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John

SAINT PAUL, MN, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Love
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. Three hundred years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos.

    Jeff says: "I've heard of introspective but sheesh...."
    "Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Love and/or Andy Paris?

    This is my first book by this author and it would take a lot to do another one of these.


    What was most disappointing about John Love’s story?

    I've never seen an action book turned into something so BORING.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (270)

    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    mike says: "A light read"
    "Very Good Space Saga"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The author needs to work on his characters banter it seems to always degrade into teenage level potty or sexual jokes. Not sure what the authors age is, but this could use a little work. Otherwise the plot and details are original and well constructed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (393)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    averageconsumer says: "Great Story/Deadly Narration"
    "Interesting Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Freeman’s performances?

    I've done narration and I can't do it well, but even I have more cadence than this guy. His voices are okay and sometimes he gets in the grove. But mostly it's one word at a time, VERY VERY awkward.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (697)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Too much ground force and no Space anything."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A Hymn Before Battle? What did you like least?

    Well written.


    Was A Hymn Before Battle worth the listening time?

    Not really my thing, all ground force battles. It doesn't make a lot of sense to be a space faring civilization and you take cities by long ground battles. Yes, some ground force stuff makes sense, but they never say why they just don't nuke the enemy or why the enemy doesn't just nuke them.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4193)
    Performance
    (2506)
    Story
    (2545)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Not really a book more like 1/2 a GIANT book"
    Overall

    I like the story, I like the narration.
    However, the book just stops leaving you literally on the edge of an abyss.
    The next book Judas Unchained picks up the story without any background or setup.
    You cant read Judas Unchained without Pandora Star, in a normal series there is some rehash this has nothing.
    It???s like the giant novel was cut in half with little regard for the reader.
    I???m still reading Judas Unchained (the second half) but I hope it ends at a point that makes some sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (635)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Marc Swanson says: "Difficult to listen to!!!"
    "She Said He Said"
    Overall

    It may be what the book said but to hear a male actor say a line followed by a different male actor say "he said" followed by a female actor saying a line. Then a male actor saying "she said".
    This radio play narration with an added narrator is enough to drive you insane!
    I???ve never heard an audio book done so poorly! The book may or may not be any good but the narration is the WORST!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8880)
    Performance
    (3311)
    Story
    (3348)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Bad Copy"
    Overall

    Not part of a real series; more like a bad copy of the original. The names have changed and so has the date, but everything else is the same. If you read Pillars, you're going to find this to be like bad retelling of the same story, or like a made for TV version of the original. Nothing really new in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch the Lightning: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    In the distant future, the Skolian Empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light, across interstellar space. But their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.

    Lonna says: "Lots of technology, lots of romance"
    "STOP unless you want to hit a brick wall!"
    Overall

    The stories and the audible presentation of these books is very good.
    However be warned that this series just stops. For whatever reason you get pulled in, only to be crashed into a brick wall of “sorry no more audible books”. The Audible series ends but the books continue. This is not very fair if you don’t have the time to visually read the books. Sorry audible fans this is a dead end.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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