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Ronald H. Mers

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  • Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (378)

    The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his increasingly irrational leadership Basil Wenceslas, chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner. His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc, have made enemies for the people of Earth.

    Chaz says: "Great series!"
    "Saga of Great Reads"
    Overall

    The Saga of Seven Suns, much to my surprise, produced equal to better books throughout the series. Usually, the 2nd, 3rd and beyond books don't measure up to the original. This series is an exception. Unexpectedly, the Saga of Seven Suns has become my favorite book series, one of my favorite science fiction stories. I really enjoy the narrator. He is consistent and doesn't over-act. Regarding this particular book... just another great read equal or better to the previous book in series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Providence of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (978)

    Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

    L. Sheldon Clark says: "Miscommunication driven plot ruined a good story"
    "In My Final Four Bracket..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Providence of Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Depth, Twists, Sweeping


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Character development continued through this second edition and the story lines just kept intertwining and throwing my curve balls. Hero's made mistakes, leaders are challenged, many characters contributed significantly to make or deviate the story line... this isn't you run of the mill good vs. evil story. I was taken by surprise with the first book and was secretly expecting a drop off from book 2... I was proven wrong. Simon Vance is perfect for this book reading. His rich textured voice really helps me picture the scenes and discern the different characters. One of my pet peeves is men trying to make their voice sound like a woman... I didn't even notice in this reading.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Adair's counsel-leach placed a ring of fire around the Exestreme's throat and Adair was forced to make a decision regarding his fate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book brought out many emotions to include rooting for Valen and Calin... swinging between rooting for Adair to then questioning her decisions, hating the Star Island dwellers to feeling sorry for leach's.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7664)
    Performance
    (6760)
    Story
    (6738)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Great Family Read... not so much for adults"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Firefight in three words, what would they be?

    Surprisingly, I loved the first book. Equally surprising, I can't listen to anymore of the 2nd book for now. Highly recommend for children. The pseudo-teen love story overshadows the first part of the book. I really grew bored and sometimes frustrated with the overuse of references to the main characters fascination with "metaphors"... over baked!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I still think this is a good story and our superhero genre needs modern day infusion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene where there isn't a reference to a metaphor or where the teens are playing at love.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A New Super-Hero Generation


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for children and young adults under 18.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4133)
    Performance
    (2928)
    Story
    (2955)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "compelling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Lost Fleet: Fearless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Lost Fleet series has a good selection of well developed characters and a compelling story line. I like the way everything does not always go Black Jack's way... he must overcome challenges and deal with people who do not necessarily trust him... yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Fleet: Fearless?

    When the rogue ships from the fleet had to come limping back to Black Jack.


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

    they bring attitude... I might not get that if reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Black Jack is back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10886)
    Performance
    (9992)
    Story
    (10030)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "I Don't Like Super Hero stories..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    great story line


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like super hero stories... too hard to suspend reality. However, this was a great story and I bought into the story and really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction: Star Force, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2684)
    Performance
    (2429)
    Story
    (2439)

    In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

    Bill says: "Too much Superhero"
    "Love Story On The Battlefield?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I like the story but his character development is a bit hard to believe. The main character goes from being a teacher to a ruthless disciplinarian and it seems a bit out of character. More disturbing is the fact that he is the only soldier with a girlfriend along for the ride... the "love story", IMO, detracts from the main story and is just plain silly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14597)
    Performance
    (11738)
    Story
    (11802)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Looking Forward to Book 2!"
    Overall

    It has now been some time since I listened to WOK and I wanted to take the time to say I enjoyed the read/listen. I like the style of weaving together different characters and scenes, past & present toward an inevitable merger. I liked the characters and appreciated author taking the time to integrate their weaknesses into the story. So many fantasy novels use simple hero characters... this was refreshing. Many story lines and subplots.... a book with depth. I liked the narration by Reading and Kramer. At first it was a bit disconcerting getting used to the different voices when speaking of same character but I got over it and accepted the oddity before it became a distraction. From a fantasy standpoint I thought there were some fresh ideas... a bit of a mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, action and intrigue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Empire: Sword of Truth, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (861)

    "'You knew they were there, didn't you?' Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer. Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence."

    T. Baker says: "A little less talk, a lot more action"
    "The Naked Review"
    Overall

    Again, This narrator is the worst. It's like listening to a toddler's bed time story. Additionally, I'm really getting tired of Richard and Khalin/Kallin. Thier love story is begining to make me roll my eyes. It doesn't add to the story. The fighting, or strategy in this book was more fantasy than people having magic! Giving this 3 stars is Good-Kindness on my part. If I get a great deal... I may read book 9.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (948)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    Fantastic... Don't skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1838)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Sword of Truth "Hurts My Ears" - Book 2"
    Overall

    I can't take it... I quit listening. This Narrator's reading would make a great SNL skit! Is this guy immitating a text to speach program? I have never stopped listening to an audio book because of the narrater... Until now. OMG is this guy terrible. Run away, spare yourself the torment and money, buy the book if you must, but this narrator is all time worst. How much does this gig pay... If he is any indication of necessary talent... I may have second career. He pro-nounces-every word as if he were reading to a 4 year old... or alien just arrived from another planet.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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