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David

Newmarket, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • Sharpe’s Prey: Denmark, 1807

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    Critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell takes listeners back to 1807 for an exciting tale of the Napoleonic Wars. Cornwell’s beloved hero, Richard Sharpe, is sent from England to Denmark on a secret mission. But as England and France fight over the powerful Danish fleet, Sharpe finds himself trapped in the war-torn city of Copenhagen.

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Prey: Denmark 1807"
    "Beloved series and character, well rendered"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sharpe’s Prey the most enjoyable?

    Somehow missed this book when I read the series years ago. Great read and the narration was excellent. Not intellectual but great "mind candy"!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3626)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2618)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Fantastic re-working of the Starship Troopers meme"
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    What did you love best about Old Man's War?

    Great concept for a future world in which the Colonial Union has isolated and culturally "frozen" the earth to use its' first world citizens as soldiers and its' third world citizens as colonists in a bloody race for real estate against a universe full of hostile (and hungry!) aliens. The twist is that you don't get to volunteer to be a soldier until you are 75...and no one comes back.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Space opera at its' best, with the wry humor that Scalzi is famous for.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dufris's narration is always perfect, which a range of character voices to encompass most situations.


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish Scalzi would stop saying "he said" or "she said" after every bit of dialogue. Failing that, could he not edit his books for narration to eliminate this annoying tic in his otherwise superb stories?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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