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  • The Course of Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, K. D. Wentworth
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Conquered by the Jao twenty years ago, the Earth is shackled under alien tyranny - and threatened by the even more dangerous Ekhat, one of whose genocidal extermination fleets is coming to the solar system. The only chance for human survival is in the hands of an unusual pair of allies: a young Jao prince, newly arrived to Terra to assume his duties, and a young human woman brought up amongst the Jao occupiers. But, as their tentative alliance takes shape, they are under pressure from all sides.

    Adam says: "An excellent use of a credit"
    "A Favourite Finally on Audio"
    What did you love best about The Course of Empire?

    There were some memorable characters, and I enjoyed the interactions between the humans and the alien Jao who had conquered Earth. I wondered from the beginning what Preceptor Ronz of the Jao strategy Circle was up to. What opportunity? Can Aille do what? I had my guesses, but the overall goal I had missed completely. Luckily for me, the authors saw fit to wrap it up nicely at the end. The Ekhat were just so alien, and the book did well on depicting them as truly incomprehensible.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Course of Empire?

    Yaut disabling Oppuk

    Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but will again. He did a good job with the voices, and the reading was paced well.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the humans said they would miss the Jao Aille if he gave up his life to defend his actions.

    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book in paper form after reading the sample chapters on Baen's website -- I just had to finish it! One of my favourite books. Enjoyable read and listen, and looking forward to listening to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Full Cast

    This acclaimed World War II psychological court room drama was the sensation of 1954. The play portrays a mutiny of naval officers aboard the U.S.S. Caine. Their suspicions concerning their captain's sanity lead to their rebellion and a subsequent court-martial.

    Jean says: "A modern day mutiny"
    "Enjoyed the Book, the Movie and this radio Drama!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial the most enjoyable?

    I had read the book and watched the movie. The book had much more detail and was well-told, but the movie added visual elements, and the play crystallised it into sharper focus. I would recommend all three -- it's fascinating how the different media portray the same tale.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not the sort of thing I usually read, watch, or listen to, but a good story well told is always worth my time, and this one made me think about many things -- the way people interact with each other, legal systems, war in general, those who serve in the military, and more.

    What about Full Cast’s performance did you like?

    Just excellent performances all around. Each role was well-played, and I felt as if I was listening to a live broadcast of a real court-martial.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did, except when I had to break to meet some friends for lunch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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