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Bill Coleman

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  • City at World's End

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Edmond Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The midwestern town of Middletown is the "first strike" of a new super bomb. However, instead of destroying the town, the attack rips a hole in the space-time continuum, sending the town and it's inhabitants to a distant Earth, cold and foreboding. The story of their struggle, survival and ultimate success in rekindling the planet and dealing with the people and aliens of the future, is the stuff of great science fiction. As you listen, see if you agree with the many who think this story was the origin of the Star Wars characters Chewbacca and Leia.

    Andrew J. Jackson says: "Classic juvenile sci-fi"
    "Bad science but"
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    As a kid I loved this book. But to imagine the Earth at the end of its life, oceans dry and the sun a Red Giant (but not frying the planet) in only 1,000,000 years is so far off that it really takes away from the story.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Cluster

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    As Cluster opens, the alien envoy Pnotl of Sphere Knyfh seeks help from Sphere Sol in a shared galactic-level crisis: Galaxy Andromeda has discovered the secret of energy transfer and intends to use it to steal the basic energy of the Milky Way Galaxy.

    Knyfh offers the secret of aura transfer on the understanding that Sphere Sol will spread the technology to help create a galactic coalition to find and defeat agents of Andromeda.

    Bill Coleman says: "What a reader!"
    "What a reader!"
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    What would have made Cluster better?

    A different reader


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Basil Sands?

    Anyone. A corpse. Someone who doesn't speak English. Anyone would have been better


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

    I remember reading it and liking the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have trouble sleeping the narrator can take care of it immediately

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starfarers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Vonda N. McIntyre
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The starship Starfarer is poised for our first voyage to another star system. The Alien Contact Team - physicist Victoria Fraser MacKenzie, geneticist Stephen Thomas Gregory, geographer Satoshi Lono, and alien contact specialist J.D. Sauvage - and the rest of the faculty and staff prepare for humanity's most ambitious exploratory expedition. But the world has changed. A new regime orders the vessel to be abandoned. It will be turned into an instrument of war. What do the Starfarers do? They do what any red-blooded Alien Contact Team would do. They steal the starship.

    Bill Coleman says: "Impossible to follow"
    "Impossible to follow"
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    Would you try another book from Vonda N. McIntyre and/or Gayle Hendrix?

    The reader, Gayle Hendrix, speaks in a monotone and you cannot differentiate characters by their voice (note: not voices, voice). The first chapter (I couldn't get any further) appears poorly written but that may be the fault of the narrator. AWFUL!


    Has Starfarers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gayle Hendrix?

    Anyone. A dead person. A mute. A spider.


    What character would you cut from Starfarers?

    Don't know, didn't get that far.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2018)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (948)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Could Have been Great but wasn't"
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    Would you try another book from Kevin J. Anderson and/or George Guidall?

    No - Anderson
    Yes - Guidall


    Has Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Not Sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1?

    Not relevent


    Any additional comments?

    Of course. This could have been a great book but fails. When an author sets a number of scenes, each with their own set of characters, there is a plot line in each segment that leads back to the main plot. The best example of this is John Brunner's classic Stand on Zanzibar.
    The author here fails miserably. I got maybe 2/3 of the way through and there is one main plot line (the aliens from gas giants). While he makes some references in most of the scenarios to the main plot there is little to tie them together except the knowledge of current events. And the one segment that is supposed to have critical information (the World Tree) appears completely unaware of what's happening.
    It is so poorly done I can't believe Mr. Anderson is capable of writing a coherent book. I also don't care enough to finish it even with about 14 hours invested.
    The only good think is the narrator who is fantastic. No wonder Audible lists hundreds of books narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule of Evidence: JAG in Space, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    On maneuvers, the USS Michaelson's sister ship, the USS Maury, is wracked by devastating explosions that destroy its engineering section. Lieutenant Paul Sinclair is overjoyed when his girlfriend, Lieutenant Jen Shen, is found alive--until she faces court-martial for the disaster on the Maury. Paul must find out what really caused the explosions. But the more he learns, the more he faces the terrible possibility that the woman he loves may be guilty of sabotage and murder.

    Jean says: "Military court room drama"
    "My Only Disappointment by the author"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who won't look beyond the superficial


    What was most disappointing about Jack Campbell’s story?

    I loved the other 3 JAG in Space books but there were some logical flaws that I can't get past. His point is that often scapegoats are found and evidence is manipulated in such a way to protect the people really responsible. So far so good. The problem is that the setup in THIS book requires too many suspensions of disbelief. Lt. Shen is accused of having set up all the equipment in Engineering to fail simultaneously to sabotage her ship. Experts show that she was one of only a couple of people who could have done that.
    But Mr. Hemry (Jack Campbell) ignores the questions of how long it would have taken her to do this and wouldn't there have been obvious modifications in the equipment that would have made others suspicious. Every time the dialog reached the point where this was the next logical issue it was ignored. I found myself yelling back at the audio. A real shame and I hope someday he comes back to military justice as the main theme. In the meantime I will keep anxiously waiting for more Lost Fleet books.
    John Hemry is one of the best in the business and we're all entitled to one mistake :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (308)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "Disgusting, racist crap but I love it anyway"
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    I have no idea why I've always liked this story. It is anti-Asian racist garbage, I recall reading that Heinlein once said he was ashamed of this stuff. But it flows so well and is one of those good defeating evil stories that even if the bad guys had been my own ethnic group I'd still step outside of my feelings and enjoy the book. Don't know why but...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • After Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (305)

    After Worlds Collide picks up the story of its predecessor When Worlds Collide. This sequel tells the story of the survivors' progress on the new world Bronson Beta after the destruction of planet Earth by a rogue planet.

    Colby says: "LOVED IT!! Exactly what I needed in the sequel!"
    "Good but dated"
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    I loved this book when I was in High School in the 60's. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold up very well -- written just before Hitler came to power some aspects of the politics, culture and the science are too far afield for suspension of disbelief. But it is still an OK story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2146)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1807)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Painful, never can actually get to the story"
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    I tried to hard to listen to this thing, but finally after about 1 1/2 hours had to give up. While set in mid-21st century a little bit of the book sets the plot but the characters go on and on and on apparently trying to establish the characters. I gave up after 2 of them were in this interminable discussion of their sex lives. If I wanted a Romance I'd have bought one!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4481)
    Performance
    (3959)
    Story
    (3978)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Fiction posing as fact"
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    According to the Natl Park Service this fictional crap is filled with errors, like when Lincoln had a meeting with Grant in the Oval Office. Apparently Lincoln took Grant in his time machine ahead 50 years to when the Oval Office was built.
    They refuse to sell this crap at Ford's Theater because of the inaccuracies.
    Yet it seems to fit with the high journalistic standards at Fox News.
    Hmmm. NewsCorp. I wonder if they tapped Lincoln's phone?

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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