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Richard

PITTSBURGH, PA, United States

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  • Spindrift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    June 1, 2288 - Europe's first starship, the EASS Galileo, launches on its maiden voyage to investigate an unidentified object, code-named Spindrift, which is traveling outside our solar system. An object that may be alien in origin. The Galileo disappears soon after...February 1, 2344 - The Galileo's shuttle returns to Earth carrying three surviving expedition members, who still appear to be the same age they were when they departed. They report that they have, indeed, made contact with an extraterrestrial race.

    Ingar says: "Not bad"
    "Not a good example of the sci-fi genre"
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    Story

    The writing style of this story is reminiscent of 60s pulp sci-fi. Characters are two dimensional and the "bad guys" act like cartoonish villains. The story itself is simplistic and there were a lot of times where I thought that it didn't make sense.

    Overall I would not recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2992)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1845)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Great example of the Sci-Fi genre."
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    Performance
    Story

    I admit I'm a fan of Peter F. Hamilton. His writing and the worlds he generates are extremely believable. I wish he wrote more books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki (translator)
    • Narrated By Mark Dacascos
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English-language audio for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world.

    TCL says: "Not for those with a weak stomach!"
    "Interesting story if you don't mind gore."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Pretty interesting listen, maybe a little gory and shouldn't be given to children. The only real nick picking I can make is that I found it hard to remember the Japanese names as they were very unfamiliar, but thats to be expected in a book translated from another country.

    The reader was fine, he sounded Japanese himself which I found added to the stories feel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5074)
    Performance
    (3079)
    Story
    (3105)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Bad. Simply bad."
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    What would have made One Second After better?

    Less meaningless internal dialog. More action.


    What was most disappointing about William R. Forstchen???s story?

    Bad character development, bad writing, story was 90% inner dialog that was terribly written. I'm not American and got tired very quickly of the meaningless empty patriotic and religious overtones permeating this story. But I could have easily over looked this if the story was actually good, but it's so bad it's almost a parody.I have been a member of audible on and off for 5+ years, and am currently a Platinum Member. This is the worst book I have so far downloaded.


    How could the performance have been better?

    performance was adequate.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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