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Trip Williams

Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)

Travelers Rest, SC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Frozen Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Amy H. Sturgis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark...where they confront a savage race older than mankind....

    Trip Williams says: "GREAT story of first contact!"
    "GREAT story of first contact!"
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    This is one of those stories that are FULL of FANTASTIC twists and turns! It's also NOT one of the types of books that has a slow beginning and eventually builds up into a good book; Jeff Carlson tosses you directly into the action of a good book right from the start! I dislike books that I have to suffer through a very slow first half to get to a great second half (I always feel like I'm buying "half a book" when I see a review that says, "Slow start, but hang with it and it get's better"), so this book was especially REFRESHING!

    The skill that was put into the story is evident in many ways, very early on... despite the very fast start in the action, I never once felt confused about "Who was who". Also, being an Engineer, I always seem to notice technical flaws in a book when they pop up from time to time... but Carlson did his research so well, and seems to be so knowledgeable about the subject matter, that I never once got yanked out of "Book Trance" by a bad technical detail!

    Knowing that this was a "First contact book" early into the story, I (as everyone does) started thinking of all the tiny bone-headed things *I* might do wrong during contact with a new civilization that thinks TOTALLY differently from how we think (while hoping the new hypothetical civilization has "patience" for my mistakes)... Carlson takes that whole idea MUCH further!!! What if WE have to make first contact, and we do it on a world that is so TOTALLY different from ours, that our most natural gestures are WRONG in their view? And what THEY naturally do seems to be WRONG in OUR view? And of course, while worrying about the above, throw in that you're doing it "while contacting a species that has almost NO patience with mistakes, and who have no way of understanding US, or that we may even be from another world"... Forget the old common routine of: "don't smile because showing your teeth might be taken as aggression"... And while going far beyond something simple like that, be sure to write the book from the point of view of a sex opposite from your own, and get the details of how THEY think correct also!

    I love books that make you THINK along with the author, learn new things, and give you even more mental tools to help you think "out of the proverbial box" (Tools we usually promptly put INTO our mental tool-BOX ;)

    The only down-side to this book was the audio quality... I usually download the "Enhanced" Audio Quality of each book and let it auto-download into my iPhone. The Audio quality of this selection was scratchy and slightly distorted at times, HOWEVER the Story and Narration were AWESOME! I don't know if the Audio quality was from the recording, or if I just noticed it so badly because the Enhanced Format allows you to hear every flaw... Kinda like listening to a song of a favorite older music group that has been transferred onto digital media from the original (old) Studio Tapes (even though this is a newer book)... Or maybe I just somehow got a bad download (I guess it could happen)...

    Whatever the reason for the bad sound quality, it's gets a bit better, and "The STORY" is what's important! I got so wrapped up in the story that I didn't notice the sound quality any more.

    As is always the case when finishing a great book, "I wish there was a second book"!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Oracle: Merkiaari Wars, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Deep under The Mountain on Snakeholme, vast computer networks are running simulations, but they're flawed and General Burgton's self imposed mission to safeguard the Alliance is in jeopardy. Without reliable intelligence, he cannot protect the Alliance from itself, let alone the Merkiaari.

    Trip Williams says: "Even Better"
    "Even Better"
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    Again, Nothing "Deep and Mind Twisting", but decent Space Combat Sci-Fi with Aliens and Bio-Armor, etc, if you like that sort of thing (Which I do).

    Book 3 is Better than Book 2, which in turn is better than book 1 ;)

    Book 3 starts out a little, I dunno.. let's say "At a skill level comparable to Book 1", but then it quickly gets better.. the writer seems to improve and refine his skills with each new book. The Clumsy Start MAY be due to some sections that are "Cut and Paste" right out of the previous books in the series, mostly when reiterating past events for people who may not have read the First books in the series.

    I just hit the halfway mark in Book 4, and popped over here to see if there was a book 5 by chance (HEY! It CAN happen! I had it happen once before... no lie! ;)

    It's a bit strange how the author sets up a MAJOR set of events, and then cuts away from them leaving loose ends that you are SURE he's going to come back to, and then suddenly he's setting up an entirely NEW series of events (Some even have totally new characters), which also kinda gets left hanging when he starts a NEW Branch of adventure down yet another path... I hope he ties all of these previous dangling ends together rather than just popping back to the same setting and it being "Several Months Later" (Which has happened a few times, right when you're expecting to read about a major battle).

    I have to admit, at times I found myself thinking, "YES! We KNOW you know a LOT of cool character names, Stop naming everyone and GET ON WITH THE STORY!!!"

