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Iceworm72

Wasilla, AK, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Podkayne of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

    Jack Ketterer says: "A Smart Kid"
    "This was an enjoyable tale and a good narrator..."
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    I love Heinlein stories and this one was very enjoyable. I also appreciated the quality of the narration by Emily Janice Card.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14317)
    Performance
    (13420)
    Story
    (13438)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great Story Awesome Narrator!"
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    I loved the story! it ended too soon in my opinion. I was a good ending but it lacked the zip of an awesome ending. The narration was a pure joy!

    Definitely worth the listening time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (723)

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    Katie says: "Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda."
    "Pure Excellence in story telling!"
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    This story is excellent. This could easily be the tail of a slow boat colony in the stars. The characters are believable.. The conflict is intense. The emotions are real and powerful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (750)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (706)

    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
    (592)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (562)

    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
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1071)
    Story
    (1042)

    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
    (5820)
    Performance
    (5352)
    Story
    (5350)

    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
    (253)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (227)

    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
    (2084)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1753)

    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
    (2623)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1287)

    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
    (415)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    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

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