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Reid

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  • Firestorm: Destroyermen, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (827)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker find themselves caught between the nation they swore to defend and the allies they promised to protect. For even as the Allies and the Empire of New Britain Isles stand united against the attacks of both the savage Grik and the tenacious Japanese, the "Holy Dominion" - a warped mixture of human cultures whose lust for power overshadows even the Grik - is threatening to destroy them both with a devastating weapon neither can withstand.

    Waldo O. Berry III says: "A smashin good read and an excellent performance"
    "Too complex..."
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    I really enjoyed earlier books in the series, but this one moves too slowly, has too many characters, too many ships, too many locations. I find it difficult to follow, way too much dialogue and not enough character interaction or development. Much of the story revolves around discussing tactics. The actual action sequences, as usual, are engaging and enjoyable, but there is not enough action and too much blather. I don't like this one as well as the previous books. Pity.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "Not my kind of book"
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    I listened to this book on the recommendation of a friend. I did not enjoy this book at all - I struggled to get through it, hoping the entire time it would get better, which it did not. At the end of the book is an interview with the author, where he remarks that the predecessor to this book has been compared with The Great Gatsby. I wish I knew that before I listened to this book - I despise The Great Gatsby, for many of the same reasons I did not like this book.

    Things I liked:
    1. The narrator was excellent. Good voice acting, though occasionally I thought his emphasis was not right for the circumstances. How you say something carries as much information as what you say. There were times that I felt if I were reading this book rather than listening to an audio book, I would have imagined the character saying the line differently.
    2. There is an interesting (though somewhat predictable) twist involving Susan's father.

    Things I did not like:
    1. I don't like mobster / Mafia stories. I did not like The Godfather (or its sequels). I did not like The Sopranos.
    2. I enjoy stories that *go somewhere*. This story goes nowhere but in circles. It's all about relationships and feelings and who is having sex with whom. I don't need to know this stuff.
    3. I did not particularly like the main character. He does not think, act, nor respond as I would. This is not usually a problem if the character is clever, eccentric, or even deranged. This character was just a jerk. But everybody loves and respects him!
    4. The main characters are arrogant, condescending people who believe they are better than everyone else. It's hard to sympathize with characters when you don't like them.
    5. There are a number of dangling story lines that are extraneous to the story and go nowhere. Again, I prefer stories that go somewhere, not just aimless ramblings about people's day-to-day living.

    Obviously I am not representative of everyone who listens to audio books. There appear to be a lot of people who enjoy this type of story. I prefer more action, mystery, comedy, and characters with whom I can empathize.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (782)

    I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

    Lifelong Reader says: "First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series"
    "Too much of a romance novel for my taste"
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    Definitely a female author. A little too "touchy-feely" for me. Story has a lot of dangling threads - unfulfilling, incomplete. My overall opinion of the book is, "Meh."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1441)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Good but not great"
    Overall
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    Story

    As usual, Scalzi provides a narrative with many unexpected but believable twists. His characters are well-developed and fleshed out. I found myself caring about the characters and their fates. The narration by Dufris is remarkable, with emotion and personality that really brings the book to life. I often find myself wincing at the sound of a male narrator trying to voice a female character, but Dufris is able to do this acceptably and the female characters' voices are tolerable.

    The reason I rated this 4 stars rather than 5 is that I found the previous book in the series, "Old Man's War," to be more enjoyable. This book at times fell into a droning and somewhat boring series of dull conversations between characters, with little advancing of the storyline. To me it is like Scalzi is trying to pad the narrative in order to meet a publisher's demand for a certain number of pages. There is such a thing as too much information when it is extraneous to the story.

    That having been said, overall I did enjoy the story and would recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1391)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Held my attention"
    Overall
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    Very intricate storyline. I was amazed at the author's ability to present multiple sides to an argument, develop creative alternatives for the story's characters, turn the tale in unexpected ways. The story unfolds beautifully; I found myself not wanting to quit listening, the story carried me along and wouldn't let go! The narration was excellent; easy to understand. Enough difference in the characters' voices to make it easy to follow the story. I was slightly confused initially because the two main characters alternate focus with each chapter - Holden, then Miller, then Holden, then Miller... It took me a few chapters to catch on to what was happening.

    My only complaint would be that I found the ending somewhat weak, but I assume this part of the story is developed further in subsequent books of the series. I'll definitely be listening to Corey's subsequent books in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rip-Off!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

    carmen says: "not just for sci-fi fans"
    "I was not impressed"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not a lot to say here. Most of the stories were mediocre, a few were awful. None really memorable or particluarly enjoyable. As you can tell, I was somewhat disappointed by this anthology. Not my cup of tea.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House of Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (585)

    Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

    Ethan M. says: "Science fiction in Deep time"
    "A bit confusing"
    Overall
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    It took me a while (I'm a bit slow sometimes, especially with intermittent listening) to realize that the first person narrative changed characters every chapter. The voices are not greatly different, so I was confused by the narrative and character names. Once I realized that the first person changed chapter-by-chapter, things began to make more sense.

    This book covers vast expanses of time and space - millions of years, millions of light years. Ships the size of cities; people with lifespans measured in millions of years. The story was very engaging at times, very drawn out and, dare I say, boring at other times. I found the interrogation of the four prisoners and the "funeral scene" particularly long and boring, unnecessary to the storyline. These sections could have been almost entirely eliminated without harming the story. I almost quit listening entirely during the funeral portion because it was long and pointless.

    Overall, I'd have to say I liked the book because of the ideas and concepts presented. However, I had little emotional connection with the characters.

    I found the narrator John Lee easy to listen to, though I wish his voice characterizations had more "personality". Most of the characters sounded very much alike in tone, tenor, pacing. There were a few who had different accents, which helped, but the main characters were too similar for me, especially early in the book before I picked up on the subtle differences.

    I probably will not be seeking more Alastair Reynolds books anytime soon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5376)
    Performance
    (5013)
    Story
    (5008)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Very unique"
    Overall
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    I found the story very unusual and enjoyable. Very entertaining and memorable in a bizarre sort of way. It's fairly short as Audible books go, though the 3 codas are longer than I expected! All in all, I liked it and would recommend it.

    My only complaint would be Wil Wheaton's narration. He is a good narrator; he is a lousy voice actor. His narration is crisp, clear, and easy to understand. Unfortunately, with rare exception, his character voices are all identical, which makes it difficult to follow the dialog at times. The writer (Scalzi) generally writes dialog like "Blah blah blah," he said. "And blah blah blah blah," she said. So the identification of the character comes AFTER they speak. So I found myself constantly thinking, "who is this speaking right now?" To me, it interrupts the flow and causes me to do more thinking than I should have to! Some actual voice acting would have been nice. Other than that, I enjoyed the novel.

    One final note: There is a LOT of vulgarity used by the characters, mostly the "F" word. I would not recommend listening to this with your 12-year old.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Surface Detail: A Culture Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (244)

    Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right, she will need the help of the Culture....

    Sarah says: "Excellent story, excellent narration"
    "Confusing storyline"
    Overall

    This book is definitely unique, presenting a complex, interwoven series of events that eventually come together... more or less. The author creates a dizzying array of characters, which I found difficult to keep straight despite Peter Kenny's amazing array of voices. The narration is truly astounding, with accents, pitch, and timbre that seem impossible to come from one person. I found the end of the story a bit unsatisfying.

    This story is vast and intricate. The story HEAVILY uses the "F" word, which I found somewhat offensive. If that doesn't bother you, and you have the ability to play this story in a way where you can focus on the details and personages, and if you like bizarre storylines full of new and unique ideas, then you might enjoy this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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