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Clive

La Crescenta, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (431)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "A Good Listen"
    Overall

    This book is much like a pre-history to market forces or his other books (awaken Furies). An intresting main character and a good story. If you like his other books, I think you will like this one as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (614)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Wonderful series"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this entire series. The last book is the darkest of the three and the most adult themed. By Books end, I was sorry to see the series end but can only sing the praise of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (235)

    The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

    Ausbin says: "Great Sci-Fi"
    "Great Book - Breaks the Normal Ringworld mold."
    Overall

    Its better than most of the other ringworld books as it ties up many of the old storylines and is takes ringworld out of just a book about the ring to a book about the ringworld and how it is changing the world of know space.

    Great book.

    PS> I think the voice used for the Kzinti was really off key. Kzinti do not sound like ellmer Fudd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3422)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1632)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "A good SF detective Story"
    Overall

    Its a good story. Its reminds me of a SF 1930's style bullets and Whisky Detective Story set in San Fransico of the Future. The Reader of the story does a good job and gives it the gritty feeling the story needs.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Twentieth Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John J. Pullen
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    From rockbound coast, from farm and logging camp came the men of the Twentieth Maine, a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. It was at Little Round Top that the Twentieth Maine, with Joshua Chamberlain in command, performed one of the miracles of the Civil War and saved the left flank of the Union battle line.

    Terry N Bogush says: "Excellent detail"
    "A very good book"
    Overall

    This book is a first rate historical book of the times and lives of soldiers of the 20th Maine during the American civil war.

    Both the writing and the narration keeps the book flowing through this important era of American history.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Arrian
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers of Alexander, and there have been many famous ones, including Plutarch and Ptolemy, none have given us a clearer and truer account than the one by Arrian.

    Theresa says: "A Superb Chronicle of Alexander"
    "A good listen but a bit confusing"
    Overall

    I overall liked this book but it is a bit to chew through. It has lots of names and facts in it and a overall good story (historical) guide line, but sometimes understanding what is going on is a bit hard.

    It was written at least 1500 years ago so most of problems with the book itself is understandable as dramatic themes and verse is quite different today.

    This book is not for the faint of heart when it comes to Alexander. A modern version would be about 1/3 of the lenght.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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