Don’t know what I was thinking, but listened to another Vampire book. Well, I was thinking it’s only $5. Still trying to understand the popularity of these books. Part of it is the good girl / bad boy appeal. But also think some good girls like their bad boys with great rears.
If you like girls who are a bit saucy, and trouble seems to seek them out, then a book to consider.
This is an undiscovered gem that is packed with action and intrigue. The main character is a woman who is a combination of Scot Harvath (from the Brad Thor books) and Indiana Jones (from the movies). No one wants to get on this lady’s bad side. She fights her way across South America, New York City and the Himalayan Mountains.
While classified as a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, I also enjoyed the book’s paranormal elements. Importantly, “Ascendant” is primarily intended for entertainment and listeners should leave their expectations for reality at home.
In honor of the 100 year anniversary of World War I, listened to “A World Undone”. Covers reasons for the war, the world leaders, the important military officers, and the major battles. Importantly, the author does more than report the facts, but calls out the brilliant and the stupid which allows the listener to understand the consequences of decisions by generals and politicians.
Both sides were guilty of wanting war and the spoils that go to the victor. The politicians lied to the public (some things never change) and said the purpose of the war is to defend ourselves and to defeat evil. But no one (Politicians, Generals nor the Public) understood that war had changed. Previously, armies rushed at each other with bayonets or charged on horses. But advancements in weapons now meant that thousands could be killed in a few minutes. There is nothing romantic about long range artillery, aircraft, machine guns, tanks and gas. No one expected that 10 million soldiers would die.
Like World War I, this is a long book. Fortunately, the narrator is talented and I did not tire of hearing his voice.
This is a novel about a man’s attempt to reclaim the life he lost years ago, and those who are determined to stop him. Set in the current, a majority of the book takes place in the realm where Heaven and Hell wage battles for control of earth. The author, Teresa Frohock, is a major talent and the narrator, Eileen Stevens, is equally gifted.
“Miserere” was released on Audible in November 2013 and I am shocked by the small number of listeners who have left reviews. Easily one of the most engaging books I have listened to at Audible and was so taken by the book that I let other parts of my life slide. I am so much in trouble, but this book is worth it.
Sometimes I want a book filled with guns and explosions. It’s even better if the plot is easy to follow and does not tax me with cerebral insights on the human condition. Sometimes I just feel shallow.
This book is not original, nor does it expand the boundaries of Military Science Fiction. But it is entertaining.
"Starshine" is a Military Sci-Fi Romance. Not the “jump on the sheets and bump the uglies” romance, rather the “I hope he kisses me because my hair looks good today” romance. The Military Sci-Fi part includes space battles, assassinations and political intrigue. The writing is excellent and the narrator has a great laugh.
An unlikely hero is kidnapped, trained to be a member of a space mission, fights aliens during a space battle, and joins the underground resistance on a large space station. Then the book abruptly ends, but the story continues in a sequel. It was like having a cool drink on a hot day, only to see it snatched from my hand and told to pay again for another sip. Alien Honor should be a 5 star, but the author has been charged with “attempted manipulation”.
Hank lives on an unimportant space station that is located at the far end of the Colmarian Empire, a confederation of planets that no one else wants. Hank is a level four mutant that is bulletproof (but it still stings) and earns his living by doing odd jobs for the Bosses who run the space station. Most of the time, Hank does not seem very smart, but has flashes of brilliance during a crisis. The book moves quickly from one ridiculous situation to the next and is full of over the top action sequences.
As a member of the science fiction humor genre, the book is for enjoyment and listeners should not expect life altering messages. My rating is based on the book’s entertainment value, but I was disappointed that the second half of the book is rushed and ends abruptly.
I am happy to add my name to the list of hundreds at Audible who have listened to “Caliban’s War” and rated the book. Easily the best book I have listened to in the past 3 months. The characters are likeable and the action sequences always include a surprise. The book even has a “Yoda – like” character, but this version swears, drinks and mocks others.
An Emperor and his sons die a fiery death which leaves the least likely member of the royal family to assume the throne. This is a coming of age story of a newly crowned Emperor as he confronts political intrigue, racism, class status and women’s rights. The narrator is excellent and works hard to keep the listener’s attention.
But “The Goblin Emperor” includes long stretches of boring and should not be listen to while driving.
In the near future, several friends have gathered to celebrate the sale of their company, but their lives are turned upside down by a tragedy.
This book is primarily focused on the events in the life of a woman who attended the party. Her sanity is questionable due to an overdose of a designer drug and her friends also have issues with reality. She is a highly intelligent woman who is motivated by a 10 year old promise. The woman is also gay which proves to be an important plot element. There is action, several scenes of brutality and a lot of discussions about religion (another important element in the plot). Additionally, the F-word is frequently mentioned but is not an important element (unless I missed something).
Am I glad I listened? The topic is unique and the narrator lively, but I did get tired of listening to an emotional roller-coaster. There is a great twist at the end which I enjoyed. A solid four star.
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