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Ken

OLYMPIA, WA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2310)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Very interesting series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Dreadnaught again? Why?

    I like the entire series and have enjoyed listening to past audio books in the series prior to listening to the new books in the series just to keep all of the story fresh in my mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I find the decisions that the characters face to be interesting and they handle them in ways that aren't one dimensional and flat. For instance they don't always opt for non-violence if that's the best way to handle the situation, or vice versa.


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice acting is top notch and Jack Campbell brings an interesting point of view to space exploration.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, well written and narrated.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sam Sheridan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble. But when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end....

    Bradley says: "Well written, well researched, and entertaining."
    "I haven't read anything quite like it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the way the author would present a difficult hypothetical situation, for instance being chased by brigands, then describe what he would need to do to survive.
    Then the lucky bastard would actually get to go train in that skill. He worked out with an Olympic weight lifter, learned shooting at a professional shooting school, driving at a stunt driver academy, the list goes on.

    This isn't a fiction novel. The author describes a situation then actually goes himself and trains, telling you about the experience and what he's learned. I love it.

    The narrator does a great job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1069)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Love the genre, wish it had more good books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was ok but everyone did sound a bit like Dr Zoidberg from Futurama.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the survival fiction genre. It has a lot of potential to explore but I have a hard time finding really good books in the genre.
    20 years ago I read nearly the entire "The Survivalist" series by Jerry Ahern and loved them. They were less informational than this book but more entertaining. More gun oriented as the protagonists guns were fully described every time they were mentioned which was about every half page or so.
    This book is about a survivalist group self described militia who all wear matching uniforms and love ambushing people walking down the road to question them in the name of justice. I found the characters to be pretty much pretentious self righteous pricks. That being said they would almost certainly be the people who would actually survive a global meltdown so I have to give them that.
    I enjoyed the book even if I loved to hate the protagonists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3847)
    Performance
    (2784)
    Story
    (2799)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Finally! Some great SciFi"
    Overall

    I was just about to give up on "Sword and Sorcery" type fiction for awhile after reading "The Eye of the World" and feeling the last vestiges of my manhood ascend into my abdomen. Maybe I've grown jaded but why do all the good guys have to be pansies?
    Fortunately I picked up "The Blade Itself" and my manhood descended once again. Strong characters, great story and people making realistic choices. What magic there is never involves unicorns, rainbows or pointy shoes.
    Good narration too.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9073)
    Performance
    (5135)
    Story
    (5179)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Lord of the rings minus substance"
    Overall

    The story is ok, but it is nearly plagaristic in it's "borrowing" from LOTR.
    The male narration is weak, like an oompa loompa on helium. Listen to a sample of the audio before purchasing.
    Very long, which makes it a good bargain, but there are a lot of yawns between the substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2476)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1611)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Great story"
    Overall

    I was getting pretty tired of the same old "brought up from the gutters to become all powerful but conflicted inside" story, but this one is special.

    The hero isn't a carebear, although still conflicted.
    I just wish someone could write a story where the hero could kill people without feeling guilty and botching it, or seeing someones eyes in their head and hesitating, or contemplating their victims hopes and dreams. Not to sound like I want a ruthless cold blooded killer, but if you've been training to kill for years you're gonna do it and move on. Still this is a great story and I can't really knock it. I guess I'd need to stick to Conan for that. :)

    One of the best I've read in quite awhile.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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