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Chris

Germantown, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (387)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "Another good one by Thomas Hager"
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    I got this after reading Mr. Hager's "Demon Under the Microscope," which is one of the best books I've read in a long time. "The Alchemy of Air" isn't in the same class but is written with the same level of completeness and mix between science and social factors. Thomas Hagar has a great way of taking history and making it seem like someone is just telling you a great story.

    I never knew the importance of fixing nitrogen and the large amount of roles it played. I recommend reading "Demon" first then this one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Magic: Haven Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In Shadow Magic, the third book of the Haven Series, Herla of the Wild Hunt makes his move to gather all the Jewels of Power. Hunting down and killing those who wield them, the undead king is as relentless as death itself. He is not the only interested party, however, as several armies march to meet Brand and his allies in a desperate battle for control of the River Haven.

    Chris says: "It finally comes together..."
    "It finally comes together..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow Magic to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print versions of any of Larson's books. So I can't comment.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyett does a great job. While I still hear him as Kyle Riggs from the Star Force series he does a good job with all of the Larson books he narrates. While I feel his range has limits and he reuses voices throughout the books he narrates it doesn't take too much away from this series and after three books I can't hear anyone else doing these.


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

    The battle at the end. It was more classic Larson than the rest of the series, although I did feel like it could have used more.


    Any additional comments?

    After the first two books in this series I almost didn't continue on to the third. I really like the Star Force series and Larson's new Undying Mercenaries is growing on me. But this just felt like it fell flat. Short books, not much character detail, plot lines that don't go anywhere and seem disconnected. But in this book things started to come together and make sense. You really started to get a sense of who the characters are and what their purpose in this world is. I can safely say after this one I'll see the series to the end.

    As a plug if you haven't listened to Star Force give it a go. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1130)

    In BV Larson's "An Army of One" the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision.

    Sami says: "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
    "Very good one off"
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    If you could sum up Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella in three words, what would they be?

    Gaines/Bjorn is the man!


    What other book might you compare Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella to and why?

    Star Force is the first series of its kind that I have listened to so I can't really compare it.


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

    Yes. All the Star Force books, the new Steel World, and now the Haven series. I don't know how he would do with another author but he fits well with Larson. Although he does seem to have a finite amount of voices and you can hear then recycled. I can't image anyone else reading the Star Force books.


    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (446)

    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"
    "Another good one"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'm really engaged in this series. I picked it up and haven't stopped yet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Normally I'd say Riggs without hesitation but after listening to the one off with that focuses on Bjorn (Gaines) I'm really starting to fall into the Gaines camp.
    *Possible Spoiler*
    He didn't play as big a role in this book but he is developing nicely in the series.


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

    Hmm, that's a good question. I'd really like to see this hit film. Although I feel like with the length of the series and the depth that could be lent to the characters this would be better as a television series. Although, we have to be careful to keep away from Fox as they would probably kill it like they did Firefly.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (836)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Could possibly be a good series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steel World the most enjoyable?

    I'm a huge fan of the Star Force series by Larson. What makes these books for me is that Mark Boyett does a great job of narrating. He doesn't have a wealth of voices and if you are a fan of the Star Force series you'll notice a few of those voices are reused, but he does a great job pulling you in and making you part of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm still getting to know the characters but I'd have to say the McGill is not my favorite as you would think given that Larson's books often come from the vantage of a single character. I really like his commanding officers or his obnoxious friend Carlos. I don't want to say more as I don't want to ruin anything for you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *Possible Spoiler*

    While I didn't "love" the scene and at it's place in the book it could be seen as a throw away but the scene when he first arrives in space and the air is leaking out of the ship. It really sets the mood for the legion he has joined and gives you a good idea of his overall character.


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

    *Spoiler*

    I thought this could have been done better and certainly more in depth but the first time McGill dies and is brought back. His ruminations on what the implications of the revival machine certainly had me thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Decent start to a new series. It's no Star Force but I enjoyed it and will certainly give the next book a listen. If you haven't listened to the Star Force series I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15868)
    Performance
    (11847)
    Story
    (11779)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Gotta love Tina Fey"
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    I love Tina Fey, I love 30 Rock, I like this book. I really enjoyed listening to this book. My only real problem with it was the quality of the audio recording. In many parts Tina would fade out almost inaudibly. Other parts it sounded like it was being recorded in a small echoing room. I expected more from this recording. Still a good listen to. I knocked it out in just two listens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3566)
    Performance
    (2450)
    Story
    (2456)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "More Dresden is never a bad thing"
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    A great collection of Dresden stories and as always Mr. Marsters is top notch. I only wish there was more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22310)
    Performance
    (8987)
    Story
    (9061)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Do not miss"
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    I have to admit that I had this book for a few months before I really gave it a chance. I started and stopped it a few times. Then I got caught in a snow storm while driving and had a lot of time on my hands so I dug in. I was not disappointed. This, along with the other books, was a extremely well written and narrated series.

    It is lengthy, it is in depth, but it is worth it. And Simon Vance does a great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7027)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1820)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Homerun"
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    It's hard for me to write a review for a Gladwell book because I've liked everything he's written and this is no exception. His narration is top notch. If he ever stops writing then he'd have a great career as a narrator. Pick this one up, and all the others you can find. Just make sure they are unabridged, accept no substitutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5380)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2230)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Took a while to get into"
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    This was my first Neil Gaiman book. I listened to it b/c so many of my friends raved about it. While in the end I enjoyed it. It took me a long time to get into and the end IMO just kind of happened. But I will be checking out some of his other books and he did do a good job of narrating his own book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naked City

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Ellen Datlow (editor), Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Nicola Barber, Richard Topol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    In this thrilling collection of original stories, some of today’s hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief.

    Hallie says: "Not what I was looking for"
    "Let this one go"
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    I picked this up b/c it had a Dresden tale. But it was less than satisfying and I have yet to find another story (I have not finished the book yet) that has really grabbed me. I'd skip this over if I had to do it again.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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