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Brian D. Womack

Banks, OR USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 8 reviews
  • 285 ratings
  • 604 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • The Short Victorious War: Honor Harrington, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1050)

    The rulers of the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble and revolt is brewing, so it's high time for a short victorious war. But Honor Harrington is going to give them a war that's neither short nor victorious.

    Jean says: "A Short Victorious War"
    "A Great Exploration of Intergalactic War"
    Overall

    This is an insightful review of the issues that come to bear on a galactic conflict in terms of logistics and risk of forces. If you send a fleet on place, another remains uncovered and you have the classic 'wack-a-mole' problem. Good stuff.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (539)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Andy says: "All too believable"
    "Natural Consequencies to Trends in the Military"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Stark's War again? Why?

    I love that Jack captured the essence of a soldier's view of the world, and how that can go wrong when officers become politicians that treat them like numbers -- losing the battlesense that you can only get with real time on the ground -- not micro-managing from afar.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stark himself is what soldiers aspire to be.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (6050)
    Performance
    (3940)
    Story
    (3978)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Superb"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love stories that separate from our daily experience to explore concepts relevant to our future in a context that allows for deep analysis. Ayn Rand was one of those rare souls that sees things as they are instead of as they wish them to be. I found her story to be compelling and educational.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Flag in Exile: Honor Harrington, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (885)

    Two irresistible forces are rushing together to crush the planet Grayson between them, and only one woman, uncertain of her capabilities, weary unto death, and marked for murder -stands between her adopted planet and its devastation.

    Professor says: "Honor Harrington Universe Book 5"
    "Superb continuation to a great series"
    Overall

    Honor has value despite politics as most of her new adopted home support with their actions.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • We Few: Prince Roger Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (655)

    Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.

    Douglas says: "Great Ending To A Great Series"
    "Superb end to an excellent series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I greatly enjoyed all four books. My only regret is that it does not continue. It feels like there could be another 3 books or so to see where Rodger could go next in his development.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Knife of Dreams: Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4666)
    Performance
    (2815)
    Story
    (2856)

    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

    Natasha says: "Getting us there!"
    "Excellent series and book"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed this series tremendously. It is great to have an author take the time to make each character full and rich. They interact in surprising and pleasing ways -- eventually. : )

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3458)
    Performance
    (1771)
    Story
    (1784)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Excellent Story with Lessons for Today"
    Overall

    Vince did a great job with this one, and I liked how he created a situation where ill-schooled senators learned the errors of their ways in a way that is undeniable and apolitical. Many of our current leaders would benefit from this read, as they clearly do not understand national security.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat, Political Thrillers Series #5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    As a presidential campaign narrows into a dead heat, the Secret Service learns of a catastrophic terrorist plot to assassinate one of the candidates - but which one? Who do they want dead? And can U.S. forces stop the terrorists before millions lose their lives?

    Andrew says: "Loved the Book Series!"
    "Better than Tom Clancy"
    Overall

    I have truly enjoyed this work by Joel Rosenberg on several levels. First, he is a great story teller that maintains suspense and several threads going in parallel leading a a 'big event'. Second, I think his interpretation of Ezekiel has been an eye opener for me, and I find it has value. In this last book, Joel got a wee bit heavy on the preachy side, but it was consistent with the growth of the characters, and I enjoyed it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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