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Ed

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Barrayar: A Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (650)

    In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

    Karen S. Coyle says: "Lois Bujold always delivers!"
    "So happy these older Vorkosigan books are on audio"
    Overall

    While these older books in the saga aren't necessary to understand the newer books which feature Miles, they do add a lot of depth. It's great to understand the background and motivations of the characters that take secondary roles in the later books.

    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
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (1417)
    Story
    (1433)

    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.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Childish"
    Overall

    I liked John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata. In that series, we saw the author's conservative views but they were part of the story. In this book the same views are preachy and shallow. The book wants to be a young republican's fantasy: Blowing stuff up, speeches on the virtues of conservatism, and blondes in heat (yes, that's correct, blondes in heat.)

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.

    Christopher says: "A good second book in this series"
    "Character dev. - break from the weird aliens"
    Overall

    Not that I disliked the "weird aliens" introduced in the first book, but this humans-only followup was a nice break.

    I've only heard these first two books, so I don't want to rush to judgment. The aliens in book one seem so alien it's a little difficult to relate. In this book, we have humans with accessible human motivations. The setting is good sci-fi, the main characters evolve, excellent second book in the series. Definitely enough for me to get book three.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rapid Spanish: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Spanish and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

    Shelly says: "Not for the beginner"
    "Good, an American version would be nicer"
    Overall

    I'm enjoying this very much. I think the method is sound, and I'm learning.

    There are a couple of issues specific for American listeners. The Spanish is pronounced in a way that is uncommon in the Americas. To those of us accustomed to hearing Spanish spoken by Central/South Americans, it sounds affected.

    Even the English part can be a challenge. One of the "memory hooks" - for dos (two) was "it sounds like doss, to sleep". This had me totally confused and I looked it up. Apparently it's a British word.

    Regardless, I think this is well worth the cost.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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