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Ed Burkhead

East Peoria, IL USA | Member Since 2002

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  • A Civil Campaign: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (623)

    Lord Miles Vorkosigan has a problem that all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But, as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge.

    Ethan M. says: "Comedy and a Romp with Characters You Love"
    "My favorite Bujold book"
    Overall

    This is my favorite Lois McMaster Bujold book. It's incredibly rich in characters and situations. It's not as much an action book as some of her previous in the series but it's the richest, I think, in drama and humor.

    I think this could be a first read book in the series with great enjoyment. But, after reading a bunch of the earlier books, the tapestry becomes fully woven, here.

    This book is about Miles' courtship of Ekaterin amid a BUNCH of difficulties, starting with her being repulsed by the idea of ever marrying again after her failed previous marriage which ended in the death of her husband just weeks before But Miles has no doubt SHE is the one he wants to marry and his intentions . . . leak to everyone he knows.

    I'm struck by wishing I could be friends with a bunch of the main characters of this book. People you get to know and like.

    Grover Gardner has again done an excellent job of reading a Bujold book, if anything, better than before.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Triffids

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

    Mark Willis says: "Surprisingly good"
    "One of the best BOOKS I've ever read - repeatedly"
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    Where does The Day of the Triffids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There's no doubt that this book should be "read" by everyone. Heck, it a good book. Besides, it gives, as a background, some serious philosophical thought. I've read it on paper, now on audio, at least half a dozen times over the last 50 years.

    It is timeless. I don't think there's anything in it that isn't really appropriate for today. It's really well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a story with which I could really identify, especially with the lead characters. They could have been me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Waking up in the hospital - the beginning. But, it kept up the pace.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be careful! Two or three times, movies have been made from this book. One is terrible and shares little more than the title! Get the one with John Duttine as the lead star. It's a BBC adaption if the book and quite faithful to it - which is good). The tag line would be, I think, "How subtle can an invasion be? (Though the book is not at all about an invasion.)"


    Any additional comments?

    Worth re-reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2648)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1471)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "First or early narration - not well done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Starship Troopers? What did you like least?

    The story mixed action with philosophy well. It's one my favorite Heinlein books. I wish Lloyd James would re-record it with the skills he has now. It's the reason I joined the Army instead of another branch - and I stayed for 3 years active and 18 years in the reserves. I guess you could say that this book was an important influence in my life.

    BUT, this was one of Lloyd James' first audio books (I think and hope). He LATER became a very good reader. With this book he was stilted and artificial. Later, when he read "The Curse of Chalion" (a VERY good book, by the way) he read so well that I looked a couple of times to assure myself it was the same reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realistic action (which hasn't deteriorated at all over 50 years) and the philosophy, mixed in, that I wish we could adopt now.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lloyd James’s performances?

    YES, BUT, look carefully at the performance reviews of Lloys James. He started off poor but became very good.


    Was Starship Troopers worth the listening time?

    YES! But don't let Lloyd James reading put you off Heinlein. He was the king of SF from 70+ to 40 years ago. His books have aged remarkably well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laddertop

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Twenty five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared.

    Brad says: "For immature readers (no offense intended)."
    "Not bad for a chapter or short story"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card and/or Emily Janice Card and Stefan Rudnicki ?

    I wish for the rest of this story. As a short story, it's not bad. But, considering cost per minute, it's not so good. Where is the rest of the book?


    Would you recommend Laddertop to your friends? Why or why not?

    There was only the beginning here. I want some assurance that the story will be complete before I recommend this author.


    What three words best describe Emily Janice Card and Stefan Rudnicki ’s voice?

    Fairly well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (291)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "Masters of the Air"
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    What did you like best about Masters of the Air? What did you like least?

    This book follow the formula - tales of daring-do at first followed by actual history then tales of the prison camps. I wish he'd put section one last (but, I guess, how many would stay to hear it if the history came first')

    I had high expectations for this book but it did not live up to them. However, I think it is worth listening to because it does tell the story and the story is worth the time spent reading/listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donald L. Miller again?

    Maybe


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    The performance was good enough that it "disappeared" from my attention.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2177)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (985)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Fantastic fantasy - original, involved, exciting"
    Overall

    This is really original fantasy. Lois Bujold writes great stories, characters you want to have for friends (except the enemies who, themselves, are drawn believably) and worlds of imagination.

    Lois doesn't just rehash the same old ogres, elves, etc., that are the staples of so many fantasy writers - she creates something new and fascinating.

    The Curse of Chalion won the Hugo Award for the the Best SF/Fantasy of its year as voted by the fans - and it was well deserved.

    Lloyd James did a REALLY GOOD job of narrating this. He has developed greatly as a narrator and his voices, emotion, pacing, . . . everything, were really appropriate to the content of the story.

    0 of 1 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
    (13230)
    Performance
    (5564)
    Story
    (5607)

    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"
    "Really good story telling"
    Overall

    This is a kind of fiction I generally don't like, yet, I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK and it's sequel, "World Without End."

    The characters are many but they are well and thoroughly filled out in this epic. I've listened to this book two or three times and certainly will again. The times are drawn in a way to bring them alive.

    This led me on to several of Ken Follet's other books - also good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (337)

    The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

    Michael says: "It gets better"
    "Book may be good - can't stand the narrator"
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    I like the premise of the book though it seems to be one of his early works. I haven't been able to finish it, though, because I CAN'T STAND the narrator. Sorry.

    This narrator, Peter Ganim, read this book about as woodenly as the average sixth grader required to stand and read before the class. His little emotion is poorly related to the story. His sentence emphasis and cadence is very often wrong for the content. (Did he read the book before performing it?)

    If someone else could narrate this book, I'd give it a second chance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Local Custom: The Liaden Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Michael Shanks
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Master trader Er Thom knows the custom of Liad is to be matched with a proper bride, and provide his prominent clan Korval with an heir. Yet his heart is immersed in another universe, influenced by another culture, and lost to a woman not of his world.To take a Terran wife such as scholar Anne Davis is to risk his honor and reputation. When he discovers that their brief encounter years before has resulted in the birth of a child, even more is at stake than anyone imagined.

    Lifelong Reader says: "Wonderful narration of a classic book"
    "Excellent starting point to excellent series"
    Overall

    Lee and Miller write about fully developed characters and the problems they encounter. This story is great for introducing the rich and fully developed world of Liad and its customs and nature and its often uncomfortable abrasions with Terran customs and people.

    The story is thoughtful and touching with just some action. (Some later books in the series have lots of action but all keep the characterization and fascinating social situations.)

    I've read the entire series on paper multiple times. It stays on my comfort reading shelf.

    Start here and look forward to the rest of the series.

    Buy them on paper for now and again on audio when they come available. I'll be buying all of the series again on audible as fast as they get recorded. Search for Liad or Korval.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (530)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "I found it diverting."
    Overall

    After reading the other reviews, I wonder if we read the same book. Agreed that this isn't the best Clancy but I did enjoy it.

    The ending leaves us set up for one or many sequels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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