    If you're hanging in there with the series past book one, the series DOES get significantly better with each new book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Price Honour: Merkiaari Wars, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Only by the grace of God and the use of Nanotechnology were they defeated. The result of that Nanotech? Vipers, a regiment of super soldiers tasked with protecting the Alliance and annihilating the Merki. It was a job they performed with distinction, a job they completed almost two centuries ago. A job that cost them their humanity.

    Trip Williams says: "Much Better!"
    "Much Better!"
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    I found book one pretty shallow and even more like Sci-Fi for the very young (subtracting a few profanities).. Still it kept me listening and I bought book 2, hoping the series would get better.

    It did!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

    J. Minkman says: "Gripping sci-fi story"
    "Lite Sci-Fi"
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    Up front, no mind-twisting serious depth here, and many plot and execution flaws... but somehow it kept me smiling and listening. I hate to say I keep thinking of it as "Young/Juvenile Science Fiction", but that's how it feels to me. Part of me wants to say "Shallow", but a bigger part enjoyed it. I've bought Book 2, So I guess buying the next book in the series is proof that there is enough here to keep me listening, while hoping the story line matures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (593)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Chad says: "Simmons' Magnum Opus"
    "4 hours of action, packed into 30 hours!"
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    This is a hard book to review, considering I have more than 4 straight days of listening time invested in the series (Something like 97 hours total?)... But I came away from 'The Rise Of Endymion' with a strong sense of '4 hours of action inside of 30 hours of book'... it's very... wordy.

    Not saying it's not worth listening to, it's very well worth the time, but some long parts of it are dragged way out (hours)... I feel like I attended Earth Day at a 'Running Man' festival, held on the home-site of a commune, with the 28+ year old hero being dragged around emotionally (and physically) by a 12 year old girl, for no real reason, while having The Wizard Of Oz banged into my head as we tool around in a flying Kayak after leaving the Hippies, while the author tries to convince me that he's really a master poet disguising his work in far flung Sci-Fi...

    If that sounds confusing, you're getting my point. I see the deep symbolism the author is trying to convey, but not quite pulling off believably, due, among other things, to the strange lurches in technology. Once you've demonstrated the miraculous medical abilities of a culture, it's hard to listen to an hour of detailed descriptions of the hero being laid low by Kidney Stones. That sort of thing, combined with obvious points were the author seems to have abruptly trimmed long 'side-adventures' from the original text, really dampened my enjoyment and the flow of the book (Trimming the side-adventures was wise, but it was kind of abrupt just mentioning that you 'wanted to tell about them, but decided not to'). I also kinda dislike books that waste a lot of time by having the same events told from the point of view of each different character, one after another, in excruciating detail.

    I guess I gave the 'series' a '4' overall, when I probably would have given this book in the series a 3 as a standalone book. When this happens in other series' I always feel like someone said, "Heh, just toss whatever into it, they've invested this much time in the series, so they'll buy this book in the series too'. I feel like this book contained an excellent Sci-Fi idea, but got 'fleshed out' way too much with the mundane. I'm not trying to be flippant when I say that the abridged version of this book is probably a real nail-biter.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7693)
    Performance
    (5293)
    Story
    (5331)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "For YEARS I Missed THIS ONE???"
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    I bought this book a few years ago, along with a flurry of others, in preparation for a lengthy trip overseas. Somehow THIS book got lost in the Chaos and sat in my Library, Forgotten, for YEARS. Then I experienced one of those "Can't Find A New Book That Looks Good Right Now" Slump, and was browsing back in my library as far as 2004 hoping to find a book that maybe I had "Put Off For Later" or something... and stumbled upon this one again. I THOUGHT I had already listened to it, but I couldn't remember the plot, and even the Publisher's description wasn't ringing any bells for me... "OK, Time To Listen To THAT One Again, At Least Until I Recognize It..."

    ...by about the 2nd hour of this book, I realized this was one of those "I Put It Off For Later, Or Something" books I had been looking for... By the 20th HOUR of this book, I COULD NOT BELIEVE that this Jewel had been sitting, LOST, in my library all that time!!!! By the 30th hour, I was watching the clock in a 'lack of sleep haze', dreading every minute that went by, knowing the book was getting ever-closer to ENDING! By the 40th Hour, I was throwing a dart into a picture of Einstein on my Dartboard every 15 minutes, because I was SURE it had to be one of HIS stupid theories about time/space that was responsible for time seeming to move FASTER as the end the book got closer, Especially after I checked the 'net and found out the next book wasn't available, and there wasn't even any info about a possible second book's release date!! (There HAS to be a "Time/Space/Book-Ending Correlation Law of the Universe" we just haven't discovered yet!)

