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  • Extinction: Star Force, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2637)
    Performance
    (2388)
    Story
    (2399)

    In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

    Andrew says: "The Kyle Rigs Show"
    "The Kyle Rigs Show"
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    Kyle Rigs is special. He's the sort of hero who knows better than everyone, about pretty much everything. If an officer gives an order, he'll countermand it. Sure hell do the same thing later, but he's Riggs. He's so smart that he's not only better than anyone else to run the new tech, he's better than all other people combined. These are the glaring and reoccurring things. Leave aside failing to remember little bits of science like inertia. That's okay, he's The Riggs and not bound by foolish things like planning, military disciple, or a rudimentary appreciation of self replicating factories. Thinking and behavior that could be excused in the surprise and crisis of the first book continue on a larger and more costly scale.

    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Search & Recovery: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 4 (Retrieval Artist Universe)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    While survivors search for missing loved ones and the rich and powerful set plans in motion to capitalize on the Moon's misfortune, one ruthless man vows to uncover those responsible for the attacks on the Moon. Luc Deshin, the most feared man in Armstrong, knows all too well the bombings could have killed the wife and son he loves more than life itself. To protect his family, Deshin immerses himself in a criminal network he fought long and hard to leave behind.

    Andrew says: "Not a story"
    "Not a story"
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    I'd not normally give a 1 to something decently written, but this fails on a basic point. It isn't a story. Yes, it's part of the overall Anniversary Day story, but it's not even a complete chapter in that plot. It reads like a prologue or a series of character notes that got forced into a binding. At the best, its the beginning of a story, concerning characters we already have met, experiencing things in which we already knew they were involved. There's no middle or end. My expectation from the author, in this setting, is that I'll get a mystery, perhaps one that's part of a larger mystery. What I got was a lot of character narrative, not particularly compelling narrative at that, which did not meaningfully advance the plot of the series.

    The real kicker is, that if I were to read the next in the series, the entire book will be summed up in a few lines. It was a real disappointment. If you want to continue the series, just skip this one.

    I enjoyed the RA books, and Diving is decent, but the Anniversary Day books have been a disappointment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lodestar Part 2: Firestar, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Malcom Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the early years of the 21st century, humanity has progressed into space, having established a permanent presence with Earth-orbiting Leo Station. Science and commerce in space are booming, and humanity’s future looks bright. But one man’s desire for vindication and revenge could end it all. Lodestar chronicles the complex political, personal, and scientific conflicts on Earth and in orbit - conflicts that must be resolved if humanity is to claim its destiny among the stars.

    Andrew says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I'm not sure what happened here. The book seems superfluous to the plot of the series and largely focuses on characters that don't have a lot to do with the core story. There are also major plot points that make no sense. I'm going to take a break from the series and see if I even get curious about what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaplain's War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brad R. Torgersen
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    The mantis cyborgs: insectlike, cruel, and determined to wipe humanity from the face of the galaxy. The Fleet is humanity’s last chance: a multi-world, multi-national task force assembled to hold the line against the aliens’ overwhelming technology and firepower. Enter Harrison Barlow, who like so many young men of wars past, simply wants to serve his people and partake of the grand adventure of military life. Only, Harrison is not a hot pilot, nor a crack shot with a rifle.

    Net Mom says: "Intriguing"
    "Enjoyable, Worth Thinking About, Almost a Four"
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    I suspect I found this book a lot funnier than most people will. Many of the internal themes and issues that confront the characters are things that I've encountered in my own life. Seeing them in the characters was more than amusing. Another nice thing is that it's not a book that holds your hand regarding the impact of things. The author seems to understand that we'll recognize the impact the Manty child rearing strategy and technological filters have had over the centuries, and doesn't bother to spell out the problems. I think it gave extra room for the reader to contemplate these things on their own.

    It appears that a portion of the book was written, perhaps during editing, to allow the protagonist to "get the girl", and seemed tacked-on. If that had been handled better, or even omitted, I probably would definitely have given four stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Diviners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (233)

    Something dark and evil has awakened.... Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

    Amazon Customer says: "A delightful surprise."
    "Very Pretty Drek"
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    The prose is very nice, and the 20's are well researched. The performance is good quality, with the wide range of voices being well done and distinct.

