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Mike

Devon, PA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (580)

    The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

    Glenda says: "A Must Have Series!!!"
    "As expected"
    Overall

    Good book in line with the whole series. Weber is his usual self. Since I skipped the recent non-Honor stories (don't care for the spinoffs) I was quite lost at first since this builds more off them than it does off the last Honor book (At all Costs).

    I really don't like the narrator's nasal voice and the mushy way she slurs words into each other. Her British and French accents however are great, though sometimes they seem to slip.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2759)
    Performance
    (2194)
    Story
    (2201)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Start with the Lost Fleet Series, then grab this."
    Overall
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    This picks up right where the Lost Fleet series left off and continues with the same excitement and energy of it's predecessors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4538)
    Performance
    (3072)
    Story
    (3104)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Addiction Warning! This series is habit forming!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't get this book unless you are willing to burn through the whole series. I think I demolished it in about a week.
    Take one part naval history, one part Battlestar Galactica (minus the whiny civilians), mix with a measure of The Odyssey, and shake with a whole lot of creative energy and excitement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5744)
    Performance
    (5359)
    Story
    (5379)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book and an excellent premise. Superpowers don't make you heroic; power corrupts. It's a refreshing new take on the whole super-powered genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombies: Survival: The New World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By Sean Wybrant
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Zombies: Survival: The New World, Book 1 is a look into the lives of Tom Boyd and his sister, Kelly Boyd, and their escape from the zombie outbreak in St. Charles County, MO. The Boyds make the choice to travel to their farm in Rolla, MO, in an attempt to survive being consumed by zombies. Along their travels the Boyd family meets uncertainty around every corner. Their lives will never be the same now that the zombies are overrunning their communities and the world. New friendships are formed as the Boyds' paths meet others in their quest to survive.

    misty says: "Blerg"
    "Mary Sue vs. Zombies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The writing is awful. I don't mind survivalist porn if that's what you want, but like fifty shades of grey this is written terribly and the protagonist is unbelievably perfect and awesome at everything despite being a 'normal' guy. I was driven nuts by paragraphs that went like this: "I saw the Item and decided it was a good item. I took the Item and used the item to do a thing that the item was good at." Does the author not know how to use pronouns? Even the narrator sounded like he was trying to get through it as painlessly as possible so he could collect his paycheck and go get drunk to forget the stupid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line Must Hold: Crimson Worlds V

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Directed by the maniacal Regent, the enemy pressed forward with one goal - the destruction of mankind. The Superpowers of Earth, enemies for over a century, have banded together to face the threat from outside, and their combined forces have fought delaying actions to buy time. But now the Rim has fallen, and the heart of human space lies before the invaders. On three worlds, mankind will make its stand, and all the power Earth and its colonies can muster has been gathered there.

    Mike says: "J Bower needs to learn third grade pronunciation"
    "J Bower needs to learn third grade pronunciation"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Line Must Hold to be better than the print version?

    No. Jeff Bower makes the audio version obnoxious. I only keep buying the series because it's good enough to offset Jeff.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Bower’s performance?

    His voices, inability to pronounce normal words, random swapping of words that rhyme with the word Jay Allen actually wrote. Females all sound like three year olds, the asian voices are downright racist.


    Any additional comments?

    Dear Jeff Bower,The rank of Ensign is pronounced En-Sin. It is not pronounced Enzen. Also, stop trying to do voices, you are only able to do offensive stereotypes. 1940s cartoons handled asian voices with less racism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (492)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Narrator Terrible, Book Normal"
    Overall
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    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The story was standard Weber, like it or hate it. The Narrator was horrible. He sounded like a first-year drama student attempting to sound dramatic. Everything is spoken with an over-emphasized breathless affectation that drove me nuts. The huge breaths between every sentence only add to the discordant nature of his speech. Factual or descriptive lines are delivered in the tone of an impassioned dramatic speech. Terrible, just terrible. If he narrates the next book, I'm buying the hardcover and not the audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3052)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1725)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    I love the book itself. Great story, only wish the audio version came with the character list. Only thing that bothered me was the author(s) seemed to love and overuse the word 'presently'. It got on my nerves after awhile.

    The Reader: Terrible. He had three voices. The one used for all women. The Southerner Voice. And the "Can you tell I'm a chainsmoker?" voice. He seemed to forget what voice he used for many characters, so voice changes did not denote character changes. Also, the attempts at singing (more like off-beat chanting) required me to use the fastforward every time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Atheist's Guide to Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ariane Sherine (editor), Richard Dawkins, Simon Le Bon
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Simon Le Bon
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    Here is a fantastic listen that works brilliantly alongside the massively popular The Atheist's Guide to Christmas. This Guide was edited by Ariane Sherine, who has managed to compile a wonderful concoction of the world's most entertaining writers, scientists, comedians, and philosophers to read, perform, and narrate pieces that they had all written for the print book version.

    James says: "Can’t duplicate Brit humor"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    Entertaining and thought provoking. I Thoroughly enjoyed it. A few readers were a little dry and repetitive, otherwise no complaints.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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