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Benjamin

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  • 11 reviews
  • 175 ratings
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  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (496)

    Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

    Benjamin says: "redeeming light thriller"
    "redeeming light thriller"
    Overall

    Entertaining thriller that doesn't get stuck taking itself seriously. Redemption story, so takes awhile to start liking the "bumbling hero". Adult content -- not for the family car trip. At about $1/hr, worth the price or credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (742)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "paycheck writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Average story for this series. Diplomatic drama in a sci-fi series that ultimately doesn't seem relevant to any potential sequels. Skip it unless you're a big fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2176)
    Story
    (2184)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "don't be ungoogly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Glad I read this book, but it took discipline to complete. I came away impressed and suspicious of google. Not the page turner like the Steve Jobs biography which had a real human character. With this google book, the characters are search, censorship, email, advertising, acquisitions, and googlyness. Reflects on how Google struggles with being a suddenly big company that strives to retain start-up mentality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11581)
    Performance
    (10521)
    Story
    (10542)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Enjoyable but too much filler"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyed the character development and building of mystery premise. Problem is after finishing you realize a significant portion of the book is just filler. Expeditions of pointlessness (tunnels and sci-fi land). Still an enjoyable ride since it all seems relevant when you are "reading" it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1167)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Even Ringo doesn't know what to do next"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Recommend if you want to keep up with the Troy Rising series. Otherwise this would be the book to skip.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Ringo? Why or why not?

    Yes, Troy Rising universe still has potential


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Boyett is the voice of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Not quite the "page" turner as the previous 2 books. On Ringo's blog forums he posted that while writing he knew readers would "get sick of cultural commentary". Now he is "noodling" on what to do next. Having a battle globe show up and wipe out the enemy isn't exciting enough for an entire book. I hope he can think of something to get back on par with books 1 and 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2364)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1563)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "Good enough alternate reality story"
    Overall

    Enjoyable alternate reality tale. Characters adapting to life in new reality makes for an easy book 1. Having a conclusion and getting there measures the skill of a series author (see Peter F Hamilton). I have book 2, but looking ahead to reviews of books 3 and 4, I am concerned that this will become a never ending rehash of the author milking his readers for another paycheck. The premise is not good enough for a never ending soap opera.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1757)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1156)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "Best epic sci-fi available"
    Overall

    Hamilton succeeds at writing a worthy finish to his epic sci-fi Commonwealth series. Lesser sci-fi authors get caught up in a clever premise and punt at the ending, but Hamilton shows his epic was well planned.

    The Void trilogy is a continuation of Hamilton's Commonwealth series, so best to get Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained prior to the Void books.

    Audible: While Hamilton works on his next series, please add some of his other books.

    4 of 4 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
    (7097)
    Performance
    (3459)
    Story
    (3464)

    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..."
    "Book of lost souls could use one"
    Overall

    As others have pointed out, this book drags. Starts out as a decent concept, but then makes a 100 year jump and becomes a chore to get through. Some equate tedious to "epic", but I have listened to good epic (search Peter F. Hamilton), and this story pales in comparison. After getting through it, you will feel the author laughing at you in the epilogue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skyfall: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Suzanne Weintraub, Catherine Asaro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Skyfall goes back to the very roots of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forges a vast interstellar empire. Eldrinson, a provincial ruler on a primitive planet, is plagued by inner demons. But when he meets Roca, a beautiful and mysterious woman from the stars, he whisks her away to his mountain retreat, inadvertently starting a great interstellar war, and birthing the next generation of rulers for the Skolian Empire.

    Karen says: "Historical Background for Skolian Empire"
    "Could not finish"
    Overall

    After 1/3 through story could not continue. Nothing of any interest happens.

    Female politician gets layover on undeveloped planet. Goes on horseback excursion with a native who has a seizure disorder. Instant love. An undeveloped character dies. Weather jeopardizes horse ride back to port. Presumably evil resort planners are coming - ohhh nooooooo!. Will the pristine planet survive? Ugggg.

    This must be some amazing series that its followers tolerate such a boring backstory. I'll never find out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women", a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art.

    ChellyBelle says: "Engrossing"
    "average thriller"
    Overall

    Premise is promising. Ending has payoff. However, middle is filler and overused villain disorder is not a clever plot twist. Just an average thriller.

    Reader's female southern accent fits the main character.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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