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Jonathan

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  • Against All Enemies: JAG in Space, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Someone onboard the USS Michaelson is selling secrets, and to uncover the traitor, legal officer Lieutenant Paul Sinclair must walk the dangerous line between duty and honor.

    Jean says: "Catch a traitor"
    "Something missing"
    Overall

    This book is not a bad listen. But at the end you (ie I) get feeling that there needed to be something more to the story; some greater reason for there to be all the apparent tension but there's not. Like the other books in the series there is a bit of action at the beginning and then the book falls into a prolonged court room drama, and except for the fact that the initial action occurs in a space setting there really isn't much science fiction about the book. This book has a little less of the mundane court room stuff than the previous volumes and it is interesting to follow, especially some of the things that occur outside the court room but as the end was coming I was expecting something to happen. When it did happen it was more surprising in its banality than its twist. I thought that some of the side issues could have been handled better and I personally would have preferred more action dispersed throughout the novel rather than the two part formula of action then court room. The amount of intrigue is probably less than I would have otherwise expected for an espionage plot. The entire series of "JAG in space" is also misnamed. In reality you only have the perspective of a ship's officer with collateral 'legal officer' duty and while there are large editorials to fill you in with other's perspectives, the tension is all that of the legal officer not the court room drama. The only 'space' aspect of the novels is that the events occur in space although they could have easily occurred on a seafaring ship. At least there was a little more science fiction technology in te evidence of this novel, but only marginally slow. Definitely more a novel for those interested in court room stuff than science fiction or action.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Quest of Heroes: The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (277)

    A dazzling new fantasy series. A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously.

    Samuel says: "Hackneyed, *and* repetitive"
    "A bit too simplistic"
    Overall
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    Story

    The book started off really well. I was looking forward to a good listen, but it didn't really live up to the expectation.

    I think that the problem I discovered was the simplicity of the story line. The line is too thin and too straight. There's no real branching. Nothing much happens in parallel. There's not too many twists. The plot develops simply. The main character suddenly and inexplicitly rises to the next level after each challenge.

    There are holes in the plot which just leaps ahead without much in between and there is a rush of events. For example the protagonist arrives at court and is suddenly the centre of attention. Everything seems to happen within a handful of days, with almost no intervening time for thoughts or emotions to develop. Just struck me as odd

    The story had a lot more potential which could have been realised with just a bit more attention. I'm glad that it only cost me half a credit. Not sure that I would pay a full credit for others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (390)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    averageconsumer says: "Great Story/Deadly Narration"
    "Too many committees"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The storyline is interesting. It is hampered because the mechanism used to convey information to the reader is discussions between the various protagonists. Unfortunately there are way too many of these and the entire discussion is portrayed sometimes in agonising detail causing the story to drag.

    The performance makes this even worse because different people are identified by accents even though they all speak the same language natively (apparently). Unfortunately every person with an accent is spoken much slower than others and causes the conversations to be drawn out even more.

    If you can overlook these major failings then the story is reasonably entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By David deVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (366)

    The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

    SteveK says: "Unworthy of Series"
    "Huge turn of the tables"
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    This is the fourth in the series about the crew of the odyssey though since that starship has been destroyed perhaps a different name is appropriate for the ongoing series.

    If you don't know the series then you shouldn't listen to this book (until you listen to the earlier ones) because it won't make sense and is not intended as a stand alone book. What was really confusing in the third book [the battle of sol] was how the drasin who were formidable foes as single ships suddenly were destroyed en masse by the same ships that were lucky to take on or two - new weapons aside.

    Anyhow the battlefield has moved to the earth and initially new york city. Strangely the drasin don't seem to be trying hard to win and the reason that is eventually given is not exactly convincing. Afterall if the goal of the drasin is to wipe out all non drasin life in the universe then it I for one don't get why they wouldn't just do that one star system at time starting with the one at hand. But then they're aliens and who knows how they think...

    As you can guess fortunes wax and wane so that there are ever increasing difficulties for the terrans to counter and overcome - and that's the whole plot. At the end there is some more space battles and like previous books in this series those battles are lacking realism. In space travelling at relativistic speed (significant fractions of the speed of light) it seems reasonable over the huge distances involved that some of the shots would miss. In fact it seems likely that in general most shots fired at distances measured in light seconds or minutes would miss unless you could aim and track your laser with a precision that could be measured in fractions of a degree to fifty or a hundred decimal places. Other flaws in the science part of the fiction include the fact that you can use tachyon cannons within a gravity well but not the transition drive... not sure why not since its the same technology. And the fighters seem to be able to arc and get back to the ship extraordinarily quickly when they've been travelling away for significant periods.

    From a plot point of view it didn't really make sense that the ships returning knew that there were of the order of 1500 drasin ships in the system when they left and only come prepared to deal with about a third that number on return.

    Despite these limitations I did enjoy the book. I didn't see the point of the gaia gestalt who played little or no part in the story of any significance. In fact the story would have been no different if she wasn't there at all. But I suppose the best commendation I can give the book is that I would buy the next one in the series so if you listened to the previous books in this series and liked them then this is more of the same with a focus on planet based skirmishes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    Sally Howes says: "Great books are the ones that make you THINK"
    "Not the best point of view"
    Overall
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    The ideas behind the stormlight archive are really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series. I was very excited to read this one as well and am eagerly looking forward to others. Each book is written from the point of view of several characters with one of those characters being the pre-eminent one in the book. In the first book that was Kaladin and in this one it is Shallan.

    I found Shallan to be an unimpressive character - overly self absorbed and tiresome coming across somewhat pathetic. I was continually waiting for the sections from her point of view to conclude so I could become enthralled again in what Kaladin was up to. Perhaps the female narrator didn't help to make her seem worthwhile.

