Wanted a break from dark, brooding books and chose a fantasy novel with a storyline that is easy to follow. The main characters are likeable and a perfect contrast to the villains with their evil intentions. The plot includes twists and, as desired, the action includes manly swordplay.
One of my favorite scenes was when a minor character, who had lived a sheltered and secluded life, saw a woman for the first time. “My, they are even more beautiful than horses.” One of the main characters replied “I agree, but I wouldn’t tell them that.”
In the distant future, humans are locked in a desperate civil war for control of the Universe. Ah, but there is a third entity who is lurking in the outer realms of space with plans of hunting down and killing all humans. They are ruthless, relentless and should be feared.
I enjoyed Alastair Reynolds’ “Chasm City” and decided to listen to his Revelation Space Series. I hated book one, “Revelation Space”, and quickly abandoned my plan. After several months of healing from the bad listen, I decided to fire up “Redemption Ark” and learned that resistance is futile. I will lower my shields and be assimilated by this Hard Sci-Fi series.
Not one of my favorites. I agree with other reviewers that this is a very unique book and that the author’s creativity is off the scale. But this book badly needs a co-writer and a different narrator. Pee-yew.
I was thoroughly confused while listening to this book. Was I not following approved listening procedures? Did I skip the instructions? Were there too many characters? Was the narrator too clever with her accents? If there was a quiz after the book ended, Audible would be emailing me a big fat “F” and contacting my parents.
To be fair, the narrator was enthusiastic and parts of the book had me biting my nails.
A story of 1st contact with visitors from another world, but they are not cute little guys looking for Reese’s Pieces or a telephone to call home. They are reptile-like beings with bad attitudes that appear suddenly, kill the humans and disappear.
After the aliens smash the most advanced ships in the fleet, the military discovers that their best defense is a 70 year old, antiquated, but heavily armored space ship. The Captain has a drinking problem and the crew consists of misfits that no one else wants. So, with the fate of the planet in their hands, off they go to battle aliens in distant solar systems.
Time travel always confuses me. I go back in time to change the future, and if successful, I do not need to go back in time. If I prevent something from happening, why would I go back in time to change it?
While the book has a Young Adult Romance feel, I did enjoy “All Our Yesterdays”. There is suspense, evil villains and creative solutions to problems. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of manipulative people who mislead others to achieve their self-serving plans. This led me to remember times when I have been used, and wished I could go back in time to shout “Don’t listen!” But, now I am back to my confusion with time travel.
I knew that “Reflex” was a follow-up to “Jumper”, and I have liked sequels before; Shrek 2, Halloween III and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But I was surprised that this was better than the original. The book is filled with suspense and the villains are smart, evil and resourceful. And, since this is part of the “Jumper” series, the book is centered around teleportation.
"Reflex" is a better story than "Jumper", but not a new story. Let's call it a 4.4 star.
Like “Gilligan’s Island”, this book follows the adventures of a group of people stranded on a planet billions of miles from Earth. Unlike “Gilligan’s Island”, there are no laughs, and they are not the only ones stranded on the planet. A group of aliens have been snatching humans from Earth every 600 years and leaving them on this uncharted planet. A place where civilization is similar to the Roman Empire circa 400 AD.
The best part of this book is the battle between the Barbarians and the Romans. War is the author’s passion and he has written military strategy and war gaming articles and books.
“Janissaries” was published in 1979 and I believe would most likely appeal to fans of the previous generation of Sci Fi books.
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.
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