    Surprisingly, I wasn't so badly upset when the book DID end after 45 HOURS, because I realized I was going to HAVE to listen to this book again to refresh my memory about the series when a release date for a second book got close, Not to mention that I was SURE I was missing important chunks of the book due to stupid interruptions ("I have to eat... AGAIN?!?!?"), and sleep deprivation!

    FANTASTIC Book!!!! Doubly so, since I usually don't like "This kind of book", being more of a "Hard Corp Sci-Fi Aliens/Hi-Tech/Strange-Planets/Warfare" fan... Which this book kinda IS, While NOT being...

    And NOW I'm Procrastinating as hard as possible, doing things like writing this review for Book 1, because I only have 6 Hours and 19 Minutes left in the SECOND book (which is over FORTY EIGHT HOURS long, and even better than the first book!)... Need to print out another picture of Einstein!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (234)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Lori H says: "Like nails on a chalkboard..."
    "LOVED the New Narrator!"
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    I just DO NOT give "5's" Lightly!!!! Been with Audible OVER 10 Years, and have HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS of Books in my Library as a Platinum Member (And DO NOT put a "Buy Extra Credits at this special Price" offer in front of me unless you mean it, because I'll Punch THAT ad button as many times as it's put in front of me!) Point being, My Wife and I Listen to books ALMOST CONSTANTLY! We KNOW what we like (and what we DON'T)...

    Now, I know I won't get many "Helpful Votes" for this review, because for some reason it seems many people REALLY have strong feelings about the new Narrator... I don't like it when a new Narrator jumps into an established book (We're talking, what, investing OVER 150 Hours of your life to listen to this ENTIRE Series???)... HOWEVER, everyone seems to agree that THIS is the way to "Write a New Universe" and to tell the story of the MANY various people and cultures!!! The STORY is what is so great about this series!

    I LIKE the "New" narrator (David Colacci) who took over narration when the author changed publishers! While I liked the original Narrator (George Guidall, Who does a FANTASTIC JOB in the first few books!), once I got used to Colacci doing the reading, I started REALLY liking his style, and the New accents he introduces! I find that it became MUCH easier to tell one Race (or even each "Person") apart from the others, just by the WAY each race (or person) speaks, with racial accents, the way one race adds different inflections to words, etc... It just seemed TO ME that it became easier to keep up with "who is who" without having to back up every 30 minutes because I'd missed a character change (or even a change is Races) and didn't realize it. This is the FIRST book I can think of off the top of my head where "Changing established narrators once the Series is pretty far along, actually ended up being a little BETTER overall"... Good enough that I started giving "5 stars for all three Categories ("Overall", "Performance", and "Story"), straight across the board"!

    Anyway... I know others disagree, but give the new narrator a fair chance, and get on with listening to THE STORY! IT - IS - HUGE! It encompasses the entire "Spiral Arm" during a time of turmoil, and THIS series is "It's saga"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Brian says: "RAW!! REFRESHING AND SOMETIMES BRUTAL!!!!"
    "HARD CORP Descriptive Sex Warning!"
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    I've always been a huge fan of Ringo's books, and was glad to see Audible getting a lot more of his works on the site! (Thanks Audible!) I'm not sure though how this series is really, well, "Sci-Fi"... I guess there IS Science involved, and Fiction, but it's mostly "Near Current Times, Hard Corp Military Fiction". Which is fine by me, but if you're looking for Space Ships and Far-Futuristic Science Tech, "No so much"...

    I've met Mr. Ringo many times, and been involved in "Extensive Pool-Side Conversations" at Dragon-Con and other such events with Mr. Ringo and many other Fans of his work, as well as a few "Sci-Fi personalities" that stopped by to join in from time to time.. We share a strikingly similar past (He was at Bragg, I was at Benning), and seem to even still tromp over the same ground while vacationing (passed him once in the Caribbean, and I think my last trip to Europe, from London to Rome and back, via Gibraltar and various Ports along the way, saw me get home about the time I heard Mr. Ringo was headed over there)... We even seem to have the same eclectic tastes in music and movies and books, not to mention I own a largish Mountain Top Ranch in SC that gets pretty much "Landed On" in one of his other Series of Books when the Posleen land and attack Northeast Ga, Northwestern SC, NC, etc.. ;) So I'm no stranger to the MANY various "out there things" that get discussed in VERY Well-Researched Detail when it comes to Mr. Ringo's Books...

