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DocJim

Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6150)
    Performance
    (5727)
    Story
    (5728)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "You MUST buy this book -- why? Its Complicated!"
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    Scalzi and Wheaton did "Fuzzy Nation" together which is absolutely marvelous. Scalzi writes in a fast pace mode and Wheaton pulls if off. BTW, if you think of Wil Wheaton only from his Star Trek, TNG days, you will find the "man" terrific to listen to!

    Anyone who knows anything about original Star Trek, they know that the unknown person who beams down with the away team will die -- hence the title.

    The story is amazing, fast paced, and wonderfully philosophical. It is rare that a great sci-fi novel has words from a Catholic priest in the last few minutes.

    The book is about the part of the crew of the Star Ship "Intrepid", and of course several centuries in the future. From there it gets "complicated" (a running joke through the book).

    From Space Ships and a Star Trek like academy to a roller coaster starting its uphill climb. The 3 Codas at the end are like the end of the roller coaster ride -- smooth and even to bring you back to normality -- but it does not quite succeed. That is what makes a great roller coaster ride.

    It is a bit expensive for 8 hrs, but not money wasted. In fact, you might want to listen to "Fuzzy Nation" first to get used to the Scalzi/Wheaton combo.

    P.S. I Love You

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Passage at Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Passage at Arms tells the intimate, detailed and harrowing story of a climber crew and its captain during a critical juncture of the war. Cook combines speculative technology with a canny and realistic portrait of men at war and the stresses they face in combat. Passage at Arms is one of the classic novels of military science fiction.

    DocJim says: "One Long Running Space Battle …."
    "One Long Running Space Battle …."
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    If you love Military Science Fiction, you will love this book. It is 10 hours of a battle as told by a war correspondent. One ship, and one patrol, with one battle. It is tense, exiting, and exhausting.

    There is only one thing I would change to transform this book from "great" and absolutely a fun read, to an "award winning" book. But it would be a spoiler, so I will let you read it and guess what I am thinking.

    This read like the Battle of Midway or the Battle of Britain from WWII. Back and forth, trying new things, sneaking up on the enemy, being surprised, inflicting damage and taking damage.

    When I found out it was a book about one battle, I was not sure about it myself, but Audible's fantastic return policy encouraged me to use a credit. I am very glad I did!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ranks of Bronze

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    They were Roman soldiers - and they were still alive because there were no better killers in the galaxy. The Galactics need fighters who could win battles without the aid of technology. That's why, when Rome's legions suffered disaster at Carrhae, secretive alien traders were waiting to buy them on the Persian slave market. Now, virtually immortal, the Romans fight strange enemies on stranger worlds; and though they win every battle, the spoils of victory never include freedom.

    DocJim says: "Normally I live David Drake's writing"
    "Normally I live David Drake's writing"
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    But not this time. It is an interesting idea. It was hard to follow and must be setting something up in future books. But until those books emerge, this as a stand-alone book was a bit boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • StarFire: Vince Lombard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Lee
    • Narrated By Jason Brenizer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status.

    Douglas says: "Great Story--Well Read!"
    "Engrossing Story very well Presented!"
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    I love Military Sci-Fi. So called "space drama" (good stories set in Science Fiction -- "Stars Wars" might be considered space drama) can be very good, or just bad stories set in different scenery.

    This book was terrific. Not only was it set in a Sci-Fi setting, but Mike Lee used the genre to help build many intriguing aspects into the story. For example, a plasma weapons does not sound like a gun. He describes what it sounds like (of course this comes from his imagination and plays in yours).

    And like all good stories, it has a good twist or two (without copious amounts of foreshadowing thus spoiling the twist). It was technical when it needed to be, but just told the story without "magic" Sci-Fi to make the story move ahead or to get out of a plot trap.

    Well done! Mr. Lee says he may write more and has some others in print like:
    "Fey. (Vince Lombard Book 2)". We will see if they get recorded.

    Well worth a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1960)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "What More Could Be Said?"
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    Lots of reviews. But there is one thing I must add! I thought the narration was fantastic. I dozed off for awhile and woke up and I knew what character was speaking. The narration was very subtle, but very consistent.

    It was well done.

    BTW -- I never read the previous reviews before I write mine. I do not want to be influenced by others -- it is my OWN opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: Empires at War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Doug Dandridge
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

    Richard D. Laudenslager says: "Smart, Realistic Military Science Fiction"
    "Great Book -- but Book 1 by itself is frustrating"
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    I loved the story, but what it is is a book-long "setup". Unlike some books written in volumes, this story does not stand well by itself. By the time Book 2 arrives I may have to listen to this book again to regain the storyline in my head. Unlike J.K. Rowling or Jack Campbell, in which each book was a story in itself, "Empires at War" does not stand alone well.

    It is a great book and will probably be a great series. If you read it now, you will have to wait for Book 2. That to me is frustrating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "Everyone living in a free world should read this!"
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    This is a heart-touching story that will make you feel and think deeply. You will get a great insight into how a starving country will allow adults and kids die by the thousands, and yet to keep the world from focusing on that will militarily attack disputed islands and do other things just short of war to keep things confused.

