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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
    (3228)
    Performance
    (2250)
    Story
    (2258)

    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!"
    "More Grand Space Opera"
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    If you like hard (okay, maybe just a little squishy) science fiction with a huge dose of drama and solid, if not overly deep, characters, Jack Campbell is an author to keep on your list. I've listened to the whole Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series', and there wasn't a slow or disappointing book in the bunch.

    It's all about politics and space combat, and a clash of cultures that could ultimately save humanity.

    My only complaint (and it's really petty), is that by naming the books after random ships it's a little hard to keep track of what order they come in. I needed a cheat sheet that I kept on a memo in my Blackberry so I knew in what order to listen.

    I said it was petty.

    Great narration by Christian Rummel. For space opera and science fiction fans these are a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Places in Between

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rory Stewart
    • Narrated By Rory Stewart
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan, surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day, he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past.

    James says: "Nice Choice"
    "It's eye-opening, but also eye-closing..."
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    It's a story about a people we (in the West) don't hear about, and a culture we know nothing about. From that standpoint it's an important book.

    Being a true story, however, there is a limit to the narrative, and that comes across fairly quickly in that the story becomes a succession of the same event happening over and over again. It's hard to escape because it's about a man doing the same thing every day from the beginning to the end of the book. He's travelling through a different culture, but there isn't a lot of variation in the culture of the people he meets during the journey.

    The performance was good. Usually authors aren't the best narrators, but in this case Mr. Stewart was very easy to listen to.

    Overall I'm glad I listened, but it got a little tedious towards the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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