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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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FOLLOWERS
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  • The Frozen Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Amy H. Sturgis
    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
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1985)
    Story
    (1982)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "Loved it!"
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    While I am reminded of Joe Abercrombe's books (Which I like), I like Ryan's writing style much better! It's hard to describe, but Ryan's action scenes and battlefields feel "Real" in both size and scope. I don't feel like a massive battle, covering huge areas, is more like a small fight in one small field or small town. You get the actual feel of "Large Spaces" and "Big Countries".. Riders can't just seem to "Ride Hard" and be on the other side of the Battle/Country in 10 minutes.

    I also like his knowledge concerning weapons, tactics, and how happy, carefree, people steadily become "Hardened", and then "MORE hardened" by experiences and training... I dislike tales where a "hero" just suddenly picks up a weapon and magically becomes "The Battle Hardened Savior" in a few days or weeks... things like that just don't happen in real life, and the journey to be "Hard Enough" to do things that HAVE to be done takes time and experience (I wish I didn't know).

    Ryan's details are excellent and realistic (Within a Fantasy Setting). As an example of what I mean, I am reminded of an original painting I own, hanging in my office, which is AWESOME and Beautiful, but the Female Warrior in the Painting is holding her Two-Handed Sword with her right hand jammed up hard against the bottom of the Cross-Guard, and her left hand is jammed tightly against the bottom of her right hand on the Sword's hilt. She also has none of the thousands of scars that are inevitable on the hands of anyone that has seriously trained to fight with knives, swords, or any other "Hand Weapon" (Another detail I wish I didn't know personally). My 12 Year Old Daughter (My Youngest) looked at the painting not long ago and said, "Dad, this painting has always bugged me... She doesn't even know how to hold her sword" (Not sure HOW I feel about THAT yet.. but NONE of MY Four children will ever be kidnapped or abused!). When a decently trained 12 Year Old can pick out that kind of detail, then a writer who crafts stories for Adults should know those details also!

    Same for "Horses", if you're going to use them in your works, then you should know the animals, as well as what they CAN, and CAN'T, really do (We own a Horse Ranch, So I do know a little about them)... Ryan DOES know those types of details, and he effortlessly crafts them into his works! THAT is impressive! Maybe that's one of the reasons his Stories seem so realistic... it's aggravating when you NEED to get someplace in a hurry on Horse-Back, and your horse can't keep up a full gallop for NEARLY as long as they do in many movies and stories... they get tired, they need rest, they need food and water and a lot of "Upkeep", both on, and off, the trail... EVERY horse has it's own unique personality, just as people do. My large male Quarter Horse, "Bandit", will steal "treats" out of your Cargo Pockets without you even knowing he's emptied your pockets (thus his name)! Knowing that, would you want to ride my horse named "Temper"? Again, ALL of this is the type of detail that Ryan relates in his books! Impressive!

    Why do I think these details are important? Because we learn from our experiences and the things we read. I met MANY soldiers in the Military who made classic mistakes because they "Learned" what they THOUGHT were "Skills" from Reading books and watching movies... it takes a long time to UNLEARN this type of mistaken (and dangerous) "Pre-Concepted Skill". I know about "Artistic License" and "Moving the story along", but Ryan seems to be able to incorporate correct details, and use them to make his stories BETTER, so why can't other writers?

    As usual, Steven Brand does an EXCELLENT job of Narration. Sometimes it can be a little hard to realize a new person is suddenly talking, or WHO that new person is, but if you pay attention and get your mind back on the book, you easily figure it out, and realize that maybe you just weren't paying as close attention as you should have. I found this actually helped keep my focus on the story-line, since focus can easily wander a little when listening to 23-24 HOURS worth of book! Whatever the reason, his style of narration works, and works well!

    As I write this I'm almost finished with Book 2, "Tower Lord", Which is even better than book 1! So you have THAT to look forward to if you like "Blood Song".

