You no longer follow Douglas

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Douglas

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Douglas

ratings
18
REVIEWS
17
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
10

  • The Crucible of Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Eric Flint, K. D. Wentworth
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Humanity is first subjugated by haughty alien colonizers calling themselves the Jao when Earth is unexpectedly attacked by the implacable and nearly-unstoppable Ekhat, exterminators of all intelligent life not their own. Now the fragile Human-Jao alliance is put to the test. A devastating encounter with the Ekhat in a distant nebula reveals a powerful alien society that may hold the key to defeating the Ekhat once and for all. There’s one big problem: they utterly loathe humanity's ally, the Jao.

    ShySusan says: "Great character development of the aliens"
    "How can advanced races be so stupit?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Almost every conflict that pushes the plot is based on every race involved being so stupid when it comes to psychology that nothing makes sense. Every race involved is an advanced race used to dealing with other alien races yet they cannot accept that every other race might act and react different than them or each other. Not only do they act this way with new races but even with the race they have been dealing with for decades. It gets very tiring watching every character's inability to realize the other races act differently and never being able to either predict how they will act or understand why anything is done the way it is done.

    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
    (3288)
    Performance
    (2993)
    Story
    (3001)

    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."
    "Excuse Me If I Don't Gush."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't believe the reviews I read before listening to this one and I have one question; doesn't anyone just read for pleasure anymore? One said they thought it was a comment on British Aristocracy because of the narrator (American), Dystopian (really?), and a metaphor for this or that.

    I love the narrator, I like the story but OMG I am getting so tired of heroes who hate themselves for this, that or some other thing; who can't seem to learn from their mistakes until they make the same mistakes a half dozen times; and who, are again and again, shocked at their own stupidity.

    I know you drive the plot forward by placing the hero, and his herd, in jeopardy from the beginning to the end so he (or she, okay?) can become a better and better person (positive arc) until, lo and behold, by the end of the story they can discover the person the audience always knew they could be. But it is possible...oh hell, read, or listen, to this book and you will come to like if very much...with a little patience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Innocents: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1514)

    Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Lenin says: "Opposite characters"
    "Get a Clue!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First of all, I haven't finished the book yet and I probably will and I know they don't allow a person to update the reviews, and second, I have no choice but to chime in now. The story world is well crafted and interesting to the extent I want to know what happens, but the way the plot is being manipulated is so frustrating it's almost cruel.

    The super sorcerer-in-training seems to be so intelligent when it comes to coming up with some new idea to save the day you want to cheer for him but the same individual is so stupid when the plot needs to throw conflict at him you would think he has multiple personality disorder and one of them just wants to smear pizza on his face, (Multiplicity).

    It is disgustingly frustrating to get to the point you realize the only way the author could think of to put the protagonist in trouble, (you know, so he can grow as a character), is to make him intermittently super stupid. You just can't have it both ways. You just can't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1730)
    Performance
    (1565)
    Story
    (1568)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "A Good Beginning?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a good beginning if you like sorcery and young heroes. Boy from nowhere, complicated plot with an interesting world is a great set-up. Worth listening to if you don't mind a continuous dependence on the most powerful sorcerer, the boy, swinging back and forth between brilliance and the most ridiculous naivete as the mechanism driving the plot. It just seems impossible to me that anyone can be so brilliant and so stupid at the same time as the author as written this boy. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of Saganami

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

    Jean says: "The Shadow of Saganami"
    "Babies Don't Fly Battle Ships"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My God do I hate ensemble casts. Just read the words can't you? The primary hard-core females both sound like 3 year old girls with attitude problems. It is so hard to listen to the story when the protagonist's voice makes you cringe whenever you hear her talk. What were they thinking? And I'm only on chapter 3. I'm still listening to it and maybe I'll come back and update this...if I can get over the ridiculous baby voices from the women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (725)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Okay, I'm Ready. Go."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first chapter had great promise, but, at chapter 9, has yet to deliver anything but a whiny heroine and, an amazingly obtuse hero. Two people, that couldn't be more opposite, are thrown together as partners and 8 chapters later, they are still, childishly, working on said relationship and have yet to resolve anything. It seems, to my embarrassment, I have been hood-winked into buying a SteamPunk romance, masquerading as an action adventure. I am going to give it 2 more chapters to make sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Masters of Marandur: The Pillars of Reality, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1190)

    Someone wants to kill Mari, a young steam mechanic in the guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization and that mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young mage who has learned that mechanics are not frauds, as his guild teaches, and that mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "an intricate spiderweb of a story"
    "Would You Please Grow Up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first book set up an interesting story, fairly unique, and certainly worth listening to. This second book follows the story, picks up the action and keeps the conflict moving. But rather keeping these two individuals fresh and allowing them to learn about life together the author has chosen to have the female lead to turn into a snipish, jealous child given to fits of anger and jealously and drops the book into a young adult love story. The problem with listening to this book rather than reading is that you can't scan through the text to skip by the typical teenage psychology and the little girl tantrums and stay in the flow. There was room to give these two atypical teenagers new and inventive psychology, fitting to this new world, rather than what is provided.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Sword Into Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Thomas A. Mays
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Aerospace tycoon Gordon Elliot Lee cannot stand idly by while a mysterious alien presence from Delta Pavonis bears down upon mankind's only home. Shut out from NASA and military support, Gordon is forced to go it alone, to sow the seeds for an entirely new sort of planetary defense: a space-based naval force.

    John R. Monteith says: "Great Audio Rendition of Military Sci-Fi"
    "I wouldn't bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This may be the book for you if you like weak or silly characters, bad dialog or childish psychology. I liked the idea but couldn't get past chapter 4. I can't even imagine anyone would act like these people. There more like kids on a playground that real adults. Good luck.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Heresies Distressed: Safehold Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (574)

    Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom.

    James says: "I want Oliver Wyman back"
    "Please God, Try to Forgive the Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love David Weber and this series specially. I can't imagine the amount of research done to present such detail in so many areas and I would really like to see by what magic Weber is able to keep all the characters and relationships so clear. However, going from the second book to the third the narrator, Jason Culp, is completely unable to follow the previous narrator who did a great job. In the last book an important secondary character had a very strong almost Irish accent and in this book the primary character has the accent and a couple of characters sound like vampires. I think Culp should have read the previous books so he could have maintained some even little bit of continuity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (329)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Michael says: "Unforgettable Classic"
    "Human Psychology"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Why is it that some writers of sf seem to believe because the book is dealing with aliens it makes sense to ignore human psychology? There is no situation dealing with interaction between sentient species that can be written without finding metaphor in human behavior.

    This is an interesting story idea, aliens building armies using children captured from the newly discovered and conquered Earth. I still think it holds promise but not without some understanding child psychology (not to mention plain ol' psychology). I don't need to give examples, just listen to five minutes almost anywhere in the first ten chapters.

    On top of this I am really tired of writers who can somehow believe (or write) that a group of alien races, in this case in the thousands, can be so stupid when it comes to dealing with newly discovered races? How did they survive for so long being this stupid?

    I would understand if the book was self published. Maybe it was. I have a hard time believing a working agent or editor would have passed on this without requiring more research and a lot more rewriting.

    I would love to read it again if Ms.King ever chooses to rewrite it.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Redemption of Althalus

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor. Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness.

    John says: "Too Easy for Althalus"
    "Wake Me When It's Over"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is not particular reason you should pay any attention to my review of this book as I only listened to the first 45 minutes of it before I returned it to audible. I am sure there are those who loved this book, (after all it says it is a No.1 bestseller), but I can only assume they are heavily medicated. An absolute monotone delivery of an absolutely monotone book.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.