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David

Chesapeake, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Deliverer: Foreigner Sequence 3, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey. The ninth book in the epic series, and the third book in the third Foreigner trilogy, Deliverer is a worthy contribution to Cherryh's magnum opus that is destined to be a classic.

    Professor says: "Earthly business is not over yet!!!"
    "Outstanding story! Highly satisfying!"
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    The 9th book in this series and they keep getting better and better. Very exciting and very satisfying. I have so enjoyed each succeeding story culminating with the final story in this sequence. More politics, intrigue, and Bren Cameron continues to be the central figure in this saga. Daniel May does another wonderful job narrating this story. Warm, amusing, consistent, simply outstanding. Experience these stories in sequence. You will not be disappointed. Bren saves the day once again. Well done in every aspect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (2437)
    Performance
    (2274)
    Story
    (2282)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Action packed"
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    Nemesis pretty much continues after the last battle in Legion, the aftermath so to speak. Agent Franks is the focus of this story as we learn about his origin and his special skills through the course of the plot line. In a nutshell, Franks gets set up and some really bad folks want to create really bad monsters under the Nemesis project in order to "protect" against other bad monsters; an ends justifying the means type of thing. I've read all the preceding Monster Hunter books (Alpha by far my favorite) and Nemesis has all the elements that made the preceding books interesting. For me, it just did not resonate the way the previous books did. The epic battle between Franks and Earl because of a misunderstanding became tiresome. I actually advanced the book after a point to get to the conclusion of the pointless battle.

    It was...ok, I guess. The story does resolve the current crisis and sets up for a sequel, but I am not sure how much more this theme can continue without growing really tiresome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5003)
    Performance
    (3010)
    Story
    (3049)

    In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

    Jeff says: "The fires of Heaven"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
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    Having just completed book 5, the only criticism that I have is that there are times when the story tends to drag, which is not uncommon in such a long and complex series. Rand and Matt continue to mature though Matt's continue complaining gets tiresome. That said, how Rand transforms into a leader without losing his identity is very well done. The story continues to have its share of surprises and twists, including suspenseful endings obviously designed to set up the next book. There are several surprises in this book that are clearly designed to set up for certain events in the future. So far, a very satisfying experience. I am especially pleased that the entire series is available on audible, and that the same readers were used throughout. Very enjoyable indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun.

    Carol says: "We Aren't in Riyria Any More"
    "Could have been so much more"
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    I am a huge Michael Sullivan fan but this story just did not work for me. It was interesting enough, but lacked the depth and character development that Sullivan's other works generally display. The story of a dying man who is smart enough to build a one way time machine and travel thousands of years into the future is a fascinating concept to me. I love H. G. Wells Time Machine. But the story line after our hero makes the time jump falls flat. The idea that a world that has in essence conquered illness and for the most part, death, but longs for individuality and uniqueness was difficult to swallow. I found it weird, or maybe disjointed.

    The end was interesting enough that I don't regret spending the credit on the story. The reader was okay, not great. Perhaps if Tim Reynolds had read it...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1310)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "Interesting premise, meanders a bit"
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    The one truly positive aspect of this story is the narrator. I am a huge fan of Tim Reynolds (Ryira, Red Storm Rising...) but I will admit that I agree with some of the other reviews in that it is not one of Tim's best performances.

    The story is more cohesive than its predecessor, Wool, and provides context for the first book, but I still struggled with the story. Wool presents the age old question "does the end justify the means" over and over again. The idea that the world was going to end anyway was a bit hard for me to accept as the basis for what eventually happened.

    There are some very interesting moments and I found the bouncing back and forth in time and story lines well done, actually heightening the interest and suspense. We follow "Solo", who is introduced toward the end of Wool, through the crisis that was the basis for his current predicament, and clearly sets up for some kind of resolution in the last book.

    The senator and his daughter present moral dilemmas throughout the story and while I struggled with how they justify what the did (do), it did make for an interesting story. It depends if you are an eternal optimist or cynical and pessimistic by nature. While I am the latter, I prefer stories of the former. This one is difficult to categorize.

    It was interesting enough that I will use a credit to see how it is resolved but I could have done without investing time and credits in this trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1656)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Interesting...but not great"
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    Certainly an interesting premise. The idea that people live in these 100 story silos essentially below ground begs the obvious question - why?. There is little context for these silos. Apparently that comes in book 2.

    Initially I was not sure where the story was headed, definitely a couple of false starts. Once our heroine is thrust outside the silo to perform the "cleaning" the story definitely picks up. Unfortunately the story bogs down at times and is a bit contrived, even after we find out that there is life out there and that silo 18 are not the sole survivors in this basically uninhabitable world.

