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Some reviewers have said or implied that the story is "ho hum" or the narration is "sub-par". I disagree. The narration of this book was just as good, or better than the rest of the series. The story has many twists and turns. I will finish the series and expect from a sci-fi series that looks at gun control, lack of gun of control, democracy, noblesse oblige, adolescent rearing, theocracy, aliens, war, peace, among other ideas via the science fiction forum.
Of course, if the worst thing they can pick on are such lowly things, it is a positive recommendation in itself. One more to go in the series and I am looking forward to it!
Nearly a perfect 5 rating, with two story lines and filled with action. It was hard to follow and seemed like an action book for gun nuts. .45 revolver, 44 magnum, 9 mm tricked up and dozens other guns. If this had been library book, I would have thumbed threw the book toward the end to find the point. 30 some hours I was not going to listen to find the the final piece of the plot.
I read "Ender's Game" in college -- several times. I thought nothing could top Orson Scott Card's book. Whether or not "The Martian" may not top it, if it doesn't, it is an amazing book that should be read by all Sci-Fi Fans.
In the 50's through the 70s, we were privileged to be able to read books like "Ender's Game", "Apollo 13", the "Right Stuff", "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (or if in the UK listen to it on the radio), "Dune", "Fahrenheit 451", "I, Robot", "Starship Troopers" and many more.
The time period also spawned radio shows, TV Shows and movies such as "Star Trek", "Star Wars", "Dr. Who", "Babylon 5", "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", and many others. When I was just coming into the age of reading and appreciating books, the school librarian spent time with me to find a book I might enjoy (it was a class assignment). She got me to read a "Wrinkle in Time". The somewhat vulgar language of "The Martian" may keep it out of many school libraries, is unfortunate.
This book may very well start a revival in great Science Fiction. I am handicapped and I have trouble reading without getting a massive headache. Audible, and even Kindle", much like a "Wrinkle in Time", has done much to open doors to me personally to such wonderful books.
As a final comment, R. C. Bray did a magnificent job of narrating the book. How often have we listened to great books, more or less spoiled by poor narration. In this case, R. C. Bray did much to enhance the book in my opinion.
This series is inexpensive if you pay cash ($8) rather than using a credit (just over $11). The whole series is high on military action and even personal action (just a touch, which is all it needs).
The series goes from their base in Nevada, to Hawaii, to Brunei, to Taiwan, to Mainland China and places in between.
Not quite as good as Tom Clancy -- but close and very entertaining!
The bulk of this 4 hour story fits in the chronology. But about the last third plus is compilation of notes, and a short story by C. S. Forester. It helps fill in some gaps, but is not a book or a even a short story but, a story, some notes and a short story.
If you are a great fan of Hornblower as I am, you must listen to this "ensemble". But it will not stand on its own as a chapter of our hero.
A very good, well performed and produced. This will fulfill the "space battle" part of the Sci-Fi genre. It also has many interplays between characters. Mark Boyett does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life.
Lots of personal interplays (space opera)
Great space battles (Sci-Fi at its best)
More realistic Sci-Fi (like no sound in space, and recoil makes a difference)
It is set up for a sequel or a series. I hope Larson provides us with more!
This is a radio show from the BBC. 20 shows each an 1/2 hour. The sound effects and dialogue show the era - and it was great fun. This was recorded in the days when TV was just about replacing Radio Shows.
But that increased the enjoyment of listening. Hard to believe that at certain times of the week, people stopped everything to listen to a show. Now with DVR and the ability to record and control live TV, we forget what had to be done each week to keep the show going.
For the small price, it was well worth it.
Absolutely! Not only my friends, but everyone should listen to this book. We often forget that Hitler came to power with only 44% of the vote. Not every German was a member of the party and not all were part of the "Final Solution." Many Germans fought for country -- not for the Nazi party or ideology.
"Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery" by Metaxas
Hard to say: both the American pilot Charlie and the German pilot Fritz were convincing characters.
When the two pilots finally meet 40+ years later.
The story was a short, and captivating one until the last two chapters. The intense use of bad language didn't really fit the story -- it was more like a running gag. Then a homosexual ending that didn't seem to fit. Nothing against homosexuality. Overt sexual descriptions of any kind I do not care for and are not usually found in a military type story as this one.
I avoid lewd romance novels -- but at least you know it is a part of the story allowing a reader to skip such books. Actually, this book would have been good if they slipped into the bedroom and left things to the imagination. Instead they leave the battle (non-battle) to the reader's imagination. Too bad. It could have been a good book even with the sex at the end not hit so hard and a battle somewhere. The author spends lots of time on how and when soldiers are trained without a major battle.
I have never had more fun than I have reading this series. Book 1 easily led to book 2. GREAT characters which continue through the rest of the series. Why did I write a review on Book 2? Because Book 1 was so good I desired more. Book 2 was not disappointing and had me listening to Book 3, etc.
I have listened several times to the series. I am a disabled college professor (in my 50's) and listening to books is great. But I am not rich. I have 149 books in my library and I re-listen to series I like to stretch my credits.
I think another time through this series is coming soon for me. As a scientist you can love Sci-Fi, or not let you analytical mind down and enjoy it as FICTION. I leave my analytical science trained mind behind and I have learned to love books which bring your imagine to its fullest.
I enjoyed this book and the series. I HIGHLY recommend it!
All three books in the series were well written and fit well together. The author is not scared to let characters well built up and feel like friend to "die". (The JK Rowling affect) The pace is excellent ... from an accidental problems, to the world Parliament, to building a Space Navy nearly from scratch.
Many great plot twists and turns, lightly, and appropriately, foreshadowed at appropriate times. At other times things come as a great surprise.
Well developed main characters that were easy to identify with and some recurring characters that over three books you get to know. If I say much more I will give spoilers. I recommend this series for fans of Sci-Fi that is a little (but only a little) on the Space Opera side but with plenty hard core science fiction.
Dr. Jim Fox
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