    It shows the depth of evil in a communist dictatorship. Often, I am asked why I back a large western military. The answer to me is simple. Evil lives on. Everyone should read this book (or listen to it via Audible) to obtain a clearer understanding of what can happen in a totally corrupt nation -- even to the "privileged".

    This is a book a thinking person will be very glad they took the time to read.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (744)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Good, but I do not like beginnings without ends .."
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    Ark Royal was a very good Sci-Fi book, leaning much toward and military view. I liked it, as this is the kind of book I look forward to the most. Hence my love of the Character Jack Cambell (if you have read that series -- see http://www.audible.com/series/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_1srSrs_sa?asin=B006K1SAZA).

    But, it is the first book of many (probably a trilogy) which means I will have to wait for the rest of the series to be written. By the time they are finished, I will probably have to listen to this book again to remember the whole story and the nuances.

    To me, this is frustrating. It is like reading the first third of a book you really like and not finishing the book for several years. Avid readers would never do this. Now to write a GOOD trilogy, each book should stand on its own. Unfortunately, this book does not and really leaves things hanging.

    Although liking it, I might advise readers to wait for the whole series to be finished. It would be much less aggravating.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Drone Strike: Dale Brown's Dreamland Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    When the U.S. develops intelligence showing that Iran is in the final stages of assembling a nuclear bomb, the President orders Breanna Stockard and the Whiplash team to destroy it before the renegade nation can destabilize the shaky Middle East. Left with no other choice, Stockard sends young Air Force ace Turk Mako behind enemy lines. His orders: pilot a squadron of high-tech nano-UAVs from inside Iran to destroy the weapon and its assembly bunker. Turk and his accompanying Delta Force team succeed, only to discover another site and another device.

    DocJim says: "Great Dreamland Action Book!"
    "Great Dreamland Action Book!"
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    Brown & DeFelice have written another great book. Their stories move easily as characters move on, move out, die, and in this book, even get cancer.

    The action is fun and detailed, but not so detailed you have to be a military expert to keep up with it. I listened to this book in two days, staying up way too late one night. I didn't want to go to bed and turn the book off.

    The action goes from Iran, to the decision makers in Washington, and back. Filled with daring deeds and includes Delta Forces, the CIA, The Mossad, and of course Dreamland.

    Christopher Lane does a great job of voicing the action, so it can be followed easily.

    Action packed and very well paced. It is a credit well used!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Storm: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (301)

    In an instant the world changed for Lieutenant General Michael O'Neal. His beloved Corps of the last remaining ACS destroyed beneath the guns of the Fleet, his staff shot before his eyes, arrested on the charge of war crimes, he faces a short, one-sided trial, a trip to the Fleet Penal Facility and a bullet to the back of the head while trying to "escape".

    Colin says: "Nice to see Michael O'Neal back, and his daughters"
    "I Love John Ringo, But there are some problems ..."
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    John Ringo writes the kind of Sci-Fi I like. Battles, political strife, bravery and innovation. But the only adjective used was the F-Word. I understand that such language is used by Marines. But 3 or 4 times a paragraph?

    And the story does not stand on it own. Start at the beginning of the series if you want to get the full context and understand the story. Be prepared to listen to to a lot of details to understand the story in a Ringo series. John Ringo has written several masterpieces, and just as many medorcre stories.

    My advice - read the review carefully.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Corps: Book One of The Legacy Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (126)

    Many millennia ago, the human race was enslaved by the An - a fearsome alien people whose cruel empire once spanned the galaxies, until they were defeated and consigned to oblivion. But a research mission to the planet Ishtar has made a terrifying - and fatal - discovery: The Ahanu, ancestors of the former masters, live on, far from the reach of Earth - born weapons and technology ... and tens of thousands of captive human souls still bow to their iron will.

    DocJim says: "OK story, quite different (or weird) in many spots"
    "OK story, quite different (or weird) in many spots"
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    The first thing I would like to say is I thought David Drummond did a wonderful job of narration.

    Ian Douglas is one of my favorite authors. The Star Carrier series truly stands out and I have pre-ordered the next book in that series.

    Star Corps starts out well. Earth as a space faring species with no FTL travel. Very interesting when it is used (Ian Douglas is good at it).

    THEN, as the battle begins, we suddenly get a Wiccan religion thrown in. Huh? It is a completely made up religion (Wikipedia " It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and it was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant.")

    The battles continue and are well written and narrated. But it seems that every myth known on Earth has it origins in space. While Stargate used that theme a bit, they did not attribute EVERY myth to visitors and even had a rebellion thousands of years before Christ.

    According to the epilogue, the rest of the series will be looking at other mysteries and myths by Marine Expeditionary Forces.

    I guess I like Sci-Fi that is futuristic, and not based on myths or needs chaplains for 72 different religions including ones more inventive than the myths they seem to explore.

    I am not sure I will listen to the rest of the series to see if my thoughts are true. Oh, I have written negative reviews before. They always get thumbs down votes. Not sure why.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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