Down to the Sea is the beginning of a new chapter in The Lost Regiment series. I've read the entire series although I have to admit I struggled through books 7 and 8. It's not that William R. Forstchen is a bad writer, he's not. Or that Patrick Lawlor makes the books difficult to listen to, he doesn't. It's that the topic is gruesome and it begins to weigh not just on the mind but also on the soul. Anyone that has seen violence up close and personal will have no problem seeing in their mind's eye the picture of war that Forstchen paints and Lawlor makes come to life. Leaving the violence and butchery out of the picture the writting is good and the performance is just as good. But, this series is not for the faint of heart, the young, or those that have personal demons from war or violence. Forstchen does a little too good a job in painting his picture and makes you face a reality most people would rather not. For those unfamilar with The Lost Regiment it is about a group of Union soldiers trapped on a world far from home facing annihalation by an enemy that sees them as food. It is a story about the strength of the human spirit, human enginuity, the will to live, and the desire all men have for freedom. Down to the Sea continues the story with the second generation. It's now their turn to stand and to find out for themselves just what they are made of. I enjoyed the book and it was a nice change from the earlier series.
Patrick Lawlor is not the most versitile actor on Audible, but he does a good job with Forstchen's work. He has narrated the entire series and brings with him a knowledge of the work that is necessary to communicate Forstchen's complicated engineering concepts. Lawlor does a fine job delivering Forstchen's work.
J. Campbell comes back to the Lost Fleet Beyond The Frontier series with another chart topper. Steadfast is just another five star addition to this already star studded series. The story line was fascinating and engaging. It was really interesting how Campbell made Geary face himself this time around. Also it was good to see how Campbell has started to incorporate the problems of massive bureacracy into his world. I like how he has taken some of the issues that we are now facing in our world with our bureacracies and looking at them in the light of a fictional world. Somewhere parties and policies of our world can be left aside and we can really look at the true issue and what it has the capability of doing if we don't get a handle on it. Campbell does all of this without lecturing or taking sides, he simply points out the issue and shows where it can lead if it goes unchecked. He also does all of this without distracting from the story. He makes it vital to the story but without bringing in the predjudices of our world. Five star work all around.
Christian Rummel returns for this reading of Steadfast and does a fantastic job. There were a few issues with some editing (repeating of lines already read), but nothing that was Rummel's fault. Five stars to Rummel brings this new addition to a five star rating across the board.
Campbell/Hemry comes out with another fantastic story from the Lost Fleet Universe. However I have to ask, who wrote the last chapter? Did he have writer's block and decide to get his inspiration by watching daytime TV? I mean really are we reading a space opera or a space soap opera? This book was going along great and had me buying in big time until the end. This was a five star book that tanked to a "jump the shark" moment in the last chapter. The only reason I didn't give the story a worse review than I did was because there is a chance to salvage this. I have to say that if Campbell/'Hemry continues down this rabbit hole, I'm done with this series. I realize that much of the political parts of his books he finds in our own history, but even so the ones that attempted this one always failed miserably and rarely made for good stories. In fact just the opposite, most of them are bloody sagas that we try to push under the proverbial historical rug and forget about. This needs a quick resolution in the next book to keep me interested.
Marc Vietor does a great job in his second outing in the Lost Fleet Universe. This is a much better performance than his first book and I hope that it continues with the rest of the series.
It always amazes me how Flint and his cohorts of authors in this series keep everyone straight. The one thing you will find in every book however, is the main tenants of the American Philosophy. This book more than most takes those ideals and shows that it's not always easy to stand up for what you believe. The two major tenants of American freedom are looked at under a microscope in this book, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Although Flint's background might make one wonder just how he will cover these topics, he does a superb job showing the difficulties in achieving both. I would recommend that anyone that is interested in listening to this book first go back and read the books before this one. If you don't, you will literally be picking up the story in the middle.
George Guidall does a fantastic job reading this book. His vocal performance is second to none.
I'm usually highly critical of Lee Child because he tends to write about an area of life that I work in. He usually fails to grasp the nuances of law enforcement, but he seems to have done his homework this time around and hits the nail right on the head with this one. That being said, the only characters that are 100% believable in this outing of Jack Reacher is the law enforcement and the hit men. I had a really hard time finding the other characters believable and it hurt the story. However he made up for it in giving us a great mystery plot. So a story that should have gotten a 3 star rating gets a 4, and an ok book becomes an interesting one.
Dick Hill does a fantastic job as Jack Reacher and does this work justice. I really wish that all of the Jack Reacher books on Audible were read by Dick Hill, because he truly is the voice of Jack Reacher.
