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Mark

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  • Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy Seal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Captain Robert A. Gormly, USN (Ret.)
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Subtitled "Memoirs of a Navy Seal", Captain Robert A. Gormly tells his amazing story as the leader of the US Navy SEALs, taking us into the night, into the water and into battle on some of the most hair-raising missions ever assigned. Rising through the chain of command within the SEALs from platoon leader to commanding officer, Gormly's journey began with a chance meeting on a Virginia beach.....

    Robert P Cymbal says: "Combat Swimmer"
    "Not much fight in this book"
    Overall

    Not the book you want to read if you want to hear tales of non stop action about the intensive close quarter conflicts that the navy seals are renowned for. You will enjoy this book if you want some action and want to learn about the ins and outs of the navy seal fight for funding and recognition as a viable and finely tuned fighting unit from Vietnam through the conflicts in the middle east.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (16101)
    Performance
    (12321)
    Story
    (12349)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "A Good Book, Lost in Predictability"
    Overall

    This is a well written book with many, many well developed characters and locations. The story is well developed and is easy to follow through the many changing scenarios. However the main drawback to this book and of all the books of the "Stories of Fire and Ice" series are there complete predictability. In every instance whenever one of (or many of) the villains are just about to be killed, captured or thwarted, just at the last second they are saved. This happened in every instance even to some of the characters that were lesser villains, that I found myself rooting for. It became infuriating and ruined the this book and the entire series for me.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (180)

    Jason Bourne takes on a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros?

    timchi says: "Disappointing"
    "A Bit To Much"
    Overall

    This story was mostly nonstop action, but with a storyline that has been used many times in the past. There was a slight shift from the norm but nothing really new. I was definitely conflicted in my view of this story. It was a good story, but some parts were so farfetched it made it hard to believe. However if you like action and a main character that can't be killed this is the story for you. It really did keep me coming back for more. Some books are just bad and you drop them like a rock, but this story had enough good parts to it that it keep me on the hook

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (185)

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Thomas says: "Excellent historical fiction"
    "History in a action packed story"
    Overall

    This is a well written story about the life of a Saxon/Danish warrior in the mid to late 8oo. The story has a good pace not to fast not to slow. It really did give a good account historically of what is was to be alive in that time and gave a very good layout of the social structure of the time without coming across as a history book. I wish I had read the two books that proceed this one (even though they were each only 5 hours in length). I will certainly look into the other series of books he has, (The Sharpe Series is one) although audible.com doesn’t have all the books that would complete these series which is a real pain in the you know what. Just a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (311)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "Not your average McMaster Bujold"
    Overall

    I found this story line to be a little different than what I had come to expect from 5 of her previous titles I have read. Though it started out in a similar fashion with danger and life and limb in peril it shifted away from that format and unlike her other books didn't return. If I had known that was how the story would run it's course I would have stayed clear of this novel. If I had I would have made a big mistake.

    This was a wonderful story of a warrior and a commoner/farmers daughter and their adventure in a land of a pre industrial society. Ms Bujold’s writing style is once again top notch and her story telling is captivating. If she can keep someone that usually reads Asimov, Bova, Card, Herbert and Richard Morgan with a novel like this then it has to be extremely well written, and it was. Highly recommended. Don't miss this one it's very very good.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Robots of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (582)

    Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice.

    Yvonne says: "Refreshing"
    "Asimov is the Master"
    Overall

    This is science fiction at it's best. Asimov takes a complex storyline and creates a novel that is simple to follow but far from simple in it's presentation and makeup. The characters are very well developed and are either quite personable or make good antagonists. Of course the development and integration of robots is classic. No one does robots better than Asimov.

    This is science fiction of the possible. You can easily convince yourself that this story is a feasible version of how mankind will venture into the stars and populate a galactic empire (which is told in other Asimov novels). This whole concept is so believable because it's so well written and thought out. A very enjoyable listen that will have you searching for more Asimov. He has some more very good novels and all are highly recommended.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (393)

    On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermitlike existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.

    Mark says: "Science Fiction at it's best"
    "Science Fiction at it's best"
    Overall

    Isaac Asimov's “Naked Sun” is science fiction at it's Finest. This is a story of the human race as it spreads it's wings to populate the galaxy. The interplay between mother earth and it’s children who have grown up and surpassed the home world and the inevitable conflict that arises from that fact. Mr. Asimov relates how the elements of socialization and adaptation to the differing environments can change who and what we are as people far into the future. He uses the basic emotions and feelings that makes us human to tell the story. Then by taking those emotions and feeling that are so human and central to the story he introduces an element that is completely contrary to humanity. Robots. No one can weave a finer story based on the interplay of human and robot like Mr. Asimov.

    This is the second of 4 book that makes up Asimov's “Robot Novels” and is truly a classic. Humans and robots, fear and phobia, passion and loathing, crime and punishment with a galactic twist. The most unique part of the story is that it could be Bogart or Columbo of the future solving the crime that no one else can. Classic deduction and reasoning except for the fact that the setting is hundreds of light years from Earth and he has a partner that is a robot, and the fact that everything that happens revolves around robots and Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics.

