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Roy J. Meek

Justin Meek

Louisville, KY. USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 243 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (544)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Going Downhill Fast"
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    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    I'm not ready to abandon David Weber, but I am very disappointed. I may abandon this series though.


    What was most disappointing about David Weber’s story?

    The lack of plot progress and the endless discussion of technology and geography. A few key discussion would be fun, but I started to feel like a history student. Also, there got to be so many characters and plot threads that I lost track. Worse, I didn't really care about most of them anyway n


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was fine. Nothing special, but acceptable. I think some of the other reviewers were a bit hard on him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midst Toil and Tribulation?

    The endless technology discussions and troop movement discussions and geography discussions -- you get the point. It was talk, talk, talk and we needed action.


    Any additional comments?

    This series could have been so awesome! I am just frustrated that the potential has been wasted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Like a Mighty Army: Safehold, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (486)

    For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

    Roy J. Meek says: "A long suffering reader ploughs on"
    "A long suffering reader ploughs on"
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    This was are very tough review for me. My first impulse was to give it only two stars, but I ultimately awarded a third. The easiest way to explain my opinion is to supply simple pros and cons list, so here goes.

    Pros:
    1. Weber spends a lot of time discussing the details of war that are often overlooked (This is also a con and I'll explain why in the cons list). The importance of manufacturing, uniform measures, supply routes, intelligence, and a myriad of other details are both interesting and rarely come up in the genre.
    2. The history of technological development and it's impact on the world is also very interesting and rarely covered in the science fiction world.
    3. The underlying plot is very engaging. I really want to see what happens when and if the grand inquisitor finds out the truth. I am curiouser and curiouser about the alien species that nearly destroyed humanity.

    Cons
    1. The things interesting in #1-2 above become drudgery after getting the details hour after hour. At times I felt more like I was reading a dry history textbook than a novel. The great characters and plot are crowded out by ceaseless discussion of how long it takes to manufacture a gun and why cavalry rant as good in war as you might imagine. Even well researched info gets boring after a while.
    2. Most of the endless discussion from the first con, is delivered in prose. Sometimes whole chapters slip by with almost no dialogue at all!
    3. The main plot is moving along about the same rate as Jabba the Hut in a foot race. In the last several novels very little has actually happened. A subtitle for several of the books might be "The War continues".

    Honestly, I still think it deserves a 2 star rating, but I am interested enough in the plot I'll probably read the next one. I have a hard time giving two star to a novel if I plan to read the next book in the series. There are glimmers of greatness that keep me ganging in there. I am hoping it will suddenly improve and I'll be glad I hung in there. Books 8-10 of Wheel of Time made we want to give up too, but I'm glad I kept reading. I'll hang in there and award 3 stars.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Engineer: Saga of Recluce Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (158)

    The chronicles of the magical island of Recluce continue as young Dorrin, fascinated by forbidden science, goes into exile in the lands of Chaos, where he unwillingly invents devices of war to save his land from the evil Chaos wizards.

    Suzanne says: "I'm a Modesitt fan, but I couln't finish this one."
    "Very strong entry"
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    O.K., after reading many other reviews, I feel the need to defend this novel a bit. There are certainly similarities, between this novel and the previous two, but it's not fair to call them identical. I think that this series is the story of Recluse more than it is the story of any particular person. On that regard we get treated to some great developments in this novel. We finally see how the steam engines we saw in the first novel became a part of Recluse and learn where the book on order comes from. I am excited to read the next novel where I hope to read of the destruction of Fair Haven and learn more about Justin. This was a great entry in this excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4041)
    Performance
    (2554)
    Story
    (2583)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Great story, but not a great mechanic (for me)"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story is quite good. It is an interesting plot with good world building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of the time tombs was an interesting twist on the time travel motif. Also, loved the tale of Rachel and the backwards travel.


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

    Probably. A couple of the voices spend familiar.


    Could you see Hyperion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    That would be tough.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike other, I didn't like the Canterbury Tales style of storytelling. I find the start of stories to be the hardest to read and this book gave me six beginnings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Few: Prince Roger Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (552)

    Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.

    Douglas says: "Great Ending To A Great Series"
    "Great change of pace!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of We Few to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version so idk.


