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Eric Berger

Houston, TX | Member Since 2005

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  • 30 reviews
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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

    John M says: "Fascinating book about a little-understood time"
    "A little disappointed"
    Overall

    This book does a nice job of illuminating the real life of the Pilgrims, and with that it succeeds. The first half of the book is devoted to telling how the Pilgrims began their voyage, and their first two years in the colony. This part is excellent.

    The second half deals with King Phillip's War, and it just feels disjointed. The narrative jumps around and feels less cohesive than the first half of the book.

    Finally, George Guidall normally does an excellent job narrating books. But in a story about Pilgrims and Indians his voice and manner just seems wholly out of place, and at times this was really distracting for me. His reading of the book made Phillip seem almost comical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5193)
    Performance
    (4702)
    Story
    (4713)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Balki is one heck of a narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a really entertaining book and the narration is among the best of the 100s of books I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crown of Shadows: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (219)

    More than a millennium after the human race forges an uneasy stalemate against the demonic human-psyche feeders known as the fae, a pain-hungry demon called Calesta declares war on all living beings.

    Amy D. Flores says: "Wow, the ending blew me away!"
    "Weakest of the trilogy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they wanted to complete the triology.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. S. Friedman again?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the weakest of the three novels in the series, I just didn't find the new characters compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3635)
    Performance
    (2584)
    Story
    (2599)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Jefferson says: "Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir"
    "Wow. This book is amazing."
    Overall

    I've probably listened to 150 audiobooks and this one is one of the very best. Like others have said, this is fantasy in the same league as George RR Martin, both in quality and in terms of real-world building and gray characters. The writing is great and the last couple of hours of the book are just spellbinding. The Bloody Nine is just one of the best fantasy characters ever devised.

    I have to also spare a comment for the narrator, whom I had never listened to before this book. He. Is. Outstanding. He does a range of characters and does them all very well. Pacey adds so much to the novel.

    Highest recommendation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2950)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1806)

    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 book"
    Overall

    Because Hamilton has already built much of his commonwealth galaxy, the second book is focused more on actually telling the narrative and less on world building.

    Overall a satisfying conclusion.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4022)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2388)

    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"
    "Slow start, overall enjoyable."
    Overall

    1. The book starts slowly. As in, don't expect much of a coherent narrative for the first five or six hours. If you can get past this, the story picks up and becomes excellent. But you've got to invest the time.

    2. Hamilton builds an excellent, encompassing galaxy and spins a good story. There are so many "main" characters it is difficult to become close to all of them, but there are some fun characters.

    3. John Lee is a good narrator, but he seems out of place in science fiction. I'd prefer him in historical fiction or classic novels. Maybe it's a personal taste, but he doesn't sound like science fiction to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (616)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    LeRoy Reynolds says: "Great audio book AFTER the first 2.5 hours"
    "Masterful book, masterful narration"
    Overall

    This is a great book, with wonderful characters, and it's an easy way to understand, appreciate and enjoy Japanese culture from some 400 years ago.

    Case, as usual, is outstanding as an audiobook narrator. I can't fathom why some people criticize him. He's wonderful and makes the book come alive.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3055)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1728)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Very solid book"
    Overall

    Yes, it's a bit dated, but it's also the first book of the comet/asteroid as the end of the world genre. In that sense it's groundbreaking and definitely worth reading.

    Some people may have difficulty with the first several hours up until right before the comet makes landfall. Yes, the book jumps around, but there are lots of characters to weave into the narrative. And believe me, the payoff is worth it.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3612)
    Performance
    (2171)
    Story
    (2194)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    This was really an enjoyable read, and some of the pilgrims' tales were utterly captivating. Narration is good, not great.

    Highly recommended for those who can appreciate good storytelling and aren't looking for a run-of-the-mill thriller for those with short attention spans.

    My thanks to audible for bringing this book to the audio format.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (523)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Good premise, poor execution."
    Overall

    There are some pretty intriguing ideas in this book, but the writing is relatively poor and the characterization quite weak. We spend a lot of time with some of the characters but even at the novel's end they feel pretty two dimensional.

    The writing is also pedantic at times.

    Finally, I agree with an earlier review. The narrator sometimes makes the Jamaican character sound French, and the French character sound Jamaican.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (204)

    A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

    A. Millard says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Good book. Excellent narration"
    Overall

    The book is pure Dickens, but it requires some patience to get into, especially for first time readers of this genre. The first fourth or fifth of the book will be slow going for some, but perseverance will be rewarded.

    I can't say enough about the terrific, spot on narration. I wish this reader would do more Dickens. He was fantastic.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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