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Allan

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  • The Observers: The Human Division, Episode 9

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (396)

    In an effort to improve relations with the Earth, the Colonial Union has invited a contingent of diplomats from that planet to observe Ambassador Abumwe negotiate a trade deal with an alien species. Then something very bad happens to one of the Earthings, and with that, the relationship between humanity’s two factions is on the cusp of disruption once more. It’s a race to find out what really happened, and who is to blame. "The Observers" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    Hassan says: "This series is getting Better and Better!!!!"
    "I love the series"
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    Would you listen to The Observers again? Why?

    I just love the characters...


    Any additional comments?

    It drives me crazy to be spoon fed these little bits on at a time... Waiting for the next installment is torture... I thought of waiting until all the pieces are out, then downloading them all in to one play list.. But as soon as I see one is out, I just have to have my fix...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spider: Elemental Assassin, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    For the first time, the full origin story of Gin Blanco's transformation into the fearsome assassin known as the Spider - book 10 in the red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. In a prequel tale, Gin Blanco goes through her paces on the way to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland. Her mentor, Fletcher Lane, is not going to go easy on her - if she’s going to become a fearsome killer, she has to learn to use her elemental Stone and Ice powers alongside old-fashioned human street smarts.

    Hassan says: "Not The Best In This Series!!"
    "Oh Fudge, I wasted money on this...."
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Estep and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    As long as it something original, not a trip down memory lane.


    Did The Spider inspire you to do anything?

    To wait for someone else to be the first to download it, and wait for the reviews... If I had done that, I wouldn't have wasted my time on this book!


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield: Lost Stars, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (524)

    Following a successful coup, the leaders of the rebel Midway Star System struggle to forge a government free enough to please its citizens yet strong enough to secure power. But in a world where former rulers have become new foes, an alien threat to humanity may turn old adversaries into uncertain allies. General Artur Drakon knows three words describe someone who confides in a Syndicate CEO: Stupid. Betrayed. Dead. Despite his misgivings, he partnered with another former CEO to overthrow Syndic forces.

    Joki says: "Still Great!"
    "Spinoff.... Warning..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hard to say... The work as always is great.. But I am not a fan of spinoff's I wanted to hear another story around Black Jack.... Not the other characters... So the first part of the book, I had a problem of getting into the story... Eventually I was ok... The book is good, It just wasn't what I was expecting.


    Would you recommend The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield to your friends? Why or why not?

    Most likely would recommend.. Just because I am not a fan of Spinoff series...


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc brings all his wonder efforts into this book...


    Do you think The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course... we were left with the usual cliff hanger at the end....


    Any additional comments?

    All my gripes about spinoff, is just me... I hear Lost Series... I want to hear about Black Jack... Not a whole book on the other characters...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "Don't Change the Narrator in the Series..."
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Did the narration match the pace of the Story? Hmm... When you've listen to previous 8 books, and have developed a minds eye for the characters. So when you change the narration of the book to a different person, it throws the whole book off. I tried to describe this to my wife... Its like taking a favorite television show, and changing the actors completely, and going on like nothing has happened...I got through the book, but it wasn't the enjoyable experience that I was hoping for...


    Any additional comments?

    I do realize that there are circumstances to these things, and that sometimes changes have to be made... But I hope that the people who make up these decisions, realize how it will impact the book, and possibly the sales...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Adjustment Team

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Philip K Dick
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Society runs smoothly because a secret team adjusts it, stepping in occasionally to bring about changes by adjusting people and their attitudes unbeknownst to them. As you can imagine timing is of the utmost importance, because if one individual is not adjusted, that sets the whole thing out of balance.

    Allan says: "A little too short...."
    "A little too short...."
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    What would have made Adjustment Team better?

    I was just getting into the story, and whoops its done! I think the story could have been made longer, that would have fleshed out the story to be a little more complete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Relieved: 13th Spaceborne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rick Shelley
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    World War II had the Dirty Dozen. The war in space has The Lucky 13th. The 13th Spaceborne is the elite fighting force of the Accord of Free Worlds. Their do-or-die mission is to stop two enemy empires from poaching free worlds. As usual, they're on their own....

