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Iceworm72

Wasilla, AK, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • To Honor You Call Us: Man of War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (673)

    The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

    Connor says: "Good Military Sci-Fi"
    "A New Gem has been Discovered."
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    This book started out with a bang and kept building. I appreciate the lack of total cliff hangers in this series. The writing is filled with witty dialog, interesting tactics and solutions as well as a political intrigue that is easy to understand for those of us watching our modern world full of conflicts. I find the use of historical references and "training tips" add credibility to the character of Max, he does an excellent job of explaining why such a capable officer would have been slow to rise in the ranks of captains. On the whole I look forward to buying many more books from this author and narrator combination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Honor We Stand: Man of War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (538)

    In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a 30-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony. Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: The dangers from the enemy without…and clashes with crew and superiors within. Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space.

    rich says: "Max Robicheaux - A Leader of Men"
    "Worth the Listen"
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    This book started out with a bang and kept building. I appreciate the lack of total cliff hangers in this series. The writing is filled with witty dialog, interesting tactics and solutions as well as a political intrigue that is easy to understand for those of us watching our modern world full of conflicts. I find the use of historical references and "training tips" add credibility to the character of Max, he does an excellent job of explaining why such a capable officer would have been slow to rise in the ranks of captains. On the whole I look forward to buying many more books from this author and narrator combination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (999)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Stuff is stuff and that is all it will ever be!"
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    Andrew J. Mellen is to Stuff, what Dave Ramsey is to Personal Finance! This book and its "slow" process of growing order into your life is awesome. I can now find my keys! One place for everything and everything in its place works wonders.

    This book gets you to examine who you are based upon the stuff you have and your relationship to it. It is worth reading and listening to multiple times and even more worth applying in your life! There is such a thing as finding peace without conspicuous consumerism.

    What is more all of the forms he mentions in the audio can easily be downloaded from the web. This makes it one of the better self-help books on that note alone. The book is full of helpful suggestions and exercises to help you achieve the victory over stuff.

    This book has vaulted into my top ten life altering books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5545)
    Performance
    (5109)
    Story
    (5105)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "A True Gem!"
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    This is one of the best books I have listened to in years! The performance of Tim Gerard Reynolds is outstanding and the writing of Michael J. Sullivan is superub! What makes this even better is I would not cringe if my teenage son were to pick up this book and start reading it. I suspect that even my wife who is picky about her fantasies would enjoy this one. I just finished this book and have immediately used my credit to get the next volume in the Riyria Revelations series. Royce and Hadrian are two characters who you instantly like but what is even better about them is you grow to like them even more as the tale continues. This is a great book you will not be disappointed in the least. In someways it is almost like two books and you will love them both!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Werewolf's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michele Hauf
    • Narrated By Sasha Dunbrook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    Alpha wolf Ridge Addison left his wife in Las Vegas, vowing to put their one reckless night of passion behind him and return to his clan. Thirteen years later he needs a divorce so he can become pack leader. Yet he's never forgotten the sensuous witch whose life he saved...Or the knee-buckling kisses he still craves. After they parted, Abigail tried banishing Ridge from her memory. Now her heart belongs only to her son. But when the boy is kidnapped, she knows she alone can't save him.

    CAROLYN says: "Good story very credit worthy."
    "A Great Story"
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    Worth the credit and worth buying for my wife to read as an ebook from Amazon! This would make a great movie!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2035)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1715)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "I NEVER KNEW... I WAS POISONING MYSELF!"
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    This book has answered so many questions, I never knew I needed to ask about eating healthy. Having just finished Finding Ultra by Rich Roll, I found ths work to be a complementary and insightful boost to the path off the Pre-Diabetis Train I am currently riding and was failing to escape due to the USDA and aided and abedded by the ADA "recommended" "Healthy Whole Grain" insanity!!! UGH! I always knew I didn't trust a bureacrat when it came to my money why should I be surprised to discover my health was never their primary concern either. The ADA should know better. They claim to be seeking the cure and clearly they are not. The ADA has lost a lot of brownie points in my world, they will never see one more penny from my bank account until they change their stance on this death pact they have with the wheat lobby.

