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Greg

West Hartford, CT, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (478)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Greg says: "Heavy-handed"
    "Heavy-handed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You get the gist of this story within the first hour, and then get beaten over the head with it over and over and over for the remainder.

    Corporate entities have co-opted government, armies have been privatized, and the soldier on the ground is endangered more by bureaucracy than by the enemy. It's a good premise, and not horribly executed, but...it lacks subtlety. It's pretty preachy at times.

    The sci-fi stuff -- the military parts -- are good, though not up to the standards of Campbell's Lost Fleet books, and they play out like interludes between the preaching about how the officers don't know anything and the non-coms should be able to run the army without oversight.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (2659)
    Story
    (2697)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Listen to this if you liked "The Stand""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has a lot in common with Stephen King's "The Stand," as an apocalyptic event leaves a 1980's-era America in shambles, and a few survivors are left to square off in a good-vs-evil battle.

    A few of the plot twists are predictable. As is common in long books, this one has a few slow sections. But overall, the pacing was good. It's a well-told story, with compelling characters, and excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3209)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2298)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Not great, but not bad either"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This isn't the best-written book, but at the same time, it's serviceable. File it under throw-away listens: agreeable, light zombie fare, but not a whole lot of substance. If this is what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. It's a zombie shoot-em-up, after all.

    The reader is a little stiff, but not unlistenable, and he matches the writing style, which is sort of Tom Clancy-Lite: a bit wooden, a bit heavy on the details. This is the sort of writing that never mentions a gun without telling you what model it is and how many bullets it holds in its magazine, while the characters strive to become even two-dimensional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (484)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Original, Difficult and Well-Crafted."
    "Great start, weak finish."
    Overall

    If this book had only ended after the first part, it would have been an instant favorite of mine in this genre. After a great beginning, the second half of the story turned into a total grind. I was happy to reach its end. Narration and production were both great.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • More Information Than You Require

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (380)

    Welcome to the paperless (or "audiobook") edition of More Information Than You Require, a further compendium of COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE assembled and illumined by John Hodgman, a Famous Minor Television Personality. It contains all of the half-truths, fake trivia, amazing made-up facts, and molemanic lore as the paper edition, narrated here by Resident Expert John Hodgman, occasionally interrupted by this veritable extravaganza of illustrious and sometimes presumptuous guests.

    Bobby says: "John Hodgman"
    ""Look at me, I'm funny""
    Overall

    Listening to this book is like being trapped at a dinner party with a guy who thinks he's a lot wittier than he really is.

    I agree with the other reader reviews that label this audiobook as tedious, self-indulgent, and most of all, unfunny.

    For what it's worth, I'm someone who would generally fall right into Hodgman's demographic. I like non-sequitur, deadpan, sarcastic humor -- and I don't think I even chuckled during the 5+ hours of this that I forced myself through.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1350)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (602)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Immensely Satisfying Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    Wow. This was a great listen. Excellent narration, excellent writing. Here's hoping that audible puts together another volume of stories set in this very believable and superbly-wrought world.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (102)

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "Couldn't do it"
    Overall

    I might pick it up and try to finish it again later, but the writing is pretty poor overall.

    I think it was the line "You couldn't really tell how tall he was until he stood up from behind his desk..." that killed it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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