Ok I've had to deal with some federal types in my career and most of them don't fit the corner that Lee Child tries painting the FBI into in this book. I can think of three specifically though that could be exact copies of the "moron" feds in this book, but they are all desk jockies that never would have a case this big. I would never call any of the feds I've dealt with "over-bright", but never this stupid and never this crooked. And even though I know the chances of Lee Child ever reading this are slim, just a heads up. Someone that stupid and crooked, would have a very hard time climbing the ranks in law enforcement. You might end up with one, but a whole department of them? No. Most of your problems are either stupid OR crooked. The stupid ones are usually straight arrows and the crooked ones are usually wicked smart. Both find their way to the top but never do you have the trifecta of stupid, crooked, and all powerful. That was my only complaint with the book and the only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5. Child held true to his story and really did a good job of filling it out to give you a lot of differant suspects.
Again J. McClain does a good job as Jack Reacher, but he just doesn't do a great job. To get this up to 5 stars would require Dick Hill.
Ok don't assume that the headline reflects anything other than I didn't want this book to end. That and all those reviews saying there is no cliffhanger; did you actually listen to the whole book? There are several huge cliffhangers in this book, and I can't wait to see which way J. G. Hemry takes them. Hint: All the cliffhangers are before you get to the last chapter. Granted this book could stand as the final one if it had to, but there are still huge sections of this story still unwritten. This is a great book, but it comes no where close to closing this story out.
Christian Rummel did a fantastic job. As some other reviewers have mentioned, he seems to have forgotten a few things here and there, but nothing serious. Couldn't really tell if the minor mistakes were Hemry's doing or Rummel's, but they were so minor it doesn't bear elaborating. When it's all said and done this is a five star book all the way around.
Lee Child is back with the second adventure of Jack Reacher. This time he's trying to be "Mr. Nice-Guy" and gets caught in a kidnap attempt. What to do? How does he save his fellow captive? Who does he trust? This new adventure takes a little while to develop but once it does it is a high speed ride. Lee Child does a good job of keeping you interested and invested in the story. This is a great read and really engrossing.
Most of the reviewers of this book don't like that it was narrated by Jonathan McClain. Now like everyone else I think that Dick Hill is the voice of Jack Reacher, but McClain does a good job. If you haven't listened to alot of Reacher books with Dick Hill, than McClain doing this narration won't bother you. Not as good as Hill, but good all the same.
Who is Jack Reacher? Where does he come from? And what is he doing in a small Georgia town on the day the murders start? Lee Child does a fantastic job introducing his character and immediately putting him in harms way. The only drawback is that Child introduces individuals or their names early in the book and then walks away just long enough that when he mentions them again you are trying to scramble and remember who they are. His writing draws you in and makes you want more.
Dick Hill does a great job presenting Lee Child's work. He makes Jack Reacher come alive and swagger his way through this modern mystery. This is a good book, good performance, and good overall story.
As I've written before I'm not a huge fan of the Sword of Truth series. Not because its a bad series or because the premise of the book is bad, but because Goodkind doesn't take this series to it's full potential. He tries to make the story rely on one or two people and build his world around them. One problem is that that's not how the world works. There are no serious back characters that this story can rely on. This is a very narrow veiw of a massive world and it tends to disturb me. It's one thing to have a main character you follow around, but you need something or someone that you can move away from the main character and build side stories that help fill out the world and move the story. If it wasn't for Dick Hill's performance this story wouldn't have even registered as an average story overall.
Dick Hill does a good job with this work and takes this story from poor to average with his performance. Goodkind was lucky to get this performer, because without Hill this wouldn't even garner a listen. Overall this is a poor story made average by a good performance.
Just when I finished mourning the end of the Legion of the Damned series William C. Dietz is back with an encore presentation. One of the greatest series in Sci-Fi is back with an installment that will drag you back in and get you hooked all over again. Andromeda's Fall is by far William C. Dietz's best work yet on the LotD series. Murder, court intrigue, suspense, and betrayal are just a few of the things that make this book an "I can't put this down" type of book. This book has earned it's spot at the beginning of one of the best Sci-Fi series of all time, and it is one more example of why William C. Dietz is considered one of the best authors of any genre.
Isabelle Gordon takes this new book and knocks it out of the park. On a side note it probably would have helped if she had listened to at least one of the other LotD books, but the things she mispronounces are so rare that it really doesn't play that big a role in how good this performance is. All in all this book is ready for its debut in the Sci-Fi Hall of Fame alongside all of the other LotD books.
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