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Rgjenks

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  • Shadow of the Giant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2349)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1192)

    Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.

    Joe says: "Enderverse"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I had a very hard time getting into this book but I persevered. It is the first of the series I have listened to. Perhaps it is just not my thing. I found that it dragged for the first couple of hours and that it took a long time to tie things together. By the end my opinion improved but I donlt think I will listen to others in the series.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (927)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Didn't finish"
    Overall

    I listen to a lot of books during my commute to and from work, 60 min each way. I enjoy many types, mysteries, sci fi, I just could not get in to this one. I think it requires too much concentration to follow and I just could not commit. The terms are unknown, and if you miss a definition you must go back. On at least 3 occasions I thought my ipod had skipped as I was totally lost. I gave up.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (555)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Long, hard to follow"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the first two. But this one was long, I almost stopped listening 2 or 3 times. Seems to be a lot more descriptive narrative not required for story. So many characters make it hard to keep track of them. If I did not have the attachment of listening to first two, I would not have finished it. Echo effect not good, narrator grows on you, but he should have pronounced Kovacs, the same as in the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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