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  • A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (428)

    Kevin J. Anderson is the author of 27 national best sellers and several books in the popular Dune, Star Wars, and X-Files series. Forest of Stars is the second book in his acclaimed Saga of Seven Suns series, which begins with Hidden Empire.

    Trish says: "Terrific characters"
    "Great Fun"
    Overall

    This story is fast paced and great fun to listen too. Like te first book it tells several parallel stories that get woven into a tight fabric. Well read and just an excellent story. I just picked up the third book... I can hardly wait for the download to complete.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scrapyard Ship: Scrapyard Ship, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Wayne McGinnis
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

    Joy says: "Wait for the entire series to come out"
    "An interesting beginning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an improbable story that somehow I just want to suspend my disbelief. There are some aspects to the situation that are so real (from my own personal military experience) to the storyline and yet there are aspects that require a lot of flexibility to accept. On the other hand it is exciting and moves the storyline along quite well. A worthy start to something that my be very interesting....


    What other book might you compare Scrapyard Ship to and why?

    All series books have the advantage of being able to hold a long story arch... this is a worthy start. I think it has potential to be as good as any other series, as there is an almost wide open set of possibilities. But, it doesn't have the master craftsmanship of something like the "Foundation Trilogy." Still, this is only the first book and the potential is there for both more depth and complexity that would make this an excellent series.


    What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

    Great job conveying the action and pace of the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Would you trust this man with the fate of the planet?


    Any additional comments?

    I actually really liked the "karma" of the hero in the sense that the Government was less than at it's best in dealing with him as an individual and even worse in dealing with the situation in the story. It enables a fairly harsh tension between the protagonist and the Government. Some of which is explained by corruption and some by stupidity... there story left me questioning which was more dangerous. So not just brainless action, but real questions about power and political correctness embedded for the reader to ponder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5342)
    Performance
    (4530)
    Story
    (4526)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Just when you thought it was over..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 again? Why?

    I have listened to this book twice now. There are so many interesting ideas.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13?

    The moment when Harry falls into Butters and protects Butters from the hit man. Not sure who was more surprised, Harry, Butters, or me.


    Have you listened to any of John Glover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was so unexpected.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent series. I just wish Jim was as prolific as Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Honor of the Queen: Honor Harrington, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1077)

    It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven, and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

    Richard says: "Following on in the series - Book 2"
    "Following on in the series - Book 2"
    Overall

    In this book the character and history of Honor Harrington is further developed and a lot of background that is referred to in later books is laid down. The story flows well and the reading is excellent. I am not sure why or if there was some logic for the particular accents selected by the narrator, but it does serve well to help keep the characters organized. Highly recommended as a follow on to On Basilisk Station...

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2238)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1598)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "An excellent Science Fiction Adventure"
    Overall

    This is a well told story that has both an interesting story line and is well presented by the narrator. I found the series well into the later books, but it was a pleasure to go back an fill in the first part of the story because the development of the character of Honor Harrington is so well drawn. Allyson Johnson is amazing in the reading. Her voice is there carrying the story along and yet transparent at the same time. She is among the best I have heard in any of the dozens audiobooks I have listened to in the last three years.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (716)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "This is where to start"
    Overall

    I was just looking for a place to use my book credits and I picked up this book and the follow-on book in this series. While the first book is good it really sets up the series and after listening to the second book I can more fully appreciate the first book and its key role in the series. If you are interested in great sweeping adventure and want to really enjoy the series start with this book. After book three I plan to go back an listen to book one again. It has hidden depths... Very well read and an exciting story.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3263)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1487)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "A good story well told is a beautiful thing"
    Overall

    Overall, one of the better audio books. I have enjoyed listening to it. Very well read and a great story with plenty to think about in the human condition, as the best science fiction often provides. There are a few well written but explicit sex scenes, but they are an important part of the story, too? if you are easily offended by such graphic descriptions you might want to be forewarned. But, by understanding how they fit in, you should be able to enjoy the richness of the characters and the story that Morgan has created.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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