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R. King

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  • When the Devil Dances: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (440)

    The human-eating Posleen have invaded Earth, decimating all but two North American territories. Heavily outnumbered, humans cluster close together, the possibilities of habitable space shrinking by the day. An epic battle from September 11-27, 2009, will decide the fate of humankind, and the apocalyptic decision to use nuclear weapons - heretofore banned - will alter the fate of alien and human forever.

    Colin says: "Yea! the story continues and its even better"
    "John Ringo spins a great story"
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    Where does When the Devil Dances rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    John Ringo's conversational style of writing lends itself well to audio format. Marc Vietor does a terrific job reading this book so that it is engaging and entertaining. Both the Posleen and Troy series have been great listens and among some of the best audio books I have in my collection.


    What other book might you compare When the Devil Dances to and why?

    There is more of a straight military/action style to the Posleen series ("Hymn before Battle" and "Gust Front") as compared to the Troy series ("Live Free or Die", "Citadel", "The Hot Gate"), but the humor and pop references in all the books makes for an entertaining story, though the story does involve a lot of military action so if you are not a fan of the genre you will likely not enjoy these that much.

    The series here compare well early Honor Harrington novels. Battles are tense, the actions of the characters heroic, but there are moments of humor as well. These are people who are thrust into dangerous events and rise to the challenge.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many, it is hard to pick just one. I think the combination of John Ringo and Marc Vietor makes for a wonderful book, I really cannot say that enough.

    The emotions are sometimes very raw, but the reactions of a diverse cast of characters to world shattering events seem real and are as varied as the personalities of the characters.


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

    The raid on the Urb and the realization by the characters that they must get out, but that the majority of those in the underground complex were doomed before the characters were even aware the complex had been invaded.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (166)

    The human was an expert sniper-and a psychopath. He had never failed in the past when he stalked human prey. But now he is on an enemy planet, and his prey is anything but human. The Darhel are a race with a highly developed empathic sense. Long ago, they learned that they cannot deal death to another intelligent being without being destroyed by the death agonies of their victim.

    Matt says: "Not a bad book"
    "Good, but not directly part of Legacy of Aldenata"
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    I enjoy all of the Aldenata series by John Ringo, and this was no exception. I like Marc Vietor as a narrator and he did a great job on this story. Ringo's style lends itself very well to the spoken word and that makes these great audio books.

    Marc varied the characterizations for the main characters well. He brought a different energy to each to make them unique. I have not read the original source material so I cannot compare it to my reading of the book, but I enjoyed the tale very much.

    My only complaint is that this book should not be classified as part of the "main line" of the Legacy of the Aldenata series -- it takes place a considerable period of time after the other four books in the main thread and has spoilers for other "related" books that pick up their stories more closely on the heals of the original story thread. Unfortunately Audible includes this book as part of the main story so that is why I bought it before the others.

    If you want to follow the narrative more closely then I suggest wait to read this one until you have read the Cally's War series and the other adjunct books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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