    Still not decided if I will continue with the next two books. While I did not care much for the reader, books 2 and 3 are narrated by Tim Reynolds who is one of my favorites.

    The story ends well if not a bit rushed but sets up well for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8405)
    Performance
    (7959)
    Story
    (7987)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Satisfying sequel"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed book 2 of the Stormlight archive series. The story pretty much picks up where the first book left off. I did find that there were times in book 2 that I was getting impatient and the story dragged, but not often. Kaladin continues to develop his skills and is dealing with some fairly complex ethical dilemmas through most of the story. The king is still a buffoon, and Delenar virtuous and trying to do the right thing. Each character displays very human characteristics and emotions and dilemmas.

    The series is so rich and well crafted that it is easy to lose yourself in this world of rock, storms, magic, and Good versus Evil. Thoroughly entertaining! Appropriate for young adults as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11721)
    Performance
    (9112)
    Story
    (9172)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Well developed, highly satisfying"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed Brandon's epic novel involving a world that experiences devastating storms, magic, intrigue, deception, heroics, and very well developed characters. I can't add much more that has not already been said by the thousands of reviews that precede mine.

    The parallel stories are very well developed. I found myself intrigued following Kaladin through his self discovery of his powers and their source. The other main characters are also well developed. The depictions of the storms, battles, visions, interactions between characters are so well done, I actually found myself staying up late because I simply could not stop listening.

    The reading by Kate and Michael helps enrich the story. I can't really say that I enjoyed one over the other.

    Book one sets up the next in the series, Words of Radiance. I've already listened to both and can hardly wait until Brandon completes the third. An entertaining and highly satisfying epic story. Most highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peacemaker: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    At last - Cajeiri has his young guests from the starship, three young folk entranced by weather and trees and creatures with minds of their own. It’s all he dreamed of.... But now safety is foremost: Cajeiri’s grandfather has been assassinated, hostile Assassins Guild invaded Great-uncle’s house, and now Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, who was sent to keep the aiji’s son safe, has more than the young guests on his mind. The aiji-dowager knows who’s to blame for the attacks, and they’re going after him.

    Charlie Russel says: "Excellent addition But no WhisperSync for Voice :("
    "Entertaining, satisfying, great read!"
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    I have so enjoyed listening to the Foreigner series, even book 15. The book continues right where the previous book left off and takes us through the heir's birthday celebration, his 9th birthday. One would assume that Cherryh is not finished with this series. The light humor by the author throughout the story and Daniel May's narration and voices for the different characters is so well done. Between this book and the preceding book I listened to the first book and could really tell the difference in May's style.

    The story is still enjoyable and refreshing. Always some plot to overthrow the current regime with twists and turns and Bren Cameron, our hero, to save the day. Some may tire of the series but I've thoroughly enjoyed each book. I am hoping this is not her last.

    Still highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deceiver: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    "One of the best long-running SF series in existence" (Publishers Weekly) continues with the second novel in a brand-new Foreigner sequence. The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

    Stephen says: "Mildly disappointed"
    "Seamless continuation"
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    The story continues... Bren continues to be pivotal in the story as is the Dowager and the heir. Well paced, still exciting. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1201)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Dark, moving, action packed"
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    First, let me say that the fact that this book was narrated by Tim Reynolds was a primary reason I took a chance with this story. I was not disappointed in the least. The story is told in the first person, which I particularly enjoy, and begins with a very dark and hopeless setting for our main character and his family and people. Even though our main character, Darrow, is only 16 when the story starts, I would hardly call this a young adult fiction. There are some pretty gruesome moments but nothing that is out of bounds.

    The beginning is a bit clunky as the author is setting the stage for our young hero, and confusing at times if you let your mind wander. However, once Darrow's path is set, the story moves along smartly. As Darrow is faced with challenge after challenge, he learns about sacrifice, compassion, patience, and qualities that leaders must have in order to overcome incredible adversity. He learns...

    Brown is effective creating believable characters, both good and bad, that are complex and struggle with life and death choices. There are some lighthearted moments which help ease the tension, but not many. I've read some comparing this to Hunger Games, which is a stretch I believe. Maybe some elements such as overcoming oppression and injustice but everything else is quite different.

    Reynolds is at the top of the class in terms of quality narrators and bringing a story to life. Simply outstanding.

    The story does end a little abruptly and clearly sets up the next story, but hardly detracts from the quality of the book. If you like epic fantasy yarns, and this one clearly sets up nicely for the remaining two books of this trilogy, you will enjoy this one. Most highly recommended.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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