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M.

Salt Lake City, UT, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Robots of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (594)

    Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice.

    Yvonne says: "Refreshing"
    "Classic Science Fiction"
    Overall

    Classic science fiction from the master. A wonderful mystery and a wonderful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (895)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Pure Abercrombie"
    Overall

    Great book and pure Abercrombie. Gritty, grim and very funny. Not of the faint of heart.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm - Prologue: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading, Harriet McDougal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    The prologue of the long-awaited conclusion to Robert Jordan's fantasy masterpiece. This selection features a bonus recording of Robert Jordan's widow and longtime editor, Harriet McDougal, discussing the process of continuing the Wheel of Time series after Jordan's death, and how they came to select Brandon Sanderson to carry the torch.

    Brent says: "Exactly what I expected, something extraordinary"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    The prologue was wonderful. The opening scene with the farmer was utterly chilling. Great to see Rand and the gang back in action.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword - to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed...or that their time has run out.

    A User says: "Horrible Narrator"
    "John Galt or Rand Al'Thor?"
    Overall

    This book and series is hugely influenced by Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time", embarrassingly so at times. I've slogged through most of the series (currently bogged on book 9), and the a few of the books in the series are quite good, excellent in fact. Ayn Rand was also a big influence on this series. At times I thought I was listening to "Atlas Shrugged".
    If you like sprawling epic fantasy (Wheel of Time, Song of Ice and Fire, etc.) and appreciate Ayn Rand's philosophy, you might like this. The books and writing do get better after this one, but the Randian philosophy increases. Richard can be as long winded as John Galt when giving a speech.
    With reservation, I do like this series (though I was shocked to find so much of "The Wheel of Time" in it.) "Wizard's First Rule" is not the best of the series, but this is where you have to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scourge of God: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (268)

    Rudi MacKenzie continues his trek across the land that was once the United States of America. His destination: Nantucket, where he hopes to learn the truth behind the Change that rendered technology across the globe inoperable.

    Chris says: "Well Done!"
    "Great Series"
    Overall

    I love this series. Start with "Dies the Fire". I agree -- if you like Jordan or Martin, you'll like this.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred Years War, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alfred H. Burne
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    The bitter conflict between England and France we call The Hundred Years War, and lasting 116 years between 1337 and 1453, was fought over claims by the English kings to the French throne. By the end of this titanic struggle, it can fairly be said that the Middle Ages had come to an end.

    M. says: "100 Year War"
    "100 Year War"
    Overall

    I became interested in the 100 Year War after reading George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series. I had heard that Martin's series was based on the 100 year war (and The War of the Roses).

    "The Hundred Year War, Volume 1" is no fantansy, but it's still a good story. It introduced me to two fascinating historical figures I was not familiar with -- King Edward III, and his son, "The Black Prince", Edward the IV.

    "The Song of Ice and Fire" gives a fictional account of the horrors of medieval warfare. After reading this history, I'd say Martin got it right. It was brutal warfare, especially if you were a peasant.

    For fantasy fans this is a good read. It is certainly not fantasy and reads as a history, but it provides so much back-ground material that is present in modern fantasy. Much of the warfare depicted in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series comes right out of the 100 year war. (The "Two Rivers" bow, is of course, the English longbow.)

    As to the English longbow, it utterly dominated the battlefield. It was a simple, but brutally effective weapon and was the main reason why the English army was so effective in this war.

    I am no fan of feudalism or Kingdoms, and would not like to live under such systems, but when the ruling classes of the medieval era decided to go to war, they were right in the thick of the battle. King Edwards or his son was present in every major battle depicted in this book. Compare that to our own effete ruling classes. Except in very rare circumstances, they and their children will be many thousands of miles from the battles of the wars they start.

    35 of 38 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
    (1266)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (731)

    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"
    "Great SF"
    Overall

    Weber is the best. Great story, great characters, lots of intriguing ideas. Highly recommended.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Humanoids and With Folded Hands

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack Williamson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    On the far planet Wing IV, a brilliant scientist creates the humanoids, sleek black androids programmed to serve humanity.

    Lawrence says: "A very good story"
    "Quaint and Creepy"
    Overall

    This is science fiction from the late 40's and is replete with slide rules, vacuum tubes and typewriters. It started out quaint and I thought it was kind of fun. By the time I got to it's conclusion I hated this book. The utopia the authors presents makes my skin crawl. The Humanoids are utterly creepy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paul Fussell
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    From the acclaimed Modern Library Chronicles comes an exploration of a promising theory that when put to practice wreaked havoc on the world. An expert on communism, Richard Pipes follows the history of the Soviet Union from the 1917 revolution to the Cold War, and finally, to its deterioration and collapse.

    M. says: "Infantryman's war"
    "Infantryman's war"
    Overall

    An excellent account of America's role in Europe during World War II, much of it based on the author's own experience as an infantryman. If your understanding of World War II comes from watching movies, this is a must read book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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