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Jeffery

Bel Air, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 15 reviews
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  • Horizon Storms: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (425)

    Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers in the world. He is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 11 million copies of his books in print. Now the epic saga he began with Hidden Empire continues in this breathtaking novel.

    MS says: "Great Writing"
    "An Excellent Series worth a listen"
    Overall

    I'm a BIG science fiction fan, and I can truthfully say that this is one of the best books that I've come across. Kevin Anderson has an interesting writing style with VERY long books, but short chapters. (I haven't read any other of Kevin Anderson's books, so I don't know if all of his books are this long or if it is specific to this series.) The short chapters keep the action going and keep things interesting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Mars: Book One of the Heritage Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    The Year is 2040. The Marines have landed on Mars to guard the unearthed secrets of an ancient and dangerous alien race: Ourselves. Scientists have discovered something astonishing in the subterranean ruins of a sprawling Martian city: startling evidence of an alternative history that threatens to split humanity into opposing factions and plunge the Earth into chaos and war.

    Douglas says: "Fun space opera"
    "Listened for the second time. Glad I did!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was a great listen. I just finished listening to Star Marines from the ???third??? series in this storyline and wanted to listen from the beginning as it had been so long. I'm glad I did. It is an excellent story and the narrator is very easy to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Major Garroway was the primary character and well done. His character was interesting and not so narrow in nature as some book characters are. A bit irreverent, a caring father, a dedicated marine, has his failings, but tries to work past them.


    Any additional comments?

    It's going to be a bit of work to go back through the Heritage, Legacy, and the first two books of the Inheritance trilogies, but I think it will be worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    It's been ten years since Molly last set foot on her birth planet, and this isn't how she'd imagined her homecoming. The sky is full of an invading fleet, one powerful enough to threaten the entire galaxy. The new family she has come to rely on - her crew of alien misfits and runaways - are scattered in three directions. As they struggle to reunite, events beyond their control seem to be driving more than just them apart: the universe itself may be torn asunder if the bond between these unlikely heroes is broken.

    Jeffery says: "I don't know what to think"
    "I don't know what to think"
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    If you could sum up Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions in three words, what would they be?

    I don't know. :) I keep finding myself buying the next book and listening to it raptly, but I can't tell you why. It's not the best book I've heard. It has some slowness and some weakness to the plot and the happenings. The characters are interesting and varied but kind of obvious. Overall, I like it, I just can't say, "here is why I like it." Now I'll have to listen again and again to figure out why. This might be Hugh Howey's whole evil plan, to make me listen again and again!!! Sigh... It might just work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (389)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "Truly timeless"
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    If you could sum up The Puppet Masters in three words, what would they be?

    Truly timeless book. Some of the dates that were discussed show that we haven't advanced anywhere as fast as Heinlein had proposed. Still, the book was excellent and a year from now, I will listen to it again.I would guess that this book is where Invasion of the body snatchers was derived or at least it influenced that book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (920)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Back on track"
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    Where does The Dead Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    BV Larson's Star Force series rates very high on my favorite books/series. The Dead Sun was up to par with his earlier Books in the series. It still didn't have the hanging by your nails off the cliff, won't go to sleep until I'm done pace and action to it of the first 3 books. Hopefully it will continue it's upward trend.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead Sun?

    I don't want to post a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    Good showing. I look forward to another high-caliber book in the series soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Ocean of Night: Galactic Center, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal….

    Michale says: "Very Different from "Hunger for the Infinite""
    "A bit slow paced for my taste."
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    What did you like best about In the Ocean of Night? What did you like least?

    Good: Very interesting ideas, it seems well through through. I had to listen in bits.

    Bad: Very slow paced and many times over analytical. I got bored at times, but the book had my rapt attention at other times. If I find a time where none of my other series have a new book out or I'm looking for something slower paced, I might buy the next book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    "It was okay."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reading of secondary characters in the same nasal voice was a bit distracting. I think a straight read, second reader, or such would have been better. The book lagged several times as the author added data that was mostly irrelevant to the current story. It may be critical information later, but the information should have been provided later in a smoother fashion. For example, in the middle of everything, Jay Allan stops to explain current political structures, terminology, etc.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jay Allan? Why or why not?

    I might. The parts that were moving were good. The constant stops to go over some tangent are a bit distracting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Bower?

    No, I don't think I would. Again, the nasal voice for every single secondary character was distracting and did not add to the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't a bad book. It was just a bit slow and I found the narrator to be distracting. There were several good sections that were riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Space: Star Carrier, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh'daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth's advancement toward technological Singularity. But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive. And now a new battle begins. After 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh'daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate - sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation - becomes a risky proposition....

    Anandasubramanian says: "Excellent series and book"
    "Just re-listened to book 1 through 3"
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    Would you listen to Deep Space again? Why?

    I just did. :) I re-listened to the entire series before listenng to book 4. It had been quite a while and I power listened to book 1 and 2 a second time and then listened to book 3 and 4. The series was excellent and kept me interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Koenig for the first two books and as I suspect the author wanted, I started getting wrapped up in the Prim's character, Grey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3000)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2813)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Not really a big Zombie reader, but..."
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    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like zombie flicks just like the next guy, but in general I'm a hard-core science fiction reader. However, between this series and JL Bourne's series, I'm starting to look for zombie post apocalyptic books. This series is riveting with the occasional tongue in cheek hurmor that I find myself laughing out loud occasionally. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't count this as a comedy, but there is some humor mixed in with the zombie killing and narrow escapes. Now I've got to use my remaining credit for the month on the second book. Arghhh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (479)

    Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

    Jeffery says: "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    Overall

    I'm not military nor do I know about military protocols, so any slip-ups in that area went past me and did not bother me. On the other hand, this series is supposed to be set in the far future, and who can know how things will change. Also, I thought they were pretty clear that she wasn't supposed to be in the situations she was in. The original drop mission was a setup to kill her, so I don't see the problem with the plot there. I don't dissect books that I read/listen, I read them for enjoyment. I guess if you are a big military enthusiast looking for ultra-realism, this book will probably disappoint you. I found it to be entertaining enough that I plan to download the next one.

    As to Dina's reading, I was entertained by the different voices. Did I stop and check them for realism and quality? No, I just took them as they were and enjoyed the book. Dina spoke clearly, did not have any voice mannerisms that drove me crazy, and I thought did a good job and was consistent when using a particular voice for a particular character.

    I don't know why there is such a gulf in opinions, but I would suggest you listen to the sample online and if you like the sample, then you will probably like the book.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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