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john

DEL VALLE, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 67 reviews
  • 246 ratings
  • 527 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • Orphanage: Jason Wander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede. They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.

    clifford says: "groan"
    "pleasantly suprised"
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    I normally dont buy books this short. but i was on my phone and didnt have an time. so i took this from the audible list. its was a good story i am continuing the series even thought the books are short. the narrator is decent i just dont like some of his voices. the story is pretty good but i dont feel some of the friendships and depth of the relationships that he alludes to which i blame for the book being short. but lets get to the good. the story moves along and is a good base, author does not forget how long it takes to get places and he does not overlook some technology. so yeah not a first pick but a good pick

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Terran Gambit: The Pax Humana Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Endi Webb
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Lieutenant Jacob Mercer likes fast motorcycles, faster women, and screamin' space fighters. As a reckless fighter jock in the Resistance fleet battling the Corsican Empire, he lives solely for the thrill of taking out as many Imperial bogeys as he can. A rebel victory is looming on the horizon when the Imperials abruptly change tactics and, in a surprising show of devastating force, incinerate the city of Dallas with a thermonuclear blast - killing millions - and delivering a merciless example of what happens to upstart worlds..

    john says: "Good im gonna try the next book"
    "Good im gonna try the next book"
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    The book didn't grab me right off. In fact I listen to 2 other books. It's ranks as a standby series for me. A book between others. But in going to start the second one see where it goes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Fi: The Empire's Corps, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Two years after the empire abandoned them on Avalon, Colonel Edward Stalker and his marines have established the Commonwealth, a union of worlds intended to take the place of the vanished empire. But now contact has been made with a remnant of the empire, a successor state controlled by a ruthless dictator bent on crushing the Commonwealth and expanding her rule over the entire galaxy.

    Jean says: "Gripping"
    "Love this series"
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    This series is well though out. And a different marine takes charge of this book bug she does a great job. He is writing very strong and believable women which is great. One of my favorite narrators as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Alliance: Frontiers Saga, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ryk Brown
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    A new ally providing aid... An old ally joining the fight... Their resources growing with each passing day... Their homeworld finally on the road to recovery... Things finally seem to be coming together for Captain Scott and the Alliance as he takes his forces on the offensive. However, the Jung may in turn give him more trouble than he bargained for.

    Joel says: "the blue white jump flash washes yet again"
    "Good space opera."
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    A slot of times in multi book series some things get old. Like the jump drive blue white washing over the bridge. The author played with that finally in this book. And the story is staying somewhat fresh. When the book ended my first thought was "how long till the next one". And it has left me wondering where this is going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible War: Dark Space, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasper T. Scott
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Ethan Ortane has just met his long lost son, Atton, but the circumstances could have been better. After a devastating bio-attack and the ensuing battle, they've fled Dark Space aboard the Defiant to get away from the crime lord, Alec Brondi, who has just stolen the most powerful vessel left in the Imperial Fleet--the Valiant, a five-kilometer-long gladiator-class carrier. They need reinforcements to face Brondi, but beyond Dark Space the comm relays are all down, meaning that they must cross Sythian Space to contact the rest of the fleet.

    Jonathan says: "Excellent!"
    "Im glad i bought the first one. even better 2nd"
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    Any additional comments?

    To be honest i never ever get a book with less the 10 hours. but i was desperate and bought it on my phone. and i couldn't be happier. ow the second book gave me the 10 hours and the story i was looking for. if you like dirty, under the gun fast pace sic fi like i do you should love this series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crown of Slaves

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (315)

    The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores.

    Charlie Russel says: "Eric Flint makes this MUCH better"
    "Not for me Good but not for me"
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    Any additional comments?

    I like david weber if i read his books. his honorverse narrator sends me up a wall. so when i saw this i jumped on it. but this is dragged out history lesson. if you love the honor verse you love it I'm sure. well written and narrator. just honestly not for me. only reason i ut 3 stars is its not fair to go any lower just because its not my type of book. Still a good book if you like extreme detail. but i didn't finish it,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas: Atlas Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Isaac Hooke
    • Narrated By Rhett Samuel Price
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Rade Galaal enrolls in the hardest military training known to man to become a member of the MOTHs, the most elite fighting unit in the galaxy. MOTHs are tacticians, corpsmen, snipers, astronauts, and commandos rolled into one. They also happen to pilot the atomic-powered ATLAS mechs, specialized military hardware that brings new meaning to the phrase "one-man-army".

    john says: "Defiantly a freshman book but do it any way!"
    "Defiantly a freshman book but do it any way!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book seems to be a first for the author. not as smooth as i would like, good action, good characters. character have a good sense of right and wrong and sacrifice. a good little love story in there. just what you think a person might be in a future service.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1700)
    Performance
    (1574)
    Story
    (1578)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Long winded good story great narrator"
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    Where does Ark Royal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It really would be in my opinion a 3 1/2 but i think that rating on audible would keep some one from trying this book. its a good book. but they get into things like the press, and politics and tends to be a bit dry, English author. but the story and the drive of the book and you gotta love the captain and his real deamon of alcohol.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

    I like this narrator allot. i have heard several of his books and he never seems to share a voice between them. i never say oh ya thats that character from this other book with him. one of the few narrators i can do that with.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • StarFire: Vince Lombard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Lee
    • Narrated By Jason Brenizer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (235)

    Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status.

    Robert says: "Good solid Sci-Fi"
    "Good but dwells on things a bit"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of StarFire to be better than the print version?

    The story is good and i want to know what happens an i will listen to the next one. but it may get pushed back for more favorable authors. I prefer a fast paced book, i am not a hardcore read me the serial number sci fi fan. i like it fast pace action pact hero driven book. but the story will make me keep coming back, because the hero here gets in a spot and i really want to know what happens and i like him. if he wouldn't tell me so much about marine procedure and why and don't of everything he does. oh and he repeats some of the same things to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Solid Narrator, i could identify each character by his voice. he lead questions to questions and statements to statements i was never confused ny the meaning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Empire's Corps

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (572)

    The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

    Jean says: "Captivating"
    "Please publish rest of the series"
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    If you could sum up The Empire's Corps in three words, what would they be?

    I thought this was a really good fast pace book. The politics of whats going on were not dragged out. the physics of light speed were not dragged out. in fact they were on the fringe with realistic believable problems. I though author didn't dwell on any individual thing or character. it was pleasant and fast pace. but i need to know what happens next!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • To Do or Die: Jump Universe, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Michael McConnahie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Retired Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Terrence “Trouble” Tordon come to Savannah via different routes, but what they find is the same. One bully strongman is intent on keeping power no matter what the new rules are for peace. He’s got the population cowered by thugs, and tanks at the ready. He expects to win the coming elections handily. He doesn’t expect Mrs. Trouble - aka Ruth Tordon - a Marine wife on a mission to find the drug lords that almost killed her and her husband and put them out of business - and she’s not about to be stopped.

    john says: "Another solid book in the series"
    "Another solid book in the series"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Honestly i like that we are watching this verse come together. before they were all polished glass and rich. and that they had to work for it. allot of the tech from the Kris Longknife series is not there yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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