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Michel

I am living proof that the universe has a sense of humor.

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  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (842)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "A really bad ending"
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    What could J. L. Bourne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The ending was horrible, rushed and did not make much sense.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment to have a really bad ending to a trilogy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21295)
    Performance
    (12788)
    Story
    (12915)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Complete and utter waste of time!"
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    Should have been called “Boring Diary Of A Genetically Modified Kid”.

    This is one of THE WORST SciFi books I have ever come across! I am absolutely clueless on why so many other people are giving this book even mediocre reviews as the whole story makes no sense from start to finish.

    First you seem to have ‘super human intelligent kids’ but no real time is devoted explaining this apparently important part of the story. Next we get to hear about Ender’s (main character) troubles about being picked on in school and at home. Suddenly Ender gets picked for ‘special training’ and gets whooshed off to an asteroid at the ripe old age of 10. Apparently all adults in this story are idiots and only pubescent kids are the real brains. Why? No one knows because it is NEVER explained.

    Really hoping the story would finally start to show life, I was again disappointed to hear hours of Ender’s life on the asteroid. Ender receives his brilliant military training by playing what amounts to zero G paintball. I kid you not! Having apparently learned all he can while still being picked on of course, he graduates and goes home, sits on a self built raft and discusses life with his sister.

    Grand finally space battle… Returning from his seaside trip, Ender boards a space ship and has to do more simulations on how to attack. The description reminded me of multi player asteroids. But wait, there is a twist! Turns out the simulations were not simulations but Ender actually commanding the REAL fleet. He kills the evil bugger queen with his Molecular Disruption Device.

    Come on! The author could not even come up with a better alien name than ‘buggers’ and ‘Molecular Disruption Device’? The book came out in 1985 and we are already had great SciFi like Blade Runner, Star Wars and Back To The Future.

    Let’s also not forget Ender’s brother Peter and his sister Valentine who plan to take over the world at the ripe age of teenagers by writing anonymous political commentary on the ‘nets’. Being genetically enhanced super kids and idiot adults populating our planet, they succeed.

    Seriously folks, stay far, far, FAR away from this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    "Average story but bad narration."
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    I am easy going when it comes to narration but Jeff Bower did not do a good job at all. His voices for males sound like females. Some characters sound like little girls and others just sound like they have a cold. To make things worse, there are sound effects, like echoes, for various voices. Why are there loooong silent pauses between chapters? Audiobooks should NOT have sound effects!

    The story is average so far. It starts a little slow but picks up about half way through and spins a web for future plot lines. Overall it's an average story but with good potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Human: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    Chaos has erupted throughout the known galaxy, threatening countless colonies and orbital habitats - as the Associative struggles vainly to keep the peace. Extreme measures are called for in these times of dire crisis, and the Star Marines are awakened from their voluntary 850-year cybe-hibe sleep. But General Trevor Garroway and his warriors are about to discover that the old rules of engagement have drastically changed.

    Kent says: "Not nearly as good as previous books"
    "Why was this book written?"
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    The Inheritance Trilogy should have been 3 books -1. The first two books are decent SciFi and enjoyable to listen to. This third book is a complete disconnect from the main story line. First, it takes place 800 years in the future from the ending of the second book. Second, it is more of a US Marines history of famous events and battles instead of being focusing on the SciFi story created in the first two books.

    I got the feeling the author set out to write a trilogy but pretty much ran out of steam at the end of book two and was just grasping at straws for the third. All I can say is WTH?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (824)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Hamilton does it again"
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    Would you listen to Great North Road again? Why?

    I have heard some authors being compared to J.R.R. Tolkien. All of them falling far short in my opinion. Peter Hamilton however IS the Tolkien of SciFi. Having read the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy, this Novel is smaller in scope but still delivers a great story.

    The story is set in the not so distant future and centers around a bizarre murder which is almost identical to another murder of 20 years ago. Hamilton creates a great story inclusive of future tech, intrigue, murder, sex, distant planets and aliens. This is SciFi CSI at its best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5310)
    Performance
    (4954)
    Story
    (4948)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Funny interpretation of Star Trek BUT....."
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    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    This book makes some hilarious observations and interpretations of the original Star Trek show. At first I thought the story was a parody of all the little idiosyncrasies of the original Start Trek show from the view point of the little people. Not so, the book quickly deteriorated into the weird by having the story try to include parallel universes and time jumping into the current. The worst however was saved for last when the story, why I will never know, ends but then launches into over an hour of just plain garbage. I am being somewhat cryptic as to not ruin it for anyone who still decides to waste their credits on this book. This is the first audiobook in over 120 purchases that I truly regret buying.


    Any additional comments?

    For such a bad story, Wil Wheaton was about the only positive in the audiobook. He successfully breathed life into a story which was pretty much already dead about half way through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (428)

    This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

    Christopher Morton says: "The Best of the Three Volumes"
    "Excellent in almost all aspects"
    Overall

    This series is the best historical review of the civil war I have ever come across. It is well written, accurate in its facts and presented in a cohesive format. I do however have a gripe about the production of this audio production. At times it seems as if the narrator changes pitch from one section to another. It seems as if he took a coffee break and then returned back to work. Another gripe is the sound of the narrator taking a deep breath, a really deep breath, when he reads another sentence. I am not one to to pick over the smallest detail but this is worth mentioning in my opinion.

    That being said, I highly recommend this series for anyone looking to dig deeper into the American civil war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6815)
    Performance
    (3182)
    Story
    (3188)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Bad... really bad"
    Overall

    The story concept of a virus virtually decimating the human population is of course not a new one and has made for some really exciting books in the past. Cronin's idea of infected killer bats in some deep jungle having this virus just falls short. As infectious as this virus turns out to be, it seemed to have just stayed put for centuries in the jungle with no human infection.

    The spread of the virus does make for a somewhat interesting read. As the world starts to collapse, the story focuses on several characters and adds a good measure of suspense. However, this is were the story starts to fall apart. The rest of this long book deals with a small community of survivors roughly a hundred years after the end of civilization. The reader is subject to ongoing and all too frequently mind dulling lengthy descriptions of characters, their tasks and friends.

    To add insult to injury, this book is only the first part of a series. This was only the second time in my life I stopped reading a book. I absolutely, positively cannot recommend this book!

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful

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