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Michael

Durango, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Worldwar: In the Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came.

    W says: "Awesome"
    "There are better"
    Overall
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    Unless you have a deep interest in extra-terrestrial aliens who look like lizards and speak poor English, you might find some of Mr. Turtledove's other alternative histories of more interest (The American Empire trilogy, for example). This book just seems rather silly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7619)
    Performance
    (7250)
    Story
    (7261)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "SCIENCE fiction"
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    This is an interesting, well told story of perseverance, ingenuity, and courage in the genre of science based science fiction. It is, however, rather boring. Where is Flash Gordon when we need him?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1757)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Old in the tooth"
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    This is not the best zombie, post apocalyptic novel. Sadly, it is not the worst. The genre is getting a bit old in the teeth. How many ways can a not very smart or very personable, one dimensional protagonist relate to a bunch of former citizens and neighbors who have now turned into a bunch of psychotic, meat eating rabble? When you throw in the rabble who haven't turned and are just dreadful humans, one has a blood, guts and other gory things story written with the interest and sophistication of a killing floor.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: the Mission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest is a place shrouded in mystery. It is called The Mission. And in nearby villages people are screaming in pain as they die from a virus more deadly than Ebola. They can't escape it. They can't cure it. They can't stop it from exploding into a worldwide epidemic poised to kill us all.... Scientist Lisa Duncan and Special Forces Officer Mike Turcotte suspect this new "Black Death" is actually a biological weapon in an escalating war between us...and "them".

    Anandasubramanian says: "Getting better with both narration and suspense"
    "Are we done, yet?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This series, which began with such promise in Area 51, has become rather long in the alien's tooth. This is mindless fiction, of course, but the story is difficult to follow, and then you realize, why bother? The various good and bad aliens and their earth bound allies and clones have just become tedious.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3604)
    Performance
    (3018)
    Story
    (3040)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Churn, churn, churn"
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    This is another in the terrorist, evil doer government, moralist assassin genre. Unfortunately, the book is just silly and ridiculous. David Baldacci can churn them out. Spend your casual reading time with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, or Thomas Perry instead. You will be glad you did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (420)

    A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

    Cynthia L. Walker says: "Still as good as I remember!"
    "2012, but better"
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    It is the year of the end, but this is far better than the movie. The sociologic anachronisms are a little camp, but the story has aged very well. If you enjoy this type of older, science fiction-adventure story, read "Space Prison" by Tom Godwin. It is available for free on Kindle. You will enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2609)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1884)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Not great"
    Overall
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    Nelson DeMille has written many very good novels like By the Rivers of Babylon and The Lion's Game. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. The story is a bit silly, and the surly, unorthodox, Mark Hammer like detective just becomes annoying as the tale progresses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2173)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1783)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "Superman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mitch Rapp again fights for truth, justice, and the American way. He has a job fighting enemies, foreign and domestic. It is too bad his character probably does not exist in reality. This triller continues his saga, and it is very well done. A sequel must be in the works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infection

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (334)

    Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

    wayne says: "worst narrator, I've heard so far"
    "Nearly Finished"
    Overall

    After listening to another zombie devastation story for nearly eleven hours, I could have finished it. However, I decided that the two hours it would have taken were better spent humming to myself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2367)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Where is Black Jack When We Need Him?"
    Overall

    Black Jack Geary might have wished to have remained in survival sleep. Fighting the Syndics, Aliens, and and dealing with his own possibly duplicitous government seem too much for one man. But he does it. You will enjoy his story. If you are new to this space opera, you should begin with The Lost Fleet: Dauntless.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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