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  • Sharpe’s Havoc: Portugal, 1809

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell crafts a thrilling tale from his immensely popular Richard Sharpe series. In 1809 Lieutenant Sharpe and his riflemen are in Portugal, preparing for Napoleon’s next strike. The smaller English force will probably pull out before it’s too late, but not Sharpe. His orders are to find the missing daughter of an English wine shipper. Just as Sharpe and his men begin their mission, the French launch their punishing assault.

    KEITH says: "Hard to go back"
    "Entertaining"
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    I am a big fan of the Richard Sharpe stories and just finished with this one. I found the story to be entertaining as usual. The narrarator was excellent if the noise level was low. However when I was in my car, I had a hard time understanding him and had to constantly tweak my volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4535)
    Performance
    (3069)
    Story
    (3101)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Solid 4 Star Military Si-Fi"
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    I had read the Stark series and thought the author had potential. I noticed the "Lost Fleet" series and after getting through some of my audible backlog tried Dauntless. After listening to an hour or two, I bought the next book in the series (and eventually the whole series). The story was interesting and the narration was good. The author took great pains to describe how you might have to fight when your speed is a fraction of the speed of light. All in all, I recommend the book to anyone who likes military science fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1567)
    Story
    (1559)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Interesting Story but ..."
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    The story was interesting though I thought a little long. I think the narration was what did me in. The main character is a female commander, Honor Harrington, and audible used a female narrator. She made Honor sound puny. I didn't have a problem with her portrayal of the other characters. So there you have it. I think the story was interesting and if you don't have problems with the narration, you will probably like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3837)
    Performance
    (2819)
    Story
    (2821)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Disturbing Story Written in a Disturbing Time"
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    I wrote and presented a book report of this book in high school several decades ago. My conclusion was that humanity can survive any catastrophe. Except for the case of shear luck, I don't believe that any more. This book represents what might happen in a somewhat "limited" nuclear war circa 1959. The characters are compelling and likable and the tale is interesting. What disturbed me about the time was the existing racism and segregation. That racism permiated the south at the time the book was written. On another note, the narration went from pretty good to aggravating. At times, I got the impression the narrator was sucking on a cough drop while reading. However, i found the narration to be quite good most of the time. All in all, I recommend the book if you find apocalyptic tales interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5985)
    Performance
    (5270)
    Story
    (5315)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Classic Apocalyptic Novel Narrated Nicely"
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    I have read The Stand quite a few times and I naturally bought the audiobook. The story was as great as I remembered and the narration was quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (456)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Greg says: "Heavy-handed"
    "Entertaining 1-D Science Fiction"
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    I found the war sequences to be entertaining and the stuff in between to be cumbersome. However, I quickly got through the audiobook and promptly ordered the next book in the series. So if you like military science fiction and can overlook some weaknesses, pick it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5012)
    Performance
    (3026)
    Story
    (3052)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Depressing One dimensional Story"
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    This book started off wrong when the forward was by Newt Gingrich. I got through it and the story was eye opening though very one dimensional as far as character development. If anything, the depressing story was actually fairly optimistic considering the location. However, I found the book to be a quick "read". What the author lacked in character development, he more than made up for in the speed of the narrative. An electo-magnetic pulse would indeed cause the collapse of American civilization as it would for any civilization. All in all, the story does get one thinking about the consequences which was the purpose of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1774)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1481)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Great Story, Character, and Narration"
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    This book has it all, a great story, characters you care for, great narration, and a great history lesson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2568)
    Performance
    (2158)
    Story
    (2163)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Arken says: "Great storytelling"
    "Excellent Story and Performance"
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    I had seen a part of the miniseries quite a few years (decades?) ago and found it interesting but never thought about reading the book. A few weeks ago, I noticed the book here and thought I would give it a try and I'm glad I did. The story was highly entertaining, the characters interesting, and the performance was excellent. I bought the follow on book "War and Rememberance" shortly after starting this book. If you love a great story with characters you care about, buy 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
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2540)
    Story
    (2579)

    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"
    "Grueling but Entertaining Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Swan Song the most enjoyable?

    This book makes Stephen King's The Stand look like a fairy tale. I bought this audiobook based upon the reviews. Once I started to listen, I realized I had tried the book quite some time ago and could not get through the first chapter or 2. Now that I purchased the audio book, I had the incentive to push on a little further and I'm glad I did. The story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I thought the narrator did a brilliant job conveying all the various characters. I gave the book less than 5 stars overall because of some of the loose ends. Overall, I suspect I will


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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