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Massachusetts, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
  • 152 ratings
  • 528 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2015

  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "If you like nothing but battles..."

    It was the concept of this book that originality drew me to it. However, there is very little contained in this book that actually deals with the premise. The entire book is composed of two space battles with a tiny bit of plot stuck between them and a brief epilogue stuck on the end. The characters in this book are flat and the author only bothers to write a back story for one of them. I would have really enjoyed this story if it had more story and less pew-pew.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."

    When I first heard of the whole "bank heist" theme of this book, I was somewhat skeptical. However, it wound up coming together into a spectacular book. Skin game contains quite a few surprises and twists that will leave you wanting more by the time the book is over. Complementing the great story is the always fantastic performance of James Marsters, who by now, is Harry Dresden is my mind.

    If you have made it to book 15 in this series you are already a fan, and not much that a say here is going to influence whether you are going to get this book. That said, this book is a wonderful listen and I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "One of the only books I've been unable to finsh"

    This book begins by breezing though a short introduction that covers a couple hundred years history, then jumps strait into a highly detailed tale of political infighting.

    The level of detail in this book is exhausting. Things that I can not believe anyone cares about are described in excruciating detail. While I am a fan of highly descriptive writing, you need to have a very strong story that pulls people in to pull it off. Perhaps if I knew what the hell was happening at any time I would be able to handle the narrative but the total lack of lead in left me adrift.

    I have no complaints of the reading on this book, although the audio quality seemed a little bit off. All of that is really a non-issue though when held up against the text of the book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Containment

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christian Cantrell
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As Earth's ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity's first permanent steppingstone into the universe. Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth.

    Gregory says: "Promising but falls a little bit short"
    "Promising but falls a little bit short"

    I largely enjoyed containment and found the premise to be very interesting. However; I found that the style of jumping back and forth between the present and the (sometimes forgotten) past tended to make the story's "wow moments" somewhat predictable. I also wish that the story had continued a little bit longer than it did, the book ended on a poetic note but left a lot of unanswered question that I would have liked to have seen wrapped up. All told though this definitely worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "Good premise bad execution"

    The concept of this book, the hero from the past returning to a 100 year old war and trying to lead a fleet out of enemy territory is very interesting. The author includes a forward about how he was a naval surface warfare officer and it becomes quickly very clear that the entire book is told from that sort of perspective. Meaning, that of someone sitting in a room making tactical decisions while looking at a plot during battle, interspaced with attending meetings. While this may be an accurate description of what someone would be doing in leading a far-flung future fleet, it is extremely boring to listen to. The battles themselves are not even described you only know they are happening by hearing endless strings of commands that don't really tell you anything because the author makes almost no attempt to provide any visuals about what is going on. I give points for an interesting theme but would not recommend this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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