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Jeff

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  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1674)

    Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This is a fantastic series. It took me a little bit to get used to the narrator's voice. But he really is a great fit as a narrator.

    The series reminds me a lot of the 'Honor Harrington' series. So if you liked those, then you'll like these (and vice versa). There is a little more focus on the technical details of battle in the 'Lost Fleet' series than the 'Honor Harrington' ones, and it really brings a sense of realism.

    I cannot wait for the next book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (234)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Lori H says: "Like nails on a chalkboard..."
    "Change of narrators is jarring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an excellent story. I've just finished the last book in the series, and I'm overall quite happy with it. It's almost like listening to an epic movie or TV.

    The only complaint I have here, is the change in narrators. David does a great job, but it was HARD moving from previous books into this one. After spending so much time listening to the previous narrator (3 LONG books!), the switch in narration was just hard to swallow.

    I was immediately put in mind of Safehold, and the absolute travesty that entire series has become in audio book format, with the constant change in narrators.

    However, this isn't about the abortion that is Safehold, this is about the Seven Suns.

    Thankfully, this is the only narrator change. But it was hard to get used to.

    The worst was in pronunciation. Tas-e-ah, vs Tas-i-e-ah, or the pronunciation of the robot name e.g. "K. R." the letters, where as David says "Kay-Ar" or "Goo" instead of "G. U." are good examples.

    I really had to try on this one, but I'm glad I stuck it out. By about Book #5 I'd gotten used to it and was able to go back and enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (577)

    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"
    "Truly great book.. but READ IT - don't LISTEN!"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is really a great series. But Please don't waste your time on this as an audible listen.

    While the story is excellent, the narrator changes to someone new in book 3, again in book 5, and again .. and again.. and each narrator doesn't even bother to TRY to pickup the same accents, or even pronounce the words the same as the first one. No two books are alike as you listen..

    I gave up after I heard the first 30 minutes of book 5 (or was it 6?) and couldn't take it any more. It ruined a great story for me.

    If you're the kind of person who doesn't mind having the names of countries pronounced differently between books, characters who at one point have Irish accents in book 1, move to British in book 3 and Midwestern in book 5.. or "manly" characters suddenly sounding falsetto and effeminate and who's inflections entirely change as you move between books - go ahead, this is a great series.

    If you DO mind that - go pickup the Kindle or paperback versions instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (302)

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is the telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds.

    Frederick says: "Content Wonderful - Audio Product Dubious"
    "This is a classic, but it was tedious to listen to"
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    This was a really tedious book to listen to. The narrator did a poor job here. Both the voices (especially of the women) and the speed or "flow" seemed to be off somehow. Production quality seemed to be very good (quiet recording, no hiss or background noises, etc).

    The entire book was about Lazarus Long's love life -- and while that's to be expected somewhat with the title "Time Enough for Love", this was really just too much. The constant tales of how women throwing themselves at Laz -- from his own pseudo-daughters, step-children, and sisters (cloned from his own cells), the orgies with his "family", hell he even goes back in time to sleep with his mother -- that was just too much!

    ADD to that the love with an AI who turns itself into a woman, a funky genetic set of twins (brother/sister) who wind up marrying each other, and the orgies on homesteads.. it was just too much.

    NONE of it is graphic mind, it's.. well, it's DRY as hell when it's talked about, and it's a full 90% of the book!

    I understand the premise, and I even got the message - sexual freedom, no religion, enlightened society, science and math is king, genetics, logical reasoning should prevail, love (sexual, familial, and romance) are the only reasons to live and make life interesting, etc, etc. But enough!

    This is one of the few books that the authors message is easily gotten.. simply because it's constantly pounded into you, over, and over, and over, and over again. Really, the first oh.. 45 minutes, and the last 45 minutes are the only bits worth listening to. An abridged version would have been much better.

    I've read/listened to other Heinlein works in the past, and usually enjoyed them. But this was.. wow. this was really tough, It's very rare that I actually get done with an audio book and feel like I was tortured (I've listened to 100's of books at this point).. but I did with this one.. The constant sexual escapades, tales of women throwing themselves at him, the somewhat creepy ancestor worship, and the constant focus on sex combined with a deadpan, unnatural narration just made this a horrible combination.

    There were enjoyable parts here - talking laz back from using the kill switch, bits about the ride back with the brother/sister, the homesteading part, the time travel, and even some of the philosophical discussion around love.. all of those were fine. Not action packed (actually, no action at all really), but it made for a good bit to flush out Laz's character. But the book could be about 80% shorter and been just as good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of Earth: Homecoming: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (218)

    For millennia, the planet Harmony has been protected by the Oversoul, an artificial intelligence programmed to prevent thoughts of war and conquest from threatening the fragile remnant of Earth's peoples. But as the Oversoul's systems have begun to fail, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans.

    just me says: "The recording issues must have been fixed"
    "Who edited this thing?"
    Overall

    It took me awhile to get into this story. The Narrator's voice is a little.. odd for this kind of book, but by the end of book 1 I was fully hooked, and looking forward to picking up book 2.

    The story is still good - but the editing on book 2 is HORRIBLE. The reading stops and re-starts. You can hear where the narrator coughs, or his voice gives out a bit and he restarts reading.. at one point, he even laughs "Er.. I assume that's trees.. treas.." and then starts re-reading the sentence again.

    Wow.

    Great story, horrible recording. Someone was sleeping at the wheel here.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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