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Joel

Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.

Armidale, Australia | Member Since 2003

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  • Invasion: Book One of the Secret World Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libbey, Cody Martin, and others
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    The world had become used to the metahumans - people sometimes perfectly ordinary, but sometimes quite extraordinary in appearance - who mostly worked with their governments as high-powered peace officers, fighting crime, and sometimes fighting rogue metahumans who had become super-criminals. Then that comfortable world ended in just one terrifying day.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's ...okay."
    "Surprise"
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    It’s always nice to find a new series to get excited about. I started this one with low expectations and was very pleasantly impressed. I thought 'super hero crap! Naww not for me'. But having given it a go a found that the superhero crap was actually quite believably done, add in magic, Nazis, crime lords, religion, communism, and you have such a mess that it just has to be either a complete disaster or some of the best fun I have had in ages. Now I am short on sleep and annoyed that the next book is not out.

    28 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Fire with Fire: Caine Riordan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles E. Gannon
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth's Moon - a history-making clandestine project - and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan's mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient - enough so to have built a lost civilization.

    Eivind says: "Misleading Cover"
    "Not mil fi"
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    Story written by a left wing public servant. Military is paper cut outs whom are perfectly obedient to smarter bureaucratic masters. Hero is super smart and condescending.

    This rubbish is definitely NOT milfi. It's just a poor effort. How it ever got published I don't know.

    12 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (442)

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

    Madeleine says: "The Financial Times' Critique Doesn't Detract"
    "Self serving propaganda for the stupid"
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    Typical socialist self serving propaganda for the stupid. The guy can't add up, ignores countervailing evidence, and has the academic standards of a teenager. How in the hell this guy even got published raises serious concerns. Do not kid yourself that this is a serious book. It belongs in the fiction section, If not the bin.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cauldron of Ghosts: Honorverse Wages of Sin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (172)

    The Mesan Alignment: a centuries-old cabal that seeks to impose its vision of a society dominated by genetic rank onto the human race. Now the conspiracy stands exposed by spies Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat - one an agent of Honor Harrington’s Star Kingdom of Manticore, the other a Havenite operative. The outing of the Alignment has turned the galaxy’s political framework topsy-turvy. Old coalitions have disintegrated. New alliances have been born.

    Jean says: "Spies in Mesa"
    "I'm sorry but this is an insult to honor"
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    I've tried three times to listen to this one. I love webers books. The honor Harrington series is one of my all time favourites. But this one is just BAD. Maybe it's the narrator, or maybe because the narrator in the real series is just so good by comparison. Do not waste your time or effort on this one, it's an insult to Honor.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor of Thorns: The Broken Empire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Lawrence brings the Broken Empire series to its devastating conclusion. The path to the throne is broken - only the broken can walk it. The world is cracked and time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne no matter who stands against me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending. This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God.

    Jonathan says: "Good listen but disappointing ending"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    Series started poorly. The book overly and uncomfortably and too realistically focused on the brutality and misery of defenceless children and random murder. However by the end of the series it all made a point. This series is definitely above average and worth the read. Perhaps this author will be worth future consideration in any new series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7332)
    Performance
    (6482)
    Story
    (6474)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "TERRORibly Good."
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    I avoided this one for ages as it sounded like rubbish. However the story and the fun that the narrator has with the story makes the experience plain old good fun. This one is DEFINITELY worth the read! I can only hope that this series goes on for 10+ books. Its a joy to find a new series worth loosing sleep over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4189)
    Performance
    (3828)
    Story
    (3852)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Ron says: "The second book delivers"
    "Large! Not epic."
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    Well worth the lot of time to read. The second book gets lost. Definitely NOT epic! Large is the right word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2039)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1714)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Style problems."
    Overall
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    The author constantly builds to climaxes and then suddenly sh*ts to years after the event. It feels like you keep missing the last episode of this years season. Other than that, it was an interesting future historical epic overview. Not bad, but I can't raise a whole lot of enthusiasium due to style issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess of Wands

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Barbara Everette, a homemaker living in a small town in Mississippi, had the perfect life. Perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house, perfect Christian Faith. She cooked and cleaned perfectly and managed all of the chores of the modern suburbanite, toting the kids, running the PTA, teaching kung-fu in the local dojo... perfectly. But perfection has a price, and the day came when Barbara snapped....

    Captain Skurvy says: "Not a Novel but a collection of 3 short stories"
    "Mildly interesting and amusing"
    Overall
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    I usually Love this authors work. However this is one of John's little fantasy diversions from his real books. It trends towards comic book quality rather than a real scifi book. Which is a shame really as the religious mythologies offer such rich inspiration for great scifi. Definitely a 'could have been great' book. Unfortunately it turned out to be a calorie free light snack. If you enjoy the authors work then you might put up with this story but if you don't follow John's work then don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Future History : The 2190 A.D. Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Sackett, Hugo Gottfried
    • Narrated By David Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    By the wonder of reverse tachyon technology, we have been able to retrieve a series of essays on the History of the United States which was published (or will be published) in the year 2190 AD. The author, Hugo Gottfried, was (will be) the custodian of the abandoned research library on Fifth Avenue in New York City. As he began in the middle of the 22nd century to read the old books down in the dark and dusty nether recesses of the crumbling old building, he slowly came to a startling realization.

    Joel says: "Just poor"
    "Just poor"
    Overall
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    A bit of a try hard book. Doesn't pull it off on the story side, it's academic approach is delusional, it's conspiracy theory is mildly interesting boarding on the absurd. Frankly it is pretty much painful. It should never have gotten past the editor without some serious developmental work.
    My advice is to give this one a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gibraltar Earth: Gibraltar Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (189)

    It is the 24th Century and humanity is just gaining a toehold out among the stars. Stellar Survey Starship Magellan is exploring the New Eden system when they encounter two alien spacecraft. When the encounter is over, the score is one human scout ship and one alien aggressor destroyed. In exploring the wreck of the second alien ship, spacers discover a survivor with a fantastic story.

    Richard says: "I couldn't have asked for more!"
    "Not bad at all."
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    Something of the old tradition of Science fiction. Huge scope and a nice twist. As a book it did seem under developed, however it was still a tasty treat. Hopefully the next book will improve. This is a book to digest when you are between more serious books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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