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David

LANCASTER, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 11 reviews
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  • The Last Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1245)

    Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

    Katherine says: "3.5 stars"
    "Good Book, Good story, annoying as an audio book."
    Overall

    Every conversation between characters, every spoken line regardless of length ends with 'he said' or 'she said'. Show a little imagination, or at least let the reader delete about 95% of the 'he said'

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (696)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Left feeling lost"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend Cryoburn to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they've read at least the first six books in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Is this the end of Miles, or will the focus move to Vorpatril?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Like a Mighty Army: Safehold, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (510)

    For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

    Roy J. Meek says: "A long suffering reader ploughs on"
    "Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Could somebody convince Weber or MacMillian to re-do books 5 and 6 with Oliver Wyman. When reading those books; the spelling of names and places is so strange you can't sound them out. When listening to them, the pronunciation was so bad you didn't know who was talking about what. Now that they're back with Wyman, the continuity, and the series is shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (683)

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "Hard to listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. John Scalzi style of writing is impossible to listen to. Every line of every conversation starts or ends with 'he said' or 'she said'. Even one word sentences. You can't listen to he said she said he said she said he said, ad nauseum.


    Any additional comments?

    To date every story be John Scalzi has this fault. When reading in print I guess I don't see the he saids she saids. Listening, sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (550)

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    William says: "Annoying Performance"
    "Crap reader, acceptable story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Charles Keating?

    Weber yes; Keating, NO not ever.


    What didn’t you like about Charles Keating’s performance?

    He has a new pronunciation for every name and tile. Didn't he bother listening to the anything in the previous four books.


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

    Continuation of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Will force me to go back to printed word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8974)
    Performance
    (6385)
    Story
    (6422)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Interresting universe, nice balance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another new universe with new geography and new physics. Nothing outrageous, real people and characters. The ending answered enough questions to be fulfilling, left enough unanswered to want the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1373)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "You've got to be kidding."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For some reason I really hate books where the protagonist is stupid. And this case of 'students from the future' would have failed out of any grade school in the world. Since when is the color or a skirt more important that the buildings that will be destroyed. Specially if you plan on being in that building.

    And if you want to contact the future, send a letter, with an 'open on' date (Back to the Future style).

    I was rather hoping they'd all be killed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4312)
    Performance
    (3150)
    Story
    (3161)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "Filling in the holes"
    Overall

    OK, The promo was misleading. The main story does happen right after Harry is shot in "Changes", but it answers few questions. Whereas, all the other stories answer many questions about Harry, his family and friends. I appreciated Butchers commentary, it provides a little reality check. Harry is fiction and Butcher writes to pay the bills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1756)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Good read, bad listen"
    Overall

    John Scalzi's style of writing does not make a good audio book. Every sentence starts with or ends with 'he said' or 'she said'. To the point where I dreaded conversations.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Rob says: "Needs to be Unabridged!!"
    "About the Temeraire series"
    Overall

    A little different: This entire series isn't alternate reality, but rather fantasy. A fun read if you can forget high school physics. And, as accurate as it is, the English 18th century attitude does get a bit tiresome.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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