I think the audio edition compliments the book - read book first and then listen. You may have fade moments if you listen first.
This book is not exactly written with fireworks at the end of chapters, so I think a memorable moment was during the analysis of Russian industrial expansion over the course of the war and the contrast with concurrent increasing stagnation in Russian military effectiveness. This idea is at odds with many standard accounts. But as you will hear, the data does not lie.
Prof. Stone's choice words for the Russian command after the defeat at Lake Naroch. He did not mince words.
This book is considered a classic account of Eastern Front of WWI. Prof. Stone definitely burned the midnight oil in many a Russian archive researching this book. I neither laughed nor cried, but I murmured hmmmm.... and that's interesting......... at least 48 times.
If you say or think you are a student of military history and you do not have this book in your library you really should check yourself, look into the mirror, slink out of your hole like the fraud you are, crawl on your knees in penance for your sins to your local bookstore (good luck finding this book at the chain stores) and purchase / read it. After that, get the audio version and reread it with audio. Think of it as an odyssey of purification and self realization.
Unanswerable, as I only bought audio version. One thing that would probably make the audio version better than print version is the way Michael McConnahie's delivery made even the most mundane lines sound like the whole story hinges on whatever is happening. If McConnahie narrated the act of eating a bowl of cornflakes before work on some Tuesday morning, he could make it sound like the fate of nations is in the balance. Add some bananas to that cereal bowl and humanity's continued existence is now up for grabs. I am a better person after listening to him.
In the interests of full disclosure, I really do not feel I need to compare this book to other books. It stands alone, as much as a second book in a series can stand alone, and is a unique contribution to the science fiction genre.
He has a somewhat sardonic, satirical kind of delivery that creates a kind of melodramatic vibe throughout the book. As I previously mentioned, he can pump suspense into just about any scene. This might make some lightweight, pissy listeners look askance and get turned off. To these pretentious whiners I say "Sucks for you - you already bought it and Audible is not going to bounce a friggin' dime back your way!"
McConnahie was the right choice for this book and the others in the series. I do not think I would have enjoyed these books if another narrator was behind the mic.
Will someone please find Victoria - probably the worst sister since the family-unit was invented - a firm no-nonsense love interest? The way that sexless train wreck went about trying to destroy the hopes and dreams of just about every single citizen and visitor to that miserable planet they lived on, all I could think about by around the 3/4's point in the story was "this chick needs a hobby or something to divert her one-tracked vindictive mind and give people who unfortunately find themselves in her general area a break." I started hoping that the author would throw in some "designated Victoria nailer" who starts out sweet and caring but ends up thoroughly and mercilessly pounding her into obedient submission - anyone, guy or gal, hyper - pneumatic cyborg breeding unit, or, hell.... if it will mellow her jumpy ass down, introduce a large rubber coated blunt tube-like cylindrical mechanism into the mix and watch her go!!!
I hope there are more books in this series. I also think McConnahie should be turned on to some more well-written satirical sci fi narrator gigs. I would definitely cough up some jack for the privilege.
Ray Chase is rapidly climbing up my greatest narrators in the known universe list. He kept this roller coaster on mushrooms of a story racing forward through multiple time warps, disasters at sea, rampaging pubescent-voiced evil simulants and some other stuff I am still trying to come to grips with and cannot mention at this point.
After being 2x4'ed by the fickle finger of fate, Craig finally catches a break and gets some peace of mind. I just hope that in the next episode he also will get a well deserved piece of ass - be she cyber or human. I do not say this lightly. Craig was made to experience the ultimate rip my heart out and stuff it down my gaping pie hole situation through absolutely no fault of his own. The chin-deep lake of crap this guy had to wade through from basically the first or second minute until the blood spattered, radiation contaminated curtain came crashing down really had me hoping that Craig would at least end up conscious or hopefully be able to stand without assistance. I was not disappointed.
Ray Chase has a way of narrating that just clicks with me. This story was a trip, and there is no better audio guide for this kind of book than Mr. Chase. I am fired up for the next installment.
An early in the story bombshell exploded in my ears and had me blurting out loud "No way!" and "f.....ing ruthless". Needless to say, I was moved. I knew from that moment on that this story was going to be a keeper.
