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Christopher

GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (994)

    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"
    "The journey and those you meet on the way.."
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    Finished! At almost 37 hours in audio format this is a long book. About halfway through the book I asked myself "Did the author write a long book just to write a long book?" 2/3 of the way thought the book I told myself "No, the author did not just write a long book just to write a long book." It starts off as a sci fi suspense novel and builds to a space opera like conclusion. Peter F. Hamilton does a amazing job at writing epic sci fi. This book will take you will take you on a nice journey to meet a good cast of characters and take you to a really cool conclusion. Narrated by Toby Longworth, who I think does a good job. My only complaint about the book and narration is that sometimes it is hard to tell when the scene change is. A large break on a page is a good visual cue that can tell you the scene has changed perceptive. It is hard to relate that in audio. Sometimes a change in voice in an audiobook can tell you the same thing. Unfortunately the narrators range is not a great as the cast of characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he's surrendered his birthright and been given a woman's place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland's Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself.

    Lanfear says: "Abercrombie Light"
    "Not a bad story, but predictable."
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    This may be my least favorite of the stories I read by this author. He does a great job at growing the character and turning him into somebody interesting by the end of the book. But unfortunately in this particular case the book just felt. For lack of a better word predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strands of Sorrow: Black Tide Rising, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    A hardened group of survivors fight back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization. With the world consumed by a devastating plague that drives humans violently insane, what was once a band of desperate survivors bobbing on a dark Atlantic ocean has now become Wolf Squadron, the only hope for the salvation of the human race.

    Christopher J Bayne says: "Good ending to the series."
    "A good place end"
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    I'm hoping John Ringo ends here. While the book is not bad for what it is. Parts of it at time felt contrived. It really seemed as if the author was trying to force the story to a conclusion. As a fan of many John Ringo books that may not have been a bad thing.

    1 of 1 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
    (2975)
    Performance
    (2669)
    Story
    (2655)

    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.

    Michael Scandizzo says: "Like eating a Hershey bar on Venus"
    "Brandon Sanderson does it again"
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    This was an absolutely great piece. Brandon continues the story in an excellent fashion. If you enjoyed the first book there is absolutely no reason you will not like this one. So microwave a of bag of popcorn. Sit back and enjoy the ride with us one. Also it has a nice message at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (3143)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1966)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
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    I just finished The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
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    Really did not realize how big of an influence this book was on me, the first time I read it I was about 20. Rereading it 20 years later and I can see the influence of it on my opinions of militarism, compulsory laws, non-traditional relationship make ups, volunteerism and other libertarianish ideas that I have about the world.

    This is a book that really stands the test of time even Heinlein use of technology does not feel as dated as it is. Maybe it is because we have not reach the level of technology discussed in the book. Or the Heinlein is just vague enough in his descriptions that you can get past some of the discrepancies. Not many books from the 1960s can hold up this way in my opinion. This received the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967 and boy did it deserve it. This book has a high place in my heart as one of the best works of fiction I have ever read.

    Who would I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in science fiction, libertarianism, volunteerism or free market ideas. Heinlein does a lot of political and social chest thumping in this book but personally that is when I think he is at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4216)
    Performance
    (2594)
    Story
    (2628)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "This was an instant classic."
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    This book was everything that great epic fantasy should be it is Terry Goodkind at his best. I just finished re reading this book after 10 years and it is still just as good. Which for me has been rare with rereads. I have this book by both narrators that are available on audible and I am not sure yet which does the better job. I think that is a great thing to be confused on. Since both do a really good job. I would like to see the entirety of the series redone with just one narrator though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (373)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "…..The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend....."
    "A great look into the future"
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    Everything that we have grown to love from A Larry Correia story. Easily worth free

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3328)
    Performance
    (2941)
    Story
    (2940)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Does not take itself too seriously"
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    The androids dream is a fun book. It had many laugh out loud moments in it and quite a few unexpected twist. I've read quite a few books by the author now and none of his books have disappointed. Wil Wheaton narration in this is much better then other performances of his and is by far my favorite

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (478)

    A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all. The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division.

    Karen says: "More Madigan's Malcontents!"
    "A fun book"
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    I honestly would not mind hearing more in the universe that the story takes place in. The author does a good job of putting forth a single story about these characters. The story takes place in the gaming world of Warmachine. The game itself is a tactical strategy game very similar to Warhammer just with a steampunk twist. I knew nothing about the world prior to reading this book. But I think I'm going to go out and check out the game now. Very good job Larry Correia

    Also a word about the narration on this book it is absolutely amazing. Ray Porter's work on this is easily 5 stars in up there with some of the best works in my 600 book library.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (493)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Chris says: "Don't myth these adventures!"
    "This book defines 3 stars... Meaning it is good"
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    Just never makes that jump to greatness.... You know what? That is ok. This was a fun quick book that had me laughing out loud at times. This is a book to be read with a box of cheap wine not a bottle of the good stuff. So get drunk and enjoy yourself.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1689)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (951)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Uplifting"
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    This book could be used as a case study on how to write good SF..... No action, nothing over the top, just potentially real science presented with fictional twist. Wow this was good… I would write more on it but I feel like if I tell you more it would be stealing from you…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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