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J. Collins

JAC

Annapolis, Md | Member Since 2005

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  • Halo: Contact Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Staten
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Jennifer Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    It is the year 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But we have trespassed on holy ground, strayed into the path of an aggressive alien empire known as the Covenant. What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind into a struggle for its very existence.

    james says: "I'm not a gamer"
    "First Contact"
    Overall

    This is the book that starts it all and lays the footings for the Human - Covenant war. It is the story of first contact between races, and its a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cthulhu Encryption: A Romance of Piracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Brian Stableford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Auguste Dupin is one of the few persons in Paris who can identify the rare Cthulhu Encryption inscribed in the flesh of a dying madwoman. The Comte de Saint-Germain has a second cryptogram that's a partner to the one Dupin now owns, and believes it to be the key to a fabulous treasure hoard buried by the pirate Levasseur. Harassed by shoggoths and tracked by Saint-Germain, Dupin must find the key to the complex puzzle. Can the might of Cthulhu be held at bay? And will any answer that Dupin finds enable him and his friends to escape with their lives?

    Amy says: "Poe, Lovecraft, and Alchemists"
    "Hard to get into"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if it was the narrators reading style or the story itself, but I had a very difficult time getting into this one. The story tends to evolve quickly at times, and if you get distracted you are quickly left confused as to what's going on. The narrator uses slight inflections to differentiate between the characters, but there is something almost clinical to the cadence of the narrators voice that made it very difficult to pay attention to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Problems of Work: Scientology Applied to the Workaday World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Harry Chase
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Problems of Work contains the senior principles and laws that apply to every endeavor, every problem of work. For they are the discoveries which lay bare the core of these problems and explain the very fabric of life itself.

    Arik says: "It Helped Me a Lot"
    "Be patient with the sales pitch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Problems of Work?

    L. Ron Hubbord was a sales man for Scientology, and this book is definitely a sales pitch. If you can ignore all that, there are many insightful gems of knowledge in this book. He brings up many points that are well worth the read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Problems of Work?

    He speaks of the character of mankind, and our true desire to be productive workers being the sole source of our happiness. When a man has no work (work being productive purpose, not a job) he is malcontent, unhappy, and disruptive. The many ways this can present itself from early childhood through adulthood is an interesting read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's short and I was doing chores, so yes it's an all in one sitting listen. I will probably listen to it again, so that I may have a chance to renew several of his viewpoints in my memory.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a Scientologist, but a person who is interested in hearing and considering different viewpoints. This book contained several solid, well thought out ideas that I found I agree with; however following every pronouncement and idea with a sales pitch on how only a real Scientologist can help you reach true understanding in the ideals set forth by the book is a major detractor. Ignoring that, it was an enjoyable read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (607)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Watch the movie"
    Overall

    This is just about the only book you would ever hear me saying this about, but John Krakauer is extremely long winded in this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (105)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    This book is an enjoyable listen

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: The Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (289)

    The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.

    James says: "Robotic compare to The Fall Of Reach"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    I will just simply say: If you enjoyed any of the other books in the Halo series, you will enjoy this one. It is well writen and well read just like the rest of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Time of Changes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Silverberg
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Set in the distant future, when human beings populate a variety of planets, A Time of Changes examines the society of Borthan. For thousands of years, Borthan has been ruled by a covenant that teaches that the self is to be despised. The baring of personal thoughts and feelings represents the most heinous crime. Kinnall Darival has always outwardly observed the covenant. But inwardly, he commits a grave offense when he falls in love with his bondsister, Halum.

    Michael says: "One trick story"
    "Long, Dry, Though Provoking"
    Overall

    This book is pretty good if you don't mind listening to a dry read. The narration is almost monotone, and the book a bit wordy. It is however a thought provoking take on a society where saying the word I is just about the biggest social snafu you can make.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    "You have a very lovely little girl," breathed the voice on the phone. And just like that, Susan Young is drawn into a living nightmare. A stranger has kidnapped Sue's daughter, Veda. But he doesn't want Sue's money, only her suffering -- and he will kill Veda if Sue doesn't follow his every command.

    Kim says: "Good, Fast-Paced Story"
    "Good horror novel"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: First Strike

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eric Nylund
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (294)

    Halo has been destroyed, and the threat it posed to sentient life neutralized. But victory has come at a terrible cost for the UNSC. Thousands of valiant soldiers fell in the battle to prevent the alien construct from falling into the enemy's clutches. Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the Master Chief.

    Mike says: "Supprised"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Like the other Halo Novels this is a good book. The Narrator does an excellent job providing animated varied voice inflections for each character. Very well read.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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