Hey Audible... why are you making me wait for what.... 3 weeks to hear the next installment? This is a bush league move. I can honestly say without reservation or fear of contradiction that YOU SUCK! Here I am, with cash in hand wanting to keep the vibe I got from this book going and I have to wait until someone somewhere in your organization gets around to making it available? Let me guess, the reason why the next book is not available for several weeks is due to: (a) your company is staffed with out of touch half wits, or (b) you can't squeeze the next book in the series in because you have yet another batch of poorly written trash about some highland slut trying to get into the pants of some pouting, shirtless, mullet - sporting loser, or (c) you all just don't give a damn about your customers. My money is on all of the above. I hope the puss bag mono-browed mouth breathers involved in delaying the second installment of this series get a big fat pink slip in their stockings, or if that isn't in the cards, a really nasty and festering bout of poison ivy / oak in all the right places.
Unrequited AI Lust
This book is somewhat similar to Red Dwarf in terms of British accents, humorous dialogue, emphasis on widespread booze consumption in key parts of the story, feline characters and milk toast junior officers who, over the course of the story, go from zero to hero.
Magisterial. Barnaby Edwards is a narrator of the first water. Each character's voice was unique. He even threw in a quality rendition of what cat people and aliens probably sound like, if they could talk.
Join us and see how the Munstro's Artificial Intelligence quenches her obsessive thirst to be Captain Dangler's submissive e-slave as she begs him to download his humungous hard drive deep into all of her ports over and over and over.
This audiobook won't exactly unravel the mysteries of the cosmos, nor will it get you any closer to that MENSA membership, but you will laugh at least 27 times and maybe forget about that nagging "life crisis" du jour that has you by the stones. Drop a couple dimes, get the audiobook and just relax for a couple of hours. You deserve it.
Yes. The stories revolve around the courage and resourcefulness of humankind when our spacesuits are up against the crater lip on various god-forsaken planetoids, uncharted pieces of space debris and back water moons. There is a common theme in each story - if you are an interstellar alien invasion force and cherish thoughts of messing with humans or taking our stuff you better clear you calendar, have backup bullet / laser beam stoppers in transit and remember to pack several extra pallets of alien body bags. I recommend this book with a clean conscience.
Sargent Chen in Heppner's story. He never waivered in his mission to obliterate every Cyborg he could register on his personal alien corpser. He was always jacked up on some techno goof ball "performance enhancer", thus he had absolutely no patience with anyone bleating some sad sack casualty's story about this or that leg being blown off or being taunted by that cocky disembodied "Web Mind". That dude REALLY pissed him off! Even though he rarely if ever had a backup plan when the unforeseen yet inevitable SNAFU event occurs, or any plan at all come to think of, you can rest assured that he will be the first to jump off that space torpedo onto the methane ice field, or be out in front of some assault squad screaming base obscenities and emptying his magazine into some out of luck space scum. If I found myself in a foxhole on some toxic icy planet when nasty things are splatting into fans I want Sargent Chen, my battle buddy, next to me pumping shells through any and all opposing forces.
Not any specific scenes, but I come away from listening to this audiobook with a new appreciation of just how quickly humans can rack up a massive body count when they set their minds to it. The sound of penetrator rounds slamming into some hapless alien invader never got old.
Perilous Shield ranks at least 9.3 out of 10 among the audiobooks stacked on my groaning virtual bookshelf.
The best thing about this book and the Lost Stars series so far is discovering how utterly depraved, ruthless and backstabbing the smarmy, nasal voiced Syndic leadership is as seen through the eye's of Midway Star System's dynamic duo: Iceni and Drakon plus their respective minions, scions, syncophants and suck ups. The way I see it, even Syndic newborns better crawl to a back corner of their crib pronto and start erecting their fluffy CEO dolls into a makeshift barrier against all suspicious subjects - and don't discount mommy be she biological or, ahem, surrogate.
Also, I now know whom to never, ever have in the back seat sitting behind me in any vehicle anywhere - Morgan.
Marc Vietor is a narrator of the first water. He injects the right amount of menace, if that is the word I want, into the story. Vietor's narration style complimented the spoken text to make this audiobook a solid listen. I particularly like his sultry, Southern-drawl voiced Morgan. This f......ed n the head rocket is a stone cold give you a soft, warm sensuous kiss then empty a clip of 9mm hollow-tip poisoned slugs in the back of your head kind of gal. Whenever she enters a scene someone is going to die, be left crumpled in an expanding pool of their own blood, or stage a hasty retreat hampered by a pronounced limp.
Will Iceni and Drakon finally get some peace and quiet to realize that what is most important is to jump each other's bones?
A guaranteed cert listen. Black Jack Geary and all of his superhuman, golden touch baggage is now starting to mess with the minds of the Midway Star System's mucky mucks. I bet they start to get pissed at this added psychic burden in the next installment with hilarious results.
