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Anandasubramanian

Harry Turtledove fan

Member Since 2009

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  • Joe Ledger: The Missing Files

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (525)

    In this collection of five short stories, Jonathan Maberry fills in the blanks in his action-thriller Joe Ledger novels.

    Lisa says: "READ BEFORE BUYING LEDGER SHORT STORIES"
    "As always, Mayberry and Ray Porter rock !"
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    What did you love best about Joe Ledger: The Missing Files?

    Filled the gaps. Ghost was introduced. Always wondered how a cat person switched to a Dog. It was a bit unconventional.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    The narration is really, really in-the-place thing. I felt i was living the character.


    Who was the most memorable character of Joe Ledger: The Missing Files and why?

    When Joe was surprised about the killer.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it up Ray Porter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1170)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "The thrill is STILL good- from Franks view"
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    "paperwork is the closest thing to soul-crushing misery of hell that humans have invented."

    This is about Agent Franks. Told from his viewpoint. It's nice to see things from someone whose reputation makes even Master Vampires quake in their boots.

    Appreciate that Larry is starting to put things from perspectives other than Pitt.
    Like Harbinger and now this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Orders: War That Came Early, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In an extraordinary saga of nations locked in war, master storyteller Harry Turtledove tells the story of World War II, which begins over Czechoslovakia rather than Poland, eleven months earlier than it really came. Now comes the final installment in Turtledove's landmark World War II series. Hitler's Plan A was to win in a hurry, striking hard and deep into France. There was no Plan B. Now the war grinds on, and countries have been forced into strange alliances.

    Anandasubramanian says: "As always Turtledove is fantastic"
    "As always Turtledove is fantastic"
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    "The gun you have here is bigger than the gun you have in the Bedroom." Theo Hossbach.
    For those following the series, the narrator deserves an award.
    I have grown with Theo, Julius and the anti-tank gun wielding sniper.
    Excellent growth of characters, and if the narration had a soundtrack like whistle of stukas, the 105mm artillery shells thundering down, it would have been like watching a TV show.
    To those newly joining, kindly start to listen from the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (961)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Still surprising turns, but getting predictable"
    Overall
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    Unlike Extinction machine and previous books, this holds little surprises that can't be deciphered by the reader.
    Except perhaps the video shown by the President turns out to be about the VPs indiscretions, i was able to predict fairly accurately where it would go.
    Am surprised that a character like Joe Ledger was unable to do so.
    And the continuing rumble between Aunty and Joe is not funny anymore. They should make up, or atleast not banter anymore.
    The author has to start to let his characters grow and evolve.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (347)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "Chilling !"
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    It's a miracle that we haven't had an accidental full-scale detonation of a H-bomb.

    The author tears apart the myth that the military has the utmost safety standards for building, maintaining, storing and transporting nuclear weapons.

    Heck, if I run my business the way the military runs its nuclear program, I would be in jail, for a long time.

    The author clearly documents the stumbling way the military went through arming the nation to the teeth with dodgy nuclear weapons with a safety record that was criminally insane. The fact that none of those responsible have been prosecuted clearly shows the military-industrial complex power and reach.

    Bureaucracy that refused to adopt higher safety standards, refused proper communication protocols during Korean and Vietnam wars, the battle between military and civilians over who should control nuclear weapons, and the stupidity of Lemay who got branded as a Nazi even though he fought against them... all are laid out bare.

    I shudder to think what would have happened if an accidental detonation had happened. Heck, if such a thing had happened after 9/11, the US would be at war with nations that had nothing to do with it.

    Nuclear safety is a myth.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Space: Star Carrier, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (235)

    Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh'daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth's advancement toward technological Singularity. But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive. And now a new battle begins. After 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh'daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate - sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation - becomes a risky proposition....

    Anandasubramanian says: "Excellent series and book"
    "Excellent series and book"
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    Excellent story, good narration.
    Not unbelievable.
    Story is linear and tight. But not rushed. Especially the infighting between countries over an AI,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3532)
    Performance
    (3089)
    Story
    (3105)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Overall good start, but quick ending."
    Overall
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    The author is not alive. So there is no next novel.

    The book starts off very well. But ending was hurried and unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2186)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1789)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Excellent performance. Story is meandering."
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    Very good performance by narrators. Could feel the bright heat and light of the fierce blue sun and also the orange glow of the deep red sun.
    Each actor is narrated well, especially the scene with Liquid Oxygen.
    The book itself seems meandering too much. It takes random walks into past and leaves us stranded there for long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Fronts: War That Came Early, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    In the real world, England and France allowed Adolf Hitler to gobble up the Sudetenland in 1938. Once Hitler finished dismembering Czechoslovakia, he was ready to go to war over Poland a year later. But Hitler had always been eager to seize Czechoslovakia, no matter the consequences. So what if England and France had stood up to the Nazis from the start, and not 11 months later? That is the question behind the War That Came Early series.

    Anandasubramanian says: "As good as World War series!"
    "As good as World War series!"
    Overall
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    "Awful" Arno's side of story.

    This story has more shocks than before. The sudden becoming of a Widow and the death of a soldier whom we gotten to like.

    Narration is good and has improved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: War That Came Early Series #4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    In Harry Turtledove's mesmerizing alternate history of World War II, the choices of men and fate have changed history. Now it is the winter of 1941. As the Germans, with England and France on their side, slam deep into Russia, Stalin's terrible machine fights for its life. But the agreements of world leaders do not touch the hearts of soldiers. The war between Germany and Russia is rocked by men with the courage to aim their guns in a new direction. England is the first to be shaken.

    Anandasubramanian says: "3 cheers for "Awful" Arno Baatz!"
    "3 cheers for "Awful" Arno Baatz!"
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    This series is as good as Worldwar series.

    We see the perspective from an American in Berlin, two jewish families in Berlin, a Czech sniper using an anti-tank weapon as a sniper rifle, an International, an infantry company led by Awful Arno, Theo Hossbach and his Panzer III, and Stuka pilot.

    Also is the Russian view from Ivan, and others.

    This tale is engrossing, funny and gives an insight into Spanish civil war that I did not know.

    Appreciate it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

    Old Man Parker says: "Dig the Movie? LOVE the Audio Book!"
    "Just like the movie, and fleshes out the details"
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    I bought this with some trepidation.
    Usually adaptations are not well narrated or have a proper story.
    That is not the case in this.
    The story is really good and explains a lot of details absent in the movie.
    Imagine the movie to be a preview trailer of this book.
    Plus the narration is good and engrossing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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