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Douglas

Clovis, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 26 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 552 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Transformation: Rai-Kirah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Seyonne is a man waiting to die. He has been a slave for 16 years, almost half his life, and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, and the Warden's power he used to defend an unsuspecting world from the ravages of demons. Seyonne has made peace with his fate. With strict self-discipline he forces himself to exist only in the present moment and to avoid the pain of hope or caring about anyone.

    Sharon says: "Seriously Excellent"
    "Very, Very Engaging"
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    This story unfolds, folds back, circles, returns, and surprises. At times, it seems to drag as the protagonist suffers interminably in so many different ways. However, as we learn who he is and what he has done, we appreciate the weaving. The reading is good, but not great. The story bogs down here and there, but is still very engaging and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Honor You Call Us: Man of War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

    Connor says: "Good Military Sci-Fi"
    "Fun Space Opera"
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    This is Horatio Hornblower on steroids. Totally light, fun, diverting story and a great narrator. Don't look for anything heavy or serious here. I loved it for what it is..classic space opera without the political gravitas of Weber.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Koban

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Laura A Azevedo says: "Great Story, Poor Narration"
    "Fascinating Story and Interesting Premise"
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    The publisher's summary generally describes the thrust of the story. The Krall have a spiritual mission to dominate the galaxy through competitive, brutal breeding. Only their very best warriors are allowed to survive and breed in a complex social hierarchy. How do they become the best? By finding other species and battling them. Through battle test, the Krall hope for physical and spiritual perfection. And so, they discover humans. Humans are weak, pathetic prey. The story goes into great detail in many scenes, giving us a rich experience on a hostile, alien planet. The ingenuity, intelligence, leadership, and luck it takes the captured humans to survive is remarkable and realistic. The back story is just as interesting as the main plot. The morality of human gene modification is a central dilemma cast in the history of a devastating clone war in the human past. That war wiped out 98% of all human males, which led to some interesting changes in male-female relationships.

    The downside of this interesting story is the narrator. He has what sounds like a slight Candadian accent. His inflections, pauses, and emphases are all wrong. You just have to get used to it and get past it. Despite that, I had a hard time putting this one down. It pretty much consumed my New Year's holiday. Sounds like there will be a sequel, and I will snap it up if it arrives.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Joshua says: "Great book that up till recently was Kindle only"
    "Imaginative and Emotional"
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    Some stories are plot-based, others are character-based. This story is the latter, and it is the characters that make this story shine. Ms. King does an excellent job of creating a universe so alien from Earth that it is truly alien. Humans are the new species on the block, weak, and defenseless. The horrors the protagonists endure, the losses, and the transformations are all part of a compelling listen. This is different and worth listening to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (826)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Another Winner!"
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    Very creative and entertaining first volume. Boyett does his usual excellent job at narration. This is a bit of a coming of age story of a Recruit in an Earth-based mercenary outtit, but Larson has weaved in a complex and nuanced underplot that slowly reveals the complexity of this universe as the story unfolds. This volume ends well, but we know there is more to come. Bring it on. I hope that we see James Magill mature and grow into the leader that seems foreshadowed. I would hate to see him stuck in early adult immaturity over the trajectory of this series. A mature, nuanced Magill would cope with the intricate complexities of the politics and economics of this galaxy in very interesting ways.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Assault: Star Force, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    In Storm Assault , the eighth book of the Star Force series, the story moves in a new direction. Massive fleets are built by both Star Force and the Imperials - but there is a third player in the game: the Blues.

    Diane Rivers says: "The Emperor must DIE!"
    "End to a Great Series"
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    I went through all 8 books nonstop. Some were better than others and some of the reviews of other listeners criticizing the lack of growth in Kyle Riggs maturity, emotional management, and decision-making are accurate. However, for pure entertainment on long drives up and down California, the series can't be beat. Mark Boyett is pure genius at narration. Don't know if there will be more Star Force books to come, but I will buy them if produced.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Battlenaut Crucible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert T. Jeschonek
    • Narrated By Randy Hames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Red Battlenauts show no mercy. Roaring out of the darkness of deep space, these ultra-high tech war machines pound the hell out of both sides in a bloody interstellar civil war. No one can even SEE the Reds - no one except Marine Corporal Solomon Scott. Recruited by the hardcore SEAL-like Diamondbacks, Scott becomes a secret weapon in the ultimate struggle for survival. In battle after battle on perilous alien worlds, Scott and the Diamondbacks fight back against the ruthless Reds, desperately holding the line in furious clashes of muscle and metal.

    Douglas says: "Poor story, poor narrating"
    "Poor story, poor narrating"
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    I am three hours into this and cannot recommend it. I will probably finish it out of pure stubbornness because I bought it. The story is implausible. The characterizations are superficial. The narration is strained, with inappropriate inflections, emphasis and forced emotion. The whole endeavor sounds like a high school sophomore's first attempt at sci-fi. Maybe this works for teenagers. Looking at the portfolio of this author's work, I see a lot of titles that might be attractive to younger listeners. Obviously, the author is prolific and apparently successful. Not with me, however. I will pass on any more tripe like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (557)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    cristina says: "Glued from beginning to end"
    "Excellent thriller"
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    Not really a science fiction story as much as a thriller set in 2013 in a slightly altered world where 10 percent of the children are born with "abnormal" gifts. Great story with interesting characters, unexpected plot twists, and good plot movement. Well-read by Luke Daniels. I enjoyed this book and hope Sakey and Daniels team up for some more.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhole

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (184)

    Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole. Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatans…but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers. Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place of real opportunity for the desperate colonists who call the planet their home.

    Dan says: "Very Good Series Intro"
    "Fun, Interesting, Twisty"
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    First, you have to purchase both books at the same time because they must be listened to one after the other. Second, make sure you have about 35 hours of time you are not doing anything else. I found the story and the reading to be addicting. The characterizations are intense, the plot lines are complexly interwoven, and there are a lot of them, and the reading is superb. It's pretty obvious from the ending of the second book that more is to come and there are still unresolved plot lines. However, the second book does leave you in a satisfied place. One of the better listens since Ringo's Troy series. I strongly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation: Rai-Kirah, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Seyonne, the slave-turned-hero from Berg's highly acclaimed Transformation, returns to discover the nature of evil - in a "spellbinding" (Romantic Times) epic saga.

    Douglas says: "Good Sequel"
    "Good Sequel"
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    The biggest problem here is again the interminable suffering of Sayon. He goes through three kinds of hell and we live each moment with him. Not sure how this advances the development of his character or the plot of the story. However, the problem presented to Sayon is profound and requires him to make Hobson's Choices around conflicting morals and beliefs that would drive most humans insane. That he does so and remains sane is part of the remarkable allure of this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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