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Craig

Bedford, NH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1687)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1536)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "An Instant Classic"
    Overall
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    With excellent narration melded to a fantastic, unique, and multi-layered storyline, this was one of my favorite reads in a long time. Real characters that adapt and grow within the narrative, just enough technology to keep eyebrows level, and an emotional throughline that engages from the beginning and builds on the preceding book, these guys know how to tell a story, and Jefferson Mays knows how to narrate it.

    You will NOT be disappointed spending a credit on this excellent sci-fi experience. Easily one of the best sci-fi I've listened to or read all year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (2249)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (2018)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Ideology Over Substance"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This little novella is an excellent exemplar of bad ideological speculative fiction. Interestingly enough, it goes from really bad in the first story to slight steps of improvement, until the last two stories are actually quite good. Sadly, some of the best voice acting is wasted on the very worst of the stories. For GOOD ideological speculative fiction of this particular viewpoint check out Eric Flint, for sure, among others. But this book? Unless you voted for the right folks in the last election because you are a TRUE believer, this book will leave you feeling either flat and unimpressed, or offended, depending on where you fall on the spectrum. So, if alienating or offending slightly more than half of the readership of sci-fi/fantasy was their goal . . . then Mission Accomplished!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Messiah: Apotheosis, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S. Andrew Swann
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The last stand against the self-proclaimed God, Adam, has retreated to the anarchic planet Bakunin - a world besieged by civil war. Humanity's last hope lies with Nickolai Rajasthan, a Moreau who believes that the human race that created his kind is already damned beyond redemption.

    Colin says: "its the last book and it ends well"
    "Intellectuals Enjoy!"
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    This was a moderately enjoyable way to spend nearly 60 hours (counting the whole series), with a very intriguing concept, exciting plotting, and intellectual constructions that kept me engaged the entire time. However, like many intellectual works that delve deeply into philosophical and religious fare clothed in deeply symbolic myth-imagery and construction, the character depth and engagement was, I found, sadly lacking. And in the denouement of the entire story, as character story lines are being cleaned up and reconciled, several moments led me to feel that Swann himself felt the same way.

    In the end, I felt the final story arc left me feeling unsatisfied, more like I'd just engaged in a 60 hour algebraic word problem, rather than an epic tale of good vs evil.

    Beware when an author actual names the last section of his book "Deus ex Machina" . . . he probably means it . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prophets: Apotheosis, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By S. Andrew Swann
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    It's been nearly 200 years since the collapse of the Confederacy, the last government to claim humanity's colonies. So when signals come in revealing lost human colonies that could shift the power balance, the race is on between the Caliphate ships and a small team of scientists and mercenaries. But what awaits them all is a threat far beyond the scope of any human government.

    Craig says: "Great Original Sci-Fi"
    "Great Original Sci-Fi"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Andrew Swann has put together a great story with great characters that is VERY reminiscent of the table top miniatures game Infinity while at the same time being very much its own, unique story. The narration by Kevin Pariseau is also excellent . . . although someone should tell him not to mimic static noise . . . especially at serious moments of dramatic tension . . . I feel I cannot maintain my willing suspension of disbelief in the face of the same sound I used to make when playing Star Wars in the back yard as a child :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3915)
    Performance
    (2984)
    Story
    (2995)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Superior Fantasy for a new Century"
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    I don't know where we're headed, but I'm LOVING how we're getting there! Joe Abercrombie does it again with the sequel to The Blade Itself. Another darker, grittier epic fantasy where the usual tropes and memes are turned on their heads, giving the same old chills and thrills we love of our usual epic fantasy, but with a more ominous and surprising edge. There are no pristine archetypes here, but rather a collection of flawed and fallible men and women struggling to do their . . . best . . . ? . . . worst? . . . well, definitely struggling, anyway. And as the story progresses you learn, organically and without chapters' worth of clumsy exposition, that some, if not all, of these characters aren't quite what they appear to be . . .

    Can't wait to finish The Last Argument of Kings, which I downloaded directly the MINUTE I finished this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Side of the Stars: RCN Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, David Drake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    While the Republic of Cinnabar is at peace with the Alliance, warriors like Lt. Daniel Leary and Signals Officer Adele Mundy must find other work, like escorting a pair of wealthy nobles on an expedition to the back of beyond!

