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Noah

Bryan, TX, United States

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  • Forever Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.

    Jan says: "Too lazy to come up with a decent ending"
    "Good, but not as good as The Forever War"
    Overall

    In terms of sheer writing skill, and the ability to portray the raw tragedy, loneliness, and emptiness of being a soldier, Joe Haldeman is without equal. This book is melancholy, depressing, and despairing. It is not, however, as good as The Forever War, and in fact has no relation to that epochal work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4055)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2419)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "First half of a good series"
    Overall

    This is good stuff - space opera that's smart but not TOO smart, fun archetypical characters, standard Doc Smith style tropes. The drawback to this book is that its climax is cut short, since the second volume in the 2-volume series has most of the action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1831)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Better than the first one"
    Overall

    Extremely epic space opera here, very reminiscent of E.E. Doc Smith, but with more humor and sex. Titanic space battles, species ascending to godhood, space marines, alien menaces, and all your favorite stuff! Contrary to many people's opinion, this one is better than the first volume in the 2-book sequence. Still, the ending is a bit rushed and contrived...welcome to the world of Peter F. Hamilton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empires of the Sea: The Contest for the Center of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Roger Crowley
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    Empires of the Sea tells the story of the 50-year world war between Islam and Christianity for the Mediterranean: one of the fiercest and most influential contests in European history. It traces events from the appearance on the world stage of Suleiman the Magnificent through "the years of devastation" when it seemed possible that Islam might master the whole sea, to the final brief flourishing of a united Christendom in 1571.

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant detail, exciting story"
    "Most fun history book ever!"
    Overall

    I was expecting a somewhat dry recounting of names and places and dates; what I got was an explosively exciting, richly detailed, superbly vivid tale of adventure, desperation, and glory on the not-so-high seas. I am running out of adjectives to describe how gripping this book was. I usually listen to audiobooks for less than an hour a day; with this one, I couldn't take my headphones off until I had finished.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alexandra Harney
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    To write The China Price, Alexandra Harney has penetrated further and deeper into China's enormous ecosystem of export-oriented industry than any outsider before her. She uncover the disturbing truth about how China is able to offer such amazingly low prices to the rest of the world.

    Alexandra says: "Thoroughly Research, Balanced Account"
    "Very informative, a little bit dry"
    Overall

    This is a very good survey of the hidden costs of cheap Chinese manufacturing. The anecdotes are poignant and powerful. The prose is a little dry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3012)
    Performance
    (2321)
    Story
    (2327)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Best new fantasy I've read in years!"
    Overall

    With his fictional city of Camorr, Scott Lynch has created arguably the most interesting, original city in modern fantasy (yes, even better than China Mieville's cities!). It's a mix of 1400s Venice, 1700s London, and a Final Fantasy magic/steampunk metropolis. But this book has more going for it than just the setting - the characters in this book are wonderfully vivid and seem to leap right off the page. The story is extremely unpredictable, though things seem to take a teensy bit too long to happen. The action is bloody, realistic, and heart-poundingly exciting.

    The narrator is awesome, and his accent (a kind of Cockney, I think) is perfect for the setting.

    Buy this book!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: High Seas, High Stakes: Naval Battles That Changed History

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Timothy B. Shutt
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Naval battles have long captured the popular imagination, from confrontations between Athens and Sparta in the ancient world to the epic conflicts that took place during the World Wars and beyond. In this riveting series of lectures, Professor Timothy B. Shutt of Kenyon College explores the naval battles that have helped to establish empires and have changed history.

    Chris says: "Intellectually and technically sloppy"
    "Fun, engaging, and informative"
    Overall

    Professor Timothy B. Shutt has perhaps the most entertaining voice in all of audiobook history. Just listening to him is pure entertainment. His lectures are also very engaging, full of fun historical details that really bring the past to life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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