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Robert

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  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (578)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Connor says: "Packed with Space Battles"
    "Great Premise, Interesting Characters…Fail"
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    It sounded so great too. Obsolete ship and washed up captain redeemed, a British naval point of view (and accent) to entertain ‘mericans. If you are a military sci-fi fan you’ll be disappointed. Nuttall just does not have the science chops to get the reader into that state where one can believe the military scenarios are “real” enough to create suspense. That would be forgivable if he could write better dialog for the very wonderfully flawed characters. Nope there too. Also, I have to think that the author was molested by a journalist. If I had a Kindle, I’d do a text search just to see how many times the word "reporter" comes up when the worst sin he can generate for them is allusions to stupid questions. I lot of wasted electrons there. I want my credit back.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Rex says: "Wow! There were brave men in WWII"
    "Not for Tom Clancy Tech heads"
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    Admiral Fluckey was clearly a great submarine commander and what he and his crew accomplished in the later part of the Pacific war is extremely impressive. The story makes a for an interesting listen if not a particularly informative one. My disappointment stems from the fact that there is so much interesting tech in a submarine but we hear very little about it. The book needs a few paragraphs devoted to the tactics, technical equipment and people used to solve the geometry problem of hitting a distant moving object with an unguided torpedo. He actually spends more time discussing the decoration on their celebratory cakes than he does talking about how they evaded depth charges or use sonar. Overall, a disappointment. I’m looking for a WW2 submarine memoir written to help me understand a bit of what the crew and their gear actually did to accomplish a highly complex mission using nearly steampunk tech.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmasters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint, David Drake
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Allyson Johnson, Susan Hanfield, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Before she saved the galaxy, she was ''Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington'' - New York Times best-selling author David Weber reveals how Honor Harrington's long and brilliant career began with an encounter with ''pirates'' who turned out to be much more than they seemed.... Another day, another planet at war. But in David Drake's ''Choosing Sides',' Lieutenant Huber stepped off the starship right into an ambush. The attackers didn't survive, but neither did far too many of Huber's troops - and Slammers aren't supposed to get caught in ambushes.

    Jean says: "Three different types of Sci Fi stories"
    "Disclosure needed more a than bad review"
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    The Hammers Slammer's story Choosing Sides also appears in the David Drake 3-story anthology "Paying the Piper" A good story, but not worth buying twice. Bummer. I really wish ALL of the Hammer's stories were on Audible rather than semi-secret repeats of some of them.

    The Honor Harringon story goes 5 hours and almost nothing happens the entire time. Unless you like stories about military office politics skip it.

    Flint's Belisarius story was entertaining enough to make me look into the series from which it's spun. Also the dual narrator scheme makes use of the "audible" in a nice way. So...I guess I don't feel like the entire credit went to waste.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3952)
    Performance
    (3296)
    Story
    (3288)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Just go with it!"
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    The story is Jason Bourne meets James Bond meets Steven King meets Xfiles with dialog by Raymond Chandler. The deal is…the reader so AMAZINGLY effective with first-person tongue in cheek that you can completely suspend disbelief and not even care that what you are reading is just preposterous beyond any excuse. One of the most fun listens ever and I have 200 items in my audible library.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9592)
    Performance
    (8816)
    Story
    (8862)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Last verse of the "Song" for me"
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    The long slog to nowhere in book 4 was such a letdown compared to the excellent 1thru3 that I went looking for spoiler reviews to decide if book 5 was going to pay off on the investment. (reasonable assumption if books 4&5 were supposed to be one book right?)

    Hilarious review of book 5 at Amazon iced it for me. I am out.

    Look for review title "Twentyfour Characters in Search of a Story" (review has 1100+ "helpful" tags)

    ...on the otherhand, if you select books based on minutes per credit...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Kings: Saxon Tales, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (312)

    As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

    Jean says: "The Saxon's"
    "What's with the Hate on the Narrator?"
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    All the bad narrator reviews almost dissuaded me from buying volume 6. I am glad I bought anyway. Don't be put off by all the hate on Stephen Perring. I'll grant that his vocal shifts for characterization are more subtle than some of Cornwell's other voiceover crew. I loved Tim Pigott-Smith's shifts to a brilliant scots brogue in the "Archers Tale" and John Lee's Uhtred in Book 5 was wonderfully over the top. But Stephen Perring grew on me as I listened. This whole series is written the first person voice of an old Uhtred recalling his glory days. I think Perring's approach actually works better in some ways to make it an authentic Uhtred voice that matches the book's intent better than a one man cast-of-characters would have.

    I'll take a seventh helping please

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (291)

    It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

    Robert says: "Admit it, you're in for the duration"
    "Admit it, you're in for the duration"
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    Didja ever wonder what was going on in Montival while Rudy and the gang were on the sword quest? Me neither. (12 hours of that) . Dies the Fire was a really fun thought experiment. Hard Sci-fi and swashbucker and whatwouldUdo post-apocalypse thought experiment. I even enjoy trying to use my undergraduate physics (quantum mechanics and Boyles Law) to explain the "change" Macguffin to my friends. The 2-followups set the hook ...or maybe I actually just skimmed the food porn in the first four books (advantage to print). Anyway, I'm still enjoying the ride. But the ride IS getting slower. Makes me wonder why he's spends time recapping the origin stories (like sequels usually do) because anyone still here at book EIGHT was surely here from the beginning. Worth a credit for emberverse fans. If you're new, head for book one then decide.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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