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B. Bozeman

Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

Knoxville, Tennessee | Member Since 2012

  • 77 reviews
  • 193 ratings
  • 760 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Against the Tide of Years

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the years since the Event, the Republic of Nantucket has done its best to re-create the better ideas of the modern age. But the evils of its time resurface in the person of William Walker, renegade Coast Guard officer, who is busy building an empire for himself based on conquest by technology.

    When Walker reaches Greece and recruits several of their greater kinglets to his cause, the people of Nantucket have no choice.

    B. Bozeman says: "I've Finished the entire series"
    "I've Finished the entire series"

    and I am richer for the experience. These travels back through time somewhat reminiscent of Weber's Safehold series are such an enlightening mix of history and science fiction. Nantucket citizens of the present are cast back 30 centuries into the past privileged to forge a brave new world. The characters are unexpected time travelers. Who would conceive of a black woman admiral in command of the Nantucket navy doing battle with the ancient Greeks and Egyptians led by one of the most evil characters ever brought to life in literature? I cheered her victories out loud. 75 hours of relentless interest. What a great series. Buy this and you won't be disappointed if you would love to change the past.
    This third installment got quite a bit more tedious than the first two installments covering too much territory and too many battles as the characters got lost in the action. But I suppose it was difficult to avoid. I loved the first two books and merely enjoyed most of the third.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Nanoseconds + Straight Glass - a Game of Greed"
    What made the experience of listening to Flash Boys the most enjoyable?

    Detailed descriptions of optic cable crossing the Allegheny Mountains to gain nanoseconds and the edge one needs to game the system

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flash Boys?

    The Russian from Goldman goes to prison for nothing while the greedy Gekkos that ran Goldman go free

    If you could give Flash Boys a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Millions Made in Milliseconds

    Any additional comments?

    800 Billion wasn't enough - Wall Street still doesn't get it. Greed isn't good for anyone but Gordon Gekko, The Wolf of Wall Street or Goldman Sachs. There is little difference between Bernie Madoff and the unindicted greed merchants that are masters of a universe they are racing to destroy. At least the fictional Oliver Stone characters and the enhanced real protagonist of Martin Scorsese had some style the investment bankers have no redeeming qualities.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "I'm a Sucker for Thinking Dogs"
    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    Perhaps - I typically listen to my audiobooks multiple times - but this one is fresh in my memory and the story is pretty simple

    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    Elements of Watchers by Dean Koontz and WE3 by Grant Morrison have intelligent animals who's thoughts are expressed but Maggie is simply very intelligent and loyal with the benefit of being exceptionally well trained

    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Great job with vocalizing Maggie's thoughts

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

    When Maggie bonded with Scott and was willing to take on the Sergeant head of the dog squad

    Any additional comments?

    Evil cops vs a very good dog - what's not to like. It's a good story with particularly evil cops bested by a couple of wounded beings who prevail well told and voice acted

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Radiant Words in Enlightening Visions"
    If you could sum up Words of Radiance in three words, what would they be?

    Radiant Enlightening Wisdom

    What did you like best about this story?

    The evolution of Shallan Davar and Kaladin

    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    Beautiful controlled intensity meshes well introspective thought

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

    Syl the sprin returns to Kaladin

    Any additional comments?

    Another series that has me pining for the next installment too far in the future while being an excellent stand alone novel. I am completely captivated by the characters, the plot, the setting, the wisdom and philosophy. This is such a complete world with a rich history and a fascinating culture. It moves along with significant action and a magnificent quest. Wondrous creatures populate the shattered landscape and beings of light with the assistance of "sprin" (or the binding essence of emotions and properties of substances) work and battle to save their world.
    This is a wonderful story well told and voice acted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Tim says: "Groundhog's Day, It's Not!"
    "An Old Friendship Renewed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it often in the past because of my affection for the concept and a strange sense of "aha" as if the story could be a reality

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James Winston - because he's really the only one of two main characters who is male - and easy for me to empathize

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has inspired me to write a very similar story of my own in preparation for the day an opportunity might be presented to do this in an afterlife.

    Any additional comments?

    A very general and obvious plot element below - but not a "spoiler" since it would be so unnatural to exclude it Anyone in a Replay would have to try to stop Lee Harvey O.

    What would you do if you had a chance at a do over? You expire and come to consciousness in the afterlife clearing house where you can choose your own Heaven. So what would be heaven to you? Mine would be the opportunity to relive my life with full knowledge of my past life. I could certainly do a much better job than Jeff Winston did with his lives. His lame attempts to change the JFK assassination was not well conceived along with his predictable wasted replay in captivity by the CIA. I'm sure I could find a much more effective way to stop certain assassinations - and possibly arrange some others. You would require a much more important goal - like saving the Earth from climate change but the steps you could take with unlimited wealth and the political power of knowing your opponents moves before they do would give you a great opportunity to make that happen. Stop Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, Tim McVeigh, Jim Jones, OJ and 9/11. Save JFK, RFK, MLK, Paul Wellstone, and John Lennon. Make certain Al Gore takes the office to which he was elected and that Ronald Reagan does not. Put every right wing Republican in thrall with Bernie Madoff and Bear Sterns while warning Speilberg, Bacon, Sedgewick, Malkovich and the Wiesels among others. Support candidates who agree to policies to decrease greenhouse gasses and weapon sales and who realize that the greatest redistribution of wealth in history has happened since 1980 with the wealth of the middle class redistributed to the wealthiest 2% of Americans. There is so much that could be done to make the world a better place while moving to save the Earth as we know it.

