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Kent

Polk City, IA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3031)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2805)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Another great Stephen King read..."
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    If you like a lot of what Stephen King has written recently like Lisey's Story or Duma Key, you will love Joyland.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Human: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Chaos has erupted throughout the known galaxy, threatening countless colonies and orbital habitats - as the Associative struggles vainly to keep the peace. Extreme measures are called for in these times of dire crisis, and the Star Marines are awakened from their voluntary 850-year cybe-hibe sleep. But General Trevor Garroway and his warriors are about to discover that the old rules of engagement have drastically changed.

    Kent says: "Not nearly as good as previous books"
    "Not nearly as good as previous books"
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    I relistened to Book 2 (Galatic Corps) before listening to this, and I am glad I did not because it made this one more understandable or remember where last we left off, but because it made realize why I liked this series in the first place. The Mars series and the Inheritance Trilogy were not nearly as preachy or monologue-filled as this novel was. I have seen others rail against people like Tom Clancy or books like "One Second After," and this is the opposite. If you were not of the author's viewpoint, this is one difficult slog of a book.

    The second piece of my criticism is that often this book is not even science fiction or more accurately set in a science fiction setting. If I want to listen to a history of famous corps battles, I am sure there are other books to read, but in this situation the constant returning to old Marine battles simply seemed like filler.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2889)
    Performance
    (2317)
    Story
    (2322)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Wow - what a disappointing ending."
    Overall

    Having listened to the other books, I should have come to expect it, but Jack Campbell raises the incomplete book to another level with this one. Unlike the other reviewers, I thought the book was engaging enough to keep my interest. It is not action thriller though, and for a book that is portrayed as a alien encounter book, the aliens were a surprisingly low part of the book. The book also did not further that relationship between the two much. One could miss reading this book in the series, and one would really not miss much.

    Its greatest fault though has to be the ending. I can appreciate that John Hemry / Campbell wants to start another gravy train series of books or science fiction soap opera, but how about completing at least one thread before rapidly completely the book. I won't give anything away, but it would appear he had a number of pages to fill put in just enough star systems, and then erected a threat in the final one. At this point, after purchasing the Lost Fleet series, I am contemplating letting the train go on without me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5195)
    Performance
    (3194)
    Story
    (3221)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Excellent listen and good entertainment"
    Overall

    I notice a lot of the reviews and the "helpful" comments have gotten red vs. blue in nature. Let me stress one thing - this book was a good read. It requires some suspension of belief, but if you are a fan of genre, it provides a nice counterpoint to books like "The Road." In some sense, it's an slightly optimist apocalyptic literature.

    One of the best purchases I made this year along with Split Second.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful

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