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DocJim

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

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  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (819)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
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    I fell in love with Sci-Fi from reading "Ender's Game" many, many, years ago. Even great writers like Orson Scott Card can write mediocre stories -- but this one fits in the very top of the master's work and Sci-Fi as a whole! It kept me a gripped for hours. The narration was great. If you are a fan of Card you must read this one. Prequels are not always good, but this one is BEYOND good and would fit in the great category.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Awakening: The Hyperscape Project, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donald Swan
    • Narrated By Meral Mathews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Enemy activity had fallen into an eerie calm, but everyone felt the coming storm - a terrible storm, poised to unleash its fury upon the galaxy. It seemed as though the entire universe was holding its breath. Waiting. Whether waiting for the salvation of mankind or its demise was yet unclear.

    DocJim says: "Great Beginning!"
    "Great Beginning!"
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    HYPERSCAPE ia a great beginning to a series. I assume the rest of the series is in production and will be available soon.

    Lots of action with lots of interaction between people and aliens. I look forward to the rest of the series. I must admit that only one book, which ends kind of abruptly is frustrating. But some things have been written very well.

    While the aliens are technologically ahead of humans in many, if not all, ways -- the human has many ideas and some technology ahead of the aliens.This seems to me to be more realistic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Brian says: "RAW!! REFRESHING AND SOMETIMES BRUTAL!!!!"
    "Chapters devoted to RAPE. Forget this one."
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    I normally like Ringo's writing, but "Ghost" has a beast that comes out and the book narrates chapters (not just a page or so) to GRAPHIC RAPE. I have never rated a book with only one star -- usually there is something redeeming. But not this time! Skip it. Do not give the author or publisher any money for exploiting RAPE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (347)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "A Highly Rated Book that I Returned"
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    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2756)
    Performance
    (2616)
    Story
    (2619)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "This Fits with "The Right Stuff" and "Apollo 13"."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamland: Dale Brown's Dreamland, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Dreamland is the place where the nation's top minds come to develop artillery and aircraft that push beyond the cutting edge. And where the Air Force's top guns come to test them, on the frontlines of a new era in warfare. The fiasco of a spy's infiltration has the Pentagon looking for an excuse to close Dreamland down. To clean up the mess, and save Dreamland from the congressional chopping block, Lt. Colonel Tecumseh "Dog" Bastian is sent in.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "A lot like Tom Clancy"
    "Great Action - Well Researched - Great Value!"
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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon’s plans to invade England. Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will light the powder trail leading to the battle of Trafalgar.

    Jean says: "Forester's last book"
    "Not Sure This Shouldn't be a Footnote ..."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (821)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "B.V. Larson does it again!"
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    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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Journey into Space: The World In Peril, Episodes 1-20

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Chilton
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged the listener as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Brilliant Old-Time Radio Drama"
    "A BBC Radio Show. Lots of fun from the era!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (624)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "A Must Read ... All about honor during a war!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare A Higher Call to and why?

    "Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery" by Metaxas


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    Hard to say: both the American pilot Charlie and the German pilot Fritz were convincing characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the two pilots finally meet 40+ years later.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Megan Derr
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    General Dieter von Adolwulf has led the Scarlet Army to many victories against Kria's hated enemies. Then the Scarlet face a deadly attack in the night by a Salharan soldier with no name and no purpose but to kill, a man who refuses to bend to the Wolf who takes him prisoner.

    DocJim says: "The word b****" and sex instead of a battle spoils"
    "The word b****" and sex instead of a battle spoils"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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