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63 yrs old, been reading Science Fiction a & Fantasy since I was in grade school.

United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 216 ratings
  • 688 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015

  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    “The green warrior decided to close in and end the battle; just as he rushed me, a blinding light struck full in my eyes, so that I could not see Zad’s approach and could only leap blindly to one side to avoid his mighty blade...." Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter finds himself the captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him is the lovely Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.

    Darwin8u says: "Everyman Civil Warrior = Martian Hercules"
    "Better than any of the movies."

    I first read the Martian series by Edgar Rice Burroughs in the 50's & 60's. Barely into my teens, the series excited me and really provided a boost for my imagination. I decided to buy the Audio version after seeing the movies "A Princes of Mars" and John Carter of Mars. It had been over 40 years since I had read them, but I just didn't remember the stories that way. I was right, but I wont go into the differences as this is not a review of the movies. "A Princes of Mars" was written in 1912, and upon re-reading the book (audio) I find that he was ahead of his time in many respects. The creator of Superman was probably a reader of Burroughs. E.E. "Doc" Smith, author of the Skylark series, was probably one too. There are probably more that I have not made a connection to as yet. As I said, it was written in 1912 and his personal attitudes, as seen through his main character, John Carter, a Civil War veteran who fought for the south, come through very clearly. His southern mentality are part of the story, and the reason that he react to the situations that he encounters the way he did. All in all, I find "A Princes of Mars" and for that matter, the rest of the series, to be a very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess of Wands

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Barbara Everette, a homemaker living in a small town in Mississippi, had the perfect life. Perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house, perfect Christian Faith. She cooked and cleaned perfectly and managed all of the chores of the modern suburbanite, toting the kids, running the PTA, teaching kung-fu in the local dojo... perfectly. But perfection has a price, and the day came when Barbara snapped....

    Captain Skurvy says: "Not a Novel but a collection of 3 short stories"
    "Urban Fantasy at it's Best!"

    Great concept, that of a Christian soccer mom, who by virtue of her training and faith, is ready when the time comes to utilize both in defense of self and those who will never know what she has done for them. Tension is high, action is quick, I hope dearly that he continues with this story line. Overall a great read or listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    William says: "Annoying Performance"
    "Great story, not so great narration."

    Book 5 of the Safehold series is just as excellent as the first four books. Exciting action, a story of truly epic proportions, philosophically and religiously deep in thought, How Firm a Foundation continues to hold my full attention from the first word to the last.
    What made this one hard for me was the narrator. He has a good speaking voice, but shows little change in tone or inflection from one character to another. This is especially true of the female and young characters.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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