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Grayson, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 88 ratings
  • 303 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "The first was great. This one is twice as good!"
    What did you love best about Caliban's War?

    Great characters. The pace stayed quick the whole time. The real "feel" of the space environments was great. One of the new character's, "Chrisjen Avasarala" was fantastic! People in other reviews referred to her as a foul mouthed grandmother, but that sells her way short. She's a sharp as a tack politician who's actually fun to "watch" in action. Her character had me laughing constantly with her abrasive sarcasm. The dynamics of the crew aboard the Rocinante was fleshed out some more which was nice. I thought I'd really miss Miller in this book after his death in #1, but I really didn't. I think Chrisjen Avasarala filled the void he left and exceeded it by far.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caliban's War?

    One? Can't do it. Several: Holden flying the Razorback to the battleship. Bobby throwing a fit in the middle of the officials' meeting. Bobby saying, "b-bye" right before firing her Gatling gun. Every scene with Chrisjen Avasarala.

    Which character – as performed by Jefferson Mays – was your favorite?

    Chrisjen Avasarala - of course. Mays did a fantastic job portraying her.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes. Far too long to do that of course, but I'd have loved to.

    Any additional comments?

    It was so good, I wish it'd been even longer. I will by the next one THE DAY it goes on sale here at Audible. The authors have A LOT of ground to cover and questions to answer.

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  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Mike Naka says: "code zero! need i say more?"
    "Absolutely fantastic!"

    Maybe the best Joe Ledger book yet. Elements from several of the rest of the stories. You keep wondering how it's going to play out because you just can't see a good outcome ahead. You don't HAVE to have read the others to enjoy this one, but there are A LOT of references to the others so you might find some spoilers.

    Ray Porter (the narrator) is amazing. He IS the DMS. His voices are forever ingrained in my imagination of these characters.

    This series has been so good that I would gladly pre-order and pre-pay for the next 10 unwritten Joe Ledger books if we could get Jonathan Maberry to commit to writing them and Ray Porter locked in to narrate them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "This book had huge potential."

    First, I enjoyed the book. It is a good story idea and engages you to where you want to keep listening to find out what happens next...
    BUT..... I think the story feels far too rushed. Maybe the publisher cut 2/3 of the book that are still laying on the editing room floor, or the author wrote it planning to explain everything later in the series. There are just so many great story arc seeds in the book that never get fleshed out. Some of the biggest questions concerning the most important discovery in human history (in the story) never get asked or get glossed over. The ship is the farthest into space mankind has ever ventured, they find and rescue a survivor of a battle that turns out to be a ***spoiler excluded ;)*** and the conversation proceeds like this: Captain - "Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here? Tell us of your world." Survivor - "I'm not going to tell you that". Captain - "Damn. Well, I tried. Ok. Want to tour my ship?"
    The book is full of little things like that that are teased but never fleshed out. Again, it's a GOOD BOOK, but it could have been a great book.
    The narrator does a decent job. He isn't hard to listen to like some are. He does however do one thing sometimes - more in the beginning - that is distracting: he reads too much in one breath and gets stretched thin at the end of the breath and you can hear it in his voice. Also, he makes every non-key supporting character sound the same and very squeaky, at least at first. It's as if he gives them all a generic "annoying toady" voice until he decides which voice to use for them.

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