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round hill, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 6 reviews
  • 189 ratings
  • 315 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Perdido Street Station

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

    Cherry says: "Wish I could rate it higher - skipped audio"
    "Great story... ending a bit muddled"

    Wow, China Mieville can sure write a great story! The fabric of this story is so well described, so well written, I feel I've actually been to New Crobuzon.

    Great work. Wish the ending was more upbeat and focused, but no worries. Not all stories are happy ones I guess.

    Big gripe... there is a chunk of the story missing on the audiobook. Dunno how much. The main character is getting ready to leave his hideout to save the day, then a skip and a millisecond later he is across town planning with his team. Could have been a missing page or a missing chapter, dunno.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Faire: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hell's Faire continues Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, this time pitting Major Mike O'Neal against a Posleen overlord with impressive technology looking to conquer human territories.

    Colin says: "Last book, but its not over! 8 more to go"
    "What a great story!"

    The Aldenata series is one of those "best-of things"... it defined the genre of Military Sci-Fi, and stands today as some of the most awesome storytelling you will ever lay hands on. The only way you can not enjoy this series is if you either hate sci fi (so why are you here?) or if you have no military experience (in which case you may struggle with Mr. Ringo's spot-on depiction of the military mind). Mr. Ringo is former military, and he writes from experience. If you ever wore a uniform, you will read this, and say, "Ya, that is pretty much how it would all go down."

    On the flip side, I never did like the story's ending (this book). It's one of those, 8:59 and we have to wrap it up and roll credits sorts of endings. Further, the follow-on books are all over the place in terms of quality. It is a unfair way to end such an epic series.

    Was it just me, or did the human's weaponry suddenly get MUCH more powerful in the last chapters. Early in the story, Poslin baddies are running around with terra-watt LASERS and shooting up the country side with em, and humans are coping. In the final chapters, an ACS trooper gets one LASER and totally raises a ruckus with it.

    In the end though, its a great story with fantastic narration. Can I have an ACS combat suit for Christmas please??!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Overkill: Orphan's Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 23, Jazen Parker has completed his Legion hitch a hero. But in four months, hell have a price on his head. Worse, hes lost his past, and he cant find his future. Worst of all, hes chosen to search for them on the deadliest planet known to mankind. When Jazen reluctantly hires on to a Trueborn Earthman tycoon's safari to bag a deadly trophy, the reluctant mercenary finds himself shipped out to Downgraded Earthlinke 476, the outpost at the end of the universe known to everyone except its tourism bureau as "Dead End".

    Readalot says: "Excellent first contact story"
    "Great Story"

    I hadn't read Buettner before, and frankly I wasn't expecting much when I bought this one. However, as soon as Mr. Andrews began to narrate the tale I was hooked. There are a number of facets to this book, but it is largely a first contact story from the point of view of a very alien (and ultimately pretty cool) alien. The ending is set up for a sequel, so it is kind of a jarring stop, but otherwise a great read. The author's knowledge of military armour is solid, true-born humans are arrogant jerks, and I'd imagine the orca was rather surprised (though only briefly)... read this book :)

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "What a great book!"

    Just wow!!

    This is a great story, and the narration is superb. Get this book, you won't be sorry.

    0 of 1 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 Story... horrible characters"

    As an engineer, i really enjoyed the elements of technology and physics as portrayed in this story. the author does a superior job of describing space flight as it might actually exist 100 yrs from now (oh wait, we don't have a space program any more so never mind). The events, twists, and turns in the story made sense to me, without the usual eye rolls and what ever's I normally reserve for SciFi. Finally, that an author was able to weave a cogent story in with the harsh realities of general relativity and make it all work was really very cool. While the ending is sort of a bummer, it was still reasonable.

    On the flip side, OMG the characters in this story are awful! The main character spends the entire story being so vile and revolting that I was practically begging for something heavy to fall on her (sadly, nothing ever does). Further, the other characters in the story simply accept this deceitful scum of a person, make her their leader no less, and turn a blind eye to her exploits. I guess people in the future are either evil or sheep... Ugh.

    In the end... I'm not feeling cheated for having invested my time and money on this story. However, I'll never listen to it again either, nor would I bother with a sequel... unless something heavy squishes the main character in the first chapter.

    Shout out to the narrator... great job Mr. Reynolds! Some of the accents hurt my head at times, but you made it all work. Thanks!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Threshold: A Novel of Deep Time

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Chance Matthews is drawn into a battle between angels and monsters because of something in her possession - a fossil of a creature that couldn't possibly have ever existed. But it did. And still does.

    Jim N says: "Disappointing"

    I was trapped in the car with this mess of a story for a week with little to do but listen as it droned on. The narrator was awesome, no worries there, and the author really does do a good job of describing the scenes and all, but the story... yikes!

    Hours and hours spent listening to conversations that go absolutely nowhere. Then the big climactic ending (which plays out in about 4 min) reminded me of that episode of Dallas that had everyone so ticked off.

    If the phrase "What did you see in the tunnel Deke?" repeated ad nauseam is your idea of great story telling, then by all means give this one a listen. Otherwise, give it a pass.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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