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Thomas

MSU, MS, United States

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  • The Lost Fleet: Victorious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2839)
    Performance
    (1848)
    Story
    (1862)

    As war continues to rage between the Alliance and Syndicate Worlds, Captain "Black Jack" Geary is promoted to admiral - even though the ruling council fears he may stage a military coup. His new rank gives him the authority to negotiate with the Syndics, who have suffered tremendous losses and may finally be willing to end the war. But an even greater alien threat lurks on the far side of the Syndic occupied space.

    Jeffrey says: "This is a great series"
    "Great Series"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this series.

    One thing that has always puzzled me though is the cover art? Is that Geary? Why is he holding a gun? It looks like he is Master Chief in Halo. As far as a I can recall Geary never held a gun in the entire series. He is a fleet commander.

    But, cover art aside, this is a great series. I love the battle scenes and the authors acknowledgment and embracing of the laws of physics!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Rommel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    Autumn 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe; France has fallen; Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East.

    James says: "Killing Rommel"
    "Just couldn't get into this"
    Overall

    I never could get into any of the characters in this book. The author only takes time to develop the main character. The main character is fairly cliche. All other characters are just names. That made the book less interesting to me.

    A great nonfiction listen about the long range desert group is: The Phantom Major by Virginia Cowles

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sails on the Horizon: A Novel of the Napoleonic Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jay Worrall
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    With his first historical high-seas adventure chronicling the exploits of Naval Commander Charles Edgemont, Jay Worrall sets sail in the rousing tradition of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian.

    John Gilliam says: "Rousing love/sea tale"
    "Easy listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. The character development and pace are good and the narrator excellent.

    One potential problem for serious listeners in this genre. The main character's rank is Commander and he commands a frigate. I am not an expert, but, apparently, that is historically inaccurate. He is not high enough in rank to command such a ship.

    I can easily forgive that historical inaccuracy. Others may not be able to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sam Moses
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1942, the island of Malta was the most heavily bombed place on earth. Its submarine and air attacks on Axis supply convoys were all that kept Rommel from marching across North Africa. But Malta was out of fuel. Operation Pedestal was Malta's last hope, a giant convoy with more that 50 warships escorting 13 freighters and one life-or-death oil tanker, the SS Ohio. It was bombed, torpedoed, and abandoned, but two American Merchant Mariners boarded the ship and repaired the guns.

    James F. Geary says: "A spellbinding story"
    "Thee guys went through hell!"
    Overall

    Unbelievable story. This book really makes you appreciate what the Greatest Generation went through.

    I never knew life was so difficult in the merchant marine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (74)

    A sinister masterpiece, Our Mutual Friend was Dickens' last completed novel. It is perhaps his ultimate vision of a dark, macabre London and the corrupting power of money.

    Erez says: "Worth six stars"
    "Enjoyed on my second try"
    Overall

    I tried to listen to this audiobook twice. The first time I was distracted and could not follow the story. There are a lot of characters and there is a lot going on. I gave up.

    I tried again on vacation when I could concentrate and listen in long bursts. The book was great the second time.

    Lastly, the narrator does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March to the Sea: Prince Roger Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (596)

    Prince Roger MacClintock, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, was a spoiled rotten, arrogant, whiny, thoroughly useless young pain in the butt. But that was before an assassination attempt marooned the Royal Brat and his bodyguards on the planet Marduk, and before they had to march half way around the entire planet, through 120-degree heat and five-hour rainstorms in jungles full of damnbeasts, capetoads, killerpillars, and atul-grak, not to mention hostile peoples, to make their way back to port.

    Mark says: "Good Ole Sci Fi"
    "Too long, too repetitive"
    Overall

    This series feels like the authors had a good idea for a book and the publishers convinced the authors to stretch it into a 4 book series.

    Also, starting to get a bit to unbelievable for my taste.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (651)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "What is the point?"
    Overall

    First, the narrator is excellent. If you like War and Peace, then you will likely enjoy this reading.

    I just couldn't follow the story. I never could figure out what the plot was. It just seems to be a historical account of some peoples lives with no discernible plot or climax. I listened to about 2/3rd's of the book before finally giving up. I gave the book that much time because it is so widely acclaimed.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12827)
    Performance
    (5190)
    Story
    (5230)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Very good story"
    Overall

    Pros: good story, good narrator
    Cons: Sex/Rape scenes too graphic, written with modern prose which makes me wonder about the book's historical accuracy (though I know of no examples of inaccuracy)

    Very good book overall and I recommend it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

    Debbie in Plano says: "Narrator preference"
    "Beware"
    Overall

    I decided to give this narrator(Simon Vance) a try instead of Patrick Tull. Simon Vance reads far to fast, hardly stopping to breath between sentences.

    This reading is 3 hours 42 minutes shorter than the Patrick Tull version.

    Audible.com did me a favor and let me switch to the Patrick Tull version after two days of listening to this one.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Set and written in 1726, This is a marvelously imaginative tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver. He finds himself shipwrecked and the prisoner of captors ranging in size from 6 inches tall to 60 feet tall and of various other persuasions. But this is just the beginning of a story written, strangely enough to satirize the foolishness and vices of modern men as they were perceived at the time. No one, young or old, can ever forget the Lilliputians and the Yahoos that starred in these wonderful and riveting stories of long ago.

    David Eggerschwiler says: "Terrific Narration, Very interesting story"
    "So So"
    Overall

    This book is written with wonderful prose and read by a very talented narrator. When I first started the book it was a wonder to sit back and just listen. The story is very imaginative as well. This must be a very early example of the fantasy genre.

    I give it 3 stars because the story dragged at times, a lot of times. I did manage to finish it though.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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