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  • The First Commandment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (476)

    When the president of the United States is blackmailed into releasing five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, a sadistic assassin with a vendetta years in the making is reactivated. Suddenly, the people closest to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath are being targeted and he realizes that somehow, somewhere he has left the wrong person alive. With his life plunged into absolute peril, and the president ordering him to stay out of the investigation, Harvath must mount his own covert plan for revenge.

    Tara says: "Went Fast"
    "I'm liking them better as time goes on."
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    I didn't take to Scot in the first book, but the story was entertaining and I gave things a shot. Kept coming back, and I'm enjoying the books a bit more as time goes on. This one felt more like two jammed together tangents than a single coherent book, but still entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (395)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Surprisingly hilarious"
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    No, seriously, the book is amazingly funny. For all I've admired and respected Churchill, the thought of him bursting out in a theater "If the donkey dies, I should leave" was just awesomely funny. Certainly the well known wit is featured, but the, very human, playfulness he showed to his wife and children made for genuine humor.

    Yes, it's a mindbogglingly thorough history of the man, and it's not all fun. Some of it is simply heart wrenching. Some reads like an adventure novel. However, if you're not laughing a good bit this book you probably should see a professional about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paloma: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (158)

    As a Retrieval Artist, Miles Flint helps the Disappeared, saving the lives of those oppressed under the Earth Alliance regime. He owes his livelihood and his very sense of honor to a woman known as Paloma. It was she who was responsible for setting him on this path. And now she has been murdered.

    Tal says: "Very thorough thought put into every book"
    "Solid"
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    I enjoyed Buried Deep more than the other RA books (which I also enjoyed). I was pleased that Paloma was equally, if not more, enjoyable...maybe interesting is a better choice. Definitely maintaining my interest and I look forward to grabbing the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Deep: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (172)

    Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human woman who vanished 30 years ago with her children.

    Michelle says: "The best so far"
    "Better than usual."
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    I enjoy the RA books, but don't think of them as particularly special. Certainly fine entertainment with interesting enough ideas. However, this one seemed to push a bit out of the normal comfort zone, and I enjoyed it more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4557)
    Performance
    (4267)
    Story
    (4285)

    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"
    "More please."
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    The only complaint I have about this book is that the author is on tour promoting it when he should be working on the next one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Crucible of Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Eric Flint, K. D. Wentworth
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Humanity is first subjugated by haughty alien colonizers calling themselves the Jao when Earth is unexpectedly attacked by the implacable and nearly-unstoppable Ekhat, exterminators of all intelligent life not their own. Now the fragile Human-Jao alliance is put to the test. A devastating encounter with the Ekhat in a distant nebula reveals a powerful alien society that may hold the key to defeating the Ekhat once and for all. There’s one big problem: they utterly loathe humanity's ally, the Jao.

    ShySusan says: "Great character development of the aliens"
    "Wanted more from the denouement"
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    This is decent and dependable. Knowing the sort of book I was getting, I found it more enjoyable than the first. The alien cultures are interesting and I enjoyed the interplay. I felt the book ended a bit abruptly, and wanted more from falling action.

    Not spectacular, but enjoyable. Three for story, three for performance, but since I wanted more of the same in the falling action...I wound up with four overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    A trolley car pulls into the station. Four minutes before, the inhabitants were seen boarding at the previous station. All are dead. And all of them are union. The year is 1919. The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. They built airships that cross the seas. Guns that won the Great War. And above all, the city of Evesden. But something is rotten at the heart of Evesden. Caught between the union and the company, between the police and the victims, Hayes must find the truth behind the city before it kills him.

    Dave says: "Steampunk Noir - Puts the Punk Back in Steampunk"
    "Deus Ex Machina"
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    We start with a murder. Our titular character is a drug addict psychic corporate security guy, paired with a worse-for-wear boyscout detective. The psychic gets a handler, due to being about as professional as most black ops corporate security drug addicts, introducing our innocent character and love interest for the detective. The murder leads to a burgeoning conflict between the Company and the Union…which is obviously just a cover for something. You’d like to think it was related to the Big Mystery, but it’s not.

    Things fall apart in the second half.

    The Union/Company struggle that’s built up evaporates completely as a manufactured crisis…if even that. Company invents Union. Company wants to embarrass Union and have reason to crack down. Company arms Union with super secret sci-fi guns…rather than just some Enfields and grenades. If you think any of this is important, you’re wrong. It barely even matters to the resolution of the book. Just remember, technological advancement is bad, because of the natural tendency of people to commit convoluted suicide.

    Conspirators brought to justice? Nope. Murderer brought to justice? Sad case of exposure carelessly designed alien technology. Sentient machines, the one that couldn’t keep it power under control, mind-warped a kid into a time-displaced psychotic, and was the technological linchpin for the evil company…it’s here to save humanity. Our story is completed with a machine imparting unspecified alien savior wisdom, which will save some small fragment of humanity...in some other story.

    The story is just messy. I feel like the author got trapped trying to preach a sermon about the evils of modern society, but didn’t like the idea of going back to horse and buggy, so…alien wisdom! Since the author doesn't appear to have a thesis on what such humanity saving wisdom would be, we don't even get to see a vision of this future. I’d have given this one star, but it really is good prose. The author may be better served by pairing with someone who’s good at plots and cohesive story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Course of Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, K. D. Wentworth
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Conquered by the Jao twenty years ago, the Earth is shackled under alien tyranny - and threatened by the even more dangerous Ekhat, one of whose genocidal extermination fleets is coming to the solar system. The only chance for human survival is in the hands of an unusual pair of allies: a young Jao prince, newly arrived to Terra to assume his duties, and a young human woman brought up amongst the Jao occupiers. But, as their tentative alliance takes shape, they are under pressure from all sides.

    Adam says: "An excellent use of a credit"
    "Good but Hard to Rate"
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    I found this book difficult to rate. Certainly, I enjoyed it and will buy the next in the series, but I didn't know if this was a 3 or 4 book. The characters and writing were good. I appreciated the story and thought the pacing. It was good fiction, with rough tactical/science/technical aspects that distracted from the story.

    If fairly obvious distortions would bother you enough to ruin your enjoyment of a good story, this probably isn't for you. If you can get past them, you'll probably get your credit's worth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (312)

    The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

    Hyacinth says: "The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision."
    "Protagonist captured three times..."
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    When your protagonist is captured three times in a book, you have a problem. When more than half a book is summed up by "supposedly elite espionage agent and shapeshifter can't find a ride", you've got a problem. When the reader concludes that the protagonists allies will probably all die of friendly fire, and they do, albeit over many many pages going no where, it's a problem. When your multi-species crew of star-faring mercenaries can't figure out how to kill an unconscious member of a common belligerent species (one that's perfectly killable), it's a problem.

    This book has vast amounts of writing that fails to move the plot or characters. The characters are too dumb to live. There was little to no consequence to their actions. I won't be picking up any of the other books in the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Princess of Wands

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Barbara Everette, a homemaker living in a small town in Mississippi, had the perfect life. Perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house, perfect Christian Faith. She cooked and cleaned perfectly and managed all of the chores of the modern suburbanite, toting the kids, running the PTA, teaching kung-fu in the local dojo... perfectly. But perfection has a price, and the day came when Barbara snapped....

    Captain Skurvy says: "Not a Novel but a collection of 3 short stories"
    "Different Wierd Enjoyable"
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    I couldn't decide between a 3 and 4 for the story. It's not spectacular, but it is different and reasonably enjoyable for that difference.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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