    I thought I was eating healthy an yet nothing was helping my numbers improve. They have slowly crept upward with each year's blood test. Last year I lost my gal bladder and things improved for a few months and then I recomitted to eating more healthy foods! Yep! I just unwittingly followed the recommended daily's like so many before me. My earlier weight loss began to reverse itself almost immediately.

    I have lost a younger cousin to a digestive system cancer that was rare and unexplained. Now I suspect the cause may have been his "healthy diet" he encouraged me to adopt full of healthy whole grains. My mother in law is killing herself on the ADA dietary plan. This is a nightmare that those who should be watching out for the public as a whole have allowed and even profited by inattentive and or borderline criminal negligence.

    My wife and I have begun the process of removing ALL WHEAT from our family's diet. It will be interesting to see the effects it has on our two Autism Spectrum boys. I am so very glad I picked up this title. I have purchased the ebook version of it and of the Cookbook too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1210)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Well Worth Your Time!"
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    I found this to be one of the most compact reviews of Brian's work over the last 30 years of any of his books. I have used it as a reminder once a week on my commute to help entrench these points. Began less than two months ago to practice the principles in this audio. I have thus far completed three very large tasks on my personal list of projects for the year. This book is gold if you will put in the daily and sometimes hourly effort to reform your personal habits, from procrastinating productivity to producing results one small action at a time.

    This book is well worth your time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Variable Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (200)

    At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

    Michael says: "BRVO!"
    "Thank you Spider Robinson!"
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    If you like Robert A. Heinlein, this work by Spider Robinson will not disappoint you! Thank you Spider Robinson for giving us one last glimpse into the fadied past of a true grand master of SF, Robert A. Heinlein! I love this story for its simplicity and have listened to it twice now. You brought this story to life beautifully! I know Robert would be pleased that you have given us his fans one last gift from him, through you.

    This story is fast paced and mostly believeable that an 18 year old boy would respond in these ways to some of these stimuli. Joel is a fine and indearing character. The humor and twists this tale takes was vary enjoyable.

    The ending was more abrupt than I would have liked. So I was pleased to read that Spider Robinson will be writing 3 more book in this univers.

    Spoiler Alert:

    However, at its conclusion I am left thinking now Spider needs to write a couple of companion novels to tell the tale of how humanity deals with the threat from the unknown. I hope that the forth coming novels will show how Joel's life on the road to the stars serves as a guiding star and point of memory for humanity as they learn the ropes of this bold new universe. A man without a true community, beyond his small family and a few others along for the journey, that enables them to discover the threat and help humanity decide how to respond.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: A Revivalist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Bryn Davis was killed on the job after discovering her bosses were selling a drug designed to resurrect the dead. Now, revived by that same drug, she becomes an undead soldier in a corporate war to take down the very pharmaceutical company responsible for her new condition....

    Sumati says: "Unexpected!"
    "I am Anxiously Awaiting the Next Revivalist Novel!"
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    I bought this title because the premise sounded interesting and to my mind would hold a few possible twists and turns. I have never consumed any of Rachel Caine's work before so it was a bit of a risk; however, I had the credit and was between series and no real burning titles on my list at that moment, simply bought it. I am glad I did. Being a fan of Zombie books and movies, this was certainly a twist on the concept. The plot moves along nicely and I have recommended to my wife as a good story she might enjoy.

    This was my first experience with Julia Whelan and see did spectacularly in my opinion! I didn't struggle with tracking the characters as she voiced them. I will not hesitate to listen to any book when she is narrating.

    My only regret is ‘Two Weeks Notice’ isn't due out until August 7th, uggghhhh! I dearly hope that Julia is already recording the audio version of this new tale.

    I can only imagine where this next tale will lead Bryn Davis, but there are too many place this story can go just yet; given the challenges of living life as one of the Returne Addicts. Rachel you have pushed us into a whole wide world in this series starter for new genre character, Zombie Heroine, Bryn Davis!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (1621)
    Story
    (1620)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "I am 'Reddy' for more!!!"
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    I initially thought that I was going to dislike William Dufris' narration, but by the time I was 10 minutes into the tale I was of an entirely different opinion. He did a great job of differentiating the characters. The story is fast paced and full of twist and turns. I loved this first book; and I will be buying this series up just, as fast as, I can afford them, by all means available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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