    WELL DONE!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1372)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Laughed until I couldn't breathe"
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    First off, "Pure Sanderson"! Probably one of the best writers of the Fantasy Genre, if not *THE* best, and continuously getting better! As usual he lead my moods and expectations down a path of his own making, and by now I know better than to even TRY to figure out in advance where that path is leading.

    This is a Young Adult Book, however it doesn't detract from the story for adults that I could tell (Or maybe I should contemplate more on my own maturity ;)

    At times I found myself DEEPLY engrossed in the tales of Battles out in "Nebrask", guts and muscles clenched, actually worrying for the characters while a soldier describes the scene of the men battling for their lives after they are cut off from the main force; listening to the Teller's description of the battle fortifications and the terror and desperate fighting of the Soldiers, the enemy hordes attacking them again and again, the bravery of the men in the face of the inevitable defeat and horrible death... and then it's mentioned AGAIN that the "Attackers" are "2-Diminsional Chalk Figures Drawn On The Ground"... Every time this happened my worry vanished and I burst into laughter, and thought "He's done it to me again!" I mean, a Garden Hose could have wiped out the "attackers"! I still chuckle thinking about it! I kept skipping backward trying to see WHERE and HOW in the story Sanderson got me so engrossed and personally involved in a particular section!

    I always have to ask.. "WHERE does he come up with his material???" Sanderson's ideas are just NOT "Something I've seen before in other books"; His work doesn't fit into ANY mold of writing style, and it doesn't fit into ANY single genre! Every time I pop onto Audible now (Almost Daily), I look for a new work by Sanderson... in my mind, he's a Master of his trade in every sense of the word! He's "One Of A Kind"

    I've just quit saying "I DON'T generally like Fantasy Novels", because Sanderson has made a total liar out of me since I found his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spheres of Heaven: Chan Dalton, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Pacifist aliens who hold Earth under quarantine want Chan Dalton to find out why their starships are disappearing. But the aliens are opposed to taking intelligent life, even in self-defense. When Dalton discovers hostile invaders, he must choose between fighting, losing the stars forever, or letting the enemy destroy Earth.

    Trip Williams says: ""Sheffield", but not his usual standard"
    ""Sheffield", but not his usual standard"
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    I've listened to everything Charles Sheffield has written as far as I know, and this left me feeling like it just wandered around, not doing anything, waiting for action that doesn't come due all of the "Restrictions" imposed by other "Advanced Races" that just don't make sense after reading the First Book in this Series...

    To me it felt like Sheffield was just trying to get something out for sale without the usual thought put into it. The physics are highly discussed, but simple things like "Radio Communication Underwater between two people is impossible while wearing space suits". Radio propagation is suddenly "Line of Sight Only" (When it's convenient for the plot line). An ocean of "Heavy Water" doesn't allow sound to travel (Sound waves underwater actually travel FASTER than they do in air, yet in this book sound doesn't travel in the water at all, even though it's more dense than Earth's Ocean water). There are just a LOT of flaws that Sheffield usually doesn't make in his books.

    All of the Characters are either Shivering Drug Addicts, or Recovering Addicts, OR their "Skills" are gone into with WAY too much detail, and then they aren't used AT ALL in the book.. in fact those characters just seem to be in the way. The characters just all felt "Flat" to me, and many are simply dropped from the story line with nothing more than an occasional mention of them from time to time. We follow a "Weapons Master" who contributes NOTHING to the story line, other than to give two more characters (A Magician and her Male Friend that can talk to animals, even though they never once use those skills) a sharp device so they can make an escape, and even THOSE characters are never used for anything at all, since ABSOLUTELY NO "Violence" can be used by humans. Hate to say this, and don't think I ever have before, but I'm glad there's no book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voidhawk

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jason Halstead
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Too young and naive to care about the tensions between nations, Dexter Silverhawk considered himself the luckiest man alive when he found a derelict voidship hidden amongst some asteroids. Making it void-worthy and finding a crew to sail it seem like minor problems when he ends up in a Federation prison. Rotting in a communal cell, his luck shows a fickle side when a mysterious elven woman is thrust into into his life. Helping her fend off an assault Dexter quickly learns that her mind and her tongue are weapons against which he has little defense.

    cindilla says: "Wild, Weird and Wonderful!"
    "Abandon Physics, All Ye Who Enter"
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    Cute, during a Book Slump when I can't find much good that I haven't already read or heard...

