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ronald

Frisco, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Restoration: Rai-Kirah, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Seyonne, the slave-turned-savior of the acclaimed Revelation and Transformation, returns to fight evil and tame the demons within him - in the third novel in this "thoroughly original" (Starburst) epic saga.

    ronald says: "Pretty good but not as good as the first two"
    "Pretty good but not as good as the first two"
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    What made the experience of listening to Restoration the most enjoyable?

    The reader was great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The prince is a funny character.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Stillwell – was your favorite?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    In this last book the protagonist makes a few uncharacteristically unwise decisions that left me scratching my head. Those decisions seemed to drive the story to the desired conclusion the author wanted. The story got a little tiresome 3/4 of the way into it. The ending was good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Josh says: "Great book that up till recently was Kindle only"
    "I will not be your soldier; ok I will."
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    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    To sum up this book in one headline: "I will not be your soldier; ok I will, but don't ask me why, i don't know" I sat through this and in the end I felt like this could have been 1/5th of the length and gotten the same message and level of enjoyment across. It took a long time to build up to nothing. The saddest part is the fact that there were parts of a foundation for a great story in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Minstrel: Tir Athair, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marissa Ames
    • Narrated By Matt Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Arriving in the royal city of Cynegil just after the good king's death, Liam and his traveling troupe face arrest for entertaining during a time of mourning. The new king, Riordan, offers them a choice: play for the court as he demands or be punished for the crime. With little recourse, they acquiesce. While the troupe entertains within the hall, Liam witnesses the dissension between the king and his twin brother, Shamus.

    Angela Goff says: "A Well Wrought Tapestry"
    "A much better book than I expected."
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    Any additional comments?

    The book does not really take off until about half way though, but when it does take off it keeps going. I initially thought it would be about the silly exploits of a group of friends while going through an adventure, but it turned out to be different in a way that kept me listening. I only wish to did not take so long to build to the real story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Fools: The Red Queen's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister.

    Joe Chad says: "Very good book but,"
    "M. Lawrence does it again, but differently."
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    Any additional comments?

    In the Prince of Thorn's (POT) series, readers (whether you liked the book or not) were fascinated by a protagonist that most people did not really feel ok about liking. The character drove that book and the same happens in this book, but with an exception. The characteristics of this protagonist drives this book, but the writer did not try to make him another POT, but rather created a totally different personality that made me laugh many times throughout the book. I actually liked this book better than the POT.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (686)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Not what I expected, but in a very good way."
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    Where does Off Armageddon Reef rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten sci-fi


    Any additional comments?

    Imagine waking up in a world where advances in technology, science, and economics have been suppressed in a manner that leaves everyone in this world ignorant of the fact that these things are being suppressed or even exist. In addition, the people in this world are decedents of people you once knew or worked with; people who existed at the zenith human technological and scientific advancement. People who built advance computers and spaceships. Furthermore you find that your own tenuous religious beliefs have been high-jacked while you were "asleep" and twisted to keep the people in this world under control and not advancing. You are able to reintroduce the knowledge of centuries of technological, economical, and scientific advancements. What would you do knowing that there is a great unknown threat these people need to start preparing to face? What would you do if there were safeguards put in place within the altered religion to make sure that if you did step forward with everything, people would view you as evil and bent on destroying their world?


    This book series is well written and a great read. It is fascinating to see how things we take for granted like the "0" in our numbering system could radically change a world if it was suddenly introduce to intelligent people who just did not know about it and who used a roman numerical numbering system instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Moon Rising: Forest Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself - a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch - and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood. Rupert did find a fiery dragon - and a beautiful princess to rescue.

    ronald says: "Almost did not make it."
    "Almost did not make it."
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    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening to this book when within the first hour or so I was introduced to a knight, vampire, talking unicorn, witch, troll, demon, and a talking dragon.-I love the fantasy genre, but it needs to be a little believable. Nonetheless I stuck in there (I was on the road and could not download another book), once half of those characters were dropped the story was not that bad.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2337)
    Performance
    (2157)
    Story
    (2158)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "An elegant mix of humor, sadness, and hopes."
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    Any additional comments?

    Even if you are not into the sci-fi/fantasy genre you can appreciate this story. It takes an interesting look into how immigrants in the past may have seen the world. It was an elegant mix of humor, sadness and hopes. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Blue Moon: Forest Kingdom, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Captains Hawk and Fisher, the only honest cops in Haven, are up to their ears in the usual Haven business when a messenger from a far away land finds them and reveals their real identities and mission - bring a killer to justice and ascend to the throne.

    Amazon Customer says: "Chicken Run Voices?"
    "I just could not do it."
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    Any additional comments?

    This second book in the series goes on to add ghost and zombies into the mix of way two many creatures from book 1. Ok, I tried to stick it out again, but then individuals who in book-1 spoke as if from the medieval times, all the sudden started having 1980s slapstick dialog that used words like ectoplasmic (like from "Ghost Busters"-really), crucifix, and swearing by Jesus. It was as if the characters got in a time machine and left the middle ages and ended up in the 1980s for book 2 and did not tell the author. It just got ridiculous. Maybe there was eventually an explanation, but if there was it had to be some convoluted nonsense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    mike says: "A light read"
    "Good Continuation"
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    Any additional comments?

    This installment alternates between the progression of the survivors on Koban and the Krall invasion into human occupied space. Like the first book, the story keeps building at a good space with few areas that get a little boring. I enjoyed this installment and only wish that there was more time on showing the genetic modifications.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (303)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Laura A Azevedo says: "Great Story, Poor Narration"
    "A new favorite."
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    What did you love best about Koban?

    This book just never got boring. The concept is captivating and fresh. I like authors who can build the foundations of a story while keeping the story interesting and moving. Great read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Race: The Shadow Space Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kal Spriggs
    • Narrated By Jonathan Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Baron Lucius Giovanni, Captain of the battleship War Shrike, finds himself without a home or nation, his ship heavily damaged, and crew in bad shape. The odds against their personal survival are slim. The time of humanity has come to a close. The great nations have all fallen, either to the encroaching alien threats or to internal fighting and civil war. The aliens who seek to supplant humanity, however, have not taken one thing into account: Lucius Giovanni.

    Striker says: "Really Good Story and Concept, But a Little Rushed"
    "Ok"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was ok. Not boring, but nothing special. However it does seen to have the potential to become a pretty good series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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