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Rick

MUNDELEIN, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Moonstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By J. D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The moon has suddenly acquired its own satellite: a two-mile-across starship that represents a hitherto unsuspected Galactic Commonwealth. The F'thk, a vaguely centaur-like member species for whom Earth's ecology is hospitable, have been sent to evaluate humanity for prospective membership. The F'thk are overtly friendly but very private - "Information is a trade good." As Earth's scientists struggle to understand their secretive appraisers, odd inconsistencies emerge. As troubling as those anomalies is the reemergence of a bit of insanity humanity thought it had outgrown: cold war and nuclear saber-rattling.

    Rick says: "terrible perforamnce, ok story"
    "terrible perforamnce, ok story"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Edward M. Lerner and/or J. D. Hart?

    Maybe


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get someone else to read it


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get someone else to read it


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Moonstruck?

    I would streamline the beginning of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Galactic Frontiers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Darrell Bain
    • Narrated By Parker Luttrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Galaxy is being colonized by well financed groups and nations but the UN is increasing its control of earth and now wants to control the colonies as well. A confederacy of ships bought by groups from the United States has a different idea about the type government they want and are willing to fight for it. Sage Gomez learns his parents are among them and that he will be leaving for the stars. He has no idea of how much trouble is waiting for them beyond earth. He is going to have to age awfully fast!

    Dan says: "A 3½ Star Series Intro"
    "What a crappy book"
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    What disappointed you about Galactic Frontiers?

    I hate SF books with over the op political themes. Any moron could write a book like this. Watch fox news for 24 hours, write down a couple of things they say is killing the USA then write a 3rd graders story where principled people leave earth to escape the horrors of government. Throw in some hateful stereotypes about Muslims and presto you have a book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Darrell Bain again?

    No this author is terrible


    What didn’t you like about Parker Luttrell’s performance?

    Nothing. He is monotone with no character at all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. I read a lot of books and not that I travel a lot a have purchased 50+ audio books. This is the worst book I ever purchased form Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy any books from this author or this performer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7476)
    Performance
    (7111)
    Story
    (7123)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "This is fun story for engineers."
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    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    The performance made this book. I liked the story and it is one of those books it is hard to stop listening to. I got back from a long road trip and the next day I took another road trip to finish the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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