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Douglas

Clovis, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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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
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fear the Sky: The Fear Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen Moss
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (340)

    From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

    Teresa says: "I Loved This Book"
    "Imaginative and Engrossing"
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    This was excellent. Great plot and characterization. The reader was fabulous. Essentially, Earth is about to be attacked by aliens who are led by leaders with the personalities of Ghengis Khan, Hitler, and Osama bin Laden. They send an advance team of super androids to destroy Earth's nuclear capacity. If that fails or if the mission is discovered, the hyper-powerful and super stealthy satellites put into orbit will deliver a fatal plague virus that will exterminate the humans. How the plot is discovered and defeated is the gist of the book. Looking forward to the next installment. Strongly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Unbreakable: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By W.C. Bauers
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently minded. Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration - until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war. When pirate raids threaten to destabilize the region, the RAW deploys its mechanized armored infantry to deal with the situation.

    Tizroc says: "Ours is not to reason why."
    "Really Good Story!"
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    This is a classic. It follows all of the classical themes of great space opera fiction. Young female sergeant in the RAW Marines is thrust into unwanted command with a small force against insuperable odds and wins. The story hits all the right buttons for me, just like Weber did with the Honor Harrington stories and Weber and Ringo did decades ago with the We Few series. Some might critique this as cliche, but I like it. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes great space opera/military sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destination Earth: Rise of The Da Vinci

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Carl McClain
    • Narrated By Barry Abrams
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    An insane immortal alien ruler discovers his planet, ravaged by a millennia of war is dying, but there is another planet called earth. He will stop at nothing to make earth a new home for his people. The only thing standing in his way is CJ McDonald, a brilliant child prodigy who is destined to become the world’s greatest soldier and it’s only hope for survival.

    Curtis says: "couldn't stop listening. .."
    "Implausible, Poorly Crafted Story"
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    This is a fine listen if you are willing to suspend all belief, not question the reality created, and like everything one dimensional. There are just so many things that distract. I cannot recommend this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outcast: Star Force, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (987)

    Star Force is called to arms again! Outcast is a new beginning, the first book in a new spin-off series. Many peaceful years have passed since the Macro Wars ended. Most of those who fought against the heartless machines have aged - but not the ingenious artificial construct known as Marvin. His insatiable curiosity is as strong as ever, and he’s brought home fresh perils to humanity’s doorstep.

    rich says: "Captain Marvin Takes Command"
    "Does Not Disappoint"
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    From the very first Star Force story, I thought B.V. Larson was great. Each book is a bit formulaic, but his creative ideas twist and turn in unanticipated ways. And, his major characters demonstrate the foibles, genius, and angst of the human experience in very trying circumstances. He carries this forward into the next generation of Star Force. Cody Riggs, who we learn is Kyle Riggs' son, is forced by circumstances to take command of the Valiant. The problem is, Cody is an ensign in the Star Force Space Navy and just recently graduated from the academy. All he has is book learning, his inherited genes from his dad, a gift for tactics and a burning desire to succeed. Like his dad, he has girl problems. And, like his dad, he worries about his own decisions and capacities. However, he grows into the role of ship captain in a star system 500 light years from earth with a new unknown ring to pass through. Boyett does his usual excellent job of narration.Bring on the next installment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • StarFire: Vince Lombard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Lee
    • Narrated By Jason Brenizer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (300)

    Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status.

    David says: "One of the Best Books I've Listened to on Audible"
    "Great Story--Well Read!"
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    This one is very good. Great characterizations and an interesting plot. It is told from the first person, but Lee does a good job changing time perspectives to make it interesting. As a lawyer, I was offended that the military lawyer in the inquiry was grossly unethical in his behaviors. Unfortunately, that happens too frequently in real life as well. Lee did a good job showing how power is corrupting. Other than that, this is a great listen. I recommend it with 5 stars across the board. More Vince Lombard stories to come, I hope.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: Empires at War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Doug Dandridge
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

    Richard D. Laudenslager says: "Smart, Realistic Military Science Fiction"
    "Only Buy If You Are Desperate"
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    I usually don't write reviews of books I don't like. Call this a lukewarm, mediocre review. First, the good: The premise is engaging and is set forth in the prologue. Earth is destroyed by aliens and a small ship of survivors makes its way a 1000 light years away to start over. The story opens 2000 years later. Obviously, the plot line will be the aliens re-discovering the hated humans (who assassinated the Emperor's son) and utterly destroying them. The archetype myth becomes David (the human empire) v. Goliath (the alien empire). Except the humans have advanced to within 20 years of technological parity with the aliens. Almost a fair fight. Pretty interesting idea.