    But the B&D and S&M Hard Corp Descriptive Sex Scenes in THIS particular Series of books may catch you by surprise if you're not ready for them, and may cause a few folks to want to "Skip This One".. My Wife listens to the same books I do on our iPhones, and at one point she started laughing loudly, removed her ear buds, and said, "I SWEAR I think John's throwing in some of these descriptive sex scenes just to hear Audible's Narrator have to read them out loud to the public"... I don't think that's why he went "all out" on the DETAILED descriptions, but I also wouldn't put something like that past him if it crossed his mind to do so ;)

    The Narrator of this Series, Jeremy Arthur, really does an outstanding job though! I HAD to rate the Narration on the whole series 5 Stars, even if it had been only for the way Mr. Arthur gets through many "difficult" parts without so much as a stutter! Luckily, that wasn't the only reason I gave his Narration 5 Stars, he really does a great job all through the Series, especially with his exacting diction, and even using the proper dialects, of the foreign languages! I can't say I've ever heard a Narrator use different Accents between a character from around Moscow, and then change the Russian accent to the one used by characters from closer to the "Georgia Area" (The Country, not the State)... That was even more "Over the Top" than the precise Military Details in the "over the top" action all through this series! Mr. Arthur can even "Becky Ara-bee" (and Farsi, etc ;) convincingly! I have to say I'm highly impressed by the effort he obviously put into "getting things right" in his Narration!

    If you like Military Sci-Fi, as I do, then you'll probably highly enjoy this series (as I have).. But if you're turned off by long and VERY descriptive Hard Corp Sex scenes, you probably won't get very far into Book 1. You know the sex is over the top when THAT is mostly what you discuss in your review, while seeming to forget to mention "getting smacked in the face by bone fragments and someone's intestines" ;)
    Definitely "NOT For the Kiddies"!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Unto the Breach: Paladin of Shadows, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    Michael Harmon has been there and done that. Rescued co-eds, killed major terrorists, stopped nuclear assaults. Now he'd just like to kick back and relax with his harem of lovelies. Unfortunately, the world keeps turning. Mike and the Keldara are back tracking down terrorists, rogue Russian bio-scientists and the doomsday weapon to end all doomsday weapons. It's going to take some very tough, hard and nasty people to stop the end of the world. Fortunately, there's Mike Harmon.

    Trip Williams says: "Hard Corp B&D, S&M Scenes"
    "Hard Corp B&D, S&M Scenes"
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    I've always been a huge fan of Ringo's books, and was glad to see Audible getting a lot more of his works on the site! (Thanks Audible!) I'm not sure though how this series is really, well, "Sci-Fi"... I guess there IS Science involved, and Fiction, but it's mostly "Near Current Times, Hard Corp Military Fiction". Which is fine by me, but if you're looking for Space Ships and Far-Futuristic Science Tech, "No so much"...

    I've met Mr. Ringo many times, and been involved in "Extensive Pool-Side Conversations" at Dragon-Con and other such events with Mr. Ringo and many other Fans of his work, as well as a few "Sci-Fi personalities" that stopped by to join in from time to time.. We share a strikingly similar past (He was at Bragg, I was at Benning), and seem to even still tromp over the same ground while vacationing (passed him once in the Caribbean, and I think my last trip to Europe, from London to Rome and back, via Gibraltar and various Ports along the way, saw me get home about the time I heard Mr. Ringo was headed over there)... We even seem to have the same eclectic tastes in music and movies and books, not to mention I own a largish Mountain Top Ranch in SC that gets pretty much "Landed On" in one of his other Series of Books when the Posleen land and attack Northeast Ga, Northwestern SC, NC, etc.. ;) So I'm no stranger to the MANY various "out there things" that get discussed in VERY Well-Researched Detail when it comes to Mr. Ringo's Books...

    But the B&D and S&M Hard Corp Descriptive Sex Scenes in THIS particular Series of books may catch you by surprise if you're not ready for them, and may cause a few folks to want to "Skip This One".. My Wife listens to the same books I do on our iPhones, and at one point she started laughing loudly, removed her ear buds, and said, "I SWEAR I think John's throwing in some of these descriptive sex scenes just to hear Audible's Narrator have to read them out loud to the public"... I don't think that's why he went "all out" on the DETAILED descriptions, but I also wouldn't put something like that past him if it crossed his mind to do so ;)

    The Narrator of this Series, Jeremy Arthur, really does an outstanding job though! I HAD to rate the Narration on the whole series 5 Stars, even if it had been only for the way Mr. Arthur gets through many "difficult" parts without so much as a stutter! Luckily, that wasn't the only reason I gave his Narration 5 Stars, he really does a great job all through the Series, especially with his exacting diction, and even using the proper dialects, of the foreign languages! I can't say I've ever heard a Narrator use different Accents between a character from around Moscow, and then change the Russian accent to the one used by characters from closer to the "Georgia Area" (The Country, not the State)... That was even more "Over the Top" than the precise Military Details in the "over the top" action all through this series! Mr. Arthur can even "Becky Ara-bee" (and Farsi, etc ;) convincingly! I have to say I'm highly impressed by the effort he obviously put into "getting things right" in his Narration!

