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William

Winter Park, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Nova War: Shoal, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gary Gibson
    • Narrated By Charlie Norfolk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Dakota and Corso discover not only that the Shoal are caught in an aeons-long conflict with a rival star-faring species, but that the Bandati have resolved to make an alliance with this race by giving them deadly knowledge acquired from the Magi starship; forging an unholy alliance with the Shoal-member Trader. Dakota is determined to stop them - but the destruction of millions of inhabited worlds appears inevitable.

    SciFi Kindle says: "Slow start, strong finish"
    "Starts slow, then more goodness."
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    Listened to the book on Audible. Still love this series. First half of this book was a bit slow due to the introduction of new aliens that played a pivotal part in the story. But at the half way point, it takes off!! On to book 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (344)

    There are two sides to any quarrel... unless there are more. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

    Jean says: "Talbot Quadrant"
    "Not Honor Harrington, But Still Worth It."
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    Some show that David Weber's latest in the Honorverse is "Honor Harrington Book 14", others just say "Honorverse Novel" (#26?), others say Michelle Henke Series Book #3, Saganami Island Book #3, or Talbott Quadrant Book #3. Why not just add Wages of Sin Book #3?

    Much takes place during the same time period as the last Honor Harrington book "Rising Thunder" (In fact, while reading at the beginning I kept thinking "have I read this already?") and it is a sequel to "Storm of Shadows" .

    Whatever you want to decide, Book 3 or Book 26, like or dislike, it does give more detail and background that I have to assume is preparing for the future of the Talbott Quadrant and the War with the Solarian League and of course Mesa (Mesan Alignment). It seems breaking the story in different series provides clearer story lines for each.

    I loved the book and it made me want to go back and read the other 2 Saganami/Tallbot books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Light: Shoal, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gary Gibson
    • Narrated By Charlie Norfolk
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes. Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible.

    C. Hartmann says: "Cool character & plot ! Do you like Chase Colpath?"
    "Great Fun!"
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    Stealing Light by Gary Gibson is the first book in The Shoal series. This book is my kind of book. I consumed it eagerly via Audible. Yes, it has it's faults as many other reviewers have noted, but due to the excellent reader (Charlie Norfolk), the book came alive and the faults fall quickly to the background.

    It was fun and full of action. It is like an Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space, Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict and Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Diving Universe book combined!

    Highly recommended as an Audiobook listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2736)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1929)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Warbreaker - Spoiler Free"
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    This is a difficult to write. I have read almost everything Brandon Sanderson has written and given 4-5 stars for all of them. I have at last come to Warbreaker and was having a lot of trouble getting through it.

    I was about 1/3 of the way through listening to the book on Audible and not only was I having trouble with the story, but the reader. The reader sounded like a very poor imitation of Wil Wheaton, especially when reading the character Lightsong. However, I do try not to let the reader influence the story. So regardless of the poor reader, the first 1/3 of the book was nothing but characters introduced and story of them written in such a way as to explain a magic system. A system so complex and unlike anything else I have read that it actually needed a 1/3 of a book to explain. Thus the characters are not engaging or interesting in anyway other than a “vessel” of learning the magic system.

    This is the first Audible book I have listened to in a long time that I had trouble going back to. For the first time in 3 years, I listened to music when I worked out, not the book. I was tempted to “Lem” (quit), which is difficult for me due to my love of Brandon’s books & stories.

    So what did I do? I took a couple of days off of listening to the book.

    Once I returned, it was around Chapter 20 (book)/Chapter 10 (Audible) that an actual story seems to show itself. A hint of a story. No more continuing teachings of the magic. Could this be what I had been wanting and waiting for?

    Well, sort of. It did have a story and there seemed to be a purpose that the characters had, although somewhat veiled. So I kept at it. I pushed through. Always having the feeling I was missing something big somewhere in the story. I was only being told a part. And the part that I did know was only a sub-part.

    Once finished, I certainly can understand those that loved the story. It was just frustrating for me personally. It wrapped up very quickly in the end explaining everything that was kept from you. Ultimately the quick end and the mysteries illuminated so quickly was a bit much. But there was no other way due to how the story was written.

    What was most interesting is the book seemed to be the opposite or antithesis of Elantris. Color where there is Grey, living mortal gods, not dead gods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (349)

    Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

    Lore says: "OK story that ends in a cliffhanger"
    "Great Story, Poor Reader"
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    Good start to the series. Was disappointed with the reader (Audible) as it was like listening to Capt Kirk and he would end sentences so soft and low, I could not hear what he was reading! Luckily the next book in the series is a different reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict receives a cryptic message asking for help from celebrated writer Vicki Greene - who has been mind-wiped. She has no memory of her past life, or of her plea for assistance. But she has transferred an enormous sum of money to Alex, also without explanation. The answers to this mystery lie on the most remote of human worlds, where Alex will uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval - a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

    Steven says: "Moderate Departure from Previous Books"
    "A Slight Departure"
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    This is the first of the Alex Benedict novels I have listened to vs. physically read. Right off the bat, it did take me a while to stop expecting "Boss" to show up. This is due to the narrator, as I have listened to all of the Diving Universe books she has narrated via Audible.

    The story itself was ultimately satisfying, yet a departure from the previous books. I can only assume that redoing the same old troupe was getting old for the author. Although I would like him to go back to what make's Alex a great series. But overall, I was well satisfied and will listen to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (686)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "Must Read Classic"
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    I do not know why it took so long for me to actually listen to this book, as it has been on my "to read" list for decades. It is a wonderful and thoughtful story (3 actually) that asks tough questions and will cause you to rethink your opinions on some weighty matters.

    It is a product of it's time (late 1950's) but is still relevant today. It is a great book to read with a group due to the discussions the book generates. Highly recommend to all!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (889)

    An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

    Alan says: "Different"
    "Disappointing Return to a Great Series"
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    Warning: Some spoilers

    I have read all of the Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind as they have been released and was pleasantly surprised that a new book continuing the adventures of Richard and Kahlan was to be released. I felt the series ended very well in the last book Confessor and felt it complete. I have to say that after reading the new book The Omen Machine, I still feel the same. It should have stopped.

    I am not sure what specifically about this book that led me to feel this way. My favorite characters are all back, but they seemed changed. Is it that I am remembering them in a different light? I do not know, but found myself thinking during the reading that I just want to get it done and over with. Not due to the performance of the reader, but the story.

    The power of the previous books was the grandness of it all, the adventure, the travel, the new and exciting twists and turns and here in The Omen Machine you feel stuck in one place with a bunch of stupid characters. Not stupid as in useless, but stupid as in brainless. And the most sad is Zed. He is reduced to either not believing what Richard says or repeating what Richard says back to Richard. A smart, powerful character minimized to a shadow of who he use to be. Everytime Zed spoke, my eyes rolled in my head. Sad.

    Another disappointment is that with 11 previous books, that there would be some reference to the experiences in which they have had to make decisions now. We are but products of our past experiences. However, it is like the previous adventures did not happen other than the "war is over". With all that has happened to them previously, why would they ever not take something seriously, especially if they have a "feeling". And all the conversations of doubt was mind numbing. And it was really strange that the whole affair with Kahlan forgetting all and the aftermath of what happened in the 3 Chainfire series are not even hinted at. This book takes place right after those books! It is like it never happened to Kahlan.

    Overall I feel let down. I will continue to read the series, but the excitement and grandness has been lost.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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