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Andrew

I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

FAIR OAKS, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • In Conquest Born

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Overall
    (48)
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    (40)
    Story
    (44)

    In Conquest Born is the monumental science fiction epic that received unprecedented acclaim - and launched C.S. Friedman's phenomenal career. A sweeping story of two interstellar civilizations locked in endless war, it was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award.

    Kat Hooper says: "Impressive world building"
    "Impressively Boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People that like irrational love stories and very slow almost non exeistant plots.


    Has In Conquest Born turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Conquest Born?

    At least half them, there was so must stuff in here that seemed completely random and pointless.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (954)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "A Classic"
    "Brilliant and Haunting Story"
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    First off I am going to say that I am not a Christian, but I found this book to be very good. The characters where written in a very provoking and interesting way, while I didn't agree with everything they believed, it only served to make these characters more realistic to me.

    I must say I found the last story to be sad but it made me want to ensure our government and all other governments stop their crazy production of nuclear weapons. They can blow the planet up several times over, yet our government still produces them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (722)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "It was OK"
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    This book was OK. It was far from the worst book I've ever read, but it felt like an introduction to the authors world with a pointless plot thrown in, just so we would have a reason to explore it. And the world was actually pretty cool. It's just the story that was not that interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5271)
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    (3745)
    Story
    (3779)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "Forgettable and Uninspired"
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    How this book makes it on the list of Best Military Sci-Fi books is beyond me. Either military Sci-Fi is really bad or the people that are picking books for that are....

    Unfortunately, I know that there are really good books in this genre, so that means that later must be true.

    The only book this list belongs on is the most forgettable, idiotically unrealistic Sci-Fi books ever written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (449)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "More is not Always Better"
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    A beautifully tragic story ruined by massive page count bloat. I listened to the audio version of this, which weighted in at a staggering 26 hours.

    Now this is actually a good story, and the author can write some good prose, but the story just keeps going on and on, in a very whiny manner.

    At first you really care about the main character, then you start to get annoyed at her whining, then you want to slap her and tell her to move on with her life, then you cease to care at all. Now if this book where about 10 hours long, it would have been about the perfect length and a truly good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire: Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (270)
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    (270)

    Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history.

    Susan says: "Not your normal paranormal story...."
    "Decent Vampire Story"
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    This is one of the better D&D based books I've read. It's pretty much a classic Vampire story, with it's Gothic tragic style. It barrows heavily from the vampire movies that came out in the 1990's. So for me it had a lot of nostalgia value as well.

    I don't know if the modern kids would like it though, since the Vampires don't sparkle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pavane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (285)
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    (286)

    Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's the Characters that Outline the World"
    "Decent Classic Sci-Fi Alt History"
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    A very interesting classes Sci-Fi/Fantasy short story collection all set in an alternate history. I'm not going to go into the plot as others have already done this.

    The stories are all loosely connected in one way or another. And I found some to be a lot better than the others, I personally thought the last story was the best of the lot. They are all well written, it's just that one tends to enjoy some stories over others.

    A recommended read for all fans of Sci-Fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1493)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Good Mystery"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a fairly entertaining mystery book that focuses on some rough stuff at times, like the torture of prisoners to get confessions, even though the Hangman knows the person to be innocent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1309)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "Good, but not as good as the first"
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    It was a fun read but nowhere near a s good as the first. And anyone that plans on reading this novel needs to read the first book as this story takes up where the last left off. This book ends in a cliff hanger, so I hope the next one is as good as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2365)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2103)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Good Space Opera"
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    This was a great start to this series, and the second book is great too. But the 3rd was very disappointing, and I'm planning on reading the 4th soon, which I hear is better.

    Recommended if you enjoy space opera. It's not Dune or Hyperion, but still a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (498)

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    Daniel says: "Good story - but"
    "Unfulfilling"
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    This book sounds like it will be great, and builds up quite some anticipation just because of the subject matter. However it left me very disappointed and completely unfulfilled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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