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irvine, CA, USA

  • 8 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 56 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Sly Mongoose

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Welcome to Chilo, a planet with corrosive rain, crushing pressure, and deadly heat. Fortunately, 14-year-old Timas lives in one of the domed cities that float 100,000 feet above the surface, circling near the edge of a monstrous perpetual storm. Above the acidic clouds the temperature and pressure are normal. But to make a living, Timas, like many other young men, is lowered to the surface in an armored suit to scavenge what he can.

    Joel says: "Good Book"
    "a Sci-Fi straight shooter"

    Just enough history, action and emotional intrigue to keep the pace going the entire time. It would definitely be a kick a$$ movie!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

    Michael says: "Stick with this series!"
    "Decent book if not wholly original"

    Just finished this one. Nice long book. Wasn't quite as epic as advertised but entertaining all the same. An awful lot of familiar elements to regular scifi devourers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "Wear Body Armor"

    This was a fantastic book. Combined with Michael Ware's work and Yuri's photographs you get a very real look at the work being done by our soldiers abroad. Door by door you live with SSG Bellavia and his crew as they fight through Fellujah. If you want to hear a soldier's unfiltered point of view this is a great read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steve Fainaru
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor

    A parallel army lives on the margins of the Iraq war - nearly 100,000 armed men, invisible yet in plain sight, doing jobs the overstretched and understaffed military can't or won't do. The U.S. media call them "security contractors." They call themselves "mercs," and they operate under their own rules. Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with several groups of security contractors to find out what motivates them to put their lives in danger every day.

    Joe says: "A must read...."
    "light on story, heavy on memoir"

    Just finished this one. It was a decent tale of merc forces evolving job in Iraq. As the author had befriended one of the main characters it tends to drift more into his life. Overall it was entertaining, a little sad and a little random.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Star Strike: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Planet by planet, galaxy by galaxy, the inhabited universe has fallen to the alien Xul. Now only one obstacle stands between them and total domination: the warriors of a resilient race the world-devourers nearly annihilated centuries ago.

    Lawrence says: "Good Sci Fi Detail and excellent story"
    "good times"

    fun book, very "Full Metal Jacket" at times. Keeps the heart of the Marines pumping in the story through out.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Trigger Men: Shadow Team, Spider-Man, the Magnificent Bastards, American Combat Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Hans Halberstadt
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    Combat veteran and author Hans Halberstadt takes listeners deeper inside the elusive world of snipers than ever before, from recruitment and training to the brutality of the killing fields. Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews, Halberstadt gets inside the sniper mind and shows how snipers think and interact with each other, how missions are planned and executed, how the weapons work, and even what happens when a bullet finally strikes its target.

    There are only a few hundred snipers from all the services put together in combat at any one time, making this true inside story a rare and important event.

    Leostriple says: "One Shot, One Listen"
    "an Associates Degree in Sniper History"

    This book definitely covers a well rounded history of the beginnings, function and psychology of military snipers. I can't say it was terribly enthralling as it read more like a multifaceted school book. Recommended for those who are just starting to take an interest in the "craft".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "maybe I'm too old for it"

    After years of friends telling me "you HAVE to read this series!" I finally broke down and got the first (audio)book. If there is a copy/paste function for entire books it's used here. The amount this is like Lord of the Rings made it more comical than entertaining. With enough heartwarming predictability to warrant an armored kitten on the cover I can honestly recommend this book to anyone who keeps a very thorough Ren-fair diary.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "The icing without all that bothersome cake"

    Wasn't quite what I was looking for. I was hoping for a little harder sci-fi. Overall it felt like some great ideas tied together with a superficial plot that never seemed to deliver the grandeur of the concepts. The narration was fantastic, driving home some pretty emotional moments. A good entry into softer sci-fi for armchair philosophers.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful

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