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cedar rapids, IA, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 4 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 341 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "good find"

    I really liked "Old man's War". This book has everything I wanted. Sci-fi, aliens, fighting, humor. I enjoy the type of book where you have a person who starts a new situation, learns about the univers and becomes a hero. Ussually it is from the perspective of a young person coming of age, going through bootcamp or some like training. The unique thing about this, is that it is from an old man's perspective.
    The writing is well done, the book goes quick. The alien races are an interesting mix. Good book.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "the wheel of time spins in a rut at Crossroads"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, if you have read the other books first

    Was Crossroads of Twilight worth the listening time?

    at 2x speed

    Any additional comments?

    I am going through this series on audible to prepare for the final book (yes, 10 credits into the series so far). I have read the books before, but wanted to listen to refresh my memory. This book is the least interesting of the first 10. However, if you have read the series from the begining, you should read this. I think of it as information that is like an appendix or supplimental reading at the end of a book (like with lord of the rings). Not much exciting, but if you like the world and characters you would want to read it. sort of the low point of the series as far as plot. What i have been doing is listening to it at 2x speed. Slowing down at a couple of spots. It will get better next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "buy it"

    Great Sci-Fi epic about what if aliens came to earth and what they would do. The action is good, the characters are interesting. The plot is entertaining and engrossing. The main character is believable as a very resourceful “normal” American. The portrayal of governments and bureaucracies not able to deal effectively with the Aliens is spot on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Anthony Durham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

    Glen says: "Thumbs up!"
    "no good"

    I read the reviews of this book, and that is why I decided to get it. I did not have a problem with the narrator as some did; however, not even the best reading would make this a good book. This is an epic fantasy story. This is not along the lines of epic stories that I enjoy. It was no good. What I mean by that , is there was no good versus evil. The author spent a great deal of time creating a world and characters, but if there was any character who seemed “good”, the author seemed to take great pleasure in killing or corrupting them. This may be appealing to some listeners, but not me. The story confusing at times, I found myself wondering why so much time was put into development of certain plot lines, only to have them cut off so suddenly at points. There were no great battles. Yes there were battles, but they were all won by some trick or another. The author spent a great deal of time setting up for the battles, but he always created ‘paper’ armies that would easily crumple with some ploy. I found myself hoping for a reasonable conclusion, some point to the conflict, or some good to present itself, but soon I just found myself longing for the end of the story. I gave it 2 stars as it was not awful, it just was not the type of story I like. It does seem that some reviewers found if very good. It is not a good versus evil, it is just no good.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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