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DocJim

Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "Everyone living in a free world should read this!"
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    This is a heart-touching story that will make you feel and think deeply. You will get a great insight into how a starving country will allow adults and kids die by the thousands, and yet to keep the world from focusing on that will militarily attack disputed islands and do other things just short of war to keep things confused.

    It shows the depth of evil in a communist dictatorship. Often, I am asked why I back a large western military. The answer to me is simple. Evil lives on. Everyone should read this book (or listen to it via Audible) to obtain a clearer understanding of what can happen in a totally corrupt nation -- even to the "privileged".

    This is a book a thinking person will be very glad they took the time to read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • StarFire: Vince Lombard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Lee
    • Narrated By Jason Brenizer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status.

    Douglas says: "Great Story--Well Read!"
    "Engrossing Story very well Presented!"
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    I love Military Sci-Fi. So called "space drama" (good stories set in Science Fiction -- "Stars Wars" might be considered space drama) can be very good, or just bad stories set in different scenery.

    This book was terrific. Not only was it set in a Sci-Fi setting, but Mike Lee used the genre to help build many intriguing aspects into the story. For example, a plasma weapons does not sound like a gun. He describes what it sounds like (of course this comes from his imagination and plays in yours).

    And like all good stories, it has a good twist or two (without copious amounts of foreshadowing thus spoiling the twist). It was technical when it needed to be, but just told the story without "magic" Sci-Fi to make the story move ahead or to get out of a plot trap.

    Well done! Mr. Lee says he may write more and has some others in print like:
    "Fey. (Vince Lombard Book 2)". We will see if they get recorded.

    Well worth a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1952)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1766)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "What More Could Be Said?"
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    Lots of reviews. But there is one thing I must add! I thought the narration was fantastic. I dozed off for awhile and woke up and I knew what character was speaking. The narration was very subtle, but very consistent.

    It was well done.

    BTW -- I never read the previous reviews before I write mine. I do not want to be influenced by others -- it is my OWN opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: Empires at War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Doug Dandridge
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

    Richard D. Laudenslager says: "Smart, Realistic Military Science Fiction"
    "Great Book -- but Book 1 by itself is frustrating"
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    I loved the story, but what it is is a book-long "setup". Unlike some books written in volumes, this story does not stand well by itself. By the time Book 2 arrives I may have to listen to this book again to regain the storyline in my head. Unlike J.K. Rowling or Jack Campbell, in which each book was a story in itself, "Empires at War" does not stand alone well.

    It is a great book and will probably be a great series. If you read it now, you will have to wait for Book 2. That to me is frustrating.

    3 of 4 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
    (393)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (374)

    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, but I do not like beginnings without ends .."
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    Ark Royal was a very good Sci-Fi book, leaning much toward and military view. I liked it, as this is the kind of book I look forward to the most. Hence my love of the Character Jack Cambell (if you have read that series -- see http://www.audible.com/series/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_1srSrs_sa?asin=B006K1SAZA).

    But, it is the first book of many (probably a trilogy) which means I will have to wait for the rest of the series to be written. By the time they are finished, I will probably have to listen to this book again to remember the whole story and the nuances.

    To me, this is frustrating. It is like reading the first third of a book you really like and not finishing the book for several years. Avid readers would never do this. Now to write a GOOD trilogy, each book should stand on its own. Unfortunately, this book does not and really leaves things hanging.

    Although liking it, I might advise readers to wait for the whole series to be finished. It would be much less aggravating.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Drone Strike: Dale Brown's Dreamland Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When the U.S. develops intelligence showing that Iran is in the final stages of assembling a nuclear bomb, the President orders Breanna Stockard and the Whiplash team to destroy it before the renegade nation can destabilize the shaky Middle East. Left with no other choice, Stockard sends young Air Force ace Turk Mako behind enemy lines. His orders: pilot a squadron of high-tech nano-UAVs from inside Iran to destroy the weapon and its assembly bunker. Turk and his accompanying Delta Force team succeed, only to discover another site and another device.

    DocJim says: "Great Dreamland Action Book!"
    "Great Dreamland Action Book!"
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    Brown & DeFelice have written another great book. Their stories move easily as characters move on, move out, die, and in this book, even get cancer.

    The action is fun and detailed, but not so detailed you have to be a military expert to keep up with it. I listened to this book in two days, staying up way too late one night. I didn't want to go to bed and turn the book off.

