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David

Huntington Woods, MI, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (337)

    The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

    Michael says: "It gets better"
    "A different narrator would have helped"
    Overall

    My biggest complaint about this novel is the male narrator. He is very monotone and pauses between each word so that it becomes difficult to listen to. I noticed that the other books in this series are narrated by the same person so I haven't decided whether to purchase them.

    I also can't understand the role of the female narrator. She basically only narrates the logs of one female character. Why not have her do all the female characters (especially since the male narrator doesn't change his tone much for female characters)?

    The content of the book is pretty good. The author skips over periods of time quite a bit. I often found myself wondering what had happened to the characters during this time (such as their 1st winter on Coyote which is completely skipped).

    Be sure to listen to the preview before buying. If you can handle the narrator, the book is worth getting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weapons of Choice: Axis of Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Birmingham
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters. Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand.

    Nelson says: "Superb!"
    "Not a bad read, but think twice before you buy"
    Overall

    I read the reviews prior to purchasing and saw several had mentioned the language of the book as a negative. I can tolerate most language, but WHOA... I wasn't prepared for the rampant use of the N-word, the F-bomb, and other racial slurs.

    I also found the book to have several areas that are unbelievable, even for sci-fi. The author does a fairly good job setting the scene of the 1940's, but I find some of the technology from 2021 (just a mere 12 years away) to be a stretch. The author fails to recognize how slow the military is to implement cutting edge technology.

    The narrator is decent and makes an effort to sound like the real historical figures (like Roosevelt and JFK).

    Unlike other reviewers, I did push through to the end, but it was a difficult task. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to most people.

    12 of 22 people found this review helpful

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