    What other book might you compare We Few to and why?

    That's rough, it feels very unique to me. Certainly, Ringo and Webber's other works bear similarities. This feels more Webber than Ringo to me. The Safehold series has an especially similar feel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax is great of course, but I also loved the scene where Roger took on the alien beast at the rester aunt.


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

    The lost prince charges home.


    Any additional comments?

    This is very different in feel than the others in the series. Very fitting progression of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1748)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Another great addition to the series!"
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    If you could sum up Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    More of what we love! (Ok 5 words).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The slow reveal of the spider wolves has been great. I appreciate how the series has dribbled out info on all various alien races. We keep getting new info, but the series never bogs down with long explanation and discussions. This is in an action series at its heart.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    General Charbon (spelling ?) is becoming a favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I won't give it away.


    Any additional comments?

    My one critique is that I missed the more prevalent presence of the other ship captains under Geary. I would love to see some of them given more screen time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1466)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1164)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Much Better than Reviews Indicate"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hot Gate to be better than the print version?

    No idea. I have only listened to the audio and not read the book.


    What other book might you compare The Hot Gate to and why?

    This is definitely in the military sci-fi genre, but both the time period (near future) and the political elements make this series a bit more unique.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The space battle that takes place at the book's climax is very good of course, but I also very much enjoyed getting a peak at the enemy viewpoints. I hop the series continues to show us how the Rangora see things.


    Any additional comments?

    It remains true of this book, as others in the series, that the author is heavy handed with his political views and some might even be offended by some of his themes. He takes the idea of American exceptionalism and pumps it up to a galactic scale. Even when I agree with some of the authors basic ideas I found them a bit off-putting. Still, the book is very good and worth the time. Unlike others, I found the cultural plot with Parker to be very interesting and even exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earthborn: Homecoming: Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (210)

    High above Earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemei alone has survived the hundreds of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth.

    Richard says: "The Last Chapter"
    "Nice addition to the series"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, despite the fact that many readers seem to have not enjoyed the book, I found it to be an interesting read. Book four, in many ways, is the conclusion of the series, but this addendum is worth your time. It's neat to take a leap into the future and see how history develops. Yes, the comparison to Moromonism is strong and the book can be preachy, but if you can let all that go you'll find a good story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was curious how Card would develop the Keeper of Earth. He leaves some mystery in place, but the Keeper is more developed here than in any other book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The vivid dream given by the Keeper the to our favorite Star Master is good.


    Did Earthborn inspire you to do anything?

    The whole series has caused me to look for similar themes in other books.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a bit slow to start and all the names are hard to follow. Also, the large leaps in time add to the confusion. Still, I don't regret the read at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (536)

    High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats...to protect them, most of all, from themselves.

    Harry says: "Entertaining approach to SciFi"
    "Biblical Scale Fantacy - Science Fiction Adventure"
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    What did you love best about The Memory of Earth?

    I love the essence of the story. I have always enjoyed stories with a grand scale in which the characters soar. This has the feel of a coming of age story, but the young man in question has the ability to alter the world in which he comes of age. Yes, the ground Card covers here is familiar and I get why many reviewers don't love the book, but I enjoyed it fully! Don't expect to read something like you've never read before - you won't find it here. However, if you go along for the ride you will be pleased. If you know biblical history you'll be even more pleased. There is not an exact parallel. This is not a re-telling of the Old Testament, but many of the themes are the same. Certainly, the Oversoul is NOT the God of the bible, but you won't be able to help making comparisons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Njafai is the easy (and obvious) choice, but many of the charactes are likeable. The players in this tale are almost never all bad or all good. Even some of the villians have a sympathetic side.


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

    I have never listened to the narrator before, but he does a great job. He has a very deep voice that, at times, sounds godlike. Well done.


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

    The future is our past.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (625)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Alternated between exciting and dull"
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    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Maybe, but I'm not going and looking for one. I was not as impressed as I expected to be.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the snouts struggle to understand humanity and I liked the military and political conflicts, but I really didn't care about most of the characters.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Wes Dosson


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    The core story was good, but I was just plain bored a lot of the time. The subplots were not very exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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