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Aaron

Staunton, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Paul of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (205)

    The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies - those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

    Aaron says: "Good back stories but not much more"
    "Good back stories but not much more"
    Overall

    A significant portion of this book where back stories of young Paul usually consisting of events that occurred prior to Dune. As others have said there is very little that adds to the story that skipping this book will make you miss. This book was written as an insert between Dune and Dune Messiah and it is clear in that respect. I think of this book as Dune 1.5 if Dune Messiah is Dune 2.

    I see this book as a summer extension of a TV series. Missing this book will not cause those who follow the real seasons (Dune) and (Dune Messiah) will miss.

    4 of 4 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
    (10212)
    Performance
    (9387)
    Story
    (9440)

    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"
    "Enjoy the series, but this book could be redone"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    Overall this book introduces many new characters to the book but there are some returning faces but I have to say their voices do not return. I know by looking at this book's audible listing there where several years between the productions of the first three books in the series and this book but for some reason it does not appear that Mr Dotrice went back and listened to the previous books as he flat out pronounces some names totally different in this production as well as different voices. This is why I gave the performance only 3 of 5 stars.

    This book could benefit from being reproduced paying more attention to how the returning characters names where pronounced in the first three books as well as the voice's used for those characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (709)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "Good story but overall a little long in the tooth"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Iron Gray Sea? What did you like least?

    I have listened to all of the books in this series and have enjoyed them very much up to this point but even with the book before this one the story line is getting a bit long in the tooth for me. Each book seems to now be just more of the same except now there are multiple grounds to keep track of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Wave: Deep Black, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts, William H. Keith
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Deep within the NSA is Desk Three, a top-secret unit of special operatives inserted into the field when the threat is great and the response demands sensitivity and invisibility. Charlie Dean, a former Marine sniper, is a senior officer. With his colleagues Lia DeFrancesca and newcomer Ilya Akulinin, they form the core of a high-tech team known as Deep Black.

    Aaron says: "Another great book in a fun series"
    "Another great book in a fun series"
    Overall

    Coonts and Keith do it again with the latest edition of the Deep Black series with this book. The narrator does a great job pulling the listener into the action such that you just don't want to turn the book off.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heretics of Dune: Dune Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (459)

    On Arrakis, now called Rakis, known to legend as Dune, 10 times 10 centuries have passed. The planet is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying, and the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax struggle to direct the future of Dune. The children of Dune's children awaken as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love.

    John says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Disapointing and disjointed"
    Overall

    As nother reviewer has commented due to the time lapse between book 4 and 5 that the continuation of the story is difficult. I enjoyed the first four books as I was able to follow persons from the pervious books. With this book it seems that Duncan was tossed in for good measure. I never really understood why he was included in this book.

    I found myself acutally wanting this book to end. The only reason I finished it was because of the investment I had made in the other four books I figured I should continue the series to its end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Consequences: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Officer Noelle DeRicci is investigating a murder in Armstrong, the domed colony on the Moon. The victim was one of the Disappeared - outlaws in hiding who are wanted for crimes against alien civilizations - whose family had her brought home, believing she was no longer in danger.

    MrBoobo says: "Maybe the best of the series"
    "An intreging and enjoyable mystery"
    Overall

    I have grown to enjoy this series and look forward to the next. This book the third of the series picks up a short time after the second book ends. I enjoyed the various plot lines and seeing them develop into one final outcome.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (278)

    His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.

    Dave says: "Usually, I can make it through a book..."
    "A good continuation of the series staring Flint"
    Overall

    I was unsure after the first book if I would like to read the entire series. I enjoyed the story lines and how they interleaved with each other in the first book. I decided to give this book a try and I really enjoyed it. The story line continues with the two main characters from the first book and its interesting how the two get together to work on a common issue but in the end the book just stops. I was very curious how in the last 90 minutes the author was going to wrap everything up. 30 minutes left in the book and it still seemed like there was alot to wrap up. Finally in the last 15 minutes both plots in the book suddenly come to an end. Would like to have had more of a developed ending to the overall story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Black River

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents.

    Arlea says: "I liked it!"
    "Nice short read"
    Overall

    Usually I got for the longer books but I liked the author so I figured I would give it a try. Really enjoyed the story. While listening to the story all I could think of was a comedy of errors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Emperor of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (704)

    More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Almost as good as the original"
    "Wonderful continuation of the Dune saga"
    Overall

    Im working my way through all of the Dune books. While there is a significant amount of time passed between Children of Dune and this book the plot continues well with out the sense that a significant amount of the story is lost. This book is a little long in the tooth and IMO could have been a few hours shorter and not have lost the overall story. This book defiantly leaves me wanting to listen to the next part of the saga.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hellstrom's Hive

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects. When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses - it could not be allowed to continue.

    DJM says: "An Old Friend"
    "Great story, lame ending"
    Overall

    Like other Herbert books I was a bit confused for the first hour or so. I rated this book a five because toward the last few hours of the book I found myself looking for times to listen more of the story beyond my normal work commute listen. Overall an excellent story with great imagination. The book seems to just stop with about as loose ended ending as one could come up with. Herbert was either looking to write another book or was rushed to publish the book. I really wish it would have ended differently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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