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Rich

CLEVELAND, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (641)

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "Slow Men Working"
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    This book crawls at the beginning, you feel almost no attachment to the characters until mid-way through the book, and Douglas takes way too long to set up the battles.

    That said, the second half starts to pick-up and my initial distaste was overridden "just enough" for me to look forward to the next book (which has already been published).

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Axis

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

    John says: "Spin off Axis"
    "Spin: 9/10 , Axis: 2/10"
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    Wow, what a disappointment. I was not able to immerse any portion of my attention throughout this book.

    I don't know the political story, but it definitely feels like Wilson forced this series into a trilogy as an afterthought due to the success of Spin.

    The reviews for Vortex are a little better, but I'm still on the fence on whether or not to listen to it. The problem is, after the debacle that is Axis,...I simply don't care about Robert Wilson's universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (5872)
    Performance
    (3934)
    Story
    (3968)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Amazing Discipline"
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    While I completely agree with all of the previous comments, the thing that I most enjoyed about Sanderson's story was his discipline to contemplate, plan, and stick with a plot that was obviously outlined in detail before he began to write the series.

    So many writers today write trilogies with a 'plan as you go' methodology, thus I often feel like a plot twist is just 'all too convenient' when it comes just in time for the main character's success.

    I could tell that Sanderson gave a lot of thought to the entire scheme of the story including all of the twists and turns that he would take us through before he started to write the trilogy in earnest. For that I am very grateful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1667)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (919)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "Might Be A Good Story, but...."
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    Wow the Narrator has ruined this audio book for me. I been trying to listen to it piecemeal for weeks now, but Beierle is so monotone that I keep losing interest and have to backtrack every 15min or so. Subsequently the story feels just as bland.

    I dunno, maybe I change my ratings when I'm FINALLY able to finish the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1427)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Great Read!...Based On You're Political Views?"
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    Judging by reading the rest of these reviews, if you're Republican, you'll love it; and if your Liberal...you hate Republicans. I thought Liberals were suppose to be just that,...liberal!?
    :-O

    Political banter aside, the book was creative and slightly deviated enough from a typical scifi pipeline to hold my attention throughout. You DO however have to enjoy a novel that attempts to tell the who, why, when, and how's as much as plot. Some people like back stroy and outer scope development. Others want to get straight to the plot. Ringo clearly tries to appeal more to the former.

    I'm not an engineer or astronomer, but a finance investor turned IT. I do enjoy 'space science' on a entertainment level, thus I really enjoyed the attempts at applied science. I was probably his perfect demographic.

    Sidenote: The narrator did a great job balancing his voice with an array of charters, while still allowing for your imagination to dominate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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