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Marc

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  • Singularity: Star Carrier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (321)

    There is an unseen power in the universe - a terrible force that was dominating the galaxy tens of thousands of years before the warlike Sh'daar were even aware of the existence of Sol and its planets. As humankind approaches the Singularity, when transcendence will be achieved through technology, contact will be made. In the wake of the near destruction of the solar system, the political powers on Earth seek a separate peace with an inscrutable alien life form that no one has ever seen.

    Professor says: "The End!? )-: ????????"
    "Hard to put down; Book 4 on the horizon?"
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    Like others, I found myself wanting more at the end of this book. If Mr. Douglas has no intention of continuing the series, then he's a cruel man because there's no question this book leaves any number of possible story lines open for future exploration, pun intended.

    I found this book to be an excellent continuation from the previous two books. I do feel the author could have spent more time on some of the battle strategies and planning, as he did in the first two books. At times the book did feel hollow, but those didn't last long. I found the parallels to current political debacles to be interesting and there's no question on which side of the aisle the author currently stands. But the most interesting was seeing the authors transformation from one side of the aisle to the other over the course of the three books.

    I'd recommend reading/listening to all the sequentially. Singularity should not be read on it's own, it's more like more chapters from book 2 than a book all on it's own.

    If the author reads these comments, I hope he will continue the series; I have really enjoyed it.

    I wish I could have given it 3.5 stars for the story. It's not a 3, but it's also not a 4. Books 1 and 2 are 4s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (660)

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "Enjoyable book, good narration"
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    If you could sum up Earth Strike in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, future, politics


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grey; He represents what so many of us in modern day America are. There are layers to his character, far beyond the demure savior, far beyond the minority that our modern day republicans are out to destroy, he's a man who would do anything for the person he loved, despite the personal sacrifice.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Sullivan – was your favorite?

    The Harrouk (sp?.) You just have to love that sound affect.


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

    Yes, and almost did. Didn't sleep enough for two nights to be able to read. Add a whole Saturday to that for book 2 ;)


    Any additional comments?

    I find it very interesting that Ian Douglas, intentionally or not, explored a lot of his own political leanings in this series. Almost as interesting, he is both left and right leaning, at the same time..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter: Dexter, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita....

    Jane says: "Good because it’s wacko different."
    "Dexter's character & personality take shape..."
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    If you could sum up Dearly Devoted Dexter in three words, what would they be?

    Intricate
    Suspenseful
    Budding


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dearly Devoted Dexter?

    Dexters description of the first 'body' found on the table and his curiosity of why.


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

    Emotion... You feel like you're inside his head while he was writing the book.


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

    Yes. But who has 8 hrs to just sit and listen?


    Any additional comments?

    Jeff Lindsay's narration is excellent and really brings the book to life. I originally had the narration by Nick Landrum which was just awful. There are still two books in the series narrated by Nick Landrum and not Jeff Lindsay and they are barely enjoyable b/c of the narrator, despite the good writing and great story. I hope Nick does not narrate another Dexter book, or for that matter, any book I'm interested in listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (556)

    A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police, Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds - and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

    James says: "Different Direction"
    "Good story, awful narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Book, yes. This audio, no. This isn't the best of the Dexter series books, but I did enjoy the story and see it as the progression from book 2. On the other hand, Nick Landrum is just awful as a narrator. Nick Landrums narration of Dearly Devoted has already been replaced with Jeff Lindsay reading it himself. I hope this book and Dexter by Design are replaced soon with Jeff reading them and that Nick Landrum is NOT permitted to record Dexter Debut (book 7). I don't like to reuse other people's comments, but listening to Nick Landrum read, really is like watching paint dry, LONG and PAINFUL and BORING.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Natural continuation of the Dexter series. Other's have stated this book was different, but having listened to the first 3, one after another, I don't see this book being a divergence, except for the AWFUL narration by Nick Landrum.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Landrum’s performance?

    Just awful. See notes above.


    Do you think Dexter in the Dark needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There already is :) On to that now..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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