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Beaumont, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 9 reviews
  • 104 ratings
  • 311 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "How does he do it"

    Making Money is one of the better Diskworld books, and that is saying something. Its a rare paragraph that doesn't contain at least one sentence that I would consider the wittiest thing I had said all day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Lefty drivel"
    Any additional comments?

    I stuck it out for an hour, then gave up. Out of maybe a hundred audio books, I have quit only a handful in the middle, and one of them was The Passage. In the first hour we learn that men are usually violent pigs (except death-row inmates, of course) fraternity houses are just big rape rooms, women are abused angels, and global warming is steaming the earth like a package of peas. The author tried to man it up by talking about special forces carrying "gas recoil M19" guns. Sigh. If you don't know that "gas recoil" is an oxymoron, then you should not write about guns. Not to mention that M19 is a mortar, though I admit I had to look that up.

    It is possible that The Passage gets better after the first hour, but I will never know.

    On the other hand, if you think a day spent raising awareness about income inequality is more virtuous than a day spent shingling a roof, then you will probably love this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Prince Roger returns, sort of"

    The parallels to the March Upcountry series are gratuitous. Despite that, it's a great story and I look forward to the rest of the series.

    To predict whether you will enjoy this story, imagine the uncontested power of the Dark-Ages Catholic Church devoted to the goals of Greenpeace. If that idea intrigues you, then you will hate this story. If it makes you shudder, then give Armageddon a listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"

    I'm 10 hours into this book, and I'm giving up. This is one of the least interesting stories I have ever encountered. Its Hugo and Nebula awards must be due to the affirmative action fad that peaked near 1993. I give it two stars only because the reader is good.

    To be more positive, if you have a lot of time to kill, and you are fascinated by tense family relationships and mundane details of daily life in a bygone age, then this book might be for you. However, if you are male, you will likely find it unbearable.

    12 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "This book must be earned"

    This book is foreplay for Atlas Shrugged, but what foreplay. For me, these two books pointed out the pattern and gave me words to describe it. In reading other reviews, I am fascinated by the ingenuity of peoples' efforts to prevent other people from reading these books.

    If you think Rand's books are too long then you are in good company, but you are trying to finish them too quickly. Don't be suckered by the gutless abridged versions, but instead try listening only an hour or two a day, while doing something simple but productive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Fredrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings

    Also sprach Zarathustra was conceived and written by Friedrich Nietzsche during the years 1881-1885; the first three Parts were published in 1883 and 1884. The book formed part of his "campaign against morality", in which Nietzsche explored the ethical consequences of the "death of God".

    Jeremy says: "Not the best translation"
    "Is this really Nietzsche?"

    If you enjoy reading the King James version of the Bible then you might like this audiobook. However, if you are hoping for muscularly rational argument then you will probably find these lectures to be only cryptic and pedantic.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "Just excellent"

    I thought I had outgrown Heinlein but I loved this book. If you "get" Ayn Rand you will find this story engrossing. However, if your heroes are Jesus or Che Guevara, then you may want to look elsewhere.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • We Few: Prince Roger Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.

    Douglas says: "Great Ending To A Great Series"
    "This is NOT the 2nd book of the series"

    I am angry that this book, apparently the fourth in the series, became available before the middle two and was advertised as a sequel to the first book, March Upcountry. One of the best audiobook series ever, but now the middle books are ruined for me because this one recounts their stories in detail. Grrrr.

    Great story, but listen to the other books first.

    1 of 4 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

    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!"

    I have listened to dozens of audiobooks, and March Upcountry is my third favorite after Ender's Game and Atlas Shrugged. It was almost too good, tempting me to break my rule of only listening while exercising, and I was pleasantly angry when this story ended before I expected. You will recognize the (excellent) narrator as one of the teachers in Ender's Game. I am ordering the sequel now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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