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donald

MIRA LOMA, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2083)
    Story
    (2088)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "The first law series, A MUST FOR FANTASY READERS"
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    The first law series is an instant classic. GRR Martin fans are going to love it. The Performance is also top notch. The best of lists for the sff genre will put this series near the top. I am enjoying another Joe Abercrombie novel "Red Country".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2921)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2583)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Wow!!! Taste the grit of the apocalypse."
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    What other book might you compare Swan Song to and why?

    Might be better than "The Stand"


    Any additional comments?

    I was shocked that I just kinda turned this one up. It was a best seller in the 80s or 90s. The author really paints a portrait. it is a long story and for me that is a plus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hardwired

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Walter Jon Williams
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Ex-fighter pilot Cowboy, "hardwired" via skull sockets directly to his lethal electronic hardware, teams up with Sarah, an equally cyborized gun-for-hire, to make a last stab at independence from the rapacious Orbitals.

    Jonathon says: "Good Listen"
    "Solid SciFi Choice"
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    Hardwired is Good SciFi Stuff! Couldn't put it down. If you enjoy William Gibson and/or Richard K Morgan you are going to enjoy this novel. The narrator is also very good. I got a Blade Runner vibe from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Norman Davies
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? That's the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "The Best Account of WWII in Europe"
    "Add this to your collection, thank me later."
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    Where does No Simple Victory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere between jawdropping and Oh...how 'bout that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Simple Victory?

    When the good guys win.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not sure but he is excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A normal persons brain would explode if you listened to it all at one time. Let me know when you decide your going to likely listen to it a second time.


    Any additional comments?

    history library must have.

    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"
    "Peter F. Hamilton: Great visionary science fiction"
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    If you could sum up Great North Road in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing Sci-fi Epic.


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

    All paths converge onto the Great North Road.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a Great big book and I enjoyed every little bit of it. Doubtless I will enjoy all of his available work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (620)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "Worth a chance if your a fantasy buff"
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    If you could sum up The Scar in three words, what would they be?

    Hubris-tic Consequences & Redemption.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A little off the beaten path.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    Workman like performance.


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

    I was moved a couple times but by the ending especially.


    Any additional comments?

    If your a student of the genre you really should give it a try. If you liked twilight, Fifty shades of grey, or anything by kim harrison you will not like this. no vampires or werewolves.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4023)
    Performance
    (2351)
    Story
    (2389)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "World class scifi"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am sure i will listen to all the Peter Hamilton books available, because he writes world class science fiction, his books are on the longer side which I like. The narration on his books have so far been very good. If you are a science fiction buff give Peter Hamilton a try he is as good as anybody out there now that i've come across.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sailing to Sarantium: Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    Crispin is a mosaicist, a layer of bright tiles. Still grieving for the family he lost to the plaque, he lives only for his arcane craft. But an imperial summons from Valerius the Trakesian to Sarantium, the most magnificent place in the world, is difficult to resist. In a world half-wild and tangled with magic, a journey to Sarantium means a walk into destiny. Bearing with him a deadly secret and a Queen's seductive promise, guarded only by his own wits and a talisman from an alchemist's treasury, Crispin sets out for the fabled city. Along the way he will encounter a great beast.

    Eivind says: "Mosaic"
    "My favorite GG Kay Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    Many would prefer Tiganna which is good but i like "Sailing to Sarantium & Lord of Emperors" GG Kay works I believe are Literature and will stand the test of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3362)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1776)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Loved this Dark Vision of the Future"
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    Any additional comments?

    Mankind has opened pandoras genetically modified box and the remodel is a dark and damp vision of the future. A genetically modified apocolypse if you like. I loved this book but it may not be for teenagers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (521)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "Grabs you will not let go."
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    Any additional comments?

    "A modern community finds itself in the time of the inquisition" This alternative history is the bench mark for comparison to other like novels. The only distressing thing is that there is only one other book from the series available at audible. Great characters, multiple story lines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3636)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2600)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Jefferson says: "Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir"
    "Robert E Howard + G R R Martin= J Abercrombie"
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    Estrogen free Fantasy. The first law series is compelling and gritty. If you are a SFF Fan. Just get this series. If there is anything contemporary as good please let me know. Patrick Rothfuss also has a compelling series out also. Steven Paceys performance is so memorable that when you listen to a later book like "Red Country" and hear San Dan Glokta's voice on a different person it gives you a pause.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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