    The bad: The narration is just awful. Mr. Sterling has narrated some gay romance stories (at least that's what they look like to me on Audible) so I am surprised at how poor this narration was. His accents are terrible. His inflections are all wrong. Just bad reading. No excuses for this. If he had a director, the director was asleep. If no director, he needed one. I will say that he improved his diction and reading as the book progressed.

    More bad: This is obviously going to be a serial series. However, I cannot understand why Mr. Dandridge takes the time to develop characters and then kill them off. It does not add to the plot development. In addition, the bad guys, of which there are a number, are stereotypes with no depth, motivation, or understanding. They are cliches at best. And, I have no clue how all of this will play out in the coming books. It's a cheap way to build suspense, in my opinion, and adds nothing to the overall trajectory of the plot.

    Still more bad: The plot wanders all over the place with no real logic or direction. As a reader, I am trying to make sense of how all of this ties together. I can't. We move from micro-moments with characters that are likeable to grandiose movements with no connection. There are too many loose ends and dead ends.

    This book could have benefited from a re-write and editing and from using a different reader. Oh well. Caveat emptor.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Born of the Ashes: The Frontiers Saga, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Ryk Brown
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (268)

    Captain Nathan Scott must decide whether to stand and fight to the end, or live to fight another day - even if it means the end of his world.

    R. Simon says: "Another Excellent book in the series"
    "Brown is maturing in his writing..best yet"
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    This is Brown's best yet. His characterizations are becoming well-developed with real emotions and real problems. Nathan Scott has matured into someone far wiser than his years, which one would expect considering his past 8 months. The plot continues to interest and occasionally surprise. Can't wait for the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Starshine: Aurora Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By G. S. Jennsen
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.

    Mr. J says: "I'm in love with Caleb"
    "Bodice Ripper Meets Hard Science"
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    I guess this book has something for everyone. If you remember the steamy romance novels on check out stands and never read one, you will get your fill here. If you like interesting and speculative science, it's here. If you like the idea of an above-genius level young woman (multiple masters degrees in multiple hard science disciplines) successfully defending her spaceship against an enemy spec op agent who is trying to kill her, this is for you. If you like the same young woman falling in love with her spec op guy, this is for you too. If you like spec op guys who can kill 4 armed guys in under 2 seconds with a knife and his hands, its here for you.The character development is generally excellent. The plot trajectory is predictable while the individual elements are interesting. I did not like the heavy-handed romantic development between Caleb and Alexis (Alex to her friends). I think Ms. Jennsen could have made a good book much better by being more nuanced. In any event, the book is worth the listen. Warning: Do not listen if you do not like being shot off of a cliff at the end. Obviously, there is more to come and all of the plot threads opened here will have to be closed eventually.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (527)

    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    Douglas says: "One of the best stories in a long time"
    "One of the best stories in a long time"
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    I was intrigued by the first volume of the series although I felt that it dragged in places. The second volume doesn't have that problem at. This is one of the most interesting, imaginative stories I have listened to in a long time. The plot line is pretty standard: bad-ass aliens kick human ass. Humans figure out how to dish it back. Bennett has just made the standard story so interesting. Characterizations are strong too. I really had a hard time stopping to do more constructive things in my life, like work. I strongly recommend this one and can hardly wait for the installment.

    5 of 5 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
    (1911)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1771)

    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.

    Eric says: "Another great book in the series"
    "Much more mature"
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    I listened to the first series and enjoyed it. This series demonstrates much more mature writing, both in characterization and plot. Geary faces many moral dilemmas. Dejani doesn't whine as much. The other starship captains are real humans, not one-dimensional. There are many unanswered questions making life challenging and difficult for the protagonists. And, the events are not predicable. Very good writing and a good listen Strongly recommend if you like this genre.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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