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Michael Jacobi

Alt-Mil-Hist

Michigan | Member Since 2001

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  • March to the Stars: Prince Roger Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (535)

    This third edition to the Prince Roger Series takes the Bronze Barbarians across the Eastern Ocean of Marduk, facing giant sea monsters, pirates, and the barbarian nations that dwell on the other side. Their destination is a spaceport held by humans of questionable loyalties. As Roger comes nearer to making his way home, he learns that his attempted assassination was part of a larger plot. Not all is as it seems on Earth or on Marduk.

    L. says: "FINALLY, The Whole Series"
    "A triumph, superbly narrated. BUY IT!"
    Overall

    A positive "must read" for every lover of military science fiction. Drake and Ringo team up to create a positively riviting account of a young man's coming of age and the bonding that only close combat can create among warriors. Totally believable characters in fantastic yet understandable situations. The attention to detail makes this one of the best I,ve listened to this year. Teamed with the other three books in the Prince Roger series, "March to the Stars" ranks with the best the genre has to offer. Thank God Audible decided to offer it unabridged. And thanks too for the superb job done by the narrator. You could not find better!I fervently hope that Ringo and Drake team up someday to give us just one more in the series, Emperor Roger Ramius Sergi Chang McClintok.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rods and the Axe: Carrera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Balboa’s Patricio Carrera has driven the Tauran Union from his adopted country, driven them out with appalling loss and worse humiliation.That’s not enough though. To finally finish his enemies, Carrera needs to draw them back for a more telling defeat. He cannot take the battle to them because, beyond some long-range bombardment capability, he cannot reach them. But when they return, they don’t plan to come alone; they insist on having someone else do most of the bleeding for them.

    Michael Jacobi says: "A Killer Series Installment Number 6"
    "A Killer Series Installment Number 6"
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    Number six in a series that just keeps getting better and better. These kinds of book series always leave me wishing I had waited to start until the whole series is out and available so that I can get the whole story at once, As has been said before, don't start at number 6. Go start with the first in the series and let Kratman's story just roll over you. Its the best kind of military science fiction written by a warrior with experience in the real world of battle, Its a slap in the face with an ice cold dash of Heinlein, just when you need it most. The narration is superb, the characters are three dimensional and the tactics sound. What more can I xay, Buy the first book in the series and give it a listen, d! Oh, and give his other books, "State of Disobedience" and "Caliphate" a listen too. Well worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scrapyard Ship: Scrapyard Ship, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Wayne McGinnis
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (260)

    Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

    Craig says: "Wait! Huh? What?"
    "Great premise, poorly realized"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Terrific concept. It harks back to the juvenile novels of the fifties and the young man who achieves space flight via a home made space ship or one discovered left by a long lost Alien civilization.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It has made me want tom reread the Andre Norton Forerunner series.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Writing is very poor. People just don't think or talk the way the author depicts them.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    He had a rough row to hoe making poor writing sound good. His various voices were hard to distinguish.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Not worth the credit. I boughten this because it was a fun idea,but the writing is so poor that I just can't seem to get through it. Needs to be rewritten by someone who can write in believable style and context.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4108)
    Performance
    (3662)
    Story
    (3660)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "A Terrific Mystery With A Canine Twist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    This is just a wonderful story with two heros, one human and one K-9, It grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let up til the last word is spoken. Good narration caps off a stellar performance. And it sheds light on a problem, PTSD, that so many must live with everyday. If you love dogs, this one is for you. If you love crackling good crime stories, this one is for you. If you just like a great yarn, this is for you, for sure. Don't miss it! I really hope Robert Crais brings back this crime fighting duo, Scott and Maggie, in many more stories, More than worth a credit. Get it NOW.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott and Maggie were the starts of the show. They were able to work through their PTSD to triumph together


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

    Maggie


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

    The pack is everything


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2212)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Good fill in til the next real Jack Reacher book"
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    What did you love best about Zero Day?

    I like the Reacher series and this reads like it belongs there


    What other book might you compare Zero Day to and why?

    Could easily fit into the Reacher series


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance good but below that clipped delivery I've grown to like in the Reacher books


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Reacher..John Puller. Really? I wonder how long until we get one staring Jim Lifter or Jonas Jumper. Both with brothers in distress, both with Army cop backgrounds. Still, until the next Reacher book,comes along its worth a credit, if you like the Reacher genre. Give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justin Time

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Cory Parella
    • Narrated By Daniel Van Thomas
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Justin Naby, whose name means "prophet" in Hebrew, is an Agent for the NSA's Special Archives Department, a team that by the power of the Holy Spirit, can travel through time. Using video, they record history for those living in the Last Days, when truth becomes scarce. Terrorists and human traffickers fear him, for his team is able to intervene, often inviting those who do evil to follow Christ, erasing many tragedies. To friends and family, he is a husband, father, and government employee.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Wow, a new look at history and really fascinating"
    "Wow, a new look at history and really fascinating"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Justin Time?

    The story is a first person inside look at the ministry of Jesus Christ.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The one on one approach to the greatest story ever told. Listens like a novel


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax


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

    It made me think about what I have always believed


    Any additional comments?

    It is set up like a science fiction novel, but told as fact, as if you are walking with the protagonist, seeing it all first hand. Riviting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    As the war in Europe winds down in the wake of the Normandy invasion, the United States has turned its vast military resources toward an all-out effort against the Japanese. In the spring of 1945, Japan’s empire has been pressed slowly back toward its home islands, and the Americans mount a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan itself - the heavily fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month battle will feature some of the most vicious combat of the entire war, as American troops confront an enemy that would rather be slaughtered than experience the shame of surrender.

    Rune says: "How can he keep it up"
    "Another outstanding effort, Terrific!!"
    Overall

    So vivid I had to take frequent breaks to think about what the author's characters were telling me. Wonderfully presented with really three dimensional views of the hell that our guys had to face at Okinawa. This was about the best book for me, this year. I was sorry that it was over. Buy it, its well worth your while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (612)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Classic Whodunnit"
    Overall

    I had some serious doubts about this one. Not a big fan of reporter based crime stories but wow was I wrong. And the narrator does a simply superb job as well. This may (I hope) be the first book in a great series, and a welcome addition to my authors list now that we have lost Robert Parker's Spenser series. Give "Rogue Island" a try, if you like really good mystery/crime with characters that are pretty well developed, this is for you

    32 of 33 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
    (1415)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1115)

    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?"
    "Hot action at the Hot Gate"
    Overall

    If you're looking for terrific military sf, John Ringo delivers again. Definitely sets you up for next volume. And the story unfolds into new characters and story lines. Although I kind of miss the hardy New England souls in book one, the new folk make up for the lack. Not for tofu eaters though.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Small Vices: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.

    Vincent says: "Reynolds and the Book Were Excellent"
    "Avoid Burt Reynolds Narration"
    Overall

    Parkers books are all five star. But Burt Reynolds narration is below terrible. Big chunks are literally unintelligible. I gave 2 stars on the basis of the story, but I would strongly suggest you save your credit and avoid this audio book. Fine actor, terrible book narration. Buy the paper book and record it yourself, it'd sound better!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "Neat SF/Gothic/Fantasy combo"
    Overall

    A good invasion S/F military story with a neat ending. I liked it all. I mean, if you buy space invaders, whats the problem with buying an old school gothic ending. I wish there could be a continuation as a series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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