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Rooster

Voracious listener of Science-Fiction and Epic Fantasy...

RALEIGH,NC 27613 | Member Since 2011

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  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (222)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    ""We'll leave the light on for you...""
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    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is actually a good story. No, it's not original, offhand "Old man's War" by John Scalzi comes to mind, but still an entertaining listen. I actually enjoyed the story in and by itself. But...Two chief complaints, first the narrator. This story just does not fit his voice. He reminds me of the "Motel 8"'s commercial voice over actor saying "...and we'll leave the light on for you...". not a rough and tumble type of voice your expecting. Second, the second half of the book is really only about 3 hours long, the rest being the first 3 chapters of Book 2. I didn't appreciate the abrupt ending and was about 30 minutes into the organizational flow chart before I realized the book was over. I will read Book 2 eventually, but I will need to listen to a couple of other books with different narrators just to adjust my listening comfort agian. I do recommend the book, but with patience as a virtue.Rooster

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (999)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper...what a romp!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dust and Shadow the most enjoyable?

    It felt like an overcast Saturday afternoon bundled in front of the ol' tele watching mystery theater with really good Sherlock Holmes movie( black&white, of course). Only thing missing was a bowl of steaming popcorn and a good friend to discuss with about “who dunnit” and what's gonna happen next!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Watson of course!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Well done! His interpretation of Holmes was a fantastic mix of all the classic Holmes portrayers from movies past.


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

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to the author for the research and authenticity of the information that formed a really solid mystery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (775)

    Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

    Peter says: "Great Story, Narrator Takes Getting Used To"
    "Good story, hampered by point of view narrating..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Down and dirty fantasy read, like a "lord of the rings" lite. It could have really used a different point of view for the story telling, or at least a more animated and more creative narrator. The story itself is fairly good, but it lacked an overall excitment the premise deserved.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Company?

    Not just one moment, but the battles between the "18" and the "10" were noteworthy


    What aspect of Marc Vietor’s performance would you have changed?

    lacking and monotone, just didn't click with me, really made it hard to listen to. Only the story itself kept me interested.


    Any additional comments?

    If the additional stories have a different narrator, I may read on, as of now, this is the last, sad to say really.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (407)

    A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

    Michale says: "Haunting"
    "10 lbs of great sci-fi in a 5 lb bag!"
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    What did you love best about A Hunger for the Infinite?

    The author's ability to cram so much vitality into the main character's live while fully exploring the environment in such vivid detail and quenching the thirsts for those of us with the need for scientific knowledge (theoretical and non-theoretical alike). And the way he was able to interject the feelings of the defeated and enslaved throughout the whole novella and battle was a wonderful insight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Main character, regardless of name, could be any one of us or at least what one would strive to be...


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    "Mantis". To be a machine yet wanting to understand, albeit morbidly, the human condition, was very well translated by Robin.


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

    The human ability to adapt cannot be defeated


    Any additional comments?

    Only complaint is that it was too short. At least it was developed into series which I will definitely include in my future collections. It is definitely worth the small change to purchase and far exceeds the ratio of enjoyment vs. cost.

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1209)

    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"
    "Damn fine story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Black to be better than the print version?

    I would have it no other way. Though I consider my imagination up to the task, I enjoy having someone else provide the voices for the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The final third of the novel was intense to say the least. no spoilers here;)


    Any additional comments?

    Nonstop action, fluid conversations, and just enough definition of character for what is a relatively short novel.Though this premise has been visited ad nausea, The author was still able to keep the story fresh and easily understood for even the most novice of sci-fi readers.The narrator was fantastic, especially improvising the women characters voices, though the "alien" human accents fluttered between French and Russian but not at all aggravating. overall thumbs up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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