    The action goes from Iran, to the decision makers in Washington, and back. Filled with daring deeds and includes Delta Forces, the CIA, The Mossad, and of course Dreamland.

    Christopher Lane does a great job of voicing the action, so it can be followed easily.

    Action packed and very well paced. It is a credit well used!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Storm: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (279)

    In an instant the world changed for Lieutenant General Michael O'Neal. His beloved Corps of the last remaining ACS destroyed beneath the guns of the Fleet, his staff shot before his eyes, arrested on the charge of war crimes, he faces a short, one-sided trial, a trip to the Fleet Penal Facility and a bullet to the back of the head while trying to "escape".

    Colin says: "Nice to see Michael O'Neal back, and his daughters"
    "I Love John Ringo, But there are some problems ..."
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    John Ringo writes the kind of Sci-Fi I like. Battles, political strife, bravery and innovation. But the only adjective used was the F-Word. I understand that such language is used by Marines. But 3 or 4 times a paragraph?

    And the story does not stand on it own. Start at the beginning of the series if you want to get the full context and understand the story. Be prepared to listen to to a lot of details to understand the story in a Ringo series. John Ringo has written several masterpieces, and just as many medorcre stories.

    My advice - read the review carefully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Corps: Book One of The Legacy Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    Many millennia ago, the human race was enslaved by the An - a fearsome alien people whose cruel empire once spanned the galaxies, until they were defeated and consigned to oblivion. But a research mission to the planet Ishtar has made a terrifying - and fatal - discovery: The Ahanu, ancestors of the former masters, live on, far from the reach of Earth - born weapons and technology ... and tens of thousands of captive human souls still bow to their iron will.

    DocJim says: "OK story, quite different (or weird) in many spots"
    "OK story, quite different (or weird) in many spots"
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    The first thing I would like to say is I thought David Drummond did a wonderful job of narration.

    Ian Douglas is one of my favorite authors. The Star Carrier series truly stands out and I have pre-ordered the next book in that series.

    Star Corps starts out well. Earth as a space faring species with no FTL travel. Very interesting when it is used (Ian Douglas is good at it).

    THEN, as the battle begins, we suddenly get a Wiccan religion thrown in. Huh? It is a completely made up religion (Wikipedia " It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and it was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant.")

    The battles continue and are well written and narrated. But it seems that every myth known on Earth has it origins in space. While Stargate used that theme a bit, they did not attribute EVERY myth to visitors and even had a rebellion thousands of years before Christ.

    According to the epilogue, the rest of the series will be looking at other mysteries and myths by Marine Expeditionary Forces.

    I guess I like Sci-Fi that is futuristic, and not based on myths or needs chaplains for 72 different religions including ones more inventive than the myths they seem to explore.

    I am not sure I will listen to the rest of the series to see if my thoughts are true. Oh, I have written negative reviews before. They always get thumbs down votes. Not sure why.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Journey: The Five Worlds Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Al Sarrantonio
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Five Worlds of humanity were powerless to stop Prime Cornelian, High Leader of Mars, from decimating Venus with his legions of plasma soldiers. Now he turns to the settled moon of Saturn under the control of Wrath-Pei. Millions of lives face a horrible fate as the forces of these two madmen battle each other across the vastness of space...

    DocJim says: "Too Slow!"
    "Too Slow!"
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    I read the first book, and enjoyed it. It stops on a "cliffhanger". So I bought this book. Boy it is slow. A paper book you can skim or skip sections. This was slow for several chapters - so much so I gave up on it. Too bad. Like I said, I really enjoyed the first book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pattern Ship: The Pattern Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tobias Roote
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Zeke is a homeless guy with an exotic metal plate in his head, living rough in a backstreet. Zirkos is an alien who needs the plate to rebuild his ship's AI. Zirkos should just take the plate and go, but instead finds a way of achieving his own ends without harming Zeke. His actions kickstart a chain of events that will dramatically change the course of Earth's future. The Nubl are an artificial space-faring race with a 'hive' intellect who abhor biological sentience. They will eradicate humanity with extreme prejudice.

    DocJim says: "This is an optimistic look at the future, but ..."
    "This is an optimistic look at the future, but ..."
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    bad things are coming.

    It is the first book in the series. Without the series finished, it can be frustrating to read the book and then have to wait "who knows how long?" for the series to be finished. The characters and the created near-term earth world were well done.

    I guess I will have to wait for the next book in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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