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Stan

Eclectic is a verb

Lakewood, Ohio, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Oath of Fealty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (334)

    Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter follows her dream of becoming a hero out of legend by running away to join the army. Military life and warfare aren't anything like she imagined - yet she holds to both her duty and her dreams. Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold tell of her rise to become the paladin who saves a kingdom. In this new trilogy, Paks's former comrades in Duke Phelan's Company assume new roles and the story turns to follow their adventures.

    James says: "More Moon Magic"
    "Welcome back to the World of Pax"
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    Bias note: I a huge fan of The Deed of Paksenarrion, so I'm pre-disposed to love this series, which I do. Her writing and attention to detail, thinking through the various issues as world events collide around her characters is simply so well done. This is a solid production, and I'll certainly get the next books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6713)
    Performance
    (3765)
    Story
    (3791)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Full of Ideas"
    Overall
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    There is a subtle story going on in this book, underneath all the action-adventure bits (and there's plenty of that.) If you're cyber savvy, you'll enjoy his technical descriptions of hacking networks and such (and you'll get a laugh at the FBI guys). If you enjoy gaming, you'll recognize his attention to detail in the video game sections. I really enjoyed the overall concept, and his execution of several "what would happen if?" ideas. Two complaints: 1.) the ending, which left me wondering if he's heading into a trilogy and 2.) What I felt was the really interesting story, the subtle one underneath it all, is treated *so* subtlety that it's never really developed. Blink and you'll miss it. I'd love to see another book in this series, just find out how things turn out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5305)
    Performance
    (4949)
    Story
    (4943)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "I laughed out loud in the gym"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I listened to this book while working out, and would occasionally bust out laughing at some of the better jokes in there, causing people to glace sideways at me, but I didn't care. This is a geeky story written by a geek, for geeks, and it's very well done. Wheaton does passable narration, and the story itself has not only some excellent ideas in it, but it even critiques itself in the appendix. There were some rough spots.. the writing is short and clipped sometimes, and the repetitive "he said, he said, she said" cadence comes across distractingly often. But if you have ever pondered the misery of being a Red Shirt, this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (441)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Takes a little getting used to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is excellent, many unique elements that keep driving little mysteries throughout the story. Interesting characters, no all of whom are human. The narration takes some getting used to, her voice is slow and occasionally ponderous, This is the first book that I listened to at 1.5 speed, and I found it didn't lose any comprehension at the faster speed. I'm looking forward to the next two in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Worlds of Honor: Worlds of Honor #2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Weber, Linda Evans, Jane Lindskold, and others
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins, Lauren Fortgang, Khristine Hvam, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    David Weber himself here contributes three never-before-published excursions into Honor's world, among them the story of how she first discovered her own inner strength and courage; and a chapter in the history of the telepathic treecats, who form a bond with their chosen human that can only be severed by death.

    ShySusan says: "A fairly good anthology overall"
    "It's a mixed bag"
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    What did you love best about Worlds of Honor?

    Some of the stories had a good plotline, and worked well inside the Honorverse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were lots of Treecats. Fortunately, I like treecats.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    good to horrible


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

    Treecats Assemble!


    Any additional comments?

    Any person auditioning for a part in reading any of the future Honor stories must be able to say "bleek" (which is the treecat equivalent to "smurf") without sounding like you're trying to strangle said treecat to death with a herring. Some of the narration made me cringe every time they tried to speak treecat.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (205)

    This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

    Kathy says: "The Great Bridge"
    "Take a step back in time"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Great Bridge in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, Historic, Personalities


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Roebling comes across as perhaps the most able person in the story.


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    It was very fitting to the book style.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am amazed by some of the things they decided to try, working with the limited knowledge of the time. The discussion of men working under pressurized air in truly terrible conditions was quite moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way McCullough weaves in not just the story of the building of the bridge, but also a great deal of historical context and other events happening at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1270)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "She makes a good point"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Drift?

    I find Rachel Maddow makes several very valid political points based on a historical review of the use of American Military Power. She has a definite perspective, and her analysis is backed up with trenchant examples. I also happen to enjoy her sense of humor. I think this book will appeal to people who care about the appropriate use of the Military in today's world.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Her discussion of the "calling up of the reserve forces" hit very close to home for me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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