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M. G. Smith

Mike

Oxford, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3976)
    Performance
    (3492)
    Story
    (3492)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "This was a great listen."
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    H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy is one of my favorite books to re-read. That said I would like to highly recommend Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzis reimagining of the Fuzzy novels. The characters are well fleshed out, the storyline twists just enough from the original to keep you wondering what will happen next, and Wil Wheaton did an excellent job reading the story.

    The only negative is that the word "said" was used way to often to denote dialogue.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Training Daze: A Kris Longknife Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    An exciting military Science Fiction novella set between Mike Shepherd’s third and fourth Kris Longknife novels. Kris Longknife dodges assassins, gains an unwelcome (though rather handsome) bodyguard, and puts together a training squad to travel from planet to planet, preparing crews for the newest, fastest, and deadliest fighting ship. And, of course, nothing goes as planned!

    M. G. Smith says: "Training Daze should not be listened to as book3.5"
    "Training Daze should not be listened to as book3.5"
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    What did you love best about Training Daze?

    Training Daze lets you see a little more of Kris's Uncle Trouble and a fills out Jack and some of the other main characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uncle Trouble sounds like a good guy to know and a bad guy to cross


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dina does a nice job with the different characters voices and gives the characters more life.For those of you who keep track she also prounces the d hard when she reads "Jack asked" unlike the book 3 reader\voice talent that always made it sound like Jackass. This not a slam against the reader Mike Shepard really seems to end every line Jack speaks with "Jack asked".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really this novella doesnt cover a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was mostly a filler piece between Kris's exploits on Chance (book 4) and her next adventure. Without giving away any of book 4's plot I found that Training Daze has events occur in it that should have occured before they left for Chance and others that would have had to happened after they left Chance, occurring at the same time. I highly suggest you do not listen to Training Daze before listening to Resolute (book 4) It is a definite spoiler for book 4 and is better listened to as 4.5 not 3.5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "Excellent listen, great characters, good reader"
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    If you could sum up The Tomb in three words, what would they be?

    Marlowe meets Dresden


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story had few lulls and those were necessary to flesh out the characters, I found myself wanting to warn the characters to be careful. It was fun to hear the banter between protagonist and antagonist and Wilson did not leave the "villain" 2 dimensional but gave us peeks of a man doing what he thought was right regardles of the consequences.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Joe Barrett did an excellent job in presenting Repariman Jack


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2323)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1679)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Heroes the way you wished they would be"
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    I enjoyed this audiobook throroughly. Excellent story line, excellent character development, and excellent reading of the material. If your not familiar with David Weber this would be a good introduction. The battle scenes are expertly described and the science of the time is presented in a believable fashion (but doesnt overpower the story). If you enjoyed the Dorsaii series you will like the Honor Harrington novels.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6788)
    Performance
    (5166)
    Story
    (5247)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Unusual Premise Excellent Execution"
    Overall

    This is not another vampire/twilight story but an incredible mix of fiction wrapped around well researched history. I am unable to explain it better without giving away the plot but do not be surprised if you find yourself giving anyone in sunglasses a thoughtful second look.

    Enjoyy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (659)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Cryoburn is a great additon to the Vorkosigan Saga"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the plot, loved the character development, and applauded the way Miles, yet again, turns a society on its ear by simply being Miles. His intention is always to get his job done and get home but he always manages to utterly transform the lives of the people he interacts with. While not the best of the series it was very enjoyable and very moving. I highly recommend the newest of the adventures but also suggest you get familiar with the earlier episodes before listening to this one. Grover Gardner did an excellent job presenting the material and actually seems to enjoy the read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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