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  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (391)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "A bit loose and not too heavy"
    Overall

    Was pretty good. The narrative felt a bit random, it was easy to lose track of the timeline. It may be particular to individual sensitivities but for me it wasn't as "raw" as I was led to believe. The philosophical overtone felt thrown on to add more weight to what was otherwise a fairly objective viewpoint. All in all still a good read and visit to the men on the fringes of the battlefield.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Shovel Ready: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adam Sternbergh
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self. Now he's a hitman. In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to "tap in" to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. His new job is not that different from his old one: waste disposal is waste disposal. He doesn't ask questions, he works quickly, and he's handy with a box cutter.

    Kevin says: "An ok book. Nothing really resonated."
    "An ok book. Nothing really resonated."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First the performance was great. It was a little heavy handed in the snarkiness but you warm up to it. The story itself was not terribly engaging. A superficial mix of various scifi tropes, not of which were to heavily explored. An easy, entertaining listen overall but it's not going to blow you away.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5166)
    Performance
    (3165)
    Story
    (3192)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Matter of fact and heart wrenching"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just finished this one. It's an excellent example of how much of the razor's edge modern civilization lives on. The story doesn't get into the heavy day to day details so much as covers a broad range of logistical and emotional situations one would face in the total collapse of modern tech. More than once I got a little choked up in the very personal experiences of it's main characters.
    It's a tough, but I think necessary read for anyone who thinks emergency preparedness is not just for mid-westerners and doomsday fanatics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (605)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Wear a jeans vest for this one"
    Overall

    A fun book with a lot to offer but it is most definitely a book of the 80's. Very gung-ho Americana. The philosophical discussions and studies into what generations of living within a spacecraft would do to a culture are great food for thought. Entertaining over all for certain just a bit dated.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1547)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "100% Entertainment"
    Overall

    Wow this one was refreshing. Not a single dull moment of tedious over development. Just a great adventure story with a fantastic pace, true charm and memorable characters. It has great twists and turns but not so heavy that you need a degree in it's lore to understand it. Downloading the previous book now to keep the buzz going:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6934)
    Performance
    (3302)
    Story
    (3305)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "A heavy fog with brief hints of sunshine"
    Overall

    This book is takes us back to the heyday of King and "The Stand". The undercurrent of vampiric infection is delivered well enough. The book is performed in a slow droll that can be trying from time to time. It felt that within the vastness of the novel there would have been a little more text dedicated to suspense or action. Instead it's a lot of back story character development that feels wasted on supporting cast and moments. 3 stars because I wasn't blown away by it, just entertained.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3433)
    Performance
    (1830)
    Story
    (1842)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Meloncholy Sci-Fi(ish)"
    Overall

    Overall not a bad book. It was the same middle-tone through out. A near post-famine world in which gen-mod food is the new iron fist. It felt like there were several opportunities in which this book could have really taken off but decided to keep an even distribution between subplots and characters instead. Personally after hearing the introduction a book based on the author's experiences that inspired this novel would have been more interesting.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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