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Al

Pittsford, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Exile Empire: The Phoenix Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joshua Done
    • Narrated By Philip Pickard
    Overall
    (43)
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    (40)
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    (39)

    James Ursidae lost his family as a child, which broke his sanity and turned him into a vicious but brilliant warrior. Driven by both his technological genius and a desire for revenge, James finds himself on a journey of creative destruction. As he rises from prejudice, trauma, and indecision, he discovers a newfound desire to protect, and in the process he helps create a civilization based not only on the archetype of the hero but something true to human nature: the raw force of the antihero.

    Al says: "One of the top Underdog Sci Fi Books"
    "One of the top Underdog Sci Fi Books"
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    This book is the story of humanity on the rocks and trying to recover from devastating losses taken at the hands of an alien civilization. The book is fast paced and is a blend of battlestar galactica and honor harrington combined together. The characters were very well developed in my opinion without spending a lot of time on irrelevant details or relationships. Overall one of my new favorites cannot wait to read more in the Phoenix series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5086)
    Performance
    (3091)
    Story
    (3117)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "It was entertaining but i question the science"
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    Let me start by saying the author kept and narrator kept me listening to the story well into the night. The characters in the story were very believable and it was a true cautionary tale about being caught flat footed. Life has a way of changing on a dime and the story shows how when people are unprepared they pay the consequences.

    On the other hand i was frustrated at many points by the embellishment the author took with science, in general the effects of an EMP pulse on the infrastructure of the United States. It is true that a pule could and would knock out the power grid and the communications grid but most vehicles would survive and the ones that didn't could easily be ported to work for us. I also do not believe Americans would ever start eating each other after a few days of not having food, American ingenuity would thrive. I enjoyed the book but in no way is this a accurate representation of what could happen in America if an EMP pulse went off, sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17337)
    Performance
    (15403)
    Story
    (15355)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Thumbs Up from Non King Fan"
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    This book was well thought out and well written. I am a big Sci Fi fan but typically stay away from Steven King as I would think of him more as a horror writer. This book had so many positive reviews that I thought I would give it a shot. The story starts out strong and stays strong throughout the entire book. I would say there are really 3 or 4 stories backed into the story, similar to Time Enough for Love but they are all solid in my opinion. You will not regret reading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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