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Jeffery

Bel Air, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 68 reviews
  • 197 ratings
  • 492 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2018
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  • Berserkers: The Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (72)

    A gripping collection of stories about machines called Berserkers that are programmed to destroy all organic life.

    Jeffery says: "My Best First Audible Book"
    "My Best First Audible Book"
    Overall

    My original plan was to get the three free books and cancel before they month was up. Then I got hooked. "Berserkers: The Beginning" was one of my first listens. I had read one or two of Fred Saberhagen's Berserker books years ago and like them, but never spent the time to track down and read them in any organized fashion as I did with Alan Dean Foster’s books, David Brin's books, etc. I am hooked now and a platinum member. This was an excellent Berserker book, and probably the best of the lot that I've listened to:

    Berserkers: The Beginning (*****)
    Berserker Planet (*** 1/2)
    Berserker Man (*** 1/2)
    The Berserker Throne (*** 1/2)
    Berserker Blue Death (****)

    As you can see, I liked them all. If Audible offered a 1/2 star, I would have given the three listed as three stars three and one-half stars. Blue Death was also very good. All are worth a listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Spaceship Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gene Doucette
    • Narrated By Steve Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4738)
    Performance
    (4442)
    Story
    (4441)

    When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

    bluestategirl says: "Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!"
    "I'm 50 years old and keep getting YA books"
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    Whenever there is a sale, I usually pickup several books that I normally wouldn't waste a credit on. Doing this, I keep stumbling across books that were obviously written more for young adults like The 5th Wave series, Mithermages, The Ender Series, The Eragon Series, and Hunger Games Series. This is another winner in that genre. This was an engaging book with some twists and turns. The main character was a bit overdone, but she was engaging and if not 100% believable, she was entertaining. I'm not giving up my Zombie Apocalypse, military science fiction, or hard-core science fiction any time soon, but this was a pleasant change. Please note that I only gave the narrator 4 stars. He was very good, it’s just that he didn’t distinguish himself as one of those awesome narrators or narrator-groups you look for because they add so much to the story, but then again, he did an very good job and did not weaken the story. I would definitely listen to him again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Apocalypse: The Undead World Novel 1 (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Meredith
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1525)
    Performance
    (1415)
    Story
    (1416)

    Greed, terrorism, and simple bad luck conspire to bring mankind to its knees as a viral infection spreads out of control, reducing those infected to undead horrors that feed upon the rest. It's a time of misery and death for most, however there are some who are lucky, some who are fast, and some who are just too damned tough to go down without a fight. This is their story.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "ATE HIS FACE"
    "At first I thought this book was a mistake..."
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    At first, I thought I'd made a mistake with this book. The author starts out with a diatribe about how he isn't racist and blah and blah and blah. It made Mr. Meredith seem to be a bit insecure and whiny. Then he shotgunned the characters to you. Character A was doing this, here is character B, etc. There was no attempt to integrate them into a bigger story, no smooth transition between the introductions. Just BLAM, here they all are, so it felt like one of those series of short stories that have been tied together to make a novel. Once I got past the whiny preface and his clumsy character development, he actually wove a good story that I enjoyed. At no time after the preface/warning, did I think to myself, "OMG, this guy is a racist." One of the main antagonists is a black girl from the hood that is nuts. I would argue the Major at the island was much more evil since he wasn't completely crazy, rather just greedy and a megalomaniac. The exception to the major being more evil would be when the young girl tried to cut the baby in half with an ax as that is just go straight to hell, don't pass go, evil whether you are crazy or not. The other thing the author did that was a bit of a spoiler was to slap you in the face with statements like, "and he wouldn't know for two days how far she would go to get even." (note: not an exact quote, just from memory.) WHY!!! If you can't foreshadow with some finesse, just don't do it.

    So you ask, "Jeff, why did you give it 4 stars if it was so bad?" The story shows a release date of 2014. I'm not sure if that is the day it was released on audible or a general release date. Given several years to hone his writing and what looks like 25 books from Mr. Meredith between 2014 and today, he shows great ability at weaving a story and I'm hoping in the last several years that his writing has matured. I look forward to reading book 2 so I can find out if he is improving and despite the issues, I did enjoy the overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Divers: The Hell Divers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sansbury Smith
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10222)
    Performance
    (9576)
    Story
    (9543)

    More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

    Dreamer says: "read the book so of course I had to listen to it"
    "I'm not sure what I think yet."
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    This book has a lot of elements to it, multiple story lines, lots of stuff to find out, and was interesting. I'm not sure what I think yet because the author either intentionally left everything open without giving us any closure or he is a talented but sloppy writer who just left lots of plot lines open because he doesn't know how to close them. I like the story lines. They kept things interesting. I have lots of questions, so I guess that I'm going to buy the next book, but if it's more of the same, leaving all the story lines open and leaving me hanging...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3620)
    Performance
    (3431)
    Story
    (3413)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.

