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C. Williams

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Arkansas USA | Member Since 2008

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  • A Desert Called Peace: Carrera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    He raised an army against those who took everything from him. They should have picked their enemies more carefully. Five centuries from now, on a remarkably Earthlike planet that is mankind's sole colony in space, religious fanatics called the "Salafi Ikhwan" have murdered the uncle of former colonel Patrick Hennessey. That was their first mistake, because uncle was rich and Hennessey was rather a good colonel. But they also murdered Hennessey's wife, Linda, and their three small children, and that was their worst mistake for she was the only restraint Hennessey had ever accepted.

    C. Williams says: "The more things change..."
    "The more things change..."
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    This book is by and large one big retelling of the entire "War on Terror." It takes the "those unable to learn the lessons of history" cliche to new heights. In the future on a colony of earth most of the 18th-20th century history is repeated almost event for event. Our story really starts just before a major terrorist attack which is a pretty faithful and slightly disturbing recreation of the 9/11 attacks. Then events proceed from there. There is a certain level of dissonance, because these colonist have access to earth history up to around 2050. Yet they somehow fail to note any similarities. However despite this it does become a rather interesting story of revenge and psychological turmoil. It also has some interesting things to say about human nature and the nature of religion. I don't agree with all or most of its points but it is an interesting perspective.

    Overall fairly well written and plotted with some holes that one can ignore.

    The narrator does a fine job and I look forward to some more of his work in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mask of the Other

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Greg Stolze
    • Narrated By Trevor Dutton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In 1974, something came out of the sea during the invasion of Cyprus, killing Greeks and Turks indiscriminately until it was bombed into dormancy and entombed. In 1988 a rock band disappeared while filming on an abandoned island-town off the coast of Japan. In 1991, a squad of US infantry was attacked in Iraq by a bulletproof, invisible entity. Mask of the Other connects these disparate events, as a group of soldiers plunders the remnants of Saddam's occult weapons program and attempts to engage with creatures of an inhuman mythos... as equals.

    C. Williams says: "Interesting story too bad about the narrator"
    "Interesting story too bad about the narrator"
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    I bought this book because I really enjoy Greg Stolze's work and the premise had me interested. It took less than an hour for the narrator to drive me out of my gourd. He sounds bored. Bored and sarcastic. I think I'll get the book and read it. Audio books are my preferred medium but this is too muck

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Darrel Ray
    • Narrated By Darrel Ray
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Why are all the major religions consumed with sex? What makes sex so important, whether Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? What is the impact of religion on human sexuality? This book explores this and more. It ventures into territory that has never been examined. You will be surprised at how much religion has influenced your sexuality, who you marry, the pleasure you get or don't get from sex, and what you can do about it.

    Anthony says: "Dr. Darrel Ray's Masterpiece."
    "Lets talk about God baby"
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    First off this book takes a very strong stance right off the bat. Religion is bad for your sex life and your overall mental health. There are some obvious bias leanings. However, he does have evidence to support these statements although he offers little counter evidence to his arguments. He also paints a picture of almost all modern religions but only gives examples primarily, and almost exclusively, from the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

    I will say I do not agree with all of his statements, but having come from a very religious home I found myself agreeing with most just based on my own personal experience.

    I recommend this book to those out there who wonder about what effects being religious may have had on your sex life, especially if you are or were Jewish, Christian, or Muslim. However, do take everything with a grain of salt and weight it against your own experience. It hit home in many places for me, but everybody is different.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2027)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "... Then you opened your mouth."
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    Would you try another book from D. J. Molles and/or Christian Rummel?

    D.J. Molles ... I dunno I see ability there but this was so cliche ridden. I love Christian Rummel's narration it was spot on for the way the characters were written in fact he gave a better performance than they deserved.


    Has The Remaining turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like the post-collapse survive/rebuild story.


    Do you think The Remaining needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well for the story yes it does. Cliff-hanger city baby, but I don't know if I want to listen to another in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, if you read the above you know that I liked the narration and disliked the story. The premise is great. There is a plague and the government has locked a guy in a vault in every one of the contiguous 48 states. Way far-fetched but fun. The problem is ... well everything else. The only character I enjoyed was the dog because it acted like a real dog... mostly. The humans that are around for the shortest amount of time are the most engaging. Mostly because they don't talk. The dialogue is stilted at best and outright un-listenable at worst. This guy internal dialogue is even more exacerbating. Its like being in the mind of a 14 year old boy. Which would have been fine if he was, but this is supposed to be one of the hand picked group to rebuild and reestablish order. He's also on of the most judgmental ass-hats I've experienced as a narrator. He derisively tears down everyone else whilst being a colossal moron in his own right.

    Overall I wasn't expecting the great american novel. I was wanting something fun and engaging, It was for the first couple hours. Untill the parts that should have kicked it up a notch got started. Unfortunately the way the humans interacted were so inhuman it made it almost unbearable.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

    Lindsay says: "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"
    "Usual for this author, but not bad."
    Overall

    Okay so you've read the other reviews that say its a terrible book full of xenophobia, hate, and just an ignorant rant. Its not. This book certainly has a right wing slant yes. However, many thing said are quite accurate about the topics in question. It is a well researched piece of work. Also there is no xenophobia and America is not presented as perfect. He never once preaches hate, and if anything encourages tolerance. If you don't like the book do not count this author out. This is an usual work for him and an excellent addition to any fan's collection.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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