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Steven Merrick

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Anchorage, AK, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1540)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "A very fun read"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book up to the end, although I was a bit frustrated by the ending. I had to knock off a star from my rating because the authors went way beyond their expertise when it came to superconductivity and electrophysics; there were a few really big groaners in this area speaking as an electrical engineer. The story and narration were so good, any small plot holes were entirely forgivable and I ended up staying up way into the night listening. Well worth a listen!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    "Great story, painful narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Marines: Crimson Worlds to be better than the print version?

    No. The narration definitely detracted from the otherwise excellent story.


    What other book might you compare Marines: Crimson Worlds to and why?

    The book reminds a lot me of the Lost Fleet series with a little bit of Legion of the Damned thrown in. It is filled with exciting battles on both land and in space. While the story is just a bit formulaic, it held my interest well, and thankfully didn't get bogged down in human interest love story lines like so many others of the genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices and the pronunciation were both extremely cringe-worthy. The narrator particularly bombed on the female characters, making them sound more like whiny caricatures almost too painful to be endured.Many words were consistently mispronounced; noteworthy was the score or more times he pronounced "habitable" as ha-BID'-able. Arrgh!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (2447)
    Story
    (2477)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Excellent Continuation of the Mistborn Universe!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An old western palladin with super powers goes up against a nearly immortal arch villain. Great story that really has it all. It hooked me in from the first moments and held me through the exciting conclusion. One of Sanderson's best!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1153)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jeremiah says: "Better Than The Second Joe Ledger"
    "Way too Poltical"
    Overall

    This third Joe Ledger book is again well worth the credit. It's another fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, intense story where Joe Ledger and his team are called upon once again to save the world at the last possible moment from the dastardly plans of the evil masterminds, and again the author pulls it off well.

    With that said, Jonathan Maberry just had to go off on several long-winded left-wing political rants using the voices of his evil masterminds that did not seem to add a single thing to the story, but will probably serve the author???s presumed intent to score him a round of high-fives at his next literary cocktail party. For a few short examples, one of his bad guys calls former President Bush ??????a Texas jokester who couldn???t manage a Walmart,??? rants that ???the Iraq war was just a grab for oil,??? calls George Bush a ???war criminal,??? and says ???the previous administration would be held accountable if this ever got out,??? but that they ???don???t have the same type of control over this current president, which is why they are trying to weaken and discredit him.??? Oh, puh-leeze! Several chapters - yes, ???chapters!??? - of this kind of blather, after which he follows this up with, ??????but let???s not get political.??? Yes, Jonathan ??? let???s not.

    5 stars for the exciting and well crafted book, minus 1 star for the author???s attempt to turn me into a member of his mindless zombie political horde.

    12 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Claws that Catch: Looking Glass Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    Claws That Catch is the fourth volume from their popular Looking Glass series. Humankind’s only interstellar craft, the Vorpal Blade is dispatched to investigate an ancient civilization that may have left vital technology behind. But when the crew finds more than they bargained for, they’ll have to scramble to survive.

    Amazon Customer says: "Yet again Ringo gets bored with his own stories."
    "Another good looking glass story, but..."
    Overall

    OMG! The narrator's singing was excruciating!!! A few glaringly inconsistent plot devices as well, such as why the away team happens to, without any coordination, each bring their favorite musical instruments along on a supposedly short visit to a potentially hostile planet, sufficient so that they can form a rock band so they can slay the evil demons with bad '70s rock music and a killer disco light show. Yeah, right... The new CO character on the Vorpel Blade was so obnoxiously obtuse that the story became more than a bit frustrating at times. ...and did I mention the excruciatingly painful singing?!?! Still, another very enjoyable story, all in all. I hope Mr. Ringo will keep the story going and give us another great installment in the Looking Glass series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shooters

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (254)

    In a dangerous world, only extraordinary people can keep America secure. The #1 New York Times best-selling series returns with a story as up-to-date as the headlines.

    W. J. Young says: "Fantastic "listen""
    "Slow paced and dull"
    Overall

    This book is the slowest paced book of any action thriller that I have ever read. It is not until the last 45 minutes that anything actually happens. Unless you're looking for somethng to help you fall asleep at night, I would save my money and pass this one by.

    16 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • A Most Wanted Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots" -- this is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man.

    S. Lev-Ami says: "Le Carre's Back!"
    "A Dull, Pedantic Time-Waster"
    Overall

    If you take out all of the "Muslims are our peaceful happy friends - Americans are evil torturing SOBs that deserve the violence they bring onto themselves" endless preachy sermonizing, this book would be about three pages long. There was zero action, zero suspense, and only 5 percent actual plot - and that 5 percent was predictable and beyond dull. Le Carre used to be able to write a semi-decent spy thriller. This one was truly an apalling waste of time.

    "A Most Wanted Man" is definitely my last le Carre novel - period. Life is too short.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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