    Funny, As I listened to this, I kept hearing "Take My Love, Take My Land..." in the back of my mind.. I guess it's "Funny" because I own "Serenity Ranch, On Serenity Mountain" (so OF COURSE there's a "Serenity Valley") ;) I think you could follow this book along and name every Episode in the action.

    Take the Races from Middle Earth, Set them on a Firefly-Class Transport (It's NOT really a "Firefly Class Transport", but it's definitely NOT an "Ant Class", or "Gnat Class" either), Take some action scenes from "Tremors", and dialog from MANY Short-Running Cult Classic TV Series (and a dead Jedi or Two) and put them together with NO "Physics".

    Instead of the Universe being governed by "Physics", you have "Magic". Instead of "Space" you have "The Void"... think of it as "Space Lite"... Your "Void Ships" are Wooden Ships with Sails that fly through the Void via "Magic", but OF COURSE your ship is also a "Water Boat" and a "Covered Wagon".

    In "The Void" everything has it's own gravity (no matter how large or small) and that gravity somehow causes a bubble of air to form around everything (Just get rid of all those "pesky problems" and get on with the action, Right? ;) ). You need a lot of money desperately, except that you always seem to have the ready gold to hand when it's needed to pay for those pesky supplies and repairs ("Money" falls under the category of "Pesky Problems" ) ;)

    Lots of "Family Feelings" and "Feelings Of Belonging", Aboard.

    I kept thinking "It's a Book, about Books/Movies inspired by Wars". J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by his experiences before, during, and after, World War One. Whereas "Firefly" was Inspired by the American Civil War, and Zombie Movies were first inspired by people who saw the aftermaths of several wars...

    The Narration was a bit strange.. "Saw" becomes "Saur", and an "R" seems to find it's way into every "W" as the Narrator tires before each stopping point.. but that's trivial. I DO wish the Narrator had better recording equipment... For some reason it makes me antsy to hear someone breathing in my ear before I go to sleep listening to a book, and the "P's" pop from time to time, along with some other things that are usually filtered out.

    Dunno why it's listed as "Science Fiction" since A LOT of work went into removing ALL "Science" from the story.. Maybe "Void Fantasy" would be a better genre for this to be in ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Convergence: The Heritage Universe, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Humans first reached out to the stars traveling at a painfully slow sublight crawl - then they found the Bose network, which allowed ships to jump instantaneously from one node in the galactic arm to another. Once in the network they found the Artifacts: enigmatic structures, millions of years old, left by a vanished race. Incomprehensible to both human and non-human minds, the Artifacts seemingly defy natural law.

    Donald says: "Singularity of Thought"
    "Deep, As Always"
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    Sheffield didn't know the meaning of the word "Shallow". Some of his SF may seem to be Simplistic, but it's NEVER Shallow... Thoughts within thoughts, puzzles inside of puzzles, he could lead you as far as you cared to follow in his writing.. There's always another layer...

    ... and lots of "Lists" ;)

    Sad to see that Audible doesn't have the 5th (and last) book in the series, "Resurgence"...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Between the Stars: The Saga of Shadows, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Space opera of galactic proportions"
    "Crank It Up Again!"
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    My wife and I both liked the Original "Saga Of The Seven Suns" Series, so I grabbed this book the moment it became available... It picks up about 20-25 years after the last book in the Original Series.

    MANY of the same Characters, same villains and threats, with new threats and plot twists thrown in... That may sound like "more of the same", and while I guess it is, it's not really... If you wanted MORE after the original series (which WE DID!), here it is, Cranking it all up again!