    Dan says: "Serenity Now"
    "Starfaring Swashbuckling at a Whole New Level"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story this time around, with several sub-plots that feed seamlessly into the over-all thrust of the novel. A very enjoyable listen all the way around. Victor Bevine's reading is still a shy lackadaisical for the cut and thrust scenes of personal and space combat, but less distracting, I think, probably because I'm getting used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lt. Leary, Commanding: RCN Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (171)

    Lt. Daniel Leary of the Republic of Cinnabar Navy commands the corvette Princess Cecile; his friend, Signals Officer Adele Mundy, has the latest in spy apparatus and the skill to prowl the most tightly guarded database. All they lack are enemies, and fate is about to supply that need in abundance! A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedom, and his throne.

    Professor says: "Entertaining"
    "Swashbuckling at Storytime."
    Overall
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    This second book in the series was, I felt, FAR more in line with the Aubrey-Maturin (sp) source material, with a lot more starship combat AND shore-time intrigue. It would be a rousing read, I have no doubt. However, once again Victor Bevine's voice lends itself more to the calm cadences of bedtime tales than to the derring-do of Leary, Mundy, and their compatriots. He's good, and it's not enough to stop me from downloading the next book as soon as I finished this one, but I would like to have had more energy, more gusto, out of at least the tense, action-packed moments with which the novel abounds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • With the Lightnings: RCN Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, David Drake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (275)

    Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

    E. Atkinson says: "Master and Commander in Space"
    "Decent Age of Sail SciFi Retelling."
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    Fans of the standard Age of Sail novels will quickly recognize the jargon and speech patterns in this and follow on novels. The translation is very clunky at times, appearing forced and artificial, but the characters and story usually make this a minor irritation. However, keep this in mind if expecting the naturally flowing, organic dialogue of the Hammers series, and other works of Drake.

    The choice of narrator, however, is problematic. Bevine has a fine speaking voice, and captures meaning and tone well. However, he has a very low energy delivery that is very much at odds with the more energetic, swashbuckling elements of the novel, of which there are many. There are times when the tension and action of a scene are completely undermined by what I would almost describe as a 'bedtime story' voice.

    All in all a good story, one that seems to indicate that it will get better as the series matures, and a narrator that perhaps needs to drink a little more coffee before sitting down before the mic.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (2398)
    Story
    (2398)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Space Opera Noir"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Leviathan Wakes blends the best of the space opera sub-genre with the detective stories of the early 20th century, taking the reader (or listener) or an excellent ride that starts at two wildly different point and proceeds on a crash course whose twists and turns, like the best roller coasters, can ALMOST be anticipated . . . until they hit, and then the rush of surprise and excitement is redoubled as you realize how much bigger and more colorful the authors' canvas really is.

    I highly recommend this novel to anyone hungry for a new space ship battle adventure, or a good character-driven space story, or a good murder mystery, or beyond!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ganymede: Clockwork Century, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he’s happy to run alcohol guns wherever the money’s good, he doesn’t think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Cly’s first legal gig - a supply run for the Seattle Underground - will be paid for by sap money. New Orleans is not Cly’s first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he also loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early - but that was a decade ago, and he hasn’t looked back since.

    Joshua says: "Too many inconsistencies and missed Kate Reading."
    "Best Sleep Medicine"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Ganymede better?

    ANY other narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was another great steam punk tale of the Clockwork Century by Cherie Priest.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm a theatre teacher. Edoardo Ballerini would receive a D tops for his performance with this book. It's PAINFUL to listen to him mutter on and on and on in a near-monotone without the SLIGHTEST emotion, while somehow at the same time managing to be over-dramatic. It's quite a feat, actually.

    I almost quit listening several times, as it was nearly impossible to maintain any interest or focus, his narration was so bad.


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

    Perfect book for reading. FIRST book I've ever listened to that I KNEW I would have been better off with a real book, rather than the audio version . . .

    In short, everything about this book was great, except the narrator, who all but killed it for me. I read the first two books in the serious, and decided to go with the audiobook for the third one because of a very busy schedule. I REALLY wish I had stuck with the actual books for this one, because I just CANNOT recommend this experience to ANYONE.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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