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S. Anderson

Salem, MO United States | Member Since 2005

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  • How to Land an A330 Airbus: And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James May
    • Narrated By James May
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him 50 ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do.

    Amadeo says: "Not great, but good"
    "Truly Vital Skills"
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    Ok, so I am pretty sure I will never use anything learned from this book. So what! I was entertained by every minute of this book and still find James May to be my favorite of the Top Gear hosts. This book is a must for any of his fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gears of War: Aspho Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    As kids, the three of them were inseparable; as soldiers, they were torn apart. Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago fought alongside Dom's elder brother Carlos at Aspho Fields in the epic battle that changed the course of the Pendulum Wars. There's a new war to fight now, a war for mankind's very survival. But while the last human stronghold on Sera braces itself for another onslaught from the Locust Horde, ghosts come back to haunt Marcus and Dom.

    tomas says: "LOTS OF DEPTH FOR GEARHEADS"
    "Outstanding"
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    Story

    If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
    For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
    For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    After a brutal 15-year war for survival, the Coalition of Ordered Governments is forced to destroy mankind's last city in a final bid to stop the Locust Horde. As the survivors flee Jacinto, they must contend with the last of the Locust, bent on vengeance, as they struggle to stay alive in an icy wilderness. Marcus Fenix, Dom Santiago, and their fellow Gears fight to get Jacinto's refugees to a safe haven but find themselves in a lawless new world - where the enemy is human.

    Tim says: "Terrific Sequel"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
    For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
    For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gears of War: Anvil Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    With the Locust Horde apparently destroyed, Jacinto's survivors have begun to rebuild human society on the Locusts' stronghold. Raiding pirate gangs take a toll - but it's nothing that Marcus Fenix and the Gears can't handle. Then the nightmare that they thought they'd left behind begins to stalk them again. Something far worse, something even the Locust dreaded, has emerged to spread across the planet, and not even this remote island haven is beyond its reach.

    S. Anderson says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
    For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
    For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gears of War: Coalition's End

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    When the Locust Horde burst from the ground 15 years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now, after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance. The last-ditch measures have succeeded, but at an enormous cost: the survivors have been reduced to a handful of refugees.

    Amazon Customer says: "These books are great!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
    For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
    For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gears of War: The Slab

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Ten years after Emergence Day, as the Locust Horde advances on humanity’s last defended area -Ephyra - in a bloody war that has seen billions die, Marcus Fenix does the unthinkable: he defies orders and abandons his post during a critical battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Adam Fenix. But Adam is buried in the rubble during a ferocious assault on the Fenix mansion, and Ephyra falls to the enemy.

    Nicholas A. Croson says: "Another Karen Traviss masterpiece."
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
    For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
    For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4454)
    Performance
    (3248)
    Story
    (3269)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Not my usual cup of tea"
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    I normally do not like much in the way of fantasy and suppose many readers would not classify this as such but it leans more towards it than I normally go for.
    That said I finished listening to this and with so much by Orson Scott Card could not wait to get the next one and continue the story. I was really upset when it was not available and I had to wait to see where this story is going.
    A must read for any Card fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mass Effect: Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species. But beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on "harvesting" the galaxy's organic species for their own dark purpose. The Illusive Man, leader of the pro-human black ops group Cerberus, is one of the few who know the truth about the Reapers.

    Nathan says: "Read if you like action and Mass Effect"
    "Good not great"
    Overall
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    I really did enjoy this book and may be biased in my opinion based on the other books and the stories in the games but found this to be the weakest link in what is otherwise a great story arc in a very large and fascinating universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eternity: A Sequel to Eon

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    The crew of the asteroid-starship Thistledown has thwarted an attack by the Jarts by severing their link to the Way, an endless corridor that spans universes. The asteroid settled into orbit around Earth and the tunnel snaked away, forming a contained universe of its own. Forty years later, on Gaia, Rhita Vaskayza recklessly pursues her legacy, seeking an Earth once again threatened by forces from within and without.

    Jeremy says: "Excellent sequel with closure to a great story."
    "Good but not up to the standard Eon set"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed this book but at the same time, as it follows Eon, could have stopped there and been fine. I don't think anyone out there would be disappointed by it if they like sci-fi but personally found it lacking that intangible thing that made Eon so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (236)

    Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Enjoyable solid Si Fi-30 years old- still topical"
    "Very good book"
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    I have never really read Greg Bear but rather was on the hunt for books narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, my favorite narroator. I am glad I found this book. Very interesting story from a sci-fi and inter-personal relationship point of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2507)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1246)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Bryson never disappoints"
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    I have listened to every book Bill Bryson has on Audible starting from his book A Short History of Nearly Everything and this book more of less does for the home what that one did for science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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