    I like that there's not a LOT of "Set Up" since the Author seems to assume readers have read the Original Series... He just gets right into "The Continuing Saga". The threats from the Original Series that were just hinted at, turn into REAL nightmares, even as old nightmares return to Haunt Humanity (and every other Race) AGAIN!

    Anderson is GREAT at juggling a LOT of Characters and Events, all at the same time, while "Keeping Things Moving Along At A Good Clip". Every time I think "NO WAY is he going to be able to keep on throwing in NEW problems, and NEW threats, and be able to control the whole story", but he DOES!

    Narration was VERY good!

    I just REALLY wish the "Compi-Companions" had a slot to plug in extra memory capacity, and a way to back-up their older memories and such so they don't have to delete their Memories if they need to load up instructions to learn to operate a new space craft, etc... Kinda breaks my heart for them to have to delete their Memories of an Owner's Childhood to make room for loading up a new skill-set.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starliner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Aaron Abano
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Six thousand lives in a single hull, trembling through multiple universes to land on raw, often violent worlds, each with its own history and wonder. The Empress of Earth - neutral pawn in an interstellar war! When hostile necessity knows no law, Ran Colville and the rest of the complement of the Empress of Earth must bring home their ship and the passengers entrusted to them.

    SGL says: "The Empress of Earth"
    "Not Sure WHAT To Think Really..."
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    I'm not really sure WHAT to think about this book... I like most of what Drake writes, but this one feels a little disjointed and outright strange at times. I was left with the impression that someone had just finished a Cruise in the Caribbean, and tried to turn it into small collection of Mini-Stories set as a Sci-Fi Space-Opera... kinda left with the feeling that each different 'Island' visited on the Caribbean Cruise got turned into a different 'Planet' to make up a few Mini-Sci-Fi Stories that are kinda strung together as a whole...

    Upon reflection, I got the impression of a Cruise Line Purser who suddenly turns into some sort of secret deadly agent at times. Some of the 'Mini-Stories' that make up the book don't seem to go anywhere, and the Characters that make up those mini-stories just vanish from the book with no explanations given...

    I would think "Well, THAT Explains It" if someone said David had gone on a 7 day Caribbean Cruise and turned it into a set of Space Sci-Fi Stories to write the cost off as a business expense... I doubt that's the case, but that's just the"After-Impression" I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Islands of Rage & Hope: Black Tide Rising, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a rag-tag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away. Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....

    Manuel says: "there is no such thing as overkill..."
    "Straight Through Listen, TWICE"
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    I pre-ordered this book when the release date was announced, and kept checking my library on my Audible iPhone App all through the early morning hours of the release date... When the book hit my library about 5AM (IIRC) I stopped the book I was listening to, and started listening to this one... and I kept on listening, STRAIGHT THROUGH... I finally got some sleep, and when I woke up, I Started listening to it AGAIN, to be SURE I hadn't missed anything the first time through... It's THAT Good!!!!

    Ringo can get "Really Out There" sometimes, no matter what subject matter he's decided to "Go Out There ON" at the time, but THIS book was a perfect balance of Classic Ringo at his best! Not for the Kiddies, but also not an instruction manual on hard-corp B&D, or Over-The-Top CONSTANT 'Slaughter-For-Hire', as some of his books tend to get at times.... Just LOTS of GREAT, GORY, Zombie Killing! There's also a GREAT mix of Humor, and seriousness, and you KNOW you're going to miss the characters when the book is finished... My Wife and I usually listen to 'Really Good Audible Books' at the same time, so we were CONSTANTLY discussing good parts of this book back and forth while working and listening..

    I JUST finished my second 'Listen' of this book, ending the second time through this morning while out on the Eastern area our ranch, running 'Split-Loom Cable Covering' on about a Quarter Mile of Cables that run from the house, out to our Automatic Driveway Gates up here at the top of our Mountain... I HATE running Split-Loom over multiple Data and Power Cables (There is no more tedious job ON EARTH!), but when the book ended, I was stunned to find that I was within 10 minutes of FINISHING the entire job! The time went by THAT fast while working on THAT tedious job, and listening to this awesome book! That's "Totally Absorbed!" Can't ask for much better than THAT!

