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Robert

Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5759)
    Performance
    (5374)
    Story
    (5395)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Awesome"
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    I've been a fan of superheroes and comics since I was a kid - I'm in my 40's now so it's been a while since then. I've read a lot of superhero and/or comic book type books in my day, not one of which I enjoyed half as much as this one. Sanderson knocked this out of the park with a fascinating twist on the genre. I honestly did not see where he was going with this. I love this book... The narration is great, the story is great... I *really* want more books in this series. Kudos, Brandon Sanderson. This is a fantastic work of art.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (581)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Enjoyable but not engrossing"
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    I found this novel to be overall pretty enjoyable. The narrator is solid and it seems well written but it hasn't struck any chords with me personally. At the end of it, I'm left not really feeling it's whether I go on with the series or not. Actually, instead of getting the follow-up to this novel I decided to switch gears and listen to The Hunger Games...

    I can't recommend the book as a "must read" but it's a solid military scifi novel. I actually really do like the concept of the battle-armored M.I. which is obviously an homage to Starship Troopers but it's unique enough to breathe new life into the concept and very well executed in that regard.

    I'll likely wind up listening to the sequels at a later point.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2547)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1377)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Unbearable narration"
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    I made the mistake of assuming the first book's narrator would continue through the series. The choice of Jim Bond for this book was absolutely horrible and what's worse to me is that the rest of the series uses several more narrators.

    It's like recasting the entire cast of a tv show each season... To me they just aren't the same characters that I enjoyed in the first book.

    I can't even comment on the book itself. I couldn't finish it. I'm sure Jim Bond is great for certain genres (self-help books maybe) but definitely not one that requires strong emotion and intensity.

    I'm not continuing a series that can't have consistent narrators. I can't even finish this one. The strange intonations remind me of Yoda.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2768)
    Performance
    (2203)
    Story
    (2210)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Solid continuation"
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    I think my opinion from the very first book in the Lost Fleet series still holds true. The military aspects of the series are very cool - tactics, protocol, military life in general. It's good enough for me to give it four stars. I'd actually rate it more like 3.5 but half-stars aren't really optional.

    I don't mean it as a slam on the author or the narrator but in my opinion the characters are still rather two-dimensional and lack depth which is why I don't rate it higher. While I've gotten used to Christian Rummel's narration, I don't think his style really lends itself to the books.

    Aside from those criticisms, the series is still enjoyable for me and this new book is on par with the rest of the series. I wouldn't recommend it to non-military SF fans though. Casual SF fans would probably find the space-naval battles overly technical and dull compared to other types of SF but I enjoy the change of pace myself.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3787)
    Performance
    (2207)
    Story
    (2236)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    J. says: "The most comically awful book I've ever read"
    "Not great, not bad"
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    I kept deciding to NOT check out this book because of all the negative reviews and gave it a shot based on the overall review rating which is pretty good.

    To be honest, the writing is not fantastic but not as bad in my opinion as some of the reviews make it sound to be. It's a different style of writing and, yes, it is very linear. There's nothing wrong with that once you get accustomed to it. The narrator is great in my opinion and I rather enjoyed his work.

    The book is mostly entertaining however it can be cliched at times and what is supposed to be surprising really isn't. The scenes I mostly had difficulty with were the ones featuring the torture of a young boy which is unnecessarily drawn out and overly detailed - I found that to be rather disturbing. Luckily that isn't a large part of the book.

    Aside from that, overall it's alright. I like the characters and I don't mind the linear storytelling. I don't like it nearly as much as I do the Wheel of Time series but I don't feel like I've wasted a credit in checking it out.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3034)
    Performance
    (1995)
    Story
    (2016)

    The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

    Jesse says: "Great Scifi!"
    "Solid Military Sci-Fi"
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    As I continue through this series, it really reinforces my initial feelings from the first two books. From technical vantage points, the books are really fantastic and give you a birds eye view of military operations and space warfare which is explained in great detail. I, for one, really enjoy it but I think more casual sci-fi fans might find it somewhat boring.

    The characters do tend to come across to me as somewhat two-dimensional and there's honestly not a lot of emotional impact in this series but the technical detail is keeping me very entertained despite the character shortcomings.

    I do still wonder if another narrator might have improved the experience a bit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3391)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2275)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "Good military scifi"
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    I really like this series. I don't think it's the greatest thing I've ever read but it's very well written with great detail given to military viewpoints, procedures, strategy and tactics. Additionally, it seems to handle the scientific logic exceptionally well. I do feel it lacks really good, riveting characters unfortunately and the narrator doesn't do much to help with that.

    I don't mind low-key narrators at all - most of my favorite narrators are low-key (Jonathan Davis, Robertson Dean and Lloyd James.) Christian Rummel doesn't do a bad job at all in my opinion but I just feel like his match with this book lacks something. Or maybe it's the story that lacks the character and Christian Rummel just can't quite breath life into the characters because of that. Either way, it hurts the performance.

    All told, however, I highly recommend this series to fellow fan of military science fiction. It's well worth the credits I think.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3362)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1776)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "well-written, great narration, absolutely boring"
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    I'll be the first to say this book is intelligently written and excellently narrated (Jonathan Davis is one of my favorite narrators) but none of that saves the book from being incredibly boring from start to finish. I really don't understand the glowing reviews it's received except just to say, it's not my cup of tea.

    If I had to describe the book, I'd boil it down to a book about a bunch of unlikeable characters doing nothing remotely interesting in what appears to be Thailand as a future third world country struggling with famine, plague and politics.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1364)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Fantastic"
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    I was really impressed with this book. I'm not sure I'd rate it in my top 10 (Dune, Starship Troopers, I Am Legend, etc.) but this was a very solid and enjoyable novel.


    Unlike the last book I listened to, I really felt a connection with the characters. They felt three-dimensional to me and it didn't take long before I cared about the story because I cared about the characters.


    The book mainly focuses on two primary characters (Holden and Miller) and the chapters alternate between their points of view which at times overlap as they interact. The story is part scifi adventure, part mystery and, to a lesser degree, part first contact with a dash of creepiness here and there thrown in.


    There is profanity but it serves in fleshing out particular characters (Amos) without being gratuitous in my opinion. Thankfully, there are also no gratuitous sex scenes which the story really wouldn't have benefitted from anyway.


    The narration is also well done and lends to the positive experience of this book.


    I assume based on the "Book One of the Expanse" that this will be the first in a series of novels so I'm anxiously looking forward to more. I found the ending of the book satisfying but I'm also anxious to find out "what happens next" in this author's universe.

    7 of 8 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
    (4545)
    Performance
    (3079)
    Story
    (3111)

    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!"
    "straight up military scifi"
    Overall

    Since I haven't listened to the whole series yet, I can just judge this one book. I suspect I'll really enjoy the rest of the series however.

    I won't say that this is as good as a classic like Heinlein's Starship Troopers (one of my all time favorites) but I really, really enjoy reading scifi written by someone with personal knowledge of military life.

    If you like military scifi, definitely give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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