    Am I so alone in my inclination to wish to make the world a better place? Jeff Winston wasted his gift and spent way too much time wallowing in a weird self-pity instead of making new friendships while altering the course of history for the better. What would be a more rewarding heaven than living with a great purpose and the power to make significant strides in achieving it? I would happily take all the replays I could get.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "S&M for Wingnuts and 13 year old perverts"
    What disappointed you about Ghost?

    Not worth disappointment - the only thing to disappoint is the "human" nature that might enjoy this sickness - 20 naked UGA coeds kidnapped raped and tortured by terrorists - and then abused and "saved" by Ringo's sick stalker "hero".

    What was most disappointing about John Ringo’s story?

    that anyone would write this - I could only listen to the first 2 hours before being thoroughly disgusted with myself and taking two long hot showers.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    That the reader could get the words out without gagging or laughing out loud is worth 4 STARS.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it exposes a pretty clear indication about the mental condition of those who might like this

    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy nipples being scorched by a blowtorch and idiotic Limbaughtomized hatred of anything "Liberal" this is a great way to spend your money. Moronic comments about college coeds and Europeans in an absurdly unbelievable fiction of Conservative Macho sadism makes this a black comedy of a "B" novel. I'm surprised my MP3 player didn't melt from embarrassment. Ringo must be a real source of pleasure for 13 year old perverts.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Like a Mighty Army: Safehold, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

    Roy J. Meek says: "A long suffering reader ploughs on"
    "Wild Horses Can't Drag Me Away"
    If you could sum up Like a Mighty Army in three words, what would they be?

    a delicious addiction continues
    NImue Becomes Two

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Like a Mighty Army?

    When Nimue becomes two

    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    That there is absolutely nothing to dislike. Wyman does the job extremely well and his narration never detracts from the story

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A real answer: Nimue Becomes Two - Imagine being both a male and female version of yourself at the same time.

    A more tongue in cheek answer: Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Me Away - explanation: Weber has more "snorting" and "nostrils flaring" than you could possibly imagine. Enough that I now tell my cat the horses are back every time he uses those descriptors.

    Any additional comments?

    I'm captivated enough by this series to have now listened to the entire first 6 books a third time in anticipation of this last installment. The deliciously agonizing slow pace of the books and the interminable length of time between them causes my mind to wander and lose place so I miss enough to make a second and third listen worthwhile.

    Given the content, the maps provided online are woefully insufficient for following the geography of the action. This needs to be fixed - more art and detail would be a very welcomed addition. We have to imagine an entire world and the locations are important enough to make a detailed map a necessity.

    After waiting 2 years for book 7 I downloaded it the first day and have gone through it over 48 hours. I have to keep reminding myself "it's the journey not the destination" when my natural impatience moves me to wish for a faster pace. So a quicker/less deliberate listen can be followed by a slower repeat listen. It works well for me.

    My only quibbles are the 'snorting" and "nostrils flaring" and Nimue/Merlin's absurd self blame for starting the war she/he never started. That's precious little for almost 200 hours of audible book reading.

    The politics and religion of Safehold through the eyes of a futuristic PICA from the distant past with 'magical' powers born of a massive technical advantage makes for a compelling story. I can't wait for the next installment but I know I have to - and I am not anxious for the story to end - at least not long before I do. And at this pace it may be a close race.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "an everyday hero willing to lose everything"
    "Don't Be Fooled THIS IS HORRIBLE"

    This is a masterpiece of TERRIBLE by a writer with all the sensibilities of a boy with diminished capacity. Amazing that something this bad could find a publisher. The writer must have a family connection to the owners because no one would pay the cost of recording something like this
    The action scenes? In the middle of a bizarre attack by a Jihadist in a Venetian Palace during a costume ball held by the leader of the Jihad the protagonist is asked by his friend "how's it hanging"? A Jihad out of a Venitian Palace using autistic children with brain implants? Are you serious?
    The dialog is so dimwitted and absurd the only reason to continue is to discover if the writing can possibly get worse. A story that makes no sense whatever A plot - if you can call it a plot - that strains - no breaks through any semblance of credibility. Characters you could never dream up who sound like escapes from a remedial reading class.
    I would never imagine that Audible could possibly have something it the catalog as lame as this thing. Note a couple of the reviewers have only review the two books by this author so the rating has been fixed. Don't even think about buying this JUNK. I'm truly ashamed at myself for being sucked in by a review that is much more worthwhile than the mess it represents. This is TRASH.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Like Daemon and Freedom a lot of fun"

    I am a 60 something who probably shouldn't enjoy these computer game books as much as I do. But this genre has grown on me since William Gibson and Neal Stephenson became a part of my reading pleasure. This is a compelling love story with a lot of action and a great fight between some likable geeks and a nasty corporate entity. Well worth the credit and the time it took to listen - 2 days - because I could not turn it off once I got into it. Buy it and you should like it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "Great Thrill Ride"

    This one is great fun and could only be improve by targeting Murdock & the Koch Brothers or a crew of Wall Street financial officers for real. John Rain is eliminating the real enemies of the American people for a change and does it with flair.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "Like remembering an old love"

    Having read this series long ago I was pleased to renew an acquaintance with an old love. This is a great series and this first book is performed flawlessly. The tale of science fiction that improves with age is rare. A wonderful book with a great narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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