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T. Hanson

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USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 268 ratings
  • 526 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (641)

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "Interesting plot and idea, some scientific issues."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Strike to be better than the print version?

    Overall, the book is good, I'll continue the series, and would suggest it to others.

    The "announcements" and "Urgent voice" sections of the book are about twice as loud as they need to be. I found myself adjusting the volume a bit depending on what was happening in the book. It was distracting.

    Equalization is a bit off, Narrator has a great baritone voice, but my player (phone app) had this sound odd compared to other books, most sounds above 1kHz-ish are about 5dB down, but then increases again for sibilants. Result is: the bass voice, and ssss's. You can EQ it out so it sounds decent, though.

    I normally don't nit-pick the narrators, this one is MUCH better than some I've heard! The production company didn't normalize the volume or went too far with EQ the wrong way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Strike?

    Continually Adjusting EQ and volume while listening (Only had to do that with about 5 other titles, out of over 200)


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes, soothing voice, clear, and the right amount of emotions make the book more enjoyable (Once you get the EQ fixed)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this in one day, it's actually very good with only a few parts that cause one to drift off.


    Any additional comments?


    The only "glitches" are essentially incorrect math in some calculations. As well as using incorrect words for some concepts, though I guess words were chosen to appeal to a non-geek audience. :)

    If you are into "Hard Sci-Fi", you may find issues here and there, nothing major that interferes with the plot and story, which is excellent.

    The biggest "turn off" is the pro "Global Warming" themes throughout the book, but one can enjoy it and not let it interfere unless the reader is all the way against ideas or not. After all, it is Sci-Fi.

    I'd sort of expected some humor in the book, usually humor fits in somewhere in a story, but none to be heard here.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Princess of Wands

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Barbara Everette, a homemaker living in a small town in Mississippi, had the perfect life. Perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house, perfect Christian Faith. She cooked and cleaned perfectly and managed all of the chores of the modern suburbanite, toting the kids, running the PTA, teaching kung-fu in the local dojo... perfectly. But perfection has a price, and the day came when Barbara snapped....

    Captain Skurvy says: "Not a Novel but a collection of 3 short stories"
    "The "Anti-Ghost""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Princess of Wands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Interesting new twist on a previously used plot, not on audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Princess of Wands?

    Realizing Ringo put himself into the story, and seeing the story as the "Good Side" of "Ghost" (At the moment, Ghost isn't on Audible, though if people feel this book has graphic violence, they should steer clear of Ghost. Ghost is a spec-ops "wet dream", while Princess of Wands was written (perhaps as penance?) as a Christian's path and recognition that evil is in more places people assume "other people will handle".


    What does Suzy Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Didn't mangle it, though could have improved it. Voice was too "soft/caring" for story, but I believe that was the goal.


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

    Good dark and light humor, violence is minimal for Ringo.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every penny!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1188)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "Regretful"
    Overall

    The Lion's Game, the first book in this series was novel and engaging. This one is sadly a repeat of the plot, with no NEW ideas and complexities.

    I feel very let down by The Lion, especially after wanting a sequel a year ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1427)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Awesome Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    This is a good Ringo book. It does state a bit of the truth regarding far left political ideals, which I am in agreement with Ringo on. However, only 1-2% of the book is related to that, so those who complain it is "Too Far Right Wing" need to step back and review their ideas. If nothing to the right of center is allowed to be published and allowed here, it would make Orwell surprisingly prophetic.

    I am extremely interested in the other books of this series to be released! Definitely worth the credit, or simply purchase, as most Ringo books are.

    P.S. To the Reviewers who hate FOX news and any right wing ideals, PLEASE keep posting Negative comments and Reviews when books "Mention Conservative Ideology". These were already in reviews of this book (which is somewhat non US-political, compared to The Last Centurion).

    Your Reviews and low ratings, coupled with Far Left Political comments, Greatly help me find my "next listens"!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4436)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1738)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Well worth the credits."
    Overall

    Good listen, awesome narrator. Action and a believable plot.

    I notice this gets 5 star, or 1 star ratings. If one is of the persuasion that America will never be attacked again, DO NOT GET THIS BOOK.

    If one thinks or works against possible threats, most likely you'll find it interesting.

    It is a "love or hate" story, based on national security, and the cleverness and resolve of enemies. It is nearly "Too Realistic" for some.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (209)

    Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

    Andrea says: "Good pace, weak premise"
    "Needs to be a movie"
    Overall

    Excellent portrayal of something that could realistically happen, given enough cash and determination.

    The point driven home is perfect, Excellent descriptions (accurate) of US .mil tactics and camaraderie. The only "Factual/Technical Issues" are solved by the "waving majik wand" theory of Future Present Sci-Fi.

    1000% Excellent, worth buying, let alone a credit.

    Be warned tho, this is NOT in the same "Style" as the Enders series, it is a near future US based novel, with politics involved.

    One of the few books on here that aren't tailored to the "left wing".

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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