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Ben

Danville, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mass Effect: Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (319)

    After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars---the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community. On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station---smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post, and for what purpose?

    Some Dude says: "Enhances the enjoyment of the games substantially"
    "A compelling story for fans of the game series."
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    This is a great book to complement the Mass Effect game series. It was interesting to find out more about the life of Captain Anderson and his relationship with Seran before we see them in their roles in the first game. The narrator does an excellent job performing the different characters and delivers every line of the story with appropriately dramatic pacing and tone. Despite the great performance and satisfying action-oriented story, I might only recommend this to fans of the series and the sci-fi genre as a whole, as there seems little to gain here besides an insight into the lore behind some events within this fictional futurisitc universe.

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  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (1316)
    Story
    (1310)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Maddow earns her spot as my favorite journalist."
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    For many years, I only considered myself a casual-follower of political news. I always preferred to laugh with Jon Stewart over the absurdities of our politics, rather than feeling particularly invested in what goes on in government. That completely changed after I caught The Daily Show's interview with Rachel Maddow for this book. Charmed by her intelligence and charisma during those 5 minutes, I decided to download her audiobook and hear what else she had to say. She did not disappoint!

    Rachel brings all her personality into this 9-hour listen, and takes you on a full-circle tour of American military and political history spanning from the Second World War to present day Iraq/Afghanistan. I think regardless of your political views, you can appreciate the thorough historical context she provides for how and why the American military came to be in its present state: an instrument of incredibly enormous potential, wielded by the few, and used with a frightful lack of oversight on the part of Congress and enabled by the disinterest of the general public.

    I am thankful now to no longer consider myself among those disinterested in what our government is up to. The narrative here is fascinating, and I'm really grateful to have heard it straight from Maddow herself.

    Long story short- Highly recommended!

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