    Narration was Fantastic, Accents VERY well done, Languages and Dialects so well done I could almost picture the home location of the people speaking the languages used within 100 miles of where they would have learned to speak it! I don't know HOW Ringo gets Narrators with that ability, but I've commented on it in reviews of SEVERAL of his other books! Jeremy Arthur does a FANTASTIC Job with his dialects in Ringo's "Paladin Of Shadows" Series... and Tristan Morris NAILS the languages in THIS book!

    VERY Well Done All The Way Around!!

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  • Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By David deVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (275)

    The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

    Paul says: "What Happened?"
    "Currie is hitting his Stride"
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    I said after book 2 that Mr Currie was getting better with each book.. I think he's hitting his stride now! I know I enjoyed it more than I may have normally, since I just came off a LONG spree of "Fantasy Books" (Which I normally don't like), and so the "Space Warfare and Powered Battle Armor" was JUST what I needed to get back into enjoying Sci-Fi!

    I guess I could pick apart some technical details, but Hey, if I'm willing to believe in Monstrous Space Ships and Interplanetary Warfare, I think I can accept a few far-fetch technical details ;)

    I have to admire David deVries for taking on the Narration of this book after Benjamin Darcie did the other 3 books. That HAS to be a daunting task to take over narration after another narrator is already established. I have to also give him credit for not trying to imitate Darcie's Narration Style, and sticking to his own style.. that HAS to be a hard thing to do, knowing that fans of the book are going to compare his narration to the previous Narrator everyone has gotten used to. Cudos for doing a good job reading the book, and for having the guts to take over the Narration.. a LOT of Professional Narrators simply WON'T take over Narrating an established series.

    WELL Worth the Credit, and I'll be waiting for a "Book 5"!!!!!

    1 of 1 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
    (224)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    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.

    C. Hartmann says: "TWO (!!) audiobooks this year get SIX stars"
    "Not bad!"
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    The Book has a "BattleStar Galactica" theme to it, but the story is told from a "British Royal Navy" viewpoint, which I actually liked a lot. We're used to "The USA Leading The Way", and in this tale the British Navy leads the effort using a Mothballed "Space Carrier Fleet" that was thought to be obsolete due to it's thick Metal Armor (Rather than the Newer "Force Armor" used by all of the Earth's Various Countries in their Modern Carriers and War Ships)... Same for the Old Ship's "Obsolete Solid Projectile Weapons". When the Aliens show up, they are pretty equal to Earth's Forces in Technology, and they are ready to easily defeat the Earth's Newest Technology, but they have NO experience with Ballistic Projectiles, and Thick Steel Armor that doesn't fail when electronic circuits in a ship are fried by Pulse Weapons and/or EMP devices...

    This story COULD have easily been unbelievable and cheesy, but Mr. Nuttal does an EXCELLENT job keeping the story believable, fresh, and moving along at a good pace. History buffs will enjoy seeing some famous "British Wet Navy Tactics" used for Space Warfare by the Captain of the old Carrier. I also liked the Dry British Humor, and classic understatements when discussing actions and events.

    Let me also say that Ralph Lister does an EXCELLENT job Narrating the book... He just NAILS the accents, and droll humor, perfectly! He sounds like he really enjoys reading this book, which always makes a book flow MUCH better overall. I HAD to give Mr. Lister 5 Stars for his Narration!

    I think I especially like the fact that there are no "Miracles" to save the old Ship.. Just a Captain doing the best he can, with what he's got, and knowing his ship so thoroughly that he can use it's MANY quirks to his advantage when the fighting starts. He depends on his subordinates to do THEIR jobs, and to train the Rookies each time they get new personnel on-board.

    I'm currently about half way through Book 2, and am enjoying it also!

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