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BILLY

rockville, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (468)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Very good listen"
    Overall

    This is my first Reynolds book I have read or listened to. Very good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2277)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1638)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Finally a writer that doesn't sucker punch"
    Overall

    What a breath of fresh air. Mr. Ringo writes a great story in the Heinlein tradition and he is, unlike the likes of greats Stephen King and Greg Bear, upfront and open in his fiction writting concerning his political views. It is so very nice not to get a Stephen King or Greg Bear style sucker punch directed at conservatives in the middle of a good story. Either writers (and movies makers) should avoid making political insults against half the population of the U.S. or be upfront in their storyline as John Ringo is.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10268)
    Performance
    (7713)
    Story
    (7758)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Before buying, beware this book has no ending."
    Overall

    This was a great listen, although it is obviously written by a women in that it borders on being a "Romance Novel" full of unfulfilled and forbidden desires and how the two main characters incessantly express how wonderful the other is despite or in-spite off this or that. However the biggest disappointment is that the novel is not complete within itself and is apparently the first of a series. That is fine, except that I would like to have known beforehand that the book had no conclusion. I would give this a solid four stars if either it had a conclusion or advertised itself as the first of a series. My recommendation would be to wait until a second book comes out before buying this book.

    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
    (1024)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (636)

    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"
    "Weak Ending"
    Overall

    Overall the book is a good listen, but it fails miserably in the closing chapters, very much like some of Stephen Kings later works. The "well it's time to finish the book, this will be the last chapter" mentality. The ending is abrupt and feels unfinished with to many unresolved story lines. If this were the start of a series, the ending would be fine.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkness Drops

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter Clement
    • Narrated By Peter Clement
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Dr. Terry Ryder, special advisor to the President of the United States on bioterror preparedness, is bone weary. He has spent more than a decade attempting to anticipate which microbes might be weaponized and unleashed in the continental US, driving himself to stay 12 steps ahead of all who would try.

    BILLY says: "Good story, poor research and narrator"
    "Good story, poor research and narrator"
    Overall

    Overall the story is probably a good read. I personally found Peter Clement's voice to be rather unpleasant and tiresome to listen to. The narrator constantly changed the volume of his voice making it difficult to follow while driving.
    As far as the research into the science, it all sounds believable but as a retired Naval Officer, I found his lack of research into military ordinance and ranks irritating. There are no such ranks as 1st and 2nd Lt. in the Navy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4492)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2644)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "A must read"
    Overall

    Karl does wonderfully well at capturing the feel of war. All war is horrible and noble at the same time, and those fighting it always end up fighting for their comrades more then in any other reason. Viet Nam was a different war, as all wars are, but unique in ways others wars aren't. I served in the Navy during part of that time frame, the racial strife of the times and the paradoxes created are poignantly portrayed by Karl.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5186)
    Performance
    (1881)
    Story
    (1871)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "A must listen!!!"
    Overall

    This is as good as the best of the many books he has written. He skillfully builds you up for something horrible to happen, but then nothing does. Because you are reading Stephen King, you no something horrible is going to happen, you expect it, but when you think this is it, things turn out rather benign. He skillfully deploys this technique over and over, but each time he adds a little more suspense, a little more anticipation, a little more wierd. He carefully works you up to a conclusion that is well thought out and very satisfying.

    The only criticism I have of the King is the gratiutus jabs he takes at people who do not share his politics. I have always thought that people in the entertainment business should keep in mind that if they are writting or performing for everyone's enjoyment, then they should not write as if just for a circle of like minded friends. If they want to make a political statement, then be brave enough to write a book or article addressing thier concerns so the reader knows what to expect. It is rather cowardly to put it in a work of entertainment. Afterall, conservative Republicans like to read Steven King to. Overall this book is a must listen too.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "okay, not his best work"
    Overall

    The book starts slow, a lot of synonyms used at nauseum really slows the story down at first. The story picks up and becomes really interesting and starts to tighten up and speed up as the book progresses. The ending is rediculous. King and Koontz, masterfull storytellers, have of late seem to have lost the ability or have not put much effort into good endings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems (Unabridged)

    • NONE (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    The world is a mess. It seems that everywhere listeners turn, there's another problem. What is needed now are solutions. If only there was a man who could simplify things, cut through the rhetoric, and fix everything. Then, if he was just able to put all of that insight into something that people could buy...in a store and online...man, that would great. Wait a minute!

    Sheila says: "Funny & Thought Provoking"
    "Eye opening facts"
    Overall

    Great factoids, but the book is probably a better read then a listen. Glen reads the book as if he were on his radio show, and so the book is best listenned to in several sessions, rather then emersing yourself in it for long periods of time. Glen wearies the ear after awile. Also some of the facts you might want to write down, and that is difficult with an audio book. I recommend reading it rather then listenning to it.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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