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Michael

San Francisco, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Vor Game: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (660)

    Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

    David says: "Finally!"
    "Wit and adventure"
    Overall

    This is not the first time I've been priviledged to listen to one of Bujold's wonderful Miles Vorkosigan books on a long car trip; Bujold has always been my author of choice for my wife to read aloud to me while I drive.

    With Gardner narrating, I was delighted to listen once again to the wry wit and snappy pacing in "The Vor Game". It's more lighthearted and adventurous than Bujold's fantasy novels, yet it continues to display the rich characterization one can reliably expect from this outstanding author.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (732)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Full on 'canon' fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does March Upcountry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you're looking for a straightforward military SF read, check out this series. Straightforward heroic Marine heroes marooned on a world with four armed barbarian aliens, and all the battles you could ask for. Narration is strong, suitable for the core material.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luck in the Shadows: Nightrunner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (206)

    Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

    Julie says: "Looking forward to the second book in this series"
    "Fine tale with a below average reader"
    Overall

    Make sure and listen to the sample before buying. This is a fine story -- I've read it several times. However, in this case, the reader simply did not do justice to the material.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Genes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Terry Burnham, Jay Phelan
    • Narrated By Pat Woodruff
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Short, sassy, and bold, Mean Genes reveals that our struggles for self-improvement are, in fact, battles against our own genes - genes that helped our distant ancestors flourish, but are selfish and out of place in the modern world.

    Paul says: "Entertaining and Informative"
    "Entertainment, not Science"
    Overall

    I was disappointed; I expected "Scientific American" and what I got was "People Magazine". Mean Genes is targeted at an audience who slept through high school biology. Everything is presented in the simplest of terms, and at no point do the authors go into any particular depth. If you want more than a very light mix of science with your entertainment, give this a pass.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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