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Monte

Alpharetta, GA, USA

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  • 6 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 267 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Fawlty Towers, Volume 2: The Germans

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Best!"
    "Excellent Comedy"
    Overall

    While it helps to have seen the series - it is still wonderful to hear this classic British comedy again and again. Basil and the cast of characters run a small hotel in Torquay (the English Riviera as Basil descibes it) where customers and staff are the only things that spoil Basil's day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (982)

    On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.

    Joki says: "Mixed Bag"
    "Needs more competent subordinates"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I have to agree with a previous reviewer about the apparent quality of the subordinates. Getting reports from them is like getting blood out of stone. It does get very annoying by the end of this book. Surely the crew is aware of the requirements of the captain? Now, even the Priminae leadership seems to be having the same problems with their subordinates. Why would an admiral or ship's captain have to repeat and explain orders to a junior officer, or the enlisted - the response should be "yes sir". However, I guess the reader needs to know the reasoning behind actions.

    Otherwise - very entertaining series so far. Looking forward to book three, and hoping the bridge officers get more training!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3337)
    Performance
    (2274)
    Story
    (2298)

    The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

    Jesse says: "Great Scifi!"
    "Excellent Series - Great Narration"
    Overall

    The books (1-3) are quite good and have held my interest. I will be getting book four as soon as I can. However, I sometimes wish Black Jack would just get on with life as he is in the present and get over his past, and reputation.
    The narrator is in a class by himself. The tone changes and accent changes between characters leave no doubt as to who has the dialog, and the whole story comes alive through his characterizations - well done!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3400)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1614)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "NC-17 rated"
    Overall

    These books should contain a rating. In this case an NC-17 would be appropriate for violence, language, sex, and drug use. However, the book does have a captivating story and SciFi backbone.
    Given the DLNV used by this author, I don't think I can bring myself to read any sequels though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1891)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (832)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Prepare to read an Epic"
    Overall

    This is a great SF book - but it is an epic. If you are used to 10 second soundbites then don't start the book. If you want a carefully developed story told from the interleaved perspective of several different characters, that encompasses the mystery and investigation of an extinct alien empire, the politics of human-alien coexistance, and the threat of impending destruction from a superior force, then this is your read. The naration is quite effective and acceptable. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22993)
    Performance
    (14341)
    Story
    (14489)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    I think this is the first of the 'Ender Wiggins' library of books. I has to be - it starts with him at 6 years old. Out of all the concepts explored in Ender's Game, this is the most difficult to believe - that a 6 year old has knowledge and understanding at an adult level. However, the story in totally engrossing and makes the book hard to put down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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