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Jeffery

Bel Air, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 20 reviews
  • 89 ratings
  • 670 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015
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  • Berserkers: The Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Abaddon's Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1051)

    The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

    Greg says: "The worst part is waiting for book 4"
    "A Good Series"
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    I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. This series has kept me interested throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Between the Stars: The Saga of Shadows, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (427)

    Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

    Trip Williams says: "Crank It Up Again!"
    "Another great book by KJA"
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    Looks like another must get series from Anderson. I'm looking forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (382)

    How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

    HAROLD WELCH says: "Tremendous Disappointment"
    "I didn't mean to get into a YA series"
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    So the 5th wave keeps popping up on my suggestions, has excellent reviews, and the book short made it sound interesting. The series is good, but this second book is not as good as the first. It is still good though. The story is intriguing, the characters are engaging, and it's not the "same-old same-old" aliens conquer the earth while the ragged remnants of humanity defeat the evil alien overlords. Since I like that type of story, I liked this book **in spite** of it not being such. The one thing that was a bit distracting and takes away from the story in my opinion is when the author occasionally breaks into flowery and long winded descriptions that seem to be an attempt to be poetic. I still liked the series and will have to see how the reviews are on the third book before I decide if I want to buy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Blue Event Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Frederik Pohl was on a streak when this Hugo Award-finalist novel was published in 1980. Now back in print after an absence of nearly a decade, this unique science fiction novel is as fresh and entertaining as ever. The story begins when the hero of Gateway finances an expedition to a distant alien spaceship that may end famine forever. On the ship, the explorers find a human boy, and evidence that reveals a powerful alien civilization is thriving on a transport ship headed right for Earth....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "SHE SURPRIZES ME MOST WHEN I LEAST EXPECT IT"
    "Another Winner"
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    It may just be because I'm rereading a series I really enjoyed in my youth, but I just can't stop listening to this series. I'm picking up on stuff I missed the last time I read this series and the story is keeping me very focused. Must get some sleep tonight!!! No more marathon listening sessions. I may need Sigmund to help me through this problem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (700)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    "Better than I remember when I was young."
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    What did you love best about Gateway?

    I read this in paperback when I was a kid. Now here it is more than 20 years later and it was even better than I remembered it. The story is engaging, the performance is excellent, and the story has me wanting to re-listen/read the rest of the series. At first, I though the little sessions with Sigmund were transparent and distracting, but by the end, they were part of the story and as engaging as the main story-line. I'm in for a penny, so I guess I'm in for a pound. Gotta download Blue Event Horizon now.


    1 of 1 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
    (138)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    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.

    Beenre says: "disappointed"
    "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
    (631)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (441)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1179)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (185)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    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….

    Sanford says: "Colossal waste of time"
    "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 1 people found this review helpful

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