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Craig Walker

Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.

Camarillo, California, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 27 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 577 titles in library
  • 82 purchased in 2014
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  • Tarnsman of Gor: Gorean Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Norman
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (296)

    Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced.

    Craig Walker says: "A good yarn But..."
    "A good yarn But..."
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    When I first read the series ten years ago, it was quite disturbing in a chauvinistic in a sexual way. The story was good, and fun. the science must be taken with a the grain of salt, but that's ok its an adventure story not a text. These days with the heavy hitting S&M story's like Shades of Grey, John Norman has nothing of the shock value his tale had back in the day. The story ties aliens with abducted earthlings, medieval sword and arrow play into an entertaining series. If you are into online Role playing, whole lands are devoted to this series in Second life, so read it and live it as well if you desire. Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World - from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new audiobook he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic maglev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man's relationship with trains. Zoellner examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce pollution and dependency upon oil.

    Craig Walker says: "A wonderful look at Rail travel past and present."
    "A wonderful look at Rail travel past and present."
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    If you are a fan of rail travel, this is a wonderful book reflectingon th origins of rail travel and experiences of a traveler using different systems world wide. A great read for those who love trains and rail travel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1268)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "Good story, fun characters."
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    A very enjoyable first volume. Easy to follow, lots of action and magic set in modern times. A great book for all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (785)

    After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home of Nicholas Flamel. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolò Machiavelli, immortal author and art collector, is after them, and time is running. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year, their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is becoming more and more clear.

    Robert says: "recommended though narrator was switched"
    "A fun read. Very enjoyable."
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    Not a complex plot or a vast number of characters. All enjoyable. lots of action. A great bedtime read for all ages. A fine second volume seamlessly picks up from the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (404)

    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "A great story and mystery."
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    Well worth the listen. A peek into the start of the glory days of commercial aviation with interesting characters, a bit of a mystery to boot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Wings of Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Marcia Hyde, Larry Robinson, Ralph Williams, and others
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (206)

    When two of his American employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: American businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, hand-picked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared.

    Tammy says: "Was the narrator in a hurry?"
    "Great story read by an auctioneer"
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    I had to listen to this story at .75% speed on my Ipad and deal with the echo that was the result. However, the story is exciting with plenty of suspense, but the one who did the narration needs to lay off the caffine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3880)
    Performance
    (3623)
    Story
    (3613)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "You can't be serious!"
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    I remember reading a very long winded (many volume) fantasy tale in which over time even the readers began to wonder if the author was writing with an ending and point in mind or just to make money. In the end the author actually died and a stand in had to complete the work. After listening to the whole series, I have come to the same conclusion with Outlander. After the first four books I think all that could be said was said, be it in such graphic and I dare say historically accurate ways that one can only wonder whay a 20th century woman would submit herself to a world of dirty bodies and inadequate bathing facilities, endless manner of brutality and ignorance. If you are a student of 18th century history, I believe you will find this an interesting view of life with a very mild twist. If you are an avid reader of the likes of Patrick Obrian, Alexander Kent, and even the historical -go back in time- historical fiction of Eric Flint you will find the action not the priority of the series. I would suggest thiking of this series as Shades of Grey meets the Revolutionary war. The ending of this book as I had mentioned earlier made me wonder why I started the series in the first place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4514)
    Performance
    (3964)
    Story
    (3942)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "Something for everyone"
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    One can't agrgue with the story telling skills of Gabaldon and the intense historical accuracy and character details she brings to each book.It took me two weeks to listen to every morsel of the Outlander story constantly backing up to insure I missed nothing. However as the books went by I began to find that as a male, the constant " Perils of Paulene" weak female in danger being abused and later saved by her strong man became very predictible. Further. It could be said that the amount of attention being placed on a womans feelings of being mated with, impregnated, lactating and breast feeding and giving birth was far more information than I needed, and almost every femlae character in the book seemed to involve many or all of these situations. However having said that there are many great action scenes in the series as well, but not exactly enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. The naration is fantastic. Great female read, ok male read would be my comment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6076)
    Performance
    (4219)
    Story
    (4227)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Tedious"
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    What we seem to have gotten into is basic repetition. Endlessly helpless female constantly blundering into problems only to be saved by her strong male. More babies dropping, endlessly detailed sex, birthing, breast feeding, more story lines than a drop of pickup sticks and getting more confusing. The women reviewers seem to love the series, but I think males will start wondering if there aren't some more exciting reads out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10252)
    Performance
    (7697)
    Story
    (7742)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "In a word...Fantastic"
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    I had looked at the reviews for this book this book numerous times before my purchase, but at the price was put off. However, I finally decided to take a chance and was much more than pleasantly surprised. First, this is not a flash bang, in your face good against evil simplistic story. It is a well developed, dare I call it a scholarly piece catering to the intellectual reader. Though some people rating this call it slow, I call it immersive. I like others would put this book on a most favored status in my library, and I am sure I will return to it again and again over the years. The closest series I could compare this nov3el to is Patrick Rothfus's The name of the wind Series or the Voyager series by Diana Gabaldon. Beyond the story, the narrator is beyond first rate. She has an amazing command of voices and truly makes the Audible version easy to follow and a joy to the ear. Believe me, I rarely give a book five stars. this and the second of the series is underrated in my view at that. I eagerly await the third volume of this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emergency Deep: One Man's Life in the Submarine Service

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard Alan Smith
    • Narrated By Richard A. Smith
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Richard A Smith agreed to join one of the most secretive and elite branches of the U.S. Navy, he had no idea how much it would change his life. From the moment he signed the Navy contract, he was drawn into the shadowy world of the Silent Service... and it would never let him go.

    Al Wolter says: "A True Life Experience"
    "A visit with a family in a world uncommon."
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    Based upon the prior review I was at first hesitant about purchasing this book. However upon completion I was pleasantly surprised. As I am a great fan of the genre of stories of the sea from the likes of Patrick O'brian C S Forester, Alexander Kent and Richard Henry Dana, I offer the motivation of Dana stating that more than enough books have been written about the sea from the standpoint of the officers but rare are those by the crew. Likewise I submit that this book fills the same gap in the modern age. If you are fascinated by submarines as I am this book fills that void and offers an amazing view of average people living working training and just kidding around amidst extraordinary powerful equipment in an unimaginably hostile environment. Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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