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Christopher

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  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "Unclouded vision"
    Overall

    Noam gets to the point, and stays on point. That point is that America has steadily been growing in power and influence to become a great and total global hegemony under the control of Corporate and military interests. It may take a few listens to let the gravity of this work sink in. This is not "lite" reading by any means. The reading is quick and the content deep, so don't try multi-tasking to this one.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "Please get Scott Brick"
    Overall

    If Roy Dotrice doesn't come back for book 5 please get Scott Brick or someone else of his caliber to do it. The narration here is ok, but it's not on Dotrice level.

    That said, the story here goes nowhere and has an unsympathetic main character. Overall it's a failure and the worst book of the series by far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "Bloated"
    Overall

    Unlike other reviewers I have no problems with Mr. Lee's reading of the story. I feel this story has other, more serious flaws.
    First it's just too bloated. The editors really dropped the ball here. Perhaps Mr. Martin's reputation caused them to get lazy, when they should have been even more dilligent. They could have easily trimmed this story down to a more managable size and thereby helped the story progress. In it's current form this story borders on being tedious. The characters often repeat themseleves without cause, and rehash too much of what has happened in previous books.
    Second, The bulk of this story centers on Cersei Lannister, who in my opinion, is the least sympathetic character in the entire series. I don't care about or feel for her character in any way and all the time spent on her just serves to make me want to fast forward until I reach another character's perspective.
    Third, The entire first half of this book can be skipped without the reader missing anything important. I'm not sure if that is mr. Martin's or the Editor's fault, but it is a fault nonetheless.

    In all this is my least favorite book in the series, but it's still better than most fantasy works.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4190)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2035)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Fantastic return to American Gods"
    Overall

    This story is a fantastic return to the world Gaiman created in American Gods. Anansi is a great subject because he is almost completely unknown to anglos like myself. The Norse, Egyptian, and Greek Myths have been so overdone in fantasy that it's a sick cliche. I welcome the African Pantheon to the world of fantasy. Gaiman's writing is interesting and his use of ethnic language is only made better by the excellent narration.

    Anansi Boys is a fun, enjoyable listen that is well worth your time.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Idlewild

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Sagan
    • Narrated By Clayton Barclay Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    He wakes alone, nameless, in a strangely bucolic day-after-tomorrow world. His amnesia is near-total; he cannot remember his name and doesn't recognize anything around him, but he knows with absolute certainty that someone has tried to kill him – and will surely try again. As he tries to discover the identity of the person who wants him dead, he quickly begins to unravel sinister truths, which make it clear that the ramifications of his search are far greater than he could ever have imagined.

    Craig says: "Great story"
    "Fantastic in the truest sense"
    Overall

    This was the 2nd best sci-fi audiobook I have heard thus far (out of many) with the best being Orsen Scott Card's "Ender's Game". This novel has a similar feel to that novel, and the author knows how to get you "inside the head" of his characters in a like fashion. Like all good sci-fi novels, technology is a backdrop for characters to wrestle through weighty and complex issues, both spiritual and pyschological in nature. This is not a "light" novel, it had a definite depressing feel to it which I felt was very effective.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Doom: Band of Four, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Hawkril the mighty warrior, Embra the beautiful sorceress, and Craer the crafty thief mourn their lost companion but now must forge new alliances in their roles as overdukes of Aglirta, a land that has been torn asunder by double-crossing royals, savage warlords, and sinister high priests.

    Christopher says: "Typical Greenwood"
    "Typical Greenwood"
    Overall

    Dragon's Doom is typical Greenwood, full of magic and Dungeons and Dragons type fantasy. For the reviewer who said this book was difficult to follow, I suggest starting at the first book in the series. Greenwoods work is formulaic, but that's pretty typical of most fantasy authors. This is a solid book for fans of D&D, non-genre fans may be bored from the constant battles and shallow characters. If you want deep characterization read Lois Mcmaster Bujold, if you want dungeon exploring hack and slash adventures and magic battles read Greenwood.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2177)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (985)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Perfect storytelling"
    Overall

    The Curse of Chalion by Louise McMaster Bujold

    This was my most recent Audible listen, and is most definitely one of the best single (non series) audiobooks I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

    This book is not epic fantasy, high fantasy, or dark fantasy, it falls somewhere in what I would call middle fantasy.

    It has a low-magic feel, and is more character driven than any other fantasy piece I can remember. It would definitely appeal to mainstream fiction fans. I don't have any negative comments on this book, it was a fine example of what a fantasy novel should be.

    This book gets a perfect 5 from me, and that's saying something, because I don't think I've ever given a perfect score to a fantasy novel before, not even to Tolkien, sorry.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingless Land: Band of Four, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    Aglirta is a once-prosperous land that has fallen into tyranny with the ensorcellment of the King. A warrior, a thief, and a healer must turn their backs on their ordinary lives and join with sorceress Lady Embra Silvertree - the Lady of Jewels - in a last-ditch attempt to awaken the Sleeping King and restore him to his rightful throne.

    Robert says: "Not as Bad as it may seem"
    "Greenwood at his best"
    Overall

    I have never been a huge fan of Greenwood's novels as his annoying habit of over-describing mundane things in tne middle of a tense scene has always irked me. However, with this book, and the others in this series it appears the author has finally found the right balance between description and action. The characters are iconic and, while not very deep, are very likable. I found myself engaged with this story and wanting to find out more of the fate of Aglirta.
    One note, the voice actors change with each novel, making the story seem disjointed, as each actor pronounces names and place-names differently from novel to novel.
    Overall this is a fantastic series, on par with anything from Salvatore, Brooks, or Feist.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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