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mario

A SciFi fan, roboteer and inventor. With a personal library over 2000 real books, 20 gig of bought Ebooks,and a gold membership here.

Vilvoorde, Belgium | Member Since 2007

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  • Perilous Shield: The Lost Stars, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (815)

    Following a successful coup, the leaders of the rebel Midway Star System struggle to forge a government free enough to please its citizens yet strong enough to secure power. But in a world where former rulers have become new foes, an alien threat to humanity may turn old adversaries into uncertain allies. General Artur Drakon knows three words describe someone who confides in a Syndicate CEO: Stupid. Betrayed. Dead. Despite his misgivings, he partnered with another former CEO to overthrow Syndic forces.

    Joki says: "Still Great!"
    "Mindboggling"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, captivating, addictive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Good question, Captain Bradamont comes close, a kind of Admiral Geary in being. But the book also depicts nameless workers, unruly mobs, sneaky snakes ,and all have their place in the story.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    His even voice that still can bring the characters to life and making a difference without overdoing the shifts from falsetto to bass.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lead well and Survive.


    Any additional comments?

    When does the next Campbell arrive in the Library?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steadfast: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1476)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1375)

    Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

    rich says: "Black Jack Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet"
    "Dreaming Earth?"
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    Where does Steadfast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As I don't spend time on an audiobook that can't capture me in the first 10 minutes, all rank high in my spending of time. The narrator makes or breaks this. Even if the book in itself is great, I can't keep on listening with a narrator that doesn't meet my standards.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The transfer from a typical traveling dialogue to the classic Admiral Geary storyline. Refreshing, inserting a tad of otherness to the storyline.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dauntless without firing 1 shot solves the attack on Geary's shuttle.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Guiding stars, ancient earth, great struggle.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a huge change from the 6 lost fleet originals. I see a new trilogy in the Beyond the frontier series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Like a Mighty Army: Safehold, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (502)

    For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

    Roy J. Meek says: "A long suffering reader ploughs on"
    "More politics"
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    What made the experience of listening to Like a Mighty Army the most enjoyable?

    The relief of a good performer doing the book right.


    What other book might you compare Like a Mighty Army to and why?

    The lost fleet, beyond the Fronteer , Dreadnaught.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the reborn Nimue finds out she has a "brother"..


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, that ain't my thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Eagerly awaiting remakes with mr Wyman as storieteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon have undergone many hair-raising adventures before - but never one quite like this. Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Cabrillo and his remarkable men and women must survive them all.

    Chris says: "Fantastic Action Filled"
    "Old school but hi tech adventure"
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    If you could sum up The Jungle in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, fun, glory.


    What other book might you compare The Jungle to and why?

    Good one. It's the typical Cussler. A basic succes formula. But other writers in the same genre use simular formula's. So the difficulty is the amount of books to chose from.


    What about Jason Culp’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice to listen to, no excessive enthousiasme nor monotome droning , enough variation between the characters, in short, fine by me.


    If you could rename The Jungle, what would you call it?

    Back to the Saltmines. Or Ruby Intelligence.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if I have most, if not all Cussler books in my paper and/or digital library, I think i'll add them , as far as possible, to my Audible Library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (560)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Should a series keep 1 narrator?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story in itself was ok, as part of an ongoing series. So, in that respect it was a book for me.
    On the other hand.
    Anybody enjoying a hyped up voice. Or anybody liking a hiss in every word. It's difficult to anwers the basic question here. I'll ask other people listening to audiobooks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midst Toil and Tribulation?

    The first seconds, to register the narrators voice and the way it was used. At first skipping seconds, and then chapters, it didn't change. Albeit clear and very comprehensible -my mother language ain't English- it just kept on irritating my ears and nerves.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

    No. Unless the style changes hugely, or I get payed royaly. And I have to admit, time is money. And I have already a lack of time, that's why I use audiobooks to "multitask". Driving long stretches for example, or other tasks that are done on automatic pilot.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midst Toil and Tribulation?

    If I would do that , the idea of an unabridged audiobook would go down the drain. And in an ongoing series of the magnitude of Safehold, it would be "blasfemous". I have read the book itself in Mobi format, and I can't express my dissappointment in this performance.


    Any additional comments?

    A total waste of my credit.
    I was a platinum member. Now I'm a gold member. Will I be that in the forseeable future?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1591)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "A classic displaced persons tale"
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    What did you love best about Into the Storm?

    The setting and build up of the situation


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Fairly typical for a multi book series.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I didn't read the book yet, But his change in timbre and the use of falsetto to depict other characters is appreciated.


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

    5 hours is a long stretch.Ideal for a sunday night for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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