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Douglas

Lake St. Louis, MO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Buried Deep: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (185)

    Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human woman who vanished 30 years ago with her children.

    Michelle says: "The best so far"
    "Good book from a good series"
    Overall

    I've heard all the Retrieval Artist books and enjoyed them. They are just a solid, enjoyable listen for me.

    In this book I really liked getting so in close with the Disti(aliens). I felt like we got to know them much better as a people than has previously been the case for other aliens.

    This one also had some added spice in how the story followed numerous characters' points of view consistently through the book rather than mostly sticking to the 2-3 mains.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (449)

    Kevin J. Anderson is the author of 27 national best sellers and several books in the popular Dune, Star Wars, and X-Files series. Forest of Stars is the second book in his acclaimed Saga of Seven Suns series, which begins with Hidden Empire.

    Trish says: "Terrific characters"
    "The Epic Continues..."
    Overall

    And so the Saga continues and I remain enthralled. This book picks up the pace just a bit for those desiring a little more action and/or destruction as hostilities increase.

    More players enter the fray as well as more races come from hiding or are made known, bringing the true extent of the battle into sharper focus. Plots thicken, as they are often wont to do, and character development marches forward.

    There's not too much else to say without trying to summarize the book in some way. You should have read the first one by this point, this is another part of the journey toward the conclusion and for my party I continue to enjoy nearly every step.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (739)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "A Multifaceted and Epic Story"
    Overall

    As I think on it, I can understand where some of the negative reviews are coming from but as for my own taste I must disagree with their final verdict.


    No, this is not a fast action, seat of your pants kind of book, because that is the reality of the situation. This is a story spanning years and while great battles may punctuate points in time, the interplay of political and interpersonal events are just as much a part and just as important to deciding the course of history as the battles and their outcomes.


    So while I am actually often a fan of thrilling action filled novels I find myself still in love with this series. I love the detail of the story, the complexity of interweaving events and the subtle growth and development of the characters.


    A thought that I would like to highlight for you as you read this. The complete series is named after the Ildiran's own story, "The Saga of the Seven Suns", for a reason. Though though there are plenty of details and comments on the alien epic that are purely part of the story there are still numerous parallels between what the saga is supposed to be, the beliefs wrapped up around it and the flow and direction of the actual series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (21971)
    Performance
    (8703)
    Story
    (8895)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Meh..."
    Overall

    Its a freebie snippet, not bad, not great. I think something a little more informational/instructional about the service may have been a better choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to quashing a robot mutiny.

    Gurmukh says: "Funny and Interesting Book"
    "Fun Book"
    Overall

    Its a well read and humorous listen. There really isn't much to say, listen to this book to get some info about robotics and laugh while you do it and who knows, maybe, just maybe, if the revolutions comes soon enough, this book will save your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New American Standard Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (89 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Foundation Publications
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced as "the most literally accurate English translation" from the original languages. Millions of people, students, scholars, pastors, missionaries, and laypersons alike, trust the NASB, learning from it and applying it to the challenges of their daily lives. Discover what the original text says, word for word.

    Ricardo says: "Good to Have Bible on Audio"
    "Its the bible"
    Overall

    What can I say, its the bible and the narration was good. I did some research before hand and the NASB seems well accepted as one of the better and more accurate English translations currently available.

    This fits my purposes, which is to try and finally get through the whole thing. Since I'm just trying to have a proper run through hitting certain sections is not an issue. If you are thinking of using this as a general resource don't, its just kind of silly idea in the first place, that's what book style bibles are for.

    However, if you are one of the many who have never managed to find the time to give the full thing a proper read/listen, and you'd like that commute time to mean something for once, then this is a good option.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (472)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "Interesting Story, GREAT Narration"
    Overall

    This book was actually my first venture into the more modern(in this case dark) fantasy realm. Before my fantasy reads/listens were more classic old world stuff. I have to say I'm a fan though, of this book anyway, well written with interesting twists and turns. The narrator really brought it to life though, just fantastic work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3734)
    Performance
    (2697)
    Story
    (2719)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Fantastic Read"
    Overall

    I couldn't tell you really what I was expecting from this book, but I can tell you the book was better. Solid narration and great story, always a winning combination. I don't know how "deep" one might call it as I know thats a thing for some but its just a fun listen in general and I wouldn't call it shallow

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4704)
    Performance
    (3222)
    Story
    (3256)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Great story, great detail, great narration"
    Overall

    This was actually my first audio book and having heard a fair selection since I can say it was a great choice to get me started. The narration is very well done and I love the story. I realize why some may be impatient with the detail, some just need that constant action sizzle, but I love it and the realism and detail in explaining how things work so that its believable(as much as can ever be done in scifi anyway) is great. As others have said the logistical thought put into the battles alone with their relativistic speeds etc. is simply amazing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Company

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.

    Jacob says: "A Wonderful Experience"
    "Another Max Barry Success"
    Overall

    Another wonderful "read" from Max Barry. I read Jennifer Government before this and enjoyed it and the premise of Company did not disappoint.

    Also might I say that William Dufris does a simply fantastic job in his narration, I have another tab open right now to see if he has done any other books I might like.

    I think I understand why some people are not in love with the book. Its not written as pure comedy, amidst the satirical exaggerations there is a serious argument going on between the two sides of the work/life issue and if you don't buy into that dichotomy then you just not going to enjoy it as much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island Realm: Crystal Doors, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Fourteen-year-old cousins Gwen and Vic have lived together ever since the mysterious deaths of Gwen's parents and the disappearance of Vic's mother. But Vic's scientist father accidentally transports them through a magical crystal door to the island of Elantya. Cobblestone streets and silver towers mark the picturesque island, a trading hub and center of knowledge that runs on advanced physics and sorcery.

    wildmon says: "wanna be"
    "Not Bad but Targets the Younger Crowed"
    Overall

    I'm not very demanding but I had fun with the series, the story overall is interesting but I agree some of the dialogue is definitely aimed at a younger audience.

    Really my only big gripe was the over use of repetitive phrasings or speech styles by 3 of the main characters. The arabian princes' people ALWAYS have a saying for a situation, Gwen is forever prepared with a numbered list of reasons why her side is right which she ticks off on her fingers and Vic continuously uses the speech formula, "X now, Y later". (ie - Fight now, ask questions later)

    This persistent but in the scheme of things small annoyance aside it wasn't half bad, happy to use it to burn through my commute.

    I just wish we could give half stars, I'd give it a 3.5

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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