    The story is awesome and well worth reading for anyone who enjoys fantasy. The world is rich and complex and well thought out. So much so that even though the sections of Shallan leave a lot to be desired, the rest of the book more than makes up for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3673)
    Performance
    (3373)
    Story
    (3394)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Concluding the adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The main ingredient (it seems) for an adventure story is a bit of missing information. That might be something misunderstood (or rather poorly explained by the author) or confusing and protagonists and antagonists rush around trying to figure out what that missing piece of information actually means. This story is no different. The hidden information is not particularly well hidden (or surprising) giving the story a bit of blandness - it would help if there was some significant meaning behind the actions of the elves. There is little complexity in the characters - they are all true to (a very simple) form. There is a grand adventure (to find out the truth) wherein most of the characters that we have come to know are regarded as expendable. Every one of the long line of bad guys meet their demise during the story. And since their characters are not well developed its a bit hard to shed any tears. This is not a book for those who want a well developed story and characters. But not a bad listen if your expectations are not too high.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5061)
    Performance
    (4659)
    Story
    (4658)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "A tale of two books"
    Overall
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    Story

    This audio book is two books in one. I have read reviews of the novels being too boiler plate and predictable. To some extent that is true, but I think those critics are too harsh. Make no mistake, the people in the stories are very one-dimensional and they struggle to escape from a predictable outcome. However the story is easy to listen to and while not rollicking, a pleasant adventure. Certainly this is not a book for people who want complexity and intrigue but less fussy listeners can enjoy this book without too much trouble.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3922)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3601)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Ron says: "The second book delivers"
    "A tale of two more books"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Two more books in one. The characters in these novels develop a bit more complexity than the previous pair of novels but still there is not a lot of development. It surprises me how the author assumes so much naivety on the part of the people to allow massive conspiracies to take place in complete ignorance. Of course there are only two people that can be turned to fight the conspirators. The plot doesn't twist too much and the outcomes are fairly predictable. Completely new people groups and lore are invented on the fly as necessary to add coherence to the story. There is still a lacking depth and those who want complexity and intrigue will want to pass over this novel. For others its still a good read and the exploits of our favourite heroes is interesting as they plod through a "not too challenging" adventure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor of Thorns: The Broken Empire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Lawrence brings the Broken Empire series to its devastating conclusion. The path to the throne is broken - only the broken can walk it. The world is cracked and time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne no matter who stands against me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending. This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God.

    Jonathan says: "Good listen but disappointing ending"
    "Good listen but disappointing ending"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story follows from the previous books. Sometimes the flipping back between the present and the past seems excessive. Most of the loose ends are tied together. The ending was broadcast well in advance. It didn't quite happen as I would have expected (which was that Jorg's convictions were manipulating reality to produce the dead king, especially since the guilt of hanging in the thorn bush and not saving his brother/mother is an underlying issue throughout the series). In the end the actual ending was a bit deficient. and the equality of dream and reality doesn't quite explain how the link between conviction and reality is 'fixed' at the end.

    In any case the book is worth listening to, especially after the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Gods Slept: The Timuras Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Allan Cole
    • Narrated By John Hough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    King of Kings, Lord over Men and Demons Alike: Only one ruler had ever held that title, and now Iraj Protarus, an orphaned prince exiled to a small village high in the Valley of the Clouds, dreamed of being the next great conqueror. The key to his destiny would be Safar Timura, a youth with an awesome gift for sorcery, whose visions foretold Iraj's rise to power. And in those visions, Safar stood at Iraj's side, his soul-blasting spells enabling his friend to attain his dreams.

    Jonathan says: "A good listen"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    The problem with the narration is that everything is emphatic. There's barely a conversation (seemingly) that is less than 'full on'. Also there are curious pauses (like the narrator loses track of the text) and some odd emphases which distract from the content. But it isn't as hard as other reviews to suggest to ignore those deficiencies.

    The story itself is good and immersive. The characters and world that the story is set in is also fairly well developed. There are a number of situations that could be developed further even warrant novels of their own (such as the flying circus). I personally don't like the way the time line jumps back and forward at times. Several times a past event is referred to and later on the narrative jumps back to that event instead of leaving it mysterious. Some ideas could be fleshed out a little better.

    Otherwise the story is compelling. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Burden of Proof: JAG in Space, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    After a suspicious explosion on board the galactic space cruiser USS Michaelson costs an officer his life, the ship's legal counsel, Lieutenant Sinclair, risks everything to expose a cover-up - and prosecute the son of a powerful vice-admiral.

    Jonathan says: "Best of the bunch"
    "Best of the bunch"
    Overall

    I may be generous in my assessment of this book but I felt it was the best of the "JAG in Space" series to date (4 in the series). All of the novels follow the same formula - some action at the beginning with a tragedy of sorts, followed by a prolonged court room drama. Apart from the fact that the action occurs in space the novels really aren't science fiction. Don't bother with the book if you want hard sci fi.

    The books roughly follow the experiences and tensions of a junior ship's officer with collateral 'legal officer' duty. In this book (more than the others) the tension seems more realistic because the protagonist is the instigator of the court martial procedings and so has a more vested interest in the outcome. That makes the tension and concern seem more plausible than in other books.While the consequences of going against more senior officers do not materialise in this book (but are implied to become manifest in book four), the real concern that they could and that the court room drama could become "career defining" make this a book worth listening to if that is your 'cup ot tea'.

    The small things that are observed in court including the lawyer tricks add to the overall interest in the developing character of the protagonist but the arm wrestle between prosecution and defense should have been a bit meatier.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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