    D says: "I kept thinking about his Toes"
    "Excellent as normal"
    Overall
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    Another great book in the Undying Mercenaries series. As long as Larson keeps writing engaging and entertaining books in the series, I'll keep buying them. I really like the progression of McGill and the status of Earth as this series goes on. As normal, the writing kept me interested and gave me the occasional laugh. I look forward to Book 8.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6422)
    Performance
    (5325)
    Story
    (5340)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Brent says: "Disappointed in the narrator"
    "Not quite as exciting as I remembered"
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    When I read this book as a young man, I remember it being incredibly exciting and riveting. Reading it a few decades later, it's not quite what I remembered, but still an excellent read. I find this with a lot of classic sci-fi books. I'm either disappointed or find it to be less than I remembered. I'm sure this is due to the hundreds of books read over the last few decades and the evolving sci-fi genre with so many talented authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess of Wands

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (288)

    Barbara Everette, a homemaker living in a small town in Mississippi, had the perfect life. Perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house, perfect Christian Faith. She cooked and cleaned perfectly and managed all of the chores of the modern suburbanite, toting the kids, running the PTA, teaching kung-fu in the local dojo... perfectly. But perfection has a price, and the day came when Barbara snapped....

    Captain Skurvy says: "Not a Novel but a collection of 3 short stories"
    "Not my favorite Ringo, but good"
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    John Ringo is always good and this was good, but I'm not a fan of short stories and this is basically several shorts put together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6270)
    Performance
    (4740)
    Story
    (4745)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Not my normal listen, but interesting"
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    I normally listen to Science Fiction and Fantasy. Occasionally I delve into historical and biographical literature. I am glad I purchased this book as it provides a look into a time of growth and change for not only the United States but the whole world. Wiki pages indicate that the description and level of poverty written about are much exaggerated and that even his own mother denies the accuracy of his book. That being said, an author has to have a poetic license to make his or her story interesting and there's nothing wrong with embelishing towards that end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trading in Danger: Vatta's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (823)

    The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

    L'Aura says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Excellent and Engaging"
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    It's not your standard military S/F book. Kylara is an excellent heroine that is engaging. I've bought into the character and now want to find out what else happens in her saga. The reviews for books 2-5 look promising, so I'm sure I'll pickup the next book when I'm caught up on other books or when it is on sale.

    This books seemed to be setting up the universe of Vatta and I'm hoping that she gets into other adventures that keep me interested. I'm not sure where her self exploration is going as it seems aimed at making her become cynical and not trust anyone.Hopefully she will run into some nice people who are exactly what they seem or some puppies needing help that don't end up biting her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Constitution

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nick Webb
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1259)

    The year is 2650. Seventy-five years ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth. Without warning. Without mercy. We were not prepared. Hundreds of millions perished. Dozens of cities burned. We nearly lost everything. Then the aliens abruptly left. We rebuilt. We armed ourselves. We swore: never again. But the aliens never came back. Until now. With overwhelming force the aliens have returned, striking deep into our territory, sending Earth into a panic.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "NOTHING FANCY, JUST THE TRIED AND TRUE"
    "Kind of short, but an excellent story"
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    I usually like my books LONG, but even though this was a short book, it was riveting. The story kept me interested, the main characters drew me into the story, and for a short story the plot twists kept me guessing. I am looking forward to the next two books so I can find out what happens to Earth, the Russian conspiracy, the corrupt VP, and the ??Fronshea?? sector where a new alien armada is heading at the end of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4583)
    Performance
    (4295)
    Story
    (4274)

    When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill's legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it's too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history.

    D says: "Obstinate to the Core"
    "Love this series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was another in line with the earlier books in the series. The "squids" are coming to make Earth a slave planet. The normal cast of characters play their parts as expected. Not a lot of new characters and while the battles were a bit weak in this book, the story lays out a new direction with lots of potential. All in all, a very good listen with some lol moments as usual.

    Author seems to be ramping up to some new action in the next books in the series. Will Earth and it's new empire be able to take on the Galactics and throw off the yoke the Galactics have put on us? At the end of this book, Fleet 921 is coming back our way and as normal McGill has broken every rule they laid down. What is going to happen to Earth?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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