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Jason Mackay

Sammamish, WA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Deep Space: Star Carrier, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh'daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth's advancement toward technological Singularity. But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive. And now a new battle begins. After 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh'daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate - sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation - becomes a risky proposition....

    Anandasubramanian says: "Excellent series and book"
    "Great space battles, pulpy sci-fi"
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    What made the experience of listening to Deep Space the most enjoyable?

    I love the authors attention to detail with respect to the technology in use in his world. He gets really into the physics of near light-speed combat and creates really fun battle scenes. The politics and story are good too, but its all about the space battles here. That's a perfect sci-fi book to me. It's not "Nebula Award" winning story telling but it's a lot of fun!


    What other book might you compare Deep Space to and why?

    Kind of like the Lost Fleet series but with a lot less fluffy drama. Great space battles, cool tech, both are a little bit repetitive in how they explain the technology over and over again. The character storylines in this book are a bit better than those in the Lost Fleet series. Really, this book is all about awesome space battles.


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator, love his pacing and voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David M. Ewalt
    • Narrated By David M. Ewalt, Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences.

    brenty says: "Interesting...but disjointed"
    "Lots of fun and nostalgia for D&D players!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Of Dice and Men to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is fascinating and the tale is told interestingly. The author weaves historic notes and details with bits of story telling, bringing the games he is discussing to life. He is a real good old D&D player himself and the journey back in time to go over the birth of the game and its historic impact was entertaining, educational, and full of nostalgia for those who were there. For those that have never played D&D this book could be the key to understanding what it is and why people enjoy it so much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of an Airborne Ranger: An LRRP's Year in the Combat Zone

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Frank Johnson
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Frank Johnson arrived in Vietnam in 1969, he was 19, a young soldier untested in combat like thousands of others - but with two important differences: Johnson volunteered for the elite L. Company Rangers of the 101st Airborne Division, a long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) unit, and he kept a secret diary, a practice forbidden by the military to protect the security of LRRP operations.

    Joe says: "Pass on it"
    "Sorry but this ones pretty bad."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator is good but the writing is really, really bad. Cant tell if its because it is so incredibly abridged. Only two hours of audio book here. The writing is about at seventh grade level. I like gritty military stuff but this is just bad. The main characters diary "entries" are often just a couple of sentences. Very little in the way of a cohesive storyline, lacks much action. There is a little bit of action and fun in here, so if you get it cheap and you don't mind the cheese factor you might enjoy it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frank Johnson again?

    Maybe.


    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, nice pacing. He is a great narrator, but the material he was working with was not that great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    More bored than engaged (apologies to the author!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3375)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1154)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Couldnt put it down"
    Overall

    This book was really excellent - I could hardly put it down. The plot line is gradually revealed to the reader, just fast enough to keep things interesting. It explores some very interesting ideas with respect to the scale of universe in both space and time. This narrator is one my favorites, he has great timing and expressiveness. Overall this was one of my favorite purchases.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2634)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1096)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Underwhelming"
    Overall

    First of all this is a fantasy-parody not a fantasy novel. The whole thing is a tongue in cheek parody of the fantasy genre - I didn't find it particularly amusing and was mostly bored by it. The production includes some special effects which quickly become annoying (for example a long section with a massive booming reverb on it.) Also the authors statement at the beginning about piracy in poor taste.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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