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Dan

SF Bay Area, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (533)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "Great Trilogy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Start at the 2nd ship and then progress to end. It's REALLY worth the money. The story is very original, complex, and well thought out. The author creates situations that should only be presented to adults, without sinking into un-necessary details (one doesn't have to smell the excrement to know that it stinks). Why don't other authors do that?
    I'll definitely look for other titles by this author.

    Also, the Narrator does a great job. I hope the publisher doesn't do something stupid like using a different narrator to save money.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    C. Hartmann says: "TWO (!!) audiobooks this year get SIX stars"
    "Good Story; Great Characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ark Royal to be better than the print version?

    Character development is the key to any series, and this book has great characters that are very well developed. The story is also very good (still a bit of a mystery 3/4 of the way through), which is also good. I can see the author is building to a climax. But, I ask you, how many books can you give a 5 star rating before the end?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Without a Shore: RCN Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also - and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy's hand - and to take the blows directed at him - than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy's troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy? The only thing certain in the struggle for control of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents.

    Dan says: "What happened to Hog"
    "What happened to Hog"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sea Without a Shore to be better than the print version?

    If it ain't broke - don't fix it. The story didn't flow as well as most, and seemed to be more of a "vehicle" to get some points out into the audience. Also, the modifications to Hog's voice are horrible. I'm still a fan of David Drake, but I can't honestly rate this one the same as his other work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (241)

    Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

    Sherri says: "Everyone should be reading this book!"
    "A little too far over the edge"
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    Where does The Divide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I kept think of the line in "The Caine Munity"....."Constructive Loyalty". I frankly didn't see much of it. That being said, the author does a fine job of researching America's flaws without regard to any factor other than socioeconomic class. I do think America has to be reminded of its founding vision, but a diatribe of its faults doesn't necessarily do that.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (791)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "I GET IT"
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    Would you listen to Dead Six again? Why?

    It's like military Sci-Fi (a Space Opera), but in the present. I like it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Six?

    BTW- I'm rating this and book two as one because... one review is enough. The story is very complex and evolving.. The story focuses around not more than (two) characters. There is an underlying statement of truth (inn this case, I'm often reminded of the Parable of the Two Sons).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matter: Culture, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.

    S.E.Anderson says: "Falls apart at the end..."
    "Lot's of good content but not knitted toghther"
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    Would you try another book from Iain M. Banks and/or Toby Longworth?

    I'm a fan of Ian Banks Culture series, but I think this one needed some more editing. The author clearly had the story well laid out in his head, but often speeds away from the listener.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire's End: Sten, 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Sten embarks on the ultimate treasure hunt: the search for the source of the Eternal Emperor's power. But his quest uncovers the dark secret of the emperor's past - and Sten finds himself questioning his loyalties - and whether the only way to save the human race is to destroy the Empire he vowed to protect.

    Dan says: "Excellent Set-up to Book 8"
    "Excellent Set-up to Book 8"
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    If you could sum up Empire's End in three words, what would they be?

    Let me put it this way - you might as well buy book eight now because if you've listened to all 7 books, there is no way in Hell that you aren't listening to Book 8. That said, book 7 is really good. It just that you (like STEN) is left feeling a little empty. Let's just hope that Book 8 will give us all the strength to endure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vortex: Sten, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The Eternal Emperor was back and ready to save his Empire from collapse. Only Sten guessed that something was rotten at the core. The Empire is in chaos. The once great Imperial Navy has been shattered in battle and lies burning in space, driven by a civil war that threatens to engulf humanity’s future. For the revered Eternal Emperor is not the man his subjects thought him to be — and may not even be human at all. And it is Sten who now leads humanity’s fight for survival.

    Dan says: "Excellent Set-up to Series Finale"
    "Excellent Set-up to Series Finale"
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    What did you love best about Vortex?

    Let me put it this way' you might as well buy book eight now because if you've listened to all 7 books, there is no way in Hell that you aren't listening to Book 8. That said, book 7 is really good. It just that you (like STEN) is left feeling a little empty. Let's just hope that Book 8 will give us all the strength to endure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of All Things

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Andreas Eschbach, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    They are just children when they first meet: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day in the playground, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An idea that will sweep away all differences between rich and poor. When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics.

    Laura says: "Incredible Voice Acting"
    "Turkey Sushi & Bar-B-Q"
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    What did you love best about Lord of All Things?

    The Story, Writing, and Presentation certainly bought deserve a 5 star rating; but the book has just too many good stories packed into one book. I counted at least three separate story lines that could have been worked up into a stand-alone novel.

    1)“What on Earth Are People For”
    2) “The Black Angel of the Caucasuses ”
    3)“The adventures of Terri –Terri –Terri the Witch”

    The author does come full circle with the 1st one, but leaves the other two incomplete. It’s why buffets never measure up to a set meal.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (1988)
    Story
    (1994)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Good Book for a Youthful Listener"
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    Would you listen to Influx again? Why?

    My first impression was fairly negative and I stopped listening ½way through in a 'huff';, to let my feelings be known in a blistering review. But, because of a "System Interruption", I couldn't post my review. So I thought," What the hell, I'll listen to some more", and it got better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very original and the subject is extremely important.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a great job.


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

    I did have an extreme negative reaction to the book. But, after I gave it some thought I decided that the problem was likely because of the lack of "real" world experience of the author. The characters' reactions were those of young adults ( a little annoying to someone who isn't). If the author is aiming for the movie-going demographic, I have only one final comment:..................BULLSEYE!!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (816)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Excellent Series Finale"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very satisfying series finale. Would definitely recommend the series. I wish we would have gotten more information about what Marvin really is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead Sun?

    The author has create a viable alternate universe. I can't believe he's just going to walk away from it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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