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Benson

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  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (1832)
    Story
    (1840)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Blackjack's adventures continue and it's great!"
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    What did you love best about Guardian?

    I appreciated the slight modification on the "naval battles in space" formula used in previous books. There was more of a sense of mystery to this book that I appreciated.


    Any additional comments?

    I do miss the introductions by the author, telling of different experiences in the military and how they informed his writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3614)
    Performance
    (1995)
    Story
    (2006)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "An engrossing but draining experience"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is written for a very particular mindset. If you are very much into a dystopian/post-apocalyptic nightmare world where technology has run rampant this will hook you (as it did me) right away. However, to stick with it, you have to be comfortable with a book that alludes more than it describes and be able to bear with a relentless sense of hopelessness that pervades until the end of the book.

    It IS a very well written book, but I confess I found it difficult to remain engaged at times because it could be very depressing and/or downright opaque.


    What could Paolo Bacigalupi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Bacigalupi world builds through inference. He describes things like "rust" and talks about terms like "Calorie Man" early on but never actually gives a good description of what those things *are*, just what they mean to other people. It's not a tool unique to this book, but I guess I'm old fashioned and prefer to be told just what terms mean in the beginning so I could understand their context for the rest of the book.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davis did an amazing job of narrating this book. All the accents he had to develop and bring in were difficult yet none sounded like a parody of Asian accents, but rather accents based on careful study of real accents.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1162)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "An intriguing, but flawed start to a new series"
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    What did you like best about The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight? What did you like least?

    The best aspect of this new series is the interesting look into the Syndic mentality, which is very different from the Alliance in many respects. It was also an opportunity to see war from a perspective other than the space engagements and limited Marine ground engagements of previous books.

    The story itself is more of a political intrigue book than space drama/action, so fans of the previous series may or may not find it as engaging. I confess to having lost a bit of interest and found this series less addictive than the previous one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Vietor?

    Christian Rummel would be my first choice. His range of voices and accents really adds life to a story, and when he narrates he feels like he is *acting* the story. Marc is a great narrator in that he *reads* the book well, but I never felt like he was trying to inject any real amount of life into the characters. This may have been a conscious directorial choice and not the fault of Vietor or an indicator of his abilities as an actor.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll stick with this series for one more book. If it doesn't grab me by then I'll probably focus on the adventures of Blackjack instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3126)
    Performance
    (2533)
    Story
    (2541)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "A great start to a new series"
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    If you could sum up Dreadnaught in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Engaging, Exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Campbell does a great job of reuniting all the characters from the previous series while introducing new conflicts and characters into the fold.


    What about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    I love the Jack Campbell introductions as they give brief insights into the series. Rummel's performance was top notch as always and I am constantly amazed at how he finds new voices for newly introduced characters and his consistency with voices he created for existing characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5058)
    Performance
    (3546)
    Story
    (3580)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "Fun military Science Fiction"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    "The Lost Fleet" starts with a great hook and hits the ground running. The book only slows down long enough to catch your breath before charging you into another portion of the adventure!


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christian Rummel's reading is excellent and the audio is clear and crisp. He has a lot of accents to work through, and he he does a good job with most of them. He does the next few volumes too (I'm up to "Valiant" as I write this) so that continuity is appreciated.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the author's attention to detail and the emphasis on tactics, honor, restraint etc. in the face of war. It's idealized sure, but I love a bit of idealism in my scifi!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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