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Port Sydney, Ontario, Canada

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 139 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Decisive Battles of World History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete

    Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.

    IRP says: "Excellent Course- Needs Battle Maps"
    "Amazing performance! "

    Normally I'm not a history buff, but this course seemed to be of the type that if I took it in I would know a great deal more about the world.
    I was right! This course will take you through five thousand years of pivotal changing points in mankind, paint a brutal picture of war, and keep you interested the whole time.
    The narrator was animated and the information engaging.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Rage: A Repairman Jack Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Price

    Can you imagine a new chemical compound, a nonaddictive designer drug that heightens your assertiveness, opens the door to your primal self, giving you an edge wherever you compete, whether on the street or the football field, in a classroom or a boardroom? Wouldn’t you be tempted to try it...just once? What happens if it releases uncontrollable rage and makes you a killer?

    Queen of Everything says: "POOR REPAIRMAN JACK"
    "Sproingins! Jack's at it again"
    If you could sum up All the Rage in three words, what would they be?

    The Road King - This scene in the book is possibly one of the most hilarious and in state pieces I've ever read. While always enjoyable, the Repairman books tend to follow a certain flow, a predictable one. Then there's this scene...

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abe, Jack's friend. Price does such an amazing voice for him; very believable, and funny.

    What about Christopher Price’s performance did you like?

    His range of voice alteration is impressive. None of the characters sounded alike.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Road King scene, as mentioned above. At the same time side splitting funny, and brutally real.

    Any additional comments?

    I can see Wilson planting seeds for an expanding plot come the future, events now that have their own terrible implication, which will become all the darker in books to come... Just as events prior to this are tied into the story. I wonder if Sal Roma likes castles and keeps?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

    Archaon says: "Amazing"
    Where does Halo: Cryptum rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily the best thus far. Greg bear has become one of my favourite authors because of this book.

    What other book might you compare Halo: Cryptum to and why?

    Dune. While not as ground breaking and eternally memorable as Herbert's work, the comparison gives a potential reader the echelon of tale about to be spun. Like Herbert, Bear is obviously highly intelligent and takes the matter of his story to be a four dimensional fluid concept, and not merely a 300 page jaunt down a-few-bucks lane. Things, all of them, are thought out.

    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    The Didact. Part army sergeant, part Gadalf, part man who knows his race is about to be extinguished, I thought he was mesmerising like the Grey wizard, but far closer to someone you mourn for in passing.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Extreme in the sense that one truly never knew what to expect, especially not at the end. Upon that final paragraph the height of reaction was 'WTF?!' in a tremendous way. Unlike almost any Science Fiction attempt I've seen, that has tread the minefield of prequel eras, this story actually enhances what happens 100 000 years later, in feeling and in depth.

    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book to any lover of fiction, especially those who've grown stale on what they thought was Sci-Fi. From Dune to the Ender series, Verne to Asimov, Bear and this work belong on the path of 'fiction to reshape fiction'. I hope other Halo and established universe writers take note of what can be done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Word for World Is Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence. Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans with a flicker of humanity. The athseans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate....

    Archaon says: "She is talent incarnate"
    "She is talent incarnate"

    Rarely can one find a read so full of deeper, and not instantly obvious, meanings that one has to stop the recording regularly to think about it, while also being wholly enraptured by the tale as it progresses.
    Le Guin is a rare breed of writer, a true innovator, a master of literary sorcery.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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