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Alex

GLENWOOD, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 5 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 938 titles in library
  • 85 purchased in 2014
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  • Furious: Kris Longknife, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    Having used unorthodox methods to save a world - and every sentient being on it - Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. For her own safety, she’s been assigned to a backwater planet where her Fast Patrol Squadron 127 enforces immigration control and smuggler interdiction. But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop her from getting back to the center of things - not when all hell is breaking loose.

    Darry says: "Awesome Sci-fi series"
    "Loved it.. Only one problem"
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    I really like this series, my only problem is that the narrator doesn't have a... I guess it would be a sense of timing, or maybe they were in crunch time near the end of the book. It is clear that there should be some brief pauses but the narrator just goes from one line to the next without a pause. I listened to it at half speed and it helped a lot.

    Other then that the narrator is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    For the poor, hardworking citizens of the Confederacy's fringe worlds, the Guild Wars have exacted a huge toll. Swayed by the promise of financial rewards, a new batch of recruits joins the fight. Eighteen-year-old Jim Raynor, full of testosterone and eager to make things right at home, ships off to boot camp and finds his footing on the battlefield, but he soon discovers that the official mission is not what he's really fighting for.

    Alfredo says: "Starcraft lovers rejoice"
    "As a StarCraft fan I loved it!"
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    As a long time StarCraft fan, and fan of the main terrain hero Jim Raynor, I loved this book. I really wish there were more StarCraft books on audible.

    I have heard that blizzard doesn't let officially licensed material out if it is non-cannon. I am not sure if this is true or not, but the author really seems to have a good understanding of the StarCraft world, and it serves as a great prequel to the games.

    Even if you aren't a fan of StarCraft, but just like Military Sci-Fi in general it is good. The characters feel human and I was glad to go along for the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    "Good story, a little hard to listen to though."
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    So far I am about 10 and a half hours into the story and I gotta say I really like the story, the world he built is great and the story sucks you in.

    However the narrator is... To be honest he isn't the best. I see in some reviews people like the machine voices for the radios, and others don't. Personally I like when you add little touches like that.

    My problem is that the narrator has this habit of making words sound like questions and he tends to be slow (speed up to 1.5 on the app helps a lot).

    I guess all I am really trying to get across is that the story is great, but the narrator can be a bit hard to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3239)
    Performance
    (3036)
    Story
    (3029)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Great story and a good ending for the series"
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    I finished this book around... it must of been 4 in the morning a week ago or so ago.

    That being said I liked this series and I think that this book is a great end for the series. At least I hope it is, the ending was satisfying and the knights deserve their rest.

    I guess one way to describe it is that it was a good three course meal and now your full but not stuffed, and satisfied.

    I do like the world though, the magic system is interesting and in my opinion if Larry Correia wants to continue on in the world I think it would be best done with other characters or with a time skip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10272)
    Performance
    (7716)
    Story
    (7761)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "From a young male adult's mind"
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    How can I put this properly? This is a three part download and I was able to get through the entire first part, and a good hour of the second part. so a good 8+ hours in or so. Let this serve as background.

    I love reading books and listening to them, but I also don't have a problem putting one down when it just ends up being dull, and that what this book is. I don't know if it is a difference in perspective, or I wasn't the target audience for this series, but audible kept recommending it to me so I went ahead and go it.

    First the good points.
    * The narrator is wonderful, she has good voice and breathes live into theses characters.
    * The story is interesting, old magics hiding the secrets of why monsters exist? That is what kept me in for as long as it did, I really generally wanted to know where it was heading.
    * The characters are interesting, and I like the little side characters sprinkled throughout and it feels like there is a depth to this world.
    * Speaking of characters I like how there are limitations in the races of the book.
    * Alchemy, what can I say, it is neat, I really like how the main character is trying to write a paper on how alchemists were trying to solve/understand issues brought to light by modern science. It is interesting, I wish there was more. (The screaming scientist in me can cram it, I know its a fantasy book)

    And the bad points.
    * The romance subplot/main plot? I don't know how to explain this properly, but about half way in the first part the romance plot takes over entirely, but good lord is it SLOW, and to make it worse (in my mind) they are almost back to back, she meets him while rowing and has a long "don't stalk me" talk, then shortly there after he starts hitting on her as soon as she gets back from the row. And not too long after that she is cooking him dinner.

    * While the detail put into the background scenery are nice, and they are well read, I really wish I could just go in and say "OK he has a nice old house from the 1600's do I really need to know every little bit of this house?" The answer is no, just give me the highlights of the house and let me imagination it my own way.

    * This one is a pet peeve of mine but damn it, when you put in a vampire, make it a VAMPIRE! What the crap is the main character? They 'say' he feeds off of blood like a vampire but apparently he is just fine 'eating' I don't know emotions or something. I don't understand it. The vampire has no teeth, no weakness to the light, there is nothing about this vampire that tracks with the vampire mythology. If you are not going to rely on the vampire mythology why call them vampires at all?

    > To note, when I got this book I did not get the second paragraph liking it to Twilight. That being said clearly the only reason why he is called a vampire is because it is popular, If this was written before twilight I am sure it would of been called something else

    * The demons in this book are also painfully dull, all they are are basically either mad men or super geniuses. Why call them demons? This is back at the mythology complaint, if nothing else at least give examples of the mad ones, all we get are the calm ones who are no different than humans as far as I can tell.

    I am running out of steam now and I can't think of other things to mention. In the end I guess all I can say is that it it would of been a lot more interesting if the story focused more on "Ashmole 782" and less on the tedious hot/cold love plot. For some reason it feels like the author just shoe horned it in and it would of been fine if it didn't start taking up the entire story.

    Anyway I am returning this book, I just can't finish it. I really wish there is an abridged or alternate version where the love plot is greatly reduced and the alchemy story has more time to breathe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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