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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
    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
  • 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
    (172)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (163)

    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
    (86)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5926)
    Performance
    (5534)
    Story
    (5552)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "He did it to me again!"
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    I just DO NOT give out 5 Stars, and I DO NOT like this genre... Except that I can't ever seem to give a book by Sanderson LESS than 5 Stars across the board, and he keeps me coming back to a genre that I could swear I just don't (normally) like!

    Worse, he does this "Thing" to me in ALL of his "Post-Wheel Of Time" books... He walks me down a merry little pathway where I'm SURE that I SEE the hidden flaw already in the plot that will be used to twist the plot, or I SEE the little "Caveat" he "just tossed out there as unimportant", which I'm SURE will be how the plans of the hero are thwarted... and then on the next page, "the hidden flaw" points to something else entirely, and the little "Unimportant caveat" REALLY IS just an Unimportant Caveat he laid down in front of me to get my attention diverted enough that by the time I quit focusing on it, I walk right into the trap I was SURE wasn't a trap!

    I feel like that Admiral in Star Wars yelling "IT'S A TRAP", except that it's not... and neither is the next one, or the next, and JUST as I lower my guard, the entire Path I thought I was following is just "Gone", and I realize, "I was so busy looking for the usual traps, that I didn't see the REAL trap".

    It's like he knows "People like me", who usually have things pretty well figured out, pretty early in a book or series, so he leads me around by the nose just to show that he can... which (by the way), "He Can"... It's Frustrating and FANTASTIC, all at the same time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6220)
    Performance
    (3469)
    Story
    (3494)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "MORE "Lots of Nothing Happening""
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    Go ahead... Hit the Button that says "0 of 200 people found this review Helpful"... it's obviously Sacrilegious to say ANYTHING bad about this series that NEVER GETS ON WITH IT...

    As I said in my Review of Book 1.. the series NEVER just "Gets on with telling an action packed story".... if you like ENDLESS, LONG, repetitive, and USELESS descriptive details, then this book is for you... if you actually like a story to GET TO SOME ACTION, then you won't be finding it here... or in book 3, or in book 4, 5, 6... I had to give up on it.. Maybe it's just me, but Jordan just IS NOT the writer that Sanderson is... maybe the series MOVES ALONG when Sanderson FINALLY takes over the writing, but I guess I'll never know...

    The Narration was about all that kept me "Buying the next book"... ALL of the books in the series I bought could be condensed down to about 6 hours of listening time without the readers missing a THING!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (8875)
    Performance
    (4952)
    Story
    (4992)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Got Suckered"
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    I LOVED ALL of Sanderson's books so far, so I decided to give WOT a try since Sanderson ends up writing the Series after something like book 11 or so...

    I kept waiting for Jordon to GET ON WITH IT, and you end up with about about 2 hours of action in EACH of his 20+ Hour books...

    "Well, the next one HAS to get better! The Reviews RAVE about the series"... Bought book 2, 2 hours of action mixed in with 20+ hours of "NOTHING" other then MORE descriptions about the ENDLESS, USELESS descriptive details that have ALREADY been ENDLESSLY described in tedious, long-winded, "Paid By The Word" Detail...

    "OK, OK, OK.. BUT 'RAVE REVIEWS'!!! Book 3 HAS to be SO much better..." Nope.

    "But, Book 4 HAS TO...." Nope..

    "Book 5? Maybe SOME action and LESS Cut and Paste, and LESS ENDLESS DRIVEL and 20 pages of POINTLESS 'descriptions' we've ALREADY HEARD OVER AND OVER AND OVER already?" Nope...

    In the first book you'll HEAR Gandalf Yell, "FOOL OF A TOOK", at Matt in your head... and it just DOES NOT get better... Lost ME after Book 5, and I should have stopped after this one... I REALLY TRIED to get into the series because "THE REVIEWERS RAVE" and you get "0 of 200 people liked this review" if you say ANYTHING bad about this Cult Series.... but I'll take the hits, maybe it'll save SOMEONE else some money and a LOAD of time that could be spent listening to BOOKS THAT ACTUALLY GO SOMEWHERE and have some ACTION in them... Sadly, Jordan just WAS NOT "Sanderson", and that's just a fact.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6252)
    Performance
    (4232)
    Story
    (4264)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "I just realized..."
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    I just realized that I've listened to MOST of Sanderson's Books, and have NEVER given one of his books LESS than 5 stars across the board! This, from someone who is INCREDIBLY Stingy with "5's", and INSISTS he "Doesn't like Fantasy Novels"!!!

