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William

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  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (309)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "Not Enough For Chess Lovers, Too Much For The Rest"
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    What did you like best about Endgame? What did you like least?

    The author gives a thourough account of Bobby Fischer's Life from childhood untill his death in Iceland in 2008. There are quite a few entertaining anecdotes spread throughout and the auther does an okay job of bringing Bobby's chess battles to life. However, the author never really goes into detail about any of the games. Chess players looking for actual strategy will find none. However, someone who is not familiar with chess on more than a basic level will have thrown thier way numerous lists of chess masters, grandmasters, chessbooks, internal politics of national and international chess organizations, etc. I personally found this mostly interesting, but I can see how someone outside of the chess world would not. Possibly the worst thing about this book is not really the author's fault, and that is that Bobby Fischer just isn't a likeable character. No doub't his radical personality is interesting, but mostly he's annoying and the reader doesn't really have anybody to root for. Overall the book is interesting and satisfying, if a bit tedious.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator does a good job. his voice is pleasant and not distracting. However, rather amusingly, his accents all sound the same, no matter what nationality he's trying to depict. Still, he's on of the better narrator's I've listened to in a while.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3114)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2530)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Military Sci-Fi that's Lite on Military & Sci-Fi"
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    I'll start off by saying that this is the first book I've read from author Jack Campbell. After a couple of recommendations in the Audible reviews that this is a good entry point for the Lost Fleet series I decided to give it a go. Not having read the previous books I can only say those recommendations were given in error. While I could pick up on the general story, there was a lot of reference to what I perceived to be the previous set of books. It does not ruin the story but the reader loses the depth of the whole story.

    This leads to my main complaint and that is that this book seems like other books in the middle of a long series: nothing seems to happen. Admiral "Black Jack" Geary is given a mission to explore "Alien" space and perform reconnaissance. Ok sounds good, except Black Jack spends most of his time dealing with military administrative constraints, such as lack of funds for repairs, etc. and then complaining about it. This is military minutiae to the extreme! Even after the adventure gets underway he gets involved in what I can only describe as a human resources nightmare. In my opinion, this just isn't stuff I want to read about. To be fair, towards the end of the book we do get some decent space battles, but it just wasn't enough to rescue the book.

    I'm sure that Jack Campbell would not have the publishing career he has if he were not a good writer. For long time readers of the series, the plot may have built up to this tension between Black Jack and the "Government" but it was just too much office politics for this reviewer. I may go back to very beginning of the series and suggest new readers do the same. Overall I can't recommend this book except to perhaps long time readers who are invested in the series.

    Narration:

    It wasn't the best, to say the least. Narrator Christian Rummel has good pacing, and enunciation, but his voices are just distracting, especially the female voices. They end up sounding like effeminate men, almost to the point of being comical. I wish more narrators would take the path of narrator Christopher Graybill and employ just enough inflection that the listener understands that a female is talking, but still using their normal voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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