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Bill Bai

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  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (636)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "The war continues..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another solid addition to the Destroyermen saga.

    William Dufris is still doing a great job with the narration. Voices are consistent and recognizable from previous books in the series. As with the other books, it takes a minute to get acclimated to the 'accent' of the Lemurians, but it really serves to emphasize that we are in a different world.

    The story moves along at a fairly good pace. There are some areas which slow down, but that issue is quickly solved. The number of characters and story lines is beginning to creep upwards, however. There are definitely sections which feel rushed; there is a feeling that details and some character development are glossed over so that the story can shift to another flash point.

    It is at a manageable state right now, but the next few books are in definite danger of having too many things happening at the same time, leading to quickly changing points of view and story lines, which will make things very confused.

    Still, this universe just gets more and more interesting, and I'm really looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucible of Gold: Temeraire, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (309)

    Naomi Novik’s beloved series returns, with Capt. Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon’s forces and the friendly—and sometimes not-so-friendly—fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason.

    Bill Bai says: "Back to Basics"
    "Back to Basics"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good addition to the Temeraire series.

    As always, Simon Vance does an amazing job with the narration. All the characters have distinct and recognizable voices. Furthermore, those voices have not changed from the first book until now (which can be an issue with long series; listen to the Wheel of Time books, voices and pronunciations change several times despite the same narrators).

    This book has more of the "Captain and Dragon; Buddy Adventure" feel from the first few books rather than the "I'm super depressed that I'm a traitor" theme that has dominated the past two books. There is some really nice character development for the dragons in this book, mostly regarding Temeraire and Iskierka, but also the new member of the gang: Kulingile.

    If you didn't enjoy the last two books quite as much as the first few, this book puts the series back on the more upbeat and optimistic tone set in the beginning of the series.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Island in the Sea of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (359)

    During a perfect spring evening on Nantucket, a violent storm erupts and a dome of crawling, colored fire blankets the island. When the howling winds subside and the night skies clear, the stars appear to have shifted. The mainland has become a wilderness of unbroken forest, where tools of bronze and stone litter the beaches, and primitive natives scatter in terror.

    Kevin says: "Listen to this before "Dies the fire""
    "Great Alternate History Series"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite alternate history series of books, and was one of the first I read that got me into this genre.
    The storyline and pacing moves along very well in my opinion. There are plenty of characters and plotlines to keep it interesting, but not too many to get cluttered and confused (as I've discovered in many of Turtledove's series).
    The narration of this audiobook is also excellent, the accents of all the characters feel spot on. Once I heard the characters in "their voice" it fit perfectly with what I had imagined when I read the book a while ago.
    Highly recommend this series of books and the parallel series that starts with "Dies the Fire".


    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5298)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3572)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "This book will redefine zombies for you."
    Overall

    It's as simple as the title says. Forget all of the movies and other stuff, this book covers the zombie outbreak from start to finish and does it so amazingly well that everything else pales in comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (528)

    The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

    Bev says: "I am now Zombie Proof"
    "Interesting topic, but not a good audiobook."
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of anything zombie/zombie survival, so I really enjoyed the content of the book, but the whole 'guide' genre doesn't really lend itself to audiobook format.

    Skip this one and get World War Z by Max Brooks instead.

    11 of 12 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
    (1217)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (686)

    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"
    "Good , but not great"
    Overall

    Pretty good book. Some very interesting ideas and concepts introduced and investigated through the book. However, I find that Weber has the habit of rambling on about some things and at other times he jumps around from place to place without sufficiently informing the reader/listener about where they are in the world or story (noticed this in the Harrington books as well).

    Overall very interesting, look forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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