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Ben

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  • Legion of the Damned: Legion of the Damned, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (339)

    In the future, the terminally ill can prolong life by surrendering their consciousness to a cybernetic life form that is then recruited into the notorious Legion of the Damned, an elite fighting unit charged with protecting humanity.

    Steven says: "Worth the price of admission"
    "One of Sci-Fi's Best"
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    This book is the first of a Hall of Fame style series. William C. Dietz gives a text book lesson, in Legion of the Damned, on how to start off a sci-fi series that will define a career. Legion of the Damned not only successfully makes you buy into the main character and want more when the book concludes, but it also provides the depth of scope and color necessary to make the series outlast its main characters. It makes the story become about the world the author has created and the main characters your means of traversing that world and seeing the beauty of the imagination that is the author. His description of his characters and the world in which they live make you feel as if you are present, and his depictions of battle show a defined clarity in the process of laying out not only the combatants but also the desired direction of your interest. This diligent action allows the reader to buy into the story and thus creates a vested desire to see it to its conclusion. This is a book and a series that no serious sci-fi fan should be without.

    The narration of this book by Donald Corren is superb. His characterization of the differant characters with his voice is done with a master's skill. This is not a simple narration, but as close to a reader's theater as you will find with a single narrator. His dedication to correctly dramatizing Dietz's work is truly admirable. It truly is the way this work should be presented. Donald Corren is to be commended for his accomplishment.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Steadfast: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (846)

    Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

    rich says: "Black Jack Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet"
    "Another Great Addition"
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    J. Campbell comes back to the Lost Fleet Beyond The Frontier series with another chart topper. Steadfast is just another five star addition to this already star studded series. The story line was fascinating and engaging. It was really interesting how Campbell made Geary face himself this time around. Also it was good to see how Campbell has started to incorporate the problems of massive bureacracy into his world. I like how he has taken some of the issues that we are now facing in our world with our bureacracies and looking at them in the light of a fictional world. Somewhere parties and policies of our world can be left aside and we can really look at the true issue and what it has the capability of doing if we don't get a handle on it. Campbell does all of this without lecturing or taking sides, he simply points out the issue and shows where it can lead if it goes unchecked. He also does all of this without distracting from the story. He makes it vital to the story but without bringing in the predjudices of our world. Five star work all around.

    Christian Rummel returns for this reading of Steadfast and does a fantastic job. There were a few issues with some editing (repeating of lines already read), but nothing that was Rummel's fault. Five stars to Rummel brings this new addition to a five star rating across the board.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield: Lost Stars, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (656)

    Following a successful coup, the leaders of the rebel Midway Star System struggle to forge a government free enough to please its citizens yet strong enough to secure power. But in a world where former rulers have become new foes, an alien threat to humanity may turn old adversaries into uncertain allies. General Artur Drakon knows three words describe someone who confides in a Syndicate CEO: Stupid. Betrayed. Dead. Despite his misgivings, he partnered with another former CEO to overthrow Syndic forces.

    Joki says: "Still Great!"
    "Say What?"
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    Campbell/Hemry comes out with another fantastic story from the Lost Fleet Universe. However I have to ask, who wrote the last chapter? Did he have writer's block and decide to get his inspiration by watching daytime TV? I mean really are we reading a space opera or a space soap opera? This book was going along great and had me buying in big time until the end. This was a five star book that tanked to a "jump the shark" moment in the last chapter. The only reason I didn't give the story a worse review than I did was because there is a chance to salvage this. I have to say that if Campbell/'Hemry continues down this rabbit hole, I'm done with this series. I realize that much of the political parts of his books he finds in our own history, but even so the ones that attempted this one always failed miserably and rarely made for good stories. In fact just the opposite, most of them are bloody sagas that we try to push under the proverbial historical rug and forget about. This needs a quick resolution in the next book to keep me interested.

    Marc Vietor does a great job in his second outing in the Lost Fleet Universe. This is a much better performance than his first book and I hope that it continues with the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1635: The Papal Stakes

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles E. Gannon, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint continues his Ring of Fire series with esteemed sci-fi author Charles E. Gannon. Rome in the year 1635 finds Frank Stone and his pregnant wife Giovanna in the clutches of Cardinal Borgia, whose political machinations and papal assassins may soon elevate him to Pope Borgia. Now Frank, along with Harry Lefferts and his infamous Wrecking Crew, must protect Pope Urban VII from all manner of treachery.

    Gino says: "Satisfaction"
    "The Cost of True Freedom"
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    It always amazes me how Flint and his cohorts of authors in this series keep everyone straight. The one thing you will find in every book however, is the main tenants of the American Philosophy. This book more than most takes those ideals and shows that it's not always easy to stand up for what you believe. The two major tenants of American freedom are looked at under a microscope in this book, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Although Flint's background might make one wonder just how he will cover these topics, he does a superb job showing the difficulties in achieving both. I would recommend that anyone that is interested in listening to this book first go back and read the books before this one. If you don't, you will literally be picking up the story in the middle.

    George Guidall does a fantastic job reading this book. His vocal performance is second to none.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2539)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1661)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    S. Craig says: "The Worst Jack Reacher Ever!"
    "A Great Mystery Improves the Story"
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    I'm usually highly critical of Lee Child because he tends to write about an area of life that I work in. He usually fails to grasp the nuances of law enforcement, but he seems to have done his homework this time around and hits the nail right on the head with this one. That being said, the only characters that are 100% believable in this outing of Jack Reacher is the law enforcement and the hit men. I had a really hard time finding the other characters believable and it hurt the story. However he made up for it in giving us a great mystery plot. So a story that should have gotten a 3 star rating gets a 4, and an ok book becomes an interesting one.

