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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
    (374)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (343)

    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
  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

    Martin Coughlan says: "Highly enjoyable Sci-Fi Series"
    "A very big disappointment"
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    Good narration , week story line. was bored and disinterested within an hour of starting the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Never Sleeps

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    For four thousand years, the Guardships have ruled Canon Space - immortal ships with an immortal crew, dealing swiftly and harshly with any mercantile houses or alien races that threaten the status quo.But now the House Tregesser has an edge: a force from outside Canon Space offers them the resources to throw off Guardship rule.

    William says: "A big disappointment ."
    "A big disappointment ."
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    This book was a great big disappointment, Story line very confusing, Mr.Cooper's narration was good. but the material he had to read was,well lets just say. I was lost within 5 minutes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas: Atlas Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Isaac Hooke
    • Narrated By Rhett Samuel Price
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Rade Galaal enrolls in the hardest military training known to man to become a member of the MOTHs, the most elite fighting unit in the galaxy. MOTHs are tacticians, corpsmen, snipers, astronauts, and commandos rolled into one. They also happen to pilot the atomic-powered ATLAS mechs, specialized military hardware that brings new meaning to the phrase "one-man-army".

    john says: "Defiantly a freshman book but do it any way!"
    "A big disappointment"
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    This book was a great big disappointment, Story line very confusing, I was lost within 5 minutes. This book is diffidently going back

    0 of 3 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
    (492)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (461)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    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
    (3236)
    Performance
    (3034)
    Story
    (3021)

    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
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1753)

    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
    (1442)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (775)

    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
    (115)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (108)

    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

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