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Ron

Sci-fi loving history buff who enjoys a good detective story.

Gig Harbor, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 201 titles in library
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  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (646)

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "Dripping with unrealized potentail"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love space based sci-fi which is what lead me to this series. This story's revolves around a central flawed individual who eventually becomes the unlikely hero. The author does a good job building our hero's past and weaving it into the story. There wasn't any point that I wished we could have sped this along to get to the space battles. Unfortunately it is the space battles where this book falls flat. There is a lot of time devoted to the minute details of the tech, which is cool, but in the end the overwhelming and seemingly invincible enemies are easily turned away.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ian Douglas before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Ian Douglas book and where I won't be listening to any more in this series he is a gifted author and I would give another book a listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1565)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Just keeps getting better"
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    Where does Guardian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not only is this a great addition to the series but it opens up door for the series continuation. the lost fleet series is the best space epic and if made into a movie it could rival Star Trek or Star Wars. the writing is brilliant with plenty of tech without being geeky and more than enough of the human element to draw you in. This is well worth your time to read/listen. Enjoy.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first series I listen to that was narrated by Christian Rummel but not the last. I have pick several books just because he was the narrator but the lost fleet series is still my favorite by him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The next great space epic


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (363)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Too long"
    Overall

    Hopelessly too long.

    This book displays a bias towards Hamilton and his ideas that seem to prejudice any other figures and ideas of the time.

    It is obvious that a tremendous amount of research went into the writing of this book. It is tragic that Ron Chernow, a master wordsmith, displays his talents by talking over you instead of conveying his ideas.

    I found the subject matter and the book interesting but it did lull at times as Ron dwelled on trivial points. For my money I would recommend the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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