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Tecumseh, MI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (566)

    In the stunning finale of the epic Fate of the Jedi series, Jedi and Sith face off - with Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all. In a planetwide strike, teams of Jedi Knights take the Sith infiltrators by swift and lethal surprise.

    Frat says: "Does NOT disappoint!"
    "Great!"
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    Where does Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Fate of the Jedi series. Marc Thompson is a king among many great performers. If you love the Star Wars saga, you will love this series, too.


    Would you recommend Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. The series continues with the same characters you knew and loved, and introduces a few more you come to really like and love. The definition of the characters, as they've aged, is also a sweet continuation of the many story lines. The only thing I didn't like was there was only nine books. I could have gone on for another two or three easy.


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

    Not until this series. I would put him up in my top three favorites.


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

    The very end was touching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3206)
    Performance
    (2756)
    Story
    (2758)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Not My Favorite Scalzi"
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    What did you like best about Agent to the Stars? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting, but not overly stimulating. I admit I was an instant Scalzi fan fro his first book, but this has been my least favorite so far. Okay, but just okay.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit that I almost did not buy this book based on the narrator. I did not like Wil Wheaton's reading of Ready Player One and vowed to not listen to him again, but this was Scalzi so I gave him another shot, and was pleasantly surprised. This book is a sophomoric writing by Scalzi, not great but not bad either. The story effect towards the end was a little annoying (no spoiler), but also somewhat novel, so I'd give it a C+ for originality. I wanted to love this book, but it just did not happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2010)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1447)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Interesting continuation in the CDF World"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the continuation of the universe of the Colonial Defense Forces, even though the most interesting person in the first series does not make an appearance (although he's back in book 3).


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    William Dufris is now easily one of my top five favorite performers / narrators. His inflection, cadence, and ability to infuse humor into the telling is a true performance and a joy to listen to.


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

    No, not like in the first book in this series...


    Any additional comments?

    All-in-all a fun and interesting continuation into the same universe of book one. Worth the listen. The book seemed to end a little short, nothing really missing, just wished there had been more of it. Look forward to moving onto the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3622)
    Performance
    (2587)
    Story
    (2614)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "This is a great story"
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    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance.


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

    The first chapter was extremely powerful. After I had to pause and could only think wow. Both the first and last chapter were touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Easily one of my new top favorites. Great listen and Mr. Dufris is also now on my top list, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5895)
    Performance
    (5616)
    Story
    (5628)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "A giant in his field..."
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    If you could sum up Words of Radiance in three words, what would they be?

    This is a great series, slightly delayed as Brandon finished the Wheel of Time series for Robert Jordan and us, and well worth the wait.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    MK and KR are also giants in their narration. Consummate professionals and always a pleasure to hear either (and both).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4608)
    Performance
    (3136)
    Story
    (3168)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Painful"
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    Any additional comments?

    Sophomoric writing, coupled with a mediocre narrator makes for a slow and painful listen. I won't be going forward in this series.

    1 of 1 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
    (855)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (806)

    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"
    "So Concludes the Star Force Saga..."
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    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mark Boyett was a great narrator. A professional in his art.


    Any additional comments?

    I must admit I've never much cared for first-person narration, however I make a huge exception to the Star Force series -- in the end, Mark Boyett (i.e., his voice) was Colonel Kyle Riggs.

    Mr. Larson did a great job keeping the story fresh and the progression interesting throughout the series.

    As a space opera, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that saved humanity. I was never bored or agitated at this series, as I have been with others, and I finished each read enthusiastically and quickly.

    I will be continuing on with any other series Mr. Larson and Mr. Boyett present, and I look forward to another ride.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gripping Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (534)

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    James says: "The sequel matches the first book"
    "Ah...yeah."
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    Would you try another book from Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven and/or L. J. Ganser?

    Yes. It would be nice to have a story to finish this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Story was unsatisfying. I enjoy the Mote universe, but this was nothing near as good as the first book. This was mostly a story of narration, the characters monologging about what was happening instead of actual events occurring. Ending was unsatisfying, little plot, and almost no intrigue.

    I did enjoy Ganser's reading, however; this was my first book with this narrator and I look forward to hearing him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Station: Star Force, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1312)

    In Battle Station, Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets, and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity's grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home. Knowing the machines will return with a new armada eventually, Riggs seeks a more permanent solution. Along the way, worlds are won and lost, millions perish, and great truths are revealed.

    William says: "Non-stop Sci-Fi Action"
    "Classic BV Larson"
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    What did you love best about Battle Station?

    I enjoyed the continuation of what has become an interesting story with an interesting protagonist. If you liked the first four Star Force books, you won't be disappointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twist that comes in Book 5.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    Riggs, of course, but Marvin runs a close second.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be continuing onto the next books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10045)
    Performance
    (9347)
    Story
    (9350)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Gets better in the second half...But yawn..."
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    Would you try another book from Ernest Cline and/or Wil Wheaton?

    Probably not. Although I "eventually" enjoyed the story, I found the gimmick of this story annoying after a time. Wil did an 'okay' job, but just.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use a professional audio performance artist. Wil was monotone the whole way through and all characters sounded the same. It was if he was reading aloud, not creating a performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I "almost" gave up on this story, but was somewhat of a captured audience, as I was listening to it during travel. It gets better about half-way through and by the end I had enjoyed it, or at least needed to know how it ended, but not enough to ever want to read or do it again, like I will a truly "good" book. Quite frankly, I don't get why so many geek-out on this book; the gimmick was fun at first, but quickly became annoying -- too much gimmick and not enough plot. I also don't like dystopias that are completely unrealistic, nor first-person narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    There are two sides to any quarrel... unless there are more. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

    Jean says: "Talbot Quadrant"
    "Horrible."
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    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Allyson Johnson?

    Probably, but not this series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Allyson Johnson?

    She did okay. My "performance" issues are with the directors of the audiobook, but this may be misplaced, it may be that Weber, or his publisher is to blame. Someone made some very bad decisions in how this book/listen was assembled, with regard to the timeline. I quit about chapter 8, I couldn't take any more. I do not want to listen to the same EXACT parts of the story from the last book and the book before it. Stupid.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some SERIOUS time dependencies issues. It's as if chapters from 2 to 3 books ago, that were cut, were added back into a new book. This book actually starts out in a timeline BEFORE the book before the book before this one. Confused? You will be. It is as if previously deleted (and bad) chapters were cut, and reassembled. I'm done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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