    Unfortunately, the plot is crap. I hate to put it that way but it was like an anti-firework. Started off with great promise, and exploded in such a way as to spoil what good came before. The main character's chief personal challenge, articulated in the beginning of the book, is being short sighted and selfish. By the end of the book, she's a petulant, disloyal, self centered, publicity hound. The magical rules established don't apply to the main character. The efforts expended in gathering information and items to defeat the villain are worthless because apparently you don't need specific artifacts, rituals or even anything relevant to the plot action to win if you feel special enough about your own lucky charm. Add on that the majority of characters, characters with several chapters devoted to them, have no impact on the resolution of the story at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (646)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Trip Williams says: "New, Revamped, Narration is MUCH Better!"
    "Enjoyed the story, but the narration was bad."
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    This one is probably better read than listened to. I like the story but the narration is a serious drawback.

    Noting that the narrator has changed, I'll get the second book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazon Legion: Carrera, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    On the colony planet of Terra Nova, Carrera has achieved his revenge, destroying those who had destroyed his life by killing his wife and children in a terrorist strike. And, with this help of his second wife, he has thwarted an attempted coup that would have restored the rule of the oligarchy and undone his hard-won victory. But his fight is not over yet.... The problem of the Tauran Union's control of the Transitway between Terra Nova and Earth remains, as does the problem of the nuclear-armed United Earth Peace Fleet, orbiting above the planet.

    Andrew says: "Interesting approach and appraisal of the issues"
    "Interesting approach and appraisal of the issues"
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    As a discussion of the issues facing a military force including women and homosexuals, this is an interesting read. However, it is the second book, of three, that retraces the same plot territory. This strikes me as a "side book" rather than a main plotline book, but there's just not enough of the main story to support the side book. Directly following Lotus Eaters, I felt like it was indulgence on the part of the author to wrap his policy proposal in fiction. Since I'm, at least, willing to consider the ideas he puts forth, for me to be bugged by it is probably a bad sign.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Come and Take Them: Carrera, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The Carrera saga continues with entry number five, and the sequel to Amazon Legion. Carrera. Relentless. Machiavellian. Without compunction. Victorious. Pity his enemies. Be thankful he is on the side of freedom from totalitarian domination. On the colony planet of Terra Nova, soldier turned political leader Carrera has achieved his revenge, destroying those who killed his wife and children in a terrorist strike, and helping to establish a free country. But Carrera’s fight is not over. War with the Tauran Union is inevitable.

    Andrew says: "This isn't going anywhere...strike three"
    "This isn't going anywhere...strike three"
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    This is the third book in which we see the same time-frame of the story, without advancing the plot. Lotus Eaters, Amazon Legion and Come and Take them all explore the period leading up to and the initial TU invasion of Balboa. If the author has any idea of what comes next, there's no reason to suspect it, as he's written three books and not gotten anywhere. Admittedly, each of these books explores the time from a different point of view, but without advancing the plot, Lotus Eaters, Amazon Legion and Come and Take Them just come off as rants or position papers thinly wrapped in repetitive fiction (and I'm either curious or partisan for the authors position). I'm interested in seeing how things work out with the UEPF, but, since the author isn't ever going to tell that story, there's no point in continuing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Commandment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (724)

    When the president of the United States is blackmailed into releasing five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, a sadistic assassin with a vendetta years in the making is reactivated. Suddenly, the people closest to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath are being targeted and he realizes that somehow, somewhere he has left the wrong person alive. With his life plunged into absolute peril, and the president ordering him to stay out of the investigation, Harvath must mount his own covert plan for revenge.

    Tara says: "Went Fast"
    "I'm liking them better as time goes on."
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    I didn't take to Scot in the first book, but the story was entertaining and I gave things a shot. Kept coming back, and I'm enjoying the books a bit more as time goes on. This one felt more like two jammed together tangents than a single coherent book, but still entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (589)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Surprisingly hilarious"
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    No, seriously, the book is amazingly funny. For all I've admired and respected Churchill, the thought of him bursting out in a theater "If the donkey dies, I should leave" was just awesomely funny. Certainly the well known wit is featured, but the, very human, playfulness he showed to his wife and children made for genuine humor.

    Yes, it's a mindbogglingly thorough history of the man, and it's not all fun. Some of it is simply heart wrenching. Some reads like an adventure novel. However, if you're not laughing a good bit this book you probably should see a professional about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paloma: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    As a Retrieval Artist, Miles Flint helps the Disappeared, saving the lives of those oppressed under the Earth Alliance regime. He owes his livelihood and his very sense of honor to a woman known as Paloma. It was she who was responsible for setting him on this path. And now she has been murdered.

    Tal says: "Very thorough thought put into every book"
    "Solid"
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    I enjoyed Buried Deep more than the other RA books (which I also enjoyed). I was pleased that Paloma was equally, if not more, enjoyable...maybe interesting is a better choice. Definitely maintaining my interest and I look forward to grabbing the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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