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Michael

Fresno, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Short Victorious War: Honor Harrington, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (942)

    The rulers of the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble and revolt is brewing, so it's high time for a short victorious war. But Honor Harrington is going to give them a war that's neither short nor victorious.

    Jean says: "A Short Victorious War"
    "A very good book in the series."
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    Very nice book. Weber kept the book the story line moving while he introduce new adversaries. Looking forward to listening to the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (638)

    The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

    G. M. says: "A Must Have Series!!!"
    "More magic than SF"
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    This book is waste. The complete Manpower story line is just magic. By Weber’s own description is they are a small but wealthy system who specialize in biotech. I can buy they are the galaxies leader in biotech. So having 2 super advances in that field makes sense. The genetic upgrades they have done is major and I can believe they can control politics. The bio-virus that controls people is believable if your are that deep into genetics. It stays within their expertise. For me at this point it is still SF.

    It starts to become magic when they come up with 3 non-biotech advances that are all undetectable.
    1) They made a drive that takes them well into the higher hyper bands.
    2) New sub-light drives that are undetectable using a totally new propulsion system.
    3) A grazer that keeps its’ power but can fit into a missile.

    That becomes unbelievable. It would be hard to believe they came up with one of these technologies. You have two naval empires that can not create these technologies with all their research. Then to add insult, Mr. Weber has them create a navy without anybody noticing. Not even the Ballroom!

    If they were capable of all this on top of their biotech everybody in the galaxy would be watching them. This has lost its' SF taste.

    He tries to compare it to Japan in WWII. No match. Japan did not have any super weapons. They had advances the US did not have. Great Britain had similar technology. They convinced the US they were not advancing their navy, but everybody knew the Japanese had navy. The surprise was where it was located.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Camouflage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (279)

    The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

    Deborah Thompson says: "Grows on you"
    "A very good story even if it was predictable."
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    I found the story to be very predictable at times. Other times I had a hard time differentiating between the chameleon and the changeling. Over all this was still an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (625)

    No one wanted another war. Thomas Theisman didn't. Not after risking his life to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution. Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. No one was shooting anyone else at the moment, and his government could continue to milk all those "hostilities only" tax measures for their own partisan projects.

    Aaron Sher says: "Oh my God, it's slow!"
    "Very slow."
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    This book is a transition book and it is very slow. All the main characters are only side notes to the most boring political dialog I have listened to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3796)
    Performance
    (3479)
    Story
    (3487)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Great book, but skips from time to time."
    Overall
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    The story was very good and the narrators performance was great. The datafile had some skips in it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (272)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Tizroc says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "More like porn less like Sci-Fi."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Over half the book is just porn that does not improve the plot. The remaining story is a good start.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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