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Charles

Calhan, CO, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Shadow of Saganami

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

    Jean says: "The Shadow of Saganami"
    "Great , with a variety of personalities."
    Overall

    This is one Weber's most complete books of honor and courage in the face of insurmountable odds. I thought this could be one of those long winded books as I was very much pleased, instead it had a strong depth in its plot with a complex but understandable twisted story. If you like Sci Fi War novels this is a 5 star read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Company: Book XIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Acclaimed as the best of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, Sharpe's Company finds Richard Sharpe desperate to save his wife and daughter from inside the fortress of Badajoz. "Consistently exciting," says Stephen King. "These are wonderful novels."

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Company"
    "At first un-expected winner."
    Overall

    When the narration first started I was trying to figure out how and why I down loaded this book. I was quickly drawn into the characters and life of 16th century Europe, Full of one nation battling another nation as a common way for man in making a living ,Factual to an extent the author draws you into the depth of death and life as modern man could ,would or should not experience . Very likable or not characters; full of life, or themselves, with hero's and villains. Really makes you look at a part of history that was so very very awful, Read it if your feeling a little put out. You have no idea how life could be or was. Great Read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Eyes: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (172)

    The Posleen are coming and the models all say the same thing: Without the Panama Canal, the US is doomed to starvation and defeat. Despite being overstretched preparing to defend the US, the military sends everything it has left: A handful of advanced Armored Combat Suits, rejuvenated veterans from the many decades that Panama was a virtual colony and three antiquated warships. Other than that, the Panamanians are on their own.

    Colin says: "Earth is defended and the Posleen are gone"
    "Great Book, Once started can't stop."
    Overall

    I love a good sci-fi book as I started listening to this book I was very entertained and intrigued by the large assortment of characters, one of the best read books to date. This has a twist of a love story and human survival entwined throughout the book. Many great people the corrupt, bad, misunderstood and of course the heroes which came out as the strong independent people that made this country great. This is a must read for those into Sci-Fi even for first timers. It has it all from hard work to courage, cowards, strategy and miss-understood aliens. John Ringo also included a must read epilogue of how this world is getting twisted, relaying to the book and now, especially now.CC

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (204)

    This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it.

    Marsha says: "Perfect narrator!"
    "Great plot of human turmoil, beware."
    Overall

    At first I was wondering why I bought this book, though I do like them with lots of hours. Yes pretty silly requirement. This book got better after a few hours and lots better the longer it went on, as it takes allot of time to get into the book fully. Sets itself up very well , but you must listen closely , this is not a simple read and haves a very intriguing ending that is full of surprises and lots of emotion and conflict. For a book being over 150 year old what a psychology wonder encompassing most of the human emotions we our capable of.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trading in Danger: Vatta's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

    L'Aura says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Reflecting todays climate, punn intended"
    Overall

    A twisted plot as you never know the whole truth. Which as humans we feel we know the real truth but do we. I found this a little political but didn't mind as there are as many points to real life as there are to fiction. Read the book as it is entertaining with lots of adventure and intrigue, CC

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4584)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1874)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Sense of humor in a serious plot , Great Read"
    Overall

    Was very surprised that this turned out so well, It has mystery and saying no more a great plot with a unusual ending, Most ending have an exact out come this will not. The politics besides great detective novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Strike: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    Planet by planet, galaxy by galaxy, the inhabited universe has fallen to the alien Xul. Now only one obstacle stands between them and total domination: the warriors of a resilient race the world-devourers nearly annihilated centuries ago.

    Lawrence says: "Good Sci Fi Detail and excellent story"
    "Pleasantly suprised, Like a space conflict."
    Overall

    I enjoy a good space fight with the straightedges and thoughts this is a great piece of entertainment of sci fi conflict, Reminds me of some of David Drakes books of space warfare I really enjoyed reading. If you like those you will like this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2367)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1566)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "Very Good Si Fi"
    Overall

    Bringing historical times into a another dimension in a very creative format. I was looking for a book with more hours than normal and picked this because it seemed to be interesting, I liked it,

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4086)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2620)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    ", Great Read."
    Overall

    Hyperion the most intense listening books I have heard or read to date, It truly shined in the audio format, with 5 separate characters, with intriguing stories that all tie together but in totally separate realities. One of my best read audio books or hardback to date. The end was well I don't want to ruin it but I am sure there is more to read, C Clark

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Generation Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Wright
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam.

    James says: "Interesting and well paced, though poorly narrated"
    "An eye opener, Go Bush and our Military."
    Overall

    I was a little skeptical about this book as I had a feeling it was far to the left , Journalism always has me thinking in those lines. I was very much surprised considering the condition of being embedded in an front line Recon unit, I felt it was written in a neutral as could be format about the initial invasion of Iraq, A must read for all those who who live in a fantasy world and reality.The real characters were a interesting bunch as we are so lucky to have these folks to defend our pampered lives. Yes there where bad US recon people too. I felt this was not sugar coated in the least. Interesting how the politics of all our Government resources including this invasion was bureaucratic full of craziness and messed up in the field just like at home. If it wasn't for the people that make up the armed forces we might not of made it as easy to Baghdad.. Foul language is thick in this book but allot of people don't want reality to begin with, Good Luck to us all in the coming years. CC

    6 of 16 people found this review helpful

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