    Unprecedented!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3135)
    Performance
    (2825)
    Story
    (2854)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Another 5 Stars Across the Board!"
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    Kramer's narration was EXCELLENT (as it was in ALL of the other "Mistborn" books), and again, Sanderson leaves me feeling as if I'm not even worthy to REVIEW his work... The more you think back about the book(s), the more Layers you see to it, and the more you suddenly realize you missed "WHILE listening to it"...

    PLEASE let there be another book in this latest (Continuation?) book of the "Mistborn" series! Every book LEAPS ahead of the last in writing skill, and plot twists (while the excellent "Twists" are still being based on the most COMMON of plot subjects!)...

    I am especially pleased that Sanderson STICKS TO "Friends and trusted Allies CAN BE 'Trusted', WITHOUT suddenly stabbing you in the back just as a plot twist"... The central message needs to be reinforced again and again, and it needs to be LEARNED: "It's better to trust and risk being betrayed, than to live life trusting NO ONE"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (5894)
    Performance
    (3955)
    Story
    (3989)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "BRILLIANT!"
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    FINALLY, an author that gives you ALL of the clues, without suddenly pulling out some "Hidden Clue" they'd held back to keep you from figuring out everything too early... He laid out EVERYTHING as the story moved along, and when everything comes together, you slap your forehead and say, "It was ALL RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF ME, and I STILL didn't figure it out!!!"

    If ANYONE has a CLUE about "Who/What 'God' or ANY religions are about", I'd lay MY Money on it being "Sanderson"... He weaves everything all together to EXPLAIN "Faith", WITHOUT leaving any "Wiggle Room For Error, In case he's proved to be wrong later" (Which I doubt COULD happen anyway), so that even those of us who have yet to find any "Faith", or have had ours shattered, can at least UNDERSTAND what we're looking for...

    Just BRILLIANT! VERY Well Done!!!! Pure Excellence on EVERY LAYER, and EVERY DETAIL, of the tale he's crafted... and on ALL of the MANY different subjects he covered!!!

    "MORE, Please!"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7845)
    Performance
    (5318)
    Story
    (5355)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "I just gave a book 5 Stars!"
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    I might as well just quit saying "Usually I don't like this type of Book, being more of a Military Sci-Fi Fan"... because I have LOVED everything by Sanderson that I've listened to so far, and I just gave the first book in his "Mistborn" Series a Five Star Rating Across the Board! I'm TOUGH to get a "5" out of for ANY of the rating categories, but "5's Across the Board"? Almost unheard of!

    I LOVE the new "Concepts" and the new "World" he's thought up... The new "Powers", and the how the main characters, while "Special", have typical Human weaknesses and emotions... I like how things don't "Always" just "flow smoothly" as the Characters planned, but WITHOUT the Obvious (and irritating) stumbling blocks tossed in front of them "Just because the author thought 'it's time for the characters to run into some of the routine misfortunes'"...

    I liked this "Fantasy" book so much, I went ahead bought Books 2 AND 3! These books run from 20+ Hours to 30+ Hours each, so that's a HUGE commitment in Listening time alone!

    I JUST started Book 2 in the series, and I'm a Fan! Well Done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Breakout: Merkiaari Wars, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Kate Richmond, former army ranger and ISS operative, has seen a lot in her life. Sabotage, espionage, cyber theft, and assassination missions have all played their parts in her journey to becoming a viper. Nothing surprises her much any more, not even a full scale incursion of an alien race by the Merkiaari!

    Trip Williams says: "Book5?!?! Need Some "Book 5" Here!!!!"
    "Book5?!?! Need Some "Book 5" Here!!!!"
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    After Finishing Book 4, I'm sitting here waiting on some "BOOK FIVE!!!!" Hello????

    I Jokingly told John Ringo once.. "WRITE FASTER" (Because I KNOW he HATES that), and his Wife almost took my head off! John rolled his eyes and told her "He's kidding, I know him, He knows I HATE hearing those words"...

    .... But, ummm, Mark... WRITE FASTER!!!! (I REALLY hope you don't have a wife that will take my head off ;) You've had OVER A MONTH now since Publishing Book 4, and STILL No "Book Five"?!?!?! ;)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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