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  • The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (944)

    On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.

    Joki says: "Mixed Bag"
    "Too many flaws"
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    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or Benjamin L. Darcie?

    That's becoming less and less likely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a very interesting premise with a good story line


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was so, so.


    Any additional comments?

    Another good story ruined by amateurish writing. As in the first book of this series the author continues to make basic mistakes in continuity, mathamatics and nomenclature. As a former military aviator I was appalled by the improper use of military jargon. Every time I heard the narrator say "Roger, Wilco" I wanted to scream. All that being said, the blame cannot be laid entirely on the author, though his lack of proper research was certainly a large contributor to the novel's shortcomings. Most of the blame goes to the publisher who, for some unknown reason, failed to do even the barest of editing and proofing of the contents. The novel could have been much improved had they done their job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For Honor We Stand: Man of War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (467)

    In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a 30-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony. Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: The dangers from the enemy without…and clashes with crew and superiors within. Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space.

    Ole says: "More of the same and even better"
    "Almost there"
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    What did you like best about For Honor We Stand? What did you like least?

    This series has an excellent storyline but suffers from inclusion of too many inapt historical references.The author is obviously a military enthusiast and amateur military historian. Just as obvious is the fact that he has either never served in the military or, if he did, did not pay much attention to the realities therein. He attempts to combine naval traditions from disparate eras that didn't and shouldn't go together. For example, contemporary navies no longer send eleven year old boys to sea and haven't done so for quite a long time. Why should a future, highly technological navy revive this practice?The military facts, figures, quotations, etc. are overdone as if the author was trying to impress us with his knowledge. For the most part they are unnecessary and do not contribute to the story. Additionally, they are not all correct. One glaring example of this is the author's contention that a frigate is bigger and more heavily armed than a destroyer. Another is that midshipmen can grow up to be Chief Petty Officers. (A little pre-writing research can go a long way.)


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    If the author is going to regale the readers with military facts and figures he should get them right. There are plenty of serving and retired naval folks around who'd have been happy to review the story for factual consistency and correctness. (Or, as in the case of myself, point them out after the fact.)


    What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was very talented and was able to present the characters in the story with their own voice and personality. More importantly he didn't get the voices/characters mixed up during the narration.


    Did For Honor We Stand inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably continue to follow this series. As I said above, it's an excellent storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diving into the Wreck: Diving Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (230)

    Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she's an active historian. She wants to know about the past--to experience it firsthand. Once she's dived the ship, she'll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. It's a good life for a tough loner, with more interest in artifacts than people.

    Pascal Scheffers says: "Scubadiving... in space."
    "Could have been much better"
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    What disappointed you about Diving into the Wreck?

    The writing style (first person) was monotonous at best. "I did this, and then I did that. When I was done I was tired so I did this again." The parallels between ocean wreck diving and the same thing in space was extremely forced. The rationale for the parallels were not logical and had huge technical and scientific holes in them.I have seldom started a book that I was unable to finish. This was one of the exceptions.


    What could Kristine Kathryn Rusch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Let someone with a science or engineering background review the draft so that they might have pointed out all of the inconsistencies and logical flaws. Once corrected the story would have been more palatable.


    What does Jennifer Van Dyck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was decent but the narrator had little to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Diving into the Wreck?

    This book would have been much improved if not written from the first person point of view.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1427)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Good and bad"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was actually quite good and I enjoyed it. That being said, if this book was a movie, the continuity director would have been fired. There are so many errors, mistakes, etc in the book that I was hard pressed to listen to the whole thing. However I persevered and it was probably worth it.

    The author tosses around military and astronomical buzzwards in a flashy, yet for the most part, inappropriate way. I don't believe he has had much experience in either field and certainly didn't do any research.

    The use of units is inconsistent, 'meters' in one paragrapgh followed by 'feet' in the next. The timing, speeds and distances are often inconsistant and if you do the math often wrong. In some chapters one of the characters is a major in other chapters he is a colonel.

    If you can ignore all of the obvious mistakes and inconsistencies then it's an entertaining story. No thanks to whoever did the proofreading.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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