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William

San Pablo, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Singularity: Star Carrier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (332)

    There is an unseen power in the universe - a terrible force that was dominating the galaxy tens of thousands of years before the warlike Sh'daar were even aware of the existence of Sol and its planets. As humankind approaches the Singularity, when transcendence will be achieved through technology, contact will be made. In the wake of the near destruction of the solar system, the political powers on Earth seek a separate peace with an inscrutable alien life form that no one has ever seen.

    Professor says: "The End!? )-: ????????"
    "some what disapointing. end of the series"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no, it left me cold, if he had staied with original characters it would have been moree interseting


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Douglas? Why or why not?

    yes, he can be an entertaing author so I'll try a new book when one comes out


    Do you think Singularity needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no , the author has run he course for this series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By David deVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (366)

    The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

    SteveK says: "Unworthy of Series"
    "BEM's (Bugged Eyed Monsters) invade earth"
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    I find that this series is getting interesting. This is a solid read, fast paced and a bit gory. The narration by Mr. deVries is excellent. If you are a fan of the Odyssey One series. then you will like this book. If you are just starting out with this series. Start with the first book as this book draws on actions and interpersonal tensions. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Discontinued Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

    William says: "weak start , strong finish"
    "weak start , strong finish"
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    The plot of the book is a little confusing at the start. at the start no clear time or event to demarcate each of Burton's changes realities, Once The time traveling section of the book start the plot becomes stronger, the characters stronger and the pace quickens,
    The performance by Mr. Doyle is excellent and well paced ,
    Even with its flaws, it is still a good read.
    if you are a fan of the Burton & Swinburne series., Then The Return of the Discontinued Man".s well worth your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2478)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Good read, story line starting to play out"
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    Ms. Gabaldon story line is finally seems to becoming a bit repetitive. but , this book points out the need to end the series; before the series end up like allot of long series becoming a one note song.

    Ms. Porter's narration is flawless and usual. Overall this book is still a good read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (1672)
    Story
    (1680)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Black Jack's endless Saga Continues"
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    First of all I like the series, This is a fast paced action packed novel . It is well worth the price and the time it takes to listen to the book.
    The only 2 small downside I can see is that the book, does get a bit repetitive with every new star they have another deadly fight with the Syndics and the fleet pounding the Syndic CEO … The sexual tension is getting a little too thick, find a peaceful star system, let Gerry’s have a night or two together alone. That Is my suggestion. It will make the story flow better.
    Narration Excelent as all ways

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (758)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "standard stare"
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    Would you listen to March Upcountry again? Why?

    yes, good adventure story line


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Portena , just the best Puck'ng character


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

    good solid narrating


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sailing to Sarantium: Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    Crispin is a mosaicist, a layer of bright tiles. Still grieving for the family he lost to the plaque, he lives only for his arcane craft. But an imperial summons from Valerius the Trakesian to Sarantium, the most magnificent place in the world, is difficult to resist. In a world half-wild and tangled with magic, a journey to Sarantium means a walk into destiny. Bearing with him a deadly secret and a Queen's seductive promise, guarded only by his own wits and a talisman from an alchemist's treasury, Crispin sets out for the fabled city. Along the way he will encounter a great beast.

    Eivind says: "Mosaic"
    "A very good start"
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    I was not expectiong anything special from this book. Well I was wrong, this is a fast moving, well written book. I look foreword's to the rest of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1035)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Blue on B;u"
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    Great premiss for the story line. fast paced, well written and a solid ending. If you are looking for a fun read, then this is the book for you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Conjunction: Astropolis, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Six hundred thousand years after Imre Bergamasc's abdication, the Host rules the supposedly peaceful galaxy. But revolution is fomenting - and Imre's unexpected return may be all it takes to light the final fuse.

    William says: "A poor third attempt"
    "A poor third attempt"
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    Very disappointed with this book. The first two volumes where fast paced with a great storylines. This book's story line is slower then molasses pouring in a blizzard. If I could get my money back I would...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4471)
    Performance
    (3823)
    Story
    (3802)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A nice start"
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    Another English class drama. In the same vane of Jeeves and Lord Peter. Simple plot but still a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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