    If you like Military Sci-Fi, as I do, then you'll probably highly enjoy this series (as I have).. But if you're turned off by long and VERY descriptive Hard Corp Sex scenes, you probably won't get very far into Book 1. You know the sex is over the top when THAT is mostly what you discuss in your review, while seeming to forget to mention "getting smacked in the face by bone fragments and someone's intestines" ;)
    Definitely "NOT For the Kiddies"!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Watch on the Rhine: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (168)

    The invaders are coming; the Posleen, a seemingly unstoppable horde who have conquered one star system after another, literally feeding on their conquests. Earth's dubious allies, the Darhel, have given the humans a number of highly-advanced technological devices, including a process for rejuvenating the aged, including trained and proven soldiers who otherwise would be too old to fight. Rejuvenation may give a critical edge, since to survive, the Earth must use every resource at hand.

    William says: "The German Perspective"
    "Good, Just not on a par with the rest"
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    I had listened to the entire "Legacy Of The Aldenata" series EXCEPT for "Yellow Eyes" (The Panamanian Perspective) and this book ("Watch On The Rhine", The German Perspective).. I skipped these two books initially because many reviewers said that they didn't add a lot to the Series as a whole, and it seemed to me that a lot of people were just skipping over these two books, so I skipped them also to get straight back to the Main Story Lines in the later books in the series ... I know, I know, Like your Mom used to say, "If everyone else jumped off a Bridge, would you jump off too"? WELL OF COURSE I WOULD (and HAVE.. Bridge Day in West Virginia.. uhhh on second thought, let's not discuss that)...

    Anyway, When you listen to as many books a month as I do, for as many years as I have, you tend to run out of books that seem to interest you pretty quickly... It also seems to me that once GOOD authors start making money, they seem to just quit writing as much (until they need money again), so I find I go through long periods of "Book Slumps" where I can't find anything that interests me.... During one such Book Slump, I went back and picked up "Yellow Eyes" and found that I enjoyed it A LOT... Since I enjoyed Yellow Eyes, I figured maybe I'd enjoy Watch on the Rhine also (Hey, "It's Ringo", how far wrong can you go?)

    It's a decent book. Not nearly as good as the rest of the books in the series, and it seems to wander in places, but it did hold my attention pretty well... I had to back up a few times and try to get some events straight in my mind, some parts seemed to be just "Stuck in the book as filler" with no real purpose otherwise, but after I finished it, I came away wishing there were MORE books left in the Aldenata series (and then getting bummed by knowing that there aren't any more books in the series to listen to now)...

    ...and I just had a feeling that if the Earth was desperate enough to "Rejuvenate Very Old Soldiers" to fill the ranks needed to fight the war, that SOME of the Rejuves in the German Forces were GOING to be Hard-Corp Nazis, with a hidden agenda to bring back "the Glory Days of the Master Race" now that they're young again... Yep, knew that was coming... HOWEVER, Ringo handled that VERY touchy and sensitive subject VERY well!! I was impressed with his handling of the problem, especially since Ringo doesn't mind "offending delicate sensibilities" just for the Sheer Joy of doing it.. which is one reason I like his work so much.. Life isn't always fair, the righteous don't always win, the bad guys don't always "Get what's coming to them", Crime OFTEN DOES Pay, etc... that's just the real world, and Ringo seldom shies away from pointing those facts out, and using them in his books.

    As many other reviewers pointed out, Watch On The Rhine doesn't add a lot to the LONG Aldenata Series, and you don't miss out on much (if anything) if you skip it while listening to the rest of the series, but it's an enjoyable read even as just a "Stand Alone" book based in the Universe of the Aldenata

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  • Yellow Eyes: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (146)
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    The Posleen are coming and the models all say the same thing: Without the Panama Canal, the US is doomed to starvation and defeat. Despite being overstretched preparing to defend the US, the military sends everything it has left: A handful of advanced Armored Combat Suits, rejuvenated veterans from the many decades that Panama was a virtual colony and three antiquated warships. Other than that, the Panamanians are on their own.

    Colin says: "Earth is defended and the Posleen are gone"
    "Glad I went back and picked it up"
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    While listening to the original LONG series of books, I decided to skip this book since I didn't think I'd be all that interested in the "Panamanian perspective"... I'm glad I went back and picked it up (WELL after I finished the rest of the series)... It's every bit as good as the rest of the books!!

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