    Dick Hill does a fantastic job as Jack Reacher and does this work justice. I really wish that all of the Jack Reacher books on Audible were read by Dick Hill, because he truly is the voice of Jack Reacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (993)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    GyAzJRD says: "Could have been much better"
    "FB Who?"
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    Ok I've had to deal with some federal types in my career and most of them don't fit the corner that Lee Child tries painting the FBI into in this book. I can think of three specifically though that could be exact copies of the "moron" feds in this book, but they are all desk jockies that never would have a case this big. I would never call any of the feds I've dealt with "over-bright", but never this stupid and never this crooked. And even though I know the chances of Lee Child ever reading this are slim, just a heads up. Someone that stupid and crooked, would have a very hard time climbing the ranks in law enforcement. You might end up with one, but a whole department of them? No. Most of your problems are either stupid OR crooked. The stupid ones are usually straight arrows and the crooked ones are usually wicked smart. Both find their way to the top but never do you have the trifecta of stupid, crooked, and all powerful. That was my only complaint with the book and the only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5. Child held true to his story and really did a good job of filling it out to give you a lot of differant suspects.

    Again J. McClain does a good job as Jack Reacher, but he just doesn't do a great job. To get this up to 5 stars would require Dick Hill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1556)
    Story
    (1560)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "That's It?"
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    Ok don't assume that the headline reflects anything other than I didn't want this book to end. That and all those reviews saying there is no cliffhanger; did you actually listen to the whole book? There are several huge cliffhangers in this book, and I can't wait to see which way J. G. Hemry takes them. Hint: All the cliffhangers are before you get to the last chapter. Granted this book could stand as the final one if it had to, but there are still huge sections of this story still unwritten. This is a great book, but it comes no where close to closing this story out.

    Christian Rummel did a fantastic job. As some other reviewers have mentioned, he seems to have forgotten a few things here and there, but nothing serious. Couldn't really tell if the minor mistakes were Hemry's doing or Rummel's, but they were so minor it doesn't bear elaborating. When it's all said and done this is a five star book all the way around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1693)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1506)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    adrienne says: "Trouble always finds him!"
    "Save The Day Or ......"
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    Lee Child is back with the second adventure of Jack Reacher. This time he's trying to be "Mr. Nice-Guy" and gets caught in a kidnap attempt. What to do? How does he save his fellow captive? Who does he trust? This new adventure takes a little while to develop but once it does it is a high speed ride. Lee Child does a good job of keeping you interested and invested in the story. This is a great read and really engrossing.

    Most of the reviewers of this book don't like that it was narrated by Jonathan McClain. Now like everyone else I think that Dick Hill is the voice of Jack Reacher, but McClain does a good job. If you haven't listened to alot of Reacher books with Dick Hill, than McClain doing this narration won't bother you. Not as good as Hill, but good all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6257)
    Performance
    (4273)
    Story
    (4247)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Solve The Mystery Or Die!!"
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    Who is Jack Reacher? Where does he come from? And what is he doing in a small Georgia town on the day the murders start? Lee Child does a fantastic job introducing his character and immediately putting him in harms way. The only drawback is that Child introduces individuals or their names early in the book and then walks away just long enough that when he mentions them again you are trying to scramble and remember who they are. His writing draws you in and makes you want more.

    Dick Hill does a great job presenting Lee Child's work. He makes Jack Reacher come alive and swagger his way through this modern mystery. This is a good book, good performance, and good overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1091)

    The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

    Danielle says: "Good book, poor narration"
    "More Of The Same!"
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    As I've written before I'm not a huge fan of the Sword of Truth series. Not because its a bad series or because the premise of the book is bad, but because Goodkind doesn't take this series to it's full potential. He tries to make the story rely on one or two people and build his world around them. One problem is that that's not how the world works. There are no serious back characters that this story can rely on. This is a very narrow veiw of a massive world and it tends to disturb me. It's one thing to have a main character you follow around, but you need something or someone that you can move away from the main character and build side stories that help fill out the world and move the story. If it wasn't for Dick Hill's performance this story wouldn't have even registered as an average story overall.

    Dick Hill does a good job with this work and takes this story from poor to average with his performance. Goodkind was lucky to get this performer, because without Hill this wouldn't even garner a listen. Overall this is a poor story made average by a good performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andromeda's Fall: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto (called Cat) has lived for nothing but the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and supporters - including Cat’s family. The Carlettos are known to be staunch supporters of the Emperor and Carletto Industries has been in the forefront of his pet project - developing cybernetic technology for the masses.

    Tracey says: "Fun read but not one of Dietz's best"
    "The Master Makes Another Masterpiece!!"
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    Just when I finished mourning the end of the Legion of the Damned series William C. Dietz is back with an encore presentation. One of the greatest series in Sci-Fi is back with an installment that will drag you back in and get you hooked all over again. Andromeda's Fall is by far William C. Dietz's best work yet on the LotD series. Murder, court intrigue, suspense, and betrayal are just a few of the things that make this book an "I can't put this down" type of book. This book has earned it's spot at the beginning of one of the best Sci-Fi series of all time, and it is one more example of why William C. Dietz is considered one of the best authors of any genre.

    Isabelle Gordon takes this new book and knocks it out of the park. On a side note it probably would have helped if she had listened to at least one of the other LotD books, but the things she mispronounces are so rare that it really doesn't play that big a role in how good this performance is. All in all this book is ready for its debut in the Sci-Fi Hall of Fame alongside all of the other LotD books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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