    Asimov is the master of the traditional science fiction novel. His intelligence and understanding are very much a part of his writing style. His forward thinking is revealed in many instances through out the book while some advances he foresaw in the 50s (when the book was written) didn't quite make it into the 21st century.

    This is a story that is highly complex in many ways yet is so easy to follow. It flows from one chapter to the next, but is far from a simple story. I guess that anyone who writes more than 500 books must like what he is doing and it shows.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5023)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1260)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "A Truly Wonderful Story"
    Overall

    Having had the misfortune of being in combat I find it is difficult to express my true feelings of how those experiences effected who I am, how I feel and how I communicate with myself, my loved ones and the world in general. I have read and listened to many novels about war in the many varied ways that other people express what it meant to them or to people they know or didn't know. The variations are almost endless on the ways to express this unequaled human experience.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a story that is so complex and yet so basic that it takes the human experience and weaves a tail that touches all the emotions and feelings we have and holds them up for all to see and feel. It brought me back to that time, that place that I thought I would never feel again. The depth of the lives of the characters in this story are so masterfully portrayed that their true essence, their existence their lives are part of you. The raw emotion that comes from this story allowed me to travel 25 years into my past.

    Enough dribble though. This is the real thing. Much like "The Kite Runner" this book draws you into another world like you belong. Mr. Hasseini is a credit to the country of his birth. Thought I have never set foot in Afghanistan I have been there and experienced it's people and culture. If we can all just understand each other a little better the whole world would be a better place. Well done Khaled Hasseini, well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Caves of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (499)

    Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. Then he learns that he has been assigned a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worse, the R stands for "robot" - and his positronic partner is made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

    Dionne says: "perfectly executed!"
    "Classic Science Fiction at it's best"
    Overall

    Caves of Steel is one of the better examples of classic Science Fiction from the early days. Asimov is truly a master with his forward thinking story lines that have been followed and copied by later masters of Sci-Fi like K. Anderson, Bova, Bear, Frank Herbert and others. He was writing this stuff when no one else had even envisioned these storylines. This is good stuff.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • March to the Stars: Prince Roger Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (519)

    This third edition to the Prince Roger Series takes the Bronze Barbarians across the Eastern Ocean of Marduk, facing giant sea monsters, pirates, and the barbarian nations that dwell on the other side. Their destination is a spaceport held by humans of questionable loyalties. As Roger comes nearer to making his way home, he learns that his attempted assassination was part of a larger plot. Not all is as it seems on Earth or on Marduk.

    L. says: "FINALLY, The Whole Series"
    "Good Ole Sci Fi"
    Overall

    OK, so David Weber and John Ringo aren’t going to win any Pulitzer Prizes for this story and so maybe the characters were predictable and so was the story line. So who cares! This was a fun story to listen to. The story kept up a fast pace throughout the whole book. Actually through out all 3 of the books that I heard. This is truly one continuos story line from "March Up Country", "March to The Sea" right through "March to The Stars" and I feel safe to say will carry on into "We Few" (which I will be reading very soon). These books just made me want to keep going through this adventure to see what would happen next. It was basic good vs bad (not evil). Many of the ideas and scenarios developed through out the books were quite clever and unique and the integration of high tech vs pre industrialized Earth society (Though not on Earth) was well done. Though why the bow and arrow never came up is a bit puzzling. I wanted to give these books a 3 star rating but just couldn't because they were so much fun. This was just a good all around listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • March to the Sea: Prince Roger Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (571)

    Prince Roger MacClintock, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, was a spoiled rotten, arrogant, whiny, thoroughly useless young pain in the butt. But that was before an assassination attempt marooned the Royal Brat and his bodyguards on the planet Marduk, and before they had to march half way around the entire planet, through 120-degree heat and five-hour rainstorms in jungles full of damnbeasts, capetoads, killerpillars, and atul-grak, not to mention hostile peoples, to make their way back to port.

    Mark says: "Good Ole Sci Fi"
    "Good Ole Sci Fi"
    Overall

    OK, so David Weber and John Ringo aren’t going to win any Pulitzer Prizes for this story and so maybe the characters were predictable and so was the story line. So who cares! This was a fun story to listen to. The story kept up a fast pace throughout the whole book. Actually through out all 3 of the books that I heard. This is truly one continuos story line from "March Up Country", "March to The Sea" right through "March to The Stars" and I feel safe to say will carry on into "We Few" (which I will be reading very soon). These books just made me want to keep going through this adventure to see what would happen next. It was basic good vs bad (not evil). Many of the ideas and scenarios developed through out the books were quite clever and unique and the integration of high tech vs pre industrialized Earth society (Though not on Earth) was well done. Though why the bow and arrow never came up is a bit puzzling. I wanted to give these books a 3 star rating but just couldn't because they were so much fun. This was just a good all around listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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