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Travis

Houston, TX | Member Since 2010

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  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3200)
    Performance
    (2153)
    Story
    (2177)

    The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

    Jesse says: "Great Scifi!"
    "A good review no spoilers"
    Overall

    I am very intrigued by this series, and the reader is very good. There are some problems though.


    Each book in the series assumes the reader never read any of the preceding books. You often get descriptions of systems you already have had explained to you over, and over again. The sections dealing with his personal life is very interesting, but the continuing theme of hero worship puts a foreshadow on everything in the book. If he starts thinking about how he can't turn into Black Jack, that probably means he's going to stomp the Syndic fleet into a mud hole.

    This book also has problems with the commander being too perfect. Its like the commander does everything you expect him to do. For this reason he doesn't have a human side to him, not really anyways. He's always minding his honor, and doing everything exactly the way it should be done. Its just not very realistic, and this is brought out by the irony that the main character keeps telling himself over and over he's not perfect. Even worse, when things do go wrong Black Jack can't be blamed for the failure. He's invincible and unfallable...


    Now onto the good. The space battles are nicely done, if you've been loaded with a pretty good 3D graphics card from the womb they come out pretty handsomely. The fleet drama between the characters does wonders to make the plot very interesting and dynamic. You get to see them fail, and then disciplined which is gratifying for the reader. Anything involving Captain Falco is absolutely hilarious. This is only intensified because the reader makes him sound like quagmire from Family guy. I'm just waiting for a giggidy giggidy to be thrown in for good measure where I would lose control and risk a stroke.


    Thats about it for night, i'll see the series through for sure. I just wish the author would of thought it out a little bit more. Some minor tweaks could have removed some of the more glaring inconsistencies.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Scrapyard Ship: Scrapyard Ship, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Wayne McGinnis
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (278)

    Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

    Craig says: "Wait! Huh? What?"
    "Colonel Kyle Riggs... is that you?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More authentic, its nearly a complete star force copy at this point. Alien invasion check, find super futuristic ship check, comes with crazy robot science officer check, wife is dead or crazy check, finds exotic hookup check, becomes leader of the space defense force check, has a replicating device check, comes up with new ideas that are instantly created check, the only thing that is different is that Kyle is a Professor and this guy is a Seal.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Wayne McGinnis before, how does this one compare?

    Not a bad book if you liked the Star Force series (Larson), or Troy Rising series (Johnny Ringo), you'll probably like this too.


    Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, he is ok, his voice for the main character I find a little annoying, it could just be his interpretation of how a navy officer sounds though.


    Could you see Scrapyard Ship being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably, lots of action, moves around a lot.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The World at the End of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Wan-To was the oldest and must powerful intelligence in the universe, a being who played with star systems as a child plays with marbles. Matter occupied so tiny a part of his vast awareness that humans were utterly beneath his notice.

    Travis says: "Great Story!"
    "Great Story!"
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    Where does The World at the End of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought the ending was a little weak, I was sad to find that the author has passed away, and didn't leave a series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World at the End of Time?

    I have read a plot line similar to this in Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds. Relativistic effects and deep time in general are such interesting topics so the conversations and narration surrounding them were fascinating.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    William Dufris doesn't get paid enough ha-ha, I listen to books just because he reads them. In fact, its why I listened to this one.


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

    The different societies and how they evolved became interesting. I think most of these hardcore sci fi authors have a lot of politics and civilization extrapolation built into them. This was no exception. It paints a valid picture of a super modern dark age, and something that couldn't be so far over the horizon from us.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something like what Reynolds writes, this will be a delight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steadfast: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1153)

    Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

    rich says: "Black Jack Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet"
    "Weakest yet"
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    I thought this was probably the weakest of his novels so far. The story line has become somewhat predictable. I will say the most exciting part was the ending, and the lead into the next book, Hopefully he'll use that momentum to put on a better show in book 5.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Space: Dark Space, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jasper T. Scott
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Ten years ago the Sythians invaded the galaxy with one goal: to wipe out the human race. Now the survivors are hiding in the last human sector of the galaxy: Dark Space--once a place of exile for criminals, now the last refuge of mankind.

    Travis says: "An upgrade to the lost fleet series."
    "An upgrade to the lost fleet series."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this book, partly because William Dufris is as usual amazing, and partly because this was just really well written. The plot line is engaging, you hate the bad guys, and the hero isn't so noble as is the case in most of these contemporary sci fi books.

    As far as the actual combat I thought they were the best I've read. Better then the lost fleet, and more dramatic. If you like military sci-fi I believe you'll find a lot of enjoyment in this title.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (268)

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    wyatt says: "It's a Poem"
    "Low stars for the low value"
    Overall
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    Story

    The writing isn't bad, it actually had some interesting quotes. The problem is I paid 5 dollars for an hour of audio book. This should be free, especially considering it contains no direct value to the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2235)
    Performance
    (1387)
    Story
    (1408)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "A love-hate relationship"
    Overall
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    Story

    I've read nearly all of what Peter F. Hamilton has to say, and he has to say quite a lot evidently. I find myself enjoying this book like I enjoy his other books. I enjoy one or two particular point of views in his plot lines within his many point of views and pretty much ignore the rest. When his writing is on it is a near magical experience. Like when Ozzy, is walking through the ice forest in his early books. I can picture that scene down to every detail and feel the bite of frost clinging to my skin. He printed a near out of body experience onto tapestry. On the other hand I find that when his writing is off, it is so over detailed and long winded that it will drain you from going any further. I have to actually stop, regroup another day, and listen again.

    In the end I would always read another one of his novels. There is too much good here to miss out on, but if this is the first novel you've seen I'd recommend starting from Pandora's Star. Amazingly after the first two novels there are still characters kicking around in the Dreaming Void from his earlier Commonwealth books. Two books doesn't sound like a long time but that's 80 hours of narration and some 1200 years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4796)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2668)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "Less impressed with this extension of Card's work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Its a different writing style from Ender. Much more wordy, philosophical, and less action packed. I did enjoy it, just don't expect to get a second serving of Ender's Game here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen of the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (525)

    Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future, when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, "Lot 97. A boy." Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of the ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorby himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.

    L. says: "One of Heinlein's best"
    "A good story, but the ending could use improvement"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed this author and story, but I felt like the story went from stage to stage until the author decided he had to end it and then did so with a little too much haste. Not only that, but the ending circumstances seemed to be a bit more optimistic then what reality would permit.It loses its gritty and real feel for that reason.

    On the other hand though I have to say that Heinlein's book seems as timeless as Asimov's. Despite being written in the 50s, the science fiction portions through a kind of vagueness maintain and hold up their portions of the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4196)
    Performance
    (2509)
    Story
    (2548)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Hamilton needs an editor with a pair of stones."
    Overall
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    This novel is unedited! It contains huge spans of garbage, opinion, or just ego buffing rambles on things he's read. If you read revelation space, and are looking for something similar this is not it. Take everything you didn't like about revelation space and make a whole book of that. That is what Peter F Hamilton has created for us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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