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Audiobooks are the greatest invention ever!

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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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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
    (979)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (859)

    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"
    "I love this series."
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    Where does Firestorm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Destroyermen series is among my favorites in my audiobook library.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy the simplicity of the characters in this series. If I want dark, conflicted antiheroes then I have other books to read. If I want real, gritty, often unlikable characters (that seem to be in vogue these days) then I'll go to work. The characters in this series are unlike the varied and inconsistent personalities that make characters more


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love William Dufris' work with the Destroyermen series. It is difficult for me to immerse myself in his other performances because when I hear a character in some of his other works all I can think to myself is,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I downloaded this the first day it was available from Audible. I was finished with it three days later and started right from the beginning again. I did the same thing with Distant Thunders and Rising Tides.


    Any additional comments?

    There are people that like to read stories and then sit down to analyze, parse, nitpick, and discuss how the craft of the writing process. I cannot express how much I do not want to have dinner with such people.

    If you enjoy science fiction in general and military science fiction in particular, this is the first place I would send you. Start with the first one,

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Outside the Universe: Interstellar Patrol, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Edmond Hamilton
    • Narrated By James C. Lewis
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    The interstellar Patrol, that fabulous fleet manned by all the assorted races of our galaxy, faced its greatest struggle when that alarm came through. For this was an attack from Outside the Universe, a vast migration from another galaxy, and it had to be stopped if a thousand worlds were to survive! This terrific classic space novel on the grandest scale involves three giant galaxies in an all-out conflict.

    John says: "The word of the day is "score" meaning group of 20"
    "The word of the day is "score" meaning group of 20"
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    I first read this book as a child. This was a nostalgia purchase. For a book that was written before Pluto joined the list of planets (and well before it was kicked off the list) it is a fun view into the nearly prehistoric days of science fiction. Never mind the science errors, never mind the paper thin plot, never mind the cardboard cutout characters, and never mind that I never caught the main character's name.

    There are a couple of irritations. The perhaps nameless captain cried or exclaimed most of his dialog. There are scores of crew members, or scores of thousands of ships, or scores of hundreds of light years. Most of the time Hamilton expressed a number he gave it to you as a multiplication problem. After taking the time to explain three times why a problem couldn't be solved a particular way that was exactly the way it was resolved.

    I did not like this book as much as I did as a child. I also don't regret the credit spent on it. It's a piece of science fiction history and I can respect it for that.

    If you are considering delving into science fiction history here definitely listen to the sample clip. Lewis is not high on my list of narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watch on the Rhine: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (195)

    The invaders are coming; the Posleen, a seemingly unstoppable horde who have conquered one star system after another, literally feeding on their conquests. Earth's dubious allies, the Darhel, have given the humans a number of highly-advanced technological devices, including a process for rejuvenating the aged, including trained and proven soldiers who otherwise would be too old to fight. Rejuvenation may give a critical edge, since to survive, the Earth must use every resource at hand.

    William says: "The German Perspective"
    "SS Apologist"
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    I'll grant that the SS were snappy dressers. It was tiresome listening to the ongoing, "The SS were actually pretty good guys and were actually pretty fond of jews." The afterword can be skipped altogether. It is not that I agree or disagree with Kratman but his essay does not fit with a work of light fiction.

    Marc Vietor did not fail to impress. He is my second favorite narrator after William Dufris.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2891)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1584)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "I'm an unashamed Niven fan"
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    I first read this book when I was in high school. Twenty-some years later I was happy to spend a credit on the book because I wanted to read it but was afraid I couldn't hold the book and the steering wheel at the same time.

    It is a brilliant, imaginative story about a world that 10 authors could spend their entire career creating stories about.

    Tom Parker does a fantastic job with the characters. It was so good I listened to it on both the journey and the return trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (500)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Funny!"
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    This book is funny. If you aren't laughing you bought this book looking for political commentary. That's not this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3060)
    Performance
    (2668)
    Story
    (2706)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "My first abandoned audiobook."
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    After almost 50 audiobooks this is the first one I am not going to finish. In a moment of late night haste I only downloaded the first and third parts of the audiobook. After listening to 16 hours of parts one and three I saw that I was just going through the motions. I'd listen to and from work but wasn't looking for reasons to grab my headphones at home.

    I know it is unfair to judge a novel without experiencing all of it. I will not say Swan Song is a bad novel. I will say...
    1. I found the story to be slow
    2. I never felt the characters give me a reason to be interested
    3. I was sufficiently uninterested in the story to notice that I had skipped 25% of it.

    If you read the description and other reviews and are interested, by all means, get the book. You may love it. I didn't and have left off with the feeling that if I wanted to read The Stand I would have downloaded The Stand.

    I will say the narrator is good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34913)
    Performance
    (25984)
    Story
    (26351)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Brilliant story."
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    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The Hunger Games moved along at a good pace and kept itself focused on a compelling character. Despite the character having some less than savory qualities, she is a character that keeps you interested in what happens next.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Although I have preferred male readers over female readers (Allyson Johnson left a bad taste in my mouth) Carolyn McCormick made each character distinctive without sounding like a five-year-old girl mimicking her father's voice and/or giving them an outrageous and out of place accent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was one of surprise. I wanted to read it before the movie had a chance to ruin it and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (498)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Relax folks, it is a book."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make the end have less of a,


    What other book might you compare State of Fear to and why?

    Compare this book to any other work of fiction that people get offended by because it is,


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    I like George Wilson's performances. Have ever since my first listen of


    Could you see State of Fear being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    There's absolutely no chance this could be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Do you remember the stories a few years ago not-so-cleverly called

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1775)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "It was OK"
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    Heinlein is one of the greats. Lloyd James is a great reader. I loved his read of Starship Troopers. That said, I learned from this book that a story about a revolution + lunar location + guy with a mechanical arm + a character that is a computer = science fiction.

    I wouldn't tell a person not to get this book. Just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean someone else won't. Many already have.

    One warning for those who have already heard Lloyd James read Starship Troopers: Some of Prof's lectures will take you straight back to H&MP. That is balanced by a wonderful rendition of Mannie that lacks even the slightest hint of Juan Rico.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3293)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1079)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Clever story"
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    Well written, well-developed characters. I enjoyed the story. I cannot fault the story but I didn't love it. That doesn't mean you won't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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