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Desmond

Grand Prairie, Texas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Halo: Ghosts of Onyx

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eric Nylund
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (250)

    While the Master Chief defends a besieged Earth, and the myriad factions of the Covenant continue their crusade to eliminate humanity, an ultra-secret cell of the Office of Naval Intelligence, known as Section Three, devises a plan to buy the UNSC vital time. They're going to need hundreds of willing soldiers, though...and one more Spartan to get the job done.

    smokeyjunk@comcast.net says: "Engaging and fun. A good light listen"
    "Wow, what a great story"
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    I cant say it enough, what a great story. I am glad I got this book. You cant help but feel for the Key Spartans on this story, especially at the end. I found myself beaming with pride at the sacrifice of the key characters and the great choice I made in purchasing this book.

    everything from the narrator, who is always good at narrating, to the incredibly detailed military sci-fi story is captivating. The attention to details given to the science makes it more believable than most fiction. if you liked any of the "Black Jack Geary" story's you will love this book. The key character just seem to have such similar personalities.

    Great book. highly recommended, even if you don't play the game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson, Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance? When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo - something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.

    But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines.

    Dave says: "This IS the Han Solo Book You've Been Looking For!"
    "Heavy on the Solo, next to no jedi action."
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    Perhaps I am biased, but when I read a star wars book, I usually expect to see some Jedi actionnt to like it, but I am having a hard time reccomending this to anyone else. . Unfortunately this story lacked that. It was intentional, I can tell, but still it did seem quite unusual. Many of the questions raised in the story seemed only half answered. I dunno...I want to like this book, but ...well, you decide for yourself.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (610)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "GET THIS BOOK NOW :)"
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    If you are in the mood for some seriously funny Colbert narratives, get this book now. The bit about chiropractics was just too funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (460)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    "Great Sci - fi, but needs less "Tape""
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    Great story, but the constant reference to Cassete Tapes was very very distracting. I wish the story could have been updated technology wise. I know this was done back in the 70s, but seriously, it would be best if these books are updated with current technology and physics.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Companions: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By R.A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (275)

    This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore's beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore's signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life - the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.

    Roger says: "BWAHAHA! R.A. Salvatore does it again!"
    "wow, layered like a tres lache cake."
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    Wow, just wow. All I can say is, youwill never see Regis the same way again. What a story. I truly wish the follow up book is already available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwinter: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone - and free - for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion: Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive the cataclysm at Mount Hotenow. But traveling with Dahlia is challenging in more ways than one.

    Roger says: "Loved It!"
    "Not your grandpa's Drizzt"
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    Wow, beginning with Guntelgrym you get the impression RA Salvatore suddenly decided that perhaps the forgotten realms should be opened to more than a few teenage geeks. No offence, but the sanitary nature of his earlier books, although all well written, left most of us adult wandering what sort of passionless world these characters inhabited.

    The lack of adult situations and interactions left it feeling entirely to ...antiseptic. Forcefully antiseptic. Now, with these last series of books, it seems as though RAS has discovered that there is room for an adult audience for these books. Drizzt is not just a one directional, unsurprising and rather unchallenging character, but a multi faceted gem being cut into dazzling brilliance by each physical, emotional and even (and I hate this word personally) spiritual conflict. With each of these cuts you see a deeper more mature side of teh already prolifically introspective fighter. In these last series of books You are seeing real growth through conflict in these complex and deeply interwoven interludes of Drizzt , all soo well written and narrated within each of these books, but the growth within seems to truly begin with Guntelgrym.

    With the introduction of Dahlia and the death of the companions, you start to see Drizzt truly maturing. With Dahlia as part of the inspiration for most of his ongoing development perhaps a bit later in life than would have been reasonable for some one of such philosophical ruminations as we have come to read in these books. Perhaps its his heritage as one of these eternally aging beings that they are cursed with an equally aged maturity curve. How else can one explain taking 100 years after 20 to come to the realization that black and white is not always so. Maybe it is just Dahlia. Whichever it is, its a great change from fighting without growth.

