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Marcelo Duarte Ferrari

Podcaster, gamer, feminist, historian, bookworm, husband, dog person, trekkie, comic book enthusiast, inter alia.

Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 69 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill: A SW: X-Wing Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand - for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission. A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire.

    Joshua says: "The Wraiths Are Back"
    "Mission: Impossible, Star Wars style"
    What did you like best about Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill? What did you like least?

    The Mission: Impossible/caper movie feel of the book.

    If you’ve listened to books by Aaron Allston before, how does this one compare?

    It's pretty much the level of quality I came to expect from Allston.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Voort's The reminiscing scene from the Yuuzhan Vong War.

    Did Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill inspire you to do anything?

    To read more Star Wars!

    Any additional comments?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Waters: A USAF Pararescue Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David L. Robbins
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David L. Robbins, author of the war classic War of the Rats, delivers another heart-stopping, deeply researched military adventure, this time right off today’s front pages. The US military’s most highly trained and elite unit is the US Air Force pararescuers, known as PJs. All battle-hardened vets, their motto is "That Others May Live". Their singular mission is CSAR: Combat Search and Rescue. But, off the Horn of Africa, one PJ unit is tasked with a desperate assignment that goes against its oath: Take down a cargo ship full of secrets that’s been captured by Somali pirates.

    Gary says: "Regret using my credits on this..."
    "Not what I'd expected."

    I picked this one up expecting a cross between a Tom Clancy novel and Inside Delta Force. What I got was a stand-in for a Stallone movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "Surprisingly good early novel from Scott Card"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The simplicity of the journey mingled with the complexity of the plot.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I think I started to appreciate Orson Scott Card's work more.

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    You see that's a journey of self-discovery and yet the growth of the character has so much weight.

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing wrong.

    Do you have any additional comments?

    This book was too short!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Great hard-core sic-fi!"
    What did you love best about Pushing Ice?

    This is a very compelling, intriguing story about people who seem very real. Also, Star Trek influence, although small, gave it a little more pzaz.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to name one character as the most interesting. They are all very well fleshed-out and interesting.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thing there's very little Alastair Reynolds could have done to get this novel even better. It's as good as it gets!

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

    No, no, no! This is the kind of novel, separated into book (internal books) that you need to pause for a bit and digest what you've just read.

    Any additional comments?

    It was very pleasing to find such a competent hardcore SF writer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "I didn't love it, but I liked it"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to my wife. She's an engineer and the engineers are the clear "heroes" of this book.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'd make the main characters a little less human — meaning less flawed, less self-centered.

    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Eli Glinn and his team.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read it expecting Michael Crichton — it's in the same ball park, but this book's authors stand on their own feet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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