    Allan says: "It just never captured me..."
    "It just never captured me..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've stopped at Chapter 6... I've been listening to this for a couple hours, and realized that I haven't pay one bit of attention to it.I listen at work, and 99% of the time I can follow along with anything, but this book, just didn't capture me, so it was relegated to background noise.I might try and listen to it again some other time, but today it was a bust, and a waste.


    What didn’t you like about Ax Norman’s performance?

    I can't quite put it into words... Maybe its the fact that all the characters are the same voice... There wasn't any changes in its reading to cause me to notice... It just kinda droned on... I think that's why I just didn't get into listening to this book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Holding the Line: Special Ops Squad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rick Shelley
    • Narrated By Gary Telles
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    As members of the Alliance of Light, humans have committed to the battle against the Ilion Federation, and they’re doing their part. But the Alliance’s army is fragmented, and to unify their forces, the army’s leaders must do the unthinkable: They form the First Combined Regiment, made up of soldiers from every alien race in the Alliance. The Spec Ops Squad is supposed to be the best of the best, an elite group within the First Combined Regiment to take care of the dirtiest jobs.

    Allan says: "Had Potential"
    "Had Potential"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I finished the book, but was left with an empty experience..


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of combining different races, to work together as one unit.


    What aspect of Gary Telles’s performance would you have changed?

    The story was read with little impact. I just couldn't get the feeling of the moments.. From boring moments to battle... Everything was read with the same level. It was like I was listening to someone reading an inventory list.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Newton's Ark: The Emulation Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By D. A. Hill
    • Narrated By Yvonne Matta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    December 20, 2047: the day the human race faces extinction. With a little more than two years to prepare, President Paul Carlson struggles with the awful choices he must make to ensure the survival of the American people. Unable to save everyone, he must decide how much to tell the public and choose who lives and who dies. Meanwhile wealthy industrialist James Newton, aided by ace programmer Cyrus Jones, embarks on his own audacious and radical plan to save humanity, a plan that will challenge the very idea of what it means to be human.

    Allan says: "Has potential..."
    "Has potential..."
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    What did you like best about Newton's Ark? What did you like least?

    The story itself is great, but the narration wasn't a good fit.


    What didn’t you like about Yvonne Matta’s performance?

    The recorded inhales before some of the paragraphs or chapters. Her accent didn't quite fit the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cost of Victory: Crimson Worlds, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    The Third Frontier War is raging, and all across human-occupied space worlds are burning. Massive fleets struggle for dominance and kilometer-long war ships exchange thermonuclear barrages. Battered in the early years of the war, the Western Alliance is resurgent. The brilliant Admiral Augustus Garret leads the Alliance fleet from victory to victory, taking the war to the very heart of the enemy empires.

    DocJim says: "Read Book 1 First!"
    "Has so much potential.... But...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am not sure if this will happen in the following books... But a great deal of this book was spent retelling of the 1st book. Then towards the end, we start retelling information again! Then Were done!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It made me write this review....


    Did The Cost of Victory inspire you to do anything?

    Weigh the facts of the potential of this series to the delivery of it! Do I want to continue and chance purchasing another filler, or give up before I waste more money....


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan's Triumph: Jason Wander, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Jason Wander is ready to lead the final charge into battle. After 40 years of fighting the Slugs, mankind's reunited planets control the vital crossroad that secures their uneasy union. The doomsday weapon that can end the war, and the mighty fleet that will carry it to the Slug homeworld, lie within humanity's grasp.

    Allan says: "After 5 Books....."
    "After 5 Books....."
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    If you could sum up Orphan's Triumph in three words, what would they be?

    Abrupt... Thin... Ending...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Unless there is going to be number 6, a little more closer...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I enjoyed the book... It carried me on through out the whole series. The action and the story kept me listening constantly.... It was a book that I enjoyed getting back to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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