    I applaud RAS for taking the risk of alienating some of the family-friendly-or die purist by writing more realistic stories that are not overly adult (no 50 shades of Durden here - sorry to disappoint) that maintained some of the fantasy and magic that keeps us hungry for more. The return of "Barabas the gray" and its link to the prior stories is also a great plot twist that I thoroughly enjoyed. Enemies become friends and friends become enemies, just great stuff.

    If you haven’t read The previous books in the series, please do, and then compare to the series beginning with Guntylgrym and you will see a marked difference. In those later stories, especially in this one our dear Drizzt is doing that which we all want from our most cherished friends or even family. He is growing up.


    **On a side note, I wander if fight club’s Tyler Durden is related to Drizzt Durden :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (920)

    This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

    Pi says: "Among the drow, all trust is foolish."
    "The begining of something wonderful"
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    If you do not know of Drizt, then you are missing something awesome in fantasy fiction. Get this book to get to know Drizzt

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1816)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Great Haller story - sad twist and turn though."
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    Great Conelly book. Micky Mantle hits another home-run, although, it would be nice if he could do so less predictably. Don't get me wrong, the predictability is what keeps me coming back, but every now and then its nice to be surprised.

    ZThis is a great book, but you don't help leaving the last page thinking the main character is too far damaged by now to be as effective as he seems to continue to be book after book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (418)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Greg says: "Heavy-handed"
    "Officers bad, Enlisted good-Pretty much sums it up"
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    Okay to be fair, the author of this book is one of my favorites military Sci-fi writers, and with the slew of bad military hero worship books out there (Honor Harrington series for example), anyone who is able to put together a decent series like the "Black Jack" series of books deserves to have their other works considered. So with some trepidation and thought hesitation, I cautiously gave this book a try as it is the first in a series of earlier books by the Author.

    And ..it shows. The author though does warn the reader that this is an earlier work, done under a pseudonym while he was still in the military. But, despite the warning, I was quite unprepared by the treatment given to the officer ranks in this book. Clearly John G H had an axe to grind with the officers he encountered in the navy during his time in the military, as it comes across clearly in this story.

    But...it comes across a bit too vindictively, intentionally or not, I am not entirely sure, but its there. The officers are all one dimensional, self absorbed butt kissing incompetent malcontents whose only purpose is to manipulate a makeshift political process of promotions at the expense of the lives of the enlisted who are all more competent than their superiors.

    The book made me quite uncomfortable with its treatment of the officers, being a USMC Veteran with experience on both sides of the command structure. I started as enlisted and ended my career as an Officer. And while I identified with some of the authors bluntly written in concerns about the officer corps, the depiction of the officer in the story was just too unrealistic to allow me to enjoy this story. The depiction of the enlisted in contrast was also even more unrealistic.

    As an allegory it just doesn't work. As a cautionary tale, it also doesn't work. Either way I listened through the entire story as I believe there was some valid (if not so salient) points being made about the unchecked allowance of political gamesmanship in the selection of promotions within the ranks. But uncaring, unfeeling selfish egomaniacs that the book literates officers as was too far from reality for me to absorb, which made the book very difficult o take seriously.

    I will try the next book, simple because I know this wasn't JGH best and was one of his first works, I predict I will see an evolution in the writing as these books progress. I am not sure if this would be helpful to anyone. Its just my opinion after all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (2373)
    Story
    (2339)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "High Jingo strikes again...and its always so good."
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    What can I say, this one is High DJingo all the way. The end however leaves quite a few questions that seem intent on forcing you to buy the next book to get the answers. Problem is, there is no guarantee any of those lingering questions will be answered in the next book. I went ahead and took a a chance anyways.

    This is a solid story with some very interesting characters. Bosch solves it again and along with it some other deeply satisfying detective work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    Cam T. says: "The Rerelease surpasses the Original"
    "WHERE IS THE NEXT ONE...."
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    Amazingly well done. Its is not as good as the Thrawn trilogy, but is easily one of the very best stories in the Star Wars series, which on its own is an achievement as majority of the books in the star wars universe are just so far above and beyond better than the competition. Now all I wish they would do is not tease readers with these single releases and go ahead and get the other part of this done already. Almost Christmas and mo follow up??? Common guys. Its not like you don't know how addictive these books are. CAN WE PLEASE GET THE NEXT ONE

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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