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Jewel

hayesville, NC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 ratings
  • 576 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015
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  • Gears of War: Coalition's End

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    When the Locust Horde burst from the ground 15 years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now, after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance. The last-ditch measures have succeeded, but at an enormous cost: the survivors have been reduced to a handful of refugees.

    Amazon Customer says: "These books are great!"
    "Drags all the way through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For a book based on an action video game this book fails to satisfy on every level. There is very little going on here either story wise or combat wise. Mostly, it is all the characters going about mundane daily tasks complaining about how bad everything is. There is some interesting back story given, but you have to listen to endless hours of dull descriptions of stocks before getting to them.
    Pass on this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stand on Zanzibar

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Brunner
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions and society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering. Though written in 1968, it speaks of our present time and is frighteningly prescient and intensely powerful.

    Michael says: "Quite good, if dated"
    "Story is not worth the credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author is trying to be clever by having long paragraphs of random made up radio broadcasts. This almost takes up half the book, and gets boring very fast.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful

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