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Rancher5

Rancher5

CALHAN, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

ratings
21
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
8

  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1083)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "After Geary, its just a little Leary, Confusing."
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    I read all the Black Jack series , very good discriptions of people , allien interactions, with one very detailed, space battle, This book , looked to be shedding Black Jack from the story line, had to many players and took to long to sort the new players out, Was disapointed, in a fragmented potray of a "new beginning" of an old story line. Lost me and did not keep my attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (755)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "SciFi war novel, Got it right with this book"
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    Seems Scifi books are in two categories,first detailed, intricate with a main event, second is one War battle as plot builds until battle, Thanks to Marko Kloos, you get a great plot with solid characters, multiple,unrelated battles w/great audible reader with good story This book moves fast,you don't want to put it down, and its surprisingly fresh,Great listen can't wait to start next in series,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1463)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Sleeper, Thats a Winner,in life and space"
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    Been looking at this book for years not ready to download and listen, until one sleepy day, I pounced on it and was wowed. Seriously a book of divided views comes together with time and prospects of Death. If you believe or not in God this book will move you and hopefully open your eyes, was a delight to read, only part I quite couldn't figure out was the end, which was not complicated but open to interpretation. A great introspective book, great plot and story was intense and real.Not wanting to give any part of plot away, I won't,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset Limited: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (104)

    The 40-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana. When Flynn's daughter, Megan, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's blood-stained past will not stay buried. Megan gives her old friend Dave Robicheaux a tip about a small-time criminal named Cool Breeze Broussard, scarcely suspecting that the seemingly innocuous case will lead Robicheaux and his partner into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

    Vickey says: "Narrated by Mark Hammer AND Will Patton?"
    "Got through this Book of J Burke, not his best or"
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    Listened to this book as I wasn't going to listen to anymore that Hammer read, I was pleased he livened up the pace and had enriched the book a little, Not sue what happened to this story it started out involved, seemed to loose direction about a 1/4 in. Couldn't keep characters separate at times, Besides Sonny connection with Dave's,& that conclusion the story was a bit confusing, Most of Burkes books are one of my best Audible experiences of all times this one left me short., Hammer was alot better than his read of Burning Angel,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Angel: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Detective Dave Robicheaux becomes entangled in the affairs of the Fontenot family, descendants of sharecroppers whose matriarch helped raise Dave as a child. They are in danger of losing the land they've lived on for more than a century. As Dave tries to discover who wants the land so badly, he finds himself in increasing peril from a lethal, rag tag alliance of local mobsters and a hired assassin with a shady past.

    Ted says: "HAUNTING: A Mystical Bayou Cop Story..."
    "What was it about again?"
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    I'm sorry I love J Burkes books though Mark Hammer You try , Will Patton ruined Burkes books forever since he read the books with such whimsical poetry making listening to Audible a very great experience. Mark Hammer I was lucky to listen with a player that could speed up the reading since the the recorded version was so sloow, It helped a bunch, mellow reading style made it very hard to distinguish between characters, in fact this is one of the first books out of 300 that I can't even tell you what the plot was or outcome, I hate to be negative about someone making a living, I can't listen to M Hammer as a reader w/ Burkes stories, Patton where our you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9671)
    Performance
    (8887)
    Story
    (8937)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Excellent series with maybe one too many books."
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    This is one of the best series of any multiple books I ever read, except this book was confusing and long winded, to say the least. I also felt the narrator who has been excellent was little off in character form, though after so many books , guys got to have a off book specially with a worded feel to it, I didn't pay as close attention to this book, since it didn't flow as well as the others, though now being on the last book I am very intrigued how they he is going to finish this intricate book and all the great characters , this book did not help but for a few loose ends, which being near the very end might be totally irrelevant. No worries as all the other books get upper 4-5 stars throughout ratings, overall, Performance, and Story. This Book , not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5858)
    Performance
    (5406)
    Story
    (5400)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Their goes another entertainer, into politics,"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe,not. The plot is getting old and putting fossil inexpensive fuels from the earth as the enemy gets old , Just don't want to hear politics from entertainment fabricators, I read these books to get away from all the BS.


    Would you recommend Tricked to your friends? Why or why not?

    See above.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Forgot his name but the Shaman and of course the dog.


    Could you see Tricked being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, None


    Any additional comments?

    Reviewing in this formate is wrong, other than that the book was readable or easy to listen to, obviously to my point, he is banging these books out quickly keeping the Druid series going while its making money, can't blame a guy for that, I do not tolerate politics for a Fiction book at all being in politics kills the deal and the view points that the author try to fit into this story line are very narrow to say the least, I will probably stop reading his books not only for the political and ruinous Monkey Gang activision ruining millions of dollars of equipment which just takes more resources to rebuild and all the folks that get more Bar time being out of work, kudos for thinking it through, That said the series was a delight before material of story line was pushed to fast into production. We will see what he writes and hope for renewal of creativity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3744)
    Performance
    (3273)
    Story
    (3310)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Expected better, wordy, started out promising."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Value for the money, long book, which I normally like, Technical plots that like a puzzle fit together eventually. The reason I wrote this review is I was so surprised of the high ratings it was receiving when I and other respected readers thought as I did it was not his best work, kind of a let down.


    What could Neal Stephenson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shorter less, cleaner and clearer integration of story.


    Did Malcolm Hillgartner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes but it did get blurred , not the readers fault I don't think.


    What character would you cut from Reamde?

    One of the gangs I suppose , to many key figures, all


    Any additional comments?

    The book started out really good , putting together a solid character base, than wham your into another group of characters, eventually becoming the story, Part of what I didn't like was the story was all over the place , Reminds me when King's novels got to wordy like it was put on paper because you were paid by the word. Stephen King has gotten through that I am sure Stephenson will to. Just a let down after so many good books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10355)
    Performance
    (9252)
    Story
    (9227)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Started kind of slow than wham into the story ,"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this to any friend, very entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great set of characters, set in a modern time with very ancient people


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Dog


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't hurt me if you can.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story , at the beginning I was concerned the reader was going to be a let down as the story evolved it went very smoothly and ended to quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship: Rebel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    The date is 1968 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now. The Republic, dominated by the human race, is in the midst of an all-out war with the Teroni Federation.

    Almost a year has passed since the events of Starship: Mercenary. Captain Wilson Cole now commands a fleet of almost 50 ships, and he has become the single greatest military force on the Inner Frontier.

    Rancher5 says: "Whats to say the book was great."
    "Whats to say the book was great."
    Overall

    I really like good sci-fi war books , the entertainment value is tremendous , the characters in this book were awesome, East listen goes by to quick, the narrator was one of the best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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