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Andy

Canberra, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Stark's Crusade: Stark's War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Jack Campbell
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (295)

    He was sent into space to protect the U.S. Lunar Colony. Instead, when faced with orders that would do nothing but get his soldiers killed, Sergeant Stark lead a rebellion. Now he and his soldiers must fend off deadly aggression from their own country without igniting a full-scale civil war.

    Jean says: "Sorry to see the series end"
    "A fine conclusion"
    Overall

    If you've read the previous 2 books then this is a must-read. It has good periods of military action balanced by periods of strategic planning, and enough action to keep things interesting throughout. With the last half of the book working to the inevitable climax, the book ends with a very satisfying conclusion.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfire: Blood Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (316)

    Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

    Marianne says: "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"
    "Much better than I was expecting"
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    The book summary really didn't do this book justice. I found it an excellent read with a lot more complexity than I was expecting..

    It follows the well-trodden path of a magical world separate to the "muggle" world with rules about not letting the non-magical people find out about the reality of magic. However it establishes a good universe through which the story unwinds. The characters are all rich and have a depth to them, and the author doesn't separate them into distinct good/bad groups.

    After reading this book I immediately downloaded the next in the series. I rarely do that.

    To top it all off, the narrator is brilliant. Her performance significantly enhances the experience and adds an additional dimension to the main character.

    She is so good that I would pay to hear her read a telephone directory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10790)
    Performance
    (9791)
    Story
    (9810)

    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!!"
    "Simply brilliant"
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    As a hard-core sci-fi reader, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. But thousands of great reviews can't be wrong. And they weren't.

    If you can imagine a story about ancient secrets, conspiracies, history, heros, evildoers, and saving the world, then this book is for you. And a pleasing blend of sci-fi in there as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City and the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Geoffrey T. Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    Diaspar is Earth's last city - surrounded by deserts, on a world where the oceans have long-since dried up. It is a domed, isolated, technological marvel, run by the Central Computer. Diaspar has conquered death. People are called forth; they live for a thousand years and then are recalled, to be born thousands of years later, over and over again. No child has been born for at least 10 million years. Until Alvin....

    Andy says: "Even better 30 years later"
    "Even better 30 years later"
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    I first read this book, I think as a novella, about 30 or more years ago. It's been in my wishlist for quite a while because I could still remember the story pretty well. I liked it then, but I loved this version. Not just because it is an audiobook, although that helps, but because I appreciated the story a lot more, or maybe I just absorbed the nuances better.

    This is a definite must for anyone who loves the theme of exploring ancient cities and rediscovering lost worlds.

    The narrator was excellent. Once you're into it, the character voices click and you can't imagine any other voices.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5578)
    Performance
    (3240)
    Story
    (3285)

    The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Karl Knight says: "Top Quality Audio Entertainment"
    "Excellent continuation"
    Overall
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    A good continuation of the previous books that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are multiple converging storylines for each of the major characters that are going their own way, and fortunately the author has firm directions for each so you aren't left wondering where the individual stories are going.

    In this book, Rand takes a bit of a backseat to allow the further development of the other characters that were painted more shallowly in previous books. But all have pleasing battles. It was also good to have Matt become a stronger person and less annoying.

    This book is also excellent value for money when you look at the $/hour basis and especially when you look at the list price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (860)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Brilliant! I know why others raved about this"
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    I read this knowing that it had had rave reviews, so my expectations were high. And they were not disappointed at any point in the story.

    While I'm more into classic SF rather than fantasy, this was an enjoyable foray into this world. What was particularly enthralling was the portrayal of the equivalent of maybe a 16th century army. The main character spends most of her time progressing from recruit to combat veteran, and you really get to appreciate the fighting techniques and problems involved in hand-to-hand contact between sword-wielding soldiers.

    A must read for anyone interested in warfighting of any era.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26917)
    Performance
    (20772)
    Story
    (20970)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "I wish I'd not read this one"
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    I found it hard to reconcile this book with the first two in the trilogy, it was as if the author decided to radically change the direction of the characters without any real reason provided for the change.

    In this book, previously strong characters become weak shadows of themselves. Katniss herself spends most of the book in some sort of mental and emotional paralysis. Instead of the strong leadership she portrayed in the previous books, in this one she seems unable to cope with her reality and retreats into just being a pawn in plots dictated by the other characters. I spent most of the book waiting for her to wake up and take a grip on herself, but alas it never happened.

    A great opportunity for a classic trilogy was wasted.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orion: Orion Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (305)

    John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Cornucopia of Genre's"
    "Disappointing... couldn't finish"
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    Unfortunately this was one of those books that I couldn't finish, probably because it falls in the fantasy rather than scifi category that I was expecting. It seemed to be a series of episodes of a demi-god trying to defeat a god, of course with neither of them ever dying. It just seemed so pointless. But obviously other reviewers liked it, so maybe it's just not to my taste.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weapon: A Freehold War Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Z. Williamson
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, completing training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive. At the peak of his career, he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet: Earth.

    Anthony says: "Sci-Fi action on steroids, but with a story"
    "Wow.... a must read for any military-scifi fan"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was a fantastic read, and one that I was sorry to have to finish. Having read the reviews I knew the major plot line of the book and anticipated it it through the first two thirds of the book. However, it's one of those stories where the journey to the climax is as enjoyable as the climax itself.

    The details of the main character's training is an important component of the book, otherwise you'd end up with a seemingly unreasonable super-soldier appearing to defeat his enemies with ease. But after living through both his training and experiences, you are in a much better position to understand his performance in the latter third of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Few: Prince Roger Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (532)

    Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.

    Douglas says: "Great Ending To A Great Series"
    "A satisfying conclusion"
    Overall

    I was surprised to read that some reviewers considered that the book was a quick ending to the series. To me it seemed well paced with plenty of action mixed with strategy. It is a fitting conclusion to the whole story, even though the door is open to a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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