Ranks in the high middle zone. How about 14.25 out of 20?
I will compare this book to The Battle of Heligoland Bight by Eric W. Osborne. They are totally different and have absolutely nothing in common except that they both concern humans and how they act in adverse situations. As I have said previously - Stupid question Audible!
Christian Rummel gives an edge to the main character that works well. Also, I dig his female character voices. When I heard Jennifer's voice I had a flashback and thought I was in Dauntless' bridge in Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series. Rummel is a pro. He made a pretty good story into a solid good story.
No extreme reactions. I did get saddened when the main character and Jennifer, fresh out of the sweaty sack, travel into a German city. Buy book for more info. I laughed at least 9 times toward the end when one of the central characters opts out of the evil camp and fights the good fight. Solid dialogue.
Give this book a shot. Picks up nicely in the latter chapters.
Yes. Ray Porter belted out a fast paced spot on narration. Jonathan Maberry is a very talented writer. I am impressed. I will purchase more audiobooks from this team.
Yes. I give Ray Porter the credit. He knows his craft. He bled for this narration.
Yes. The Rat Bastards series. Compares favorably. Check out those books. Crazy solid listen.
Whenever Ghost was in the scene. That dog is a no nonsense killer when under orders from Alpha Male.
Buy this Book!
I say Breakers ranks in the top 84-92% with a lean towards the higher %.
This book does not need comparison. Breakers stands alone as a solid work of fiction. When everything is said and done, who cares what I might compare Breakers to? Come on Audible.....what kind of question is this?
When Raymond and Mia are discussing whether they should hit the road to less traveled, higher climes and Raymond brings up the fact that they would be leaving their garden. Mia throws out a perfectly timed sarcastic remark that made me laugh and rewind 3-4 times to hear it again.
Raymond was a very lucky guy to have Mia in his life. She is the kind of woman I'd like to have in my life, with or without the Squids trying to throw mankind in the garbage heap.
Walter wants revenge. Get ready for a heaping helping of dismembered Squid Alien bastards!
Ray Chase narrated this book perfectly. I think the word I am looking for to describe his narration is sardonic. When Ray Chase is matched with the right book like Breakers, he is absolutely a joy to listen to. I laughed, I almost felt like crying a time or two. I hope he continues with this series. Also, I hope there is a surprise awaiting one of the main characters, the story line would be the richer and I could continue my audio crush.
Leibstandarte uber alles!
Prof. Showalter's account of the Battle of Kursk is military history at its best. He presents a thorough narrative of the respective operational histories of the combatants during this early July, 1943 battle. Also, the author shows his deep understanding of the psyche and motivations of the opposing sides.
Try to imagine: It is dawn on July 8, 1943. You are a 20 year old SS panzergrenadier riding with your squad in the back of a halftrack on your way to try to gain a few more kilometers north towards Oboyan, towards Kursk. As you and your commrades scan the sky for apprtoaching Sturmoviks you get that dreaded feeling once more in your gut about what awaits you in a mere handful of minutes in that clearing up ahead. Belts of buried mines, T-34's buried up to their turrets; manned by condemned crews sealed inside who know they must fight to the end and probably already consider themselves dead, batteries of camoflaged 76 mm "Rach Bum's" zeroed in on the treeline your APC is about to emerge from...... What an absolutely surreal, incredible (insert any superlaive you deem appropriate), situation. The Battle of Kursk is one of those human events that can only be understood by the participants themselves. Prof. Showalter understands and respects this unalterable truth and it shows in his writing.
Armor and Blood underlines the fact that Kursk was a bloody, mechanized maelstrom unlike any battle before or since. Nothing on the Western Front even came remotely close to Kursk in sheer weight of men, materiel and utter bowel loosening terror.
A understated yet authoritative narration that provided a sense of solemnity to the author's work. Mr. Dean was a good choice for this book.
The part describing the situation facing IISS Panzer Korps on the morning of the battle at Prokhorovka. It is hard to relate in words, but Prof. Showalter's writing about those few hours transported my mind so that I felt I was standing on a tall scaffolding just behind the mass of men watching and hearing this incredible human drama unfold before me. I was spellbound. As I type these words I remember the feeling I had listening to that part. That, my friends, is what a exceptional audio book can do.
Kudos to Audible for providing this book for us listeners. Less drivel about yet another shirtless, pouting, Highland bif romance and more quality writing about things / events that actually matter is always the right way to go.
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