one at a time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Trafalgar Gambit: Ark Royal, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (669)

    Humanity is losing the war. The once-mighty space navies have been crippled, officers and crew have been stretched to the limit and Earth herself has come under heavy attack. The end cannot be long delayed. For Admiral Smith and the crew of HMS Ark Royal, the stakes have never been so high. The one hope is to make contact with alien factions that might oppose the war.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable trilogy"
    "Mr. Nuttall we get it...really...we do"
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    What did you love best about The Trafalgar Gambit?

    It is a good basic storyline, with a lot of room to expand in. The problem is the author tends to dwell on things over and over again. The Ark Royal is old, and armored and the only ship that can stand up to the aliens. OK. The Crown Prince is out there too. OK. There is some problems with the Royal succession. OK. Please stop repeating it aud naseum. The story is worth the listen, as long as you are prepared for the repeats. You do get involved in the storyline of what will happen, and will there be a breakthrough, and how will it happen. Stick with it and hope the author gets the message and the next book is cleaner and smoother.


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher G. Nuttall before, how does this one compare?

    Mr. Nuttall seems to make the same mistakes in all three books, maybe he rammed them out at once. His editors let him down by not cleaning it up and asking for a rewrite.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure, he does a good job. Characters are distinct and clear.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't hold the repeats against me, please.....


    Any additional comments?

    A good, original way to treat first contact, and possibly a realistic one. The tramline idea is good and explains FTL transits well. The characters are good, if we just got one dose of them we would all be better off. But still a good listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fire with Fire: Caine Riordan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles E. Gannon
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth's Moon - a history-making clandestine project - and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan's mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient - enough so to have built a lost civilization.

    Eivind says: "Misleading Cover"
    "Someone said "Jack Ryan in Outer Space""
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    If you could sum up Fire with Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Jack Ryan Meets Aliens, I know it's 4 but that is as close as you can get.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It did have a Tom Clancyesque framework, you cans ee the story starting early in, but the twists and plots make it worthwhile. Although you do have to wonder how such a super spy organization can't figure out someone outside is messing with them.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure, I have a few hundred books, but the guy does a really good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope, just like to listen to a good story as I drive my 1.5 hour commute.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, good story, well presented.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3648)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2426)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Picks up where Pandoras Star left off"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Judas Unchained to be better than the print version?

    The audio book was light years ahead of the book, the performance was so good, it seemed to be an audio theater. I drive 62 miles each weay to work and rack up a lot of audio book time, and next to Honor Harrington, this has been the best series yet. The whole universe Mr. Hamilton has built is detailed, his characters real and emotional and the story line is riveting throughout.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Judas Unchained?

    The moment the story climaxes you wonder through 2 books who the Starflyer agent is that is passing the detailed Navy information along, and you get down to just a few possibilities, and then it hits. The story builds to this moment in a wonderful way.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    That is really hard to call, He does such a great job of making each character unique and you never lose track of any characters at all, male or female. Ozzie is a joy to hear, you know that that is exactly what Mr. Hamilton must have intended for him.


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

    I always hated to stop it at the end of my trip. This book would be a great evening entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome story, that picks back up 1000 years later in the Void series. All 5 books make a great long listen, I most strongly recommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (903)

    Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

    John says: "Compelling Series But Too Much Filler"
    "A Fabulous Series!!"
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    Would you listen to A Rising Thunder again? Why?

    The story, performance and how they work so well together is an outstanding piece of listening pleasure. In fact, I DID listen to the entire Honor Harrington series leading up to this one, just to get refreshed on the the story. Honor's story line is well thought out, and continues to expand to the point some people found it trying or boring. Not in the least, if you want to delve into a whole new world, that is painstakingly crafted, then listen in sequence to all the books (including the Saganimi and Torch side series) as they ALL tie together into a large, vast universe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to decide, Honor has strength of character, almost to the point of a flaw, but adapts rapidly to whatever changes in her environment, Mike Henke is a good, solid friend, but has the same abilities as Honor, just tested in a different fire. Albrecht Detweiler and his sons are just out to save their collective butts and you have to appreciate their ability to keep the Mesan Alignment going. Weber's characters all have flaws, and strengths, and it makes it very hard to pick "the one".


    What does Allyson Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Allyson Johnson makes the audio books a treasure. Her perfect pitch and voice changes make you wonder how many people they actually had record this thing. I am still not sure if she does all the characters or what, if she does, she should get an Audible Oscar.


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

    If I had the time, I would, but I listen going to and from work (1.5 hrs each way, 3-4 days a week), and I want to stretch them out endlessly if possible.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book in a great series. If you want to comprehend it all, start with book 1 (On Basilisk Station) and follow through with all of them. You will not be disappointed if you like science fiction, military, or just good story telling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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