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Dan

SF Bay Area, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 35 reviews
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  • Use of Weapons

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks, and military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him toward his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause.

    Ken says: "Tips on how to listen to this novel - NO SPOILERS"
    "Good Mystery w/ no Culture"
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    What did you love best about Use of Weapons?

    If your every listened to Banks novel "Consider Phlebas", well, you're in for the same kind of thing. If you want to hear a story told from the perspective of an AI persona -= THIS AINT IT. The story was well written (technique was 1st rate), but it did make me wish they would just tell me why the protagonist was so messed-up (you learn that at the VERY END of the story). Also, the narrator does a good job, as always. I have to say that I rated it a 4 (instead of a 5), because it was not up to the standard of other Culture novels such as "Player of Games" or "Surface Detail" (both 1st rate; buy them now if your haven't listened yet). But, I this novel was still a whole lot better than a lot of other stuff that I rated a 4.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1001)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Hassan says: "Didn't Expect This!!"
    "Kid Stuff"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Jay Snyder?

    It's the kind of stuff that's well received by younger audiences; but I kept losing interest. It's the first EX(somthin) book I've ever bought and I don't expect that I'll buy another. It's not a bad book...just not for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Expendable: League of Peoples, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Under the benevolent leadership of the League of Peoples, there is no war, little crime, and life is sacred...unless you're an Explorer. The ugly, the flawed, the misfit, the deformed, they are the unwanted, flung to the farthest corners of the galaxy to investigate hostile planets and strange, vicious creatures. Out there, there are a thousand different - and terrible - ways to die.

    Professor says: "Future is a very strange place"
    "Mostly a Chick Book"
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    Would you listen to Expendable again? Why?

    There's a lot about romance and hurt feelings and good women and no-good men. I did listen to all of it and it wasn't that bad.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (668)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Positive Human Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    I'm very happy I bought this book. Shows good people doing well in difficult life situations where there is no slathering enemy, only adult realities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nelson Touch: Ark Royal, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

    Jean says: "Author improving"
    "Good Space Opera"
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    If you could sum up The Nelson Touch in three words, what would they be?

    The series isn't really about an interstellar war with aliens. It's about grown-up human relationships while dealing with life and death situations.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (391)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    C. Hartmann says: "TWO (!!) audiobooks this year get SIX stars"
    "Good Story; Great Characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ark Royal to be better than the print version?

    Character development is the key to any series, and this book has great characters that are very well developed. The story is also very good (still a bit of a mystery 3/4 of the way through), which is also good. I can see the author is building to a climax. But, I ask you, how many books can you give a 5 star rating before the end?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Without a Shore: RCN Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also - and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy's hand - and to take the blows directed at him - than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy's troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy? The only thing certain in the struggle for control of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents.

    Dan says: "What happened to Hog"
    "What happened to Hog"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sea Without a Shore to be better than the print version?

    If it ain't broke - don't fix it. The story didn't flow as well as most, and seemed to be more of a "vehicle" to get some points out into the audience. Also, the modifications to Hog's voice are horrible. I'm still a fan of David Drake, but I can't honestly rate this one the same as his other work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (321)

    Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

    Michael says: "Capitalism and Democracy Collide"
    "A little too far over the edge"
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    Where does The Divide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I kept think of the line in "The Caine Munity"....."Constructive Loyalty". I frankly didn't see much of it. That being said, the author does a fine job of researching America's flaws without regard to any factor other than socioeconomic class. I do think America has to be reminded of its founding vision, but a diatribe of its faults doesn't necessarily do that.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (942)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "I GET IT"
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    Would you listen to Dead Six again? Why?

    It's like military Sci-Fi (a Space Opera), but in the present. I like it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Six?

    BTW- I'm rating this and book two as one because... one review is enough. The story is very complex and evolving.. The story focuses around not more than (two) characters. There is an underlying statement of truth (inn this case, I'm often reminded of the Parable of the Two Sons).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matter: Culture, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.

    S.E.Anderson says: "Falls apart at the end..."
    "Lot's of good content but not knitted toghther"
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    Would you try another book from Iain M. Banks and/or Toby Longworth?

    I'm a fan of Ian Banks Culture series, but I think this one needed some more editing. The author clearly had the story well laid out in his head, but often speeds away from the listener.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire's End: Sten, 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Sten embarks on the ultimate treasure hunt: the search for the source of the Eternal Emperor's power. But his quest uncovers the dark secret of the emperor's past - and Sten finds himself questioning his loyalties - and whether the only way to save the human race is to destroy the Empire he vowed to protect.

    Dan says: "Excellent Set-up to Book 8"
    "Excellent Set-up to Book 8"
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    If you could sum up Empire's End in three words, what would they be?

    Let me put it this way - you might as well buy book eight now because if you've listened to all 7 books, there is no way in Hell that you aren't listening to Book 8. That said, book 7 is really good. It just that you (like STEN) is left feeling a little empty. Let's just hope that Book 8 will give us all the strength to endure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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