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Dwayne Callahan

Gainesville, FL, US | Member Since 2008

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  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2345)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1501)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Great Extension of his previous works"
    Overall

    I HIGHLY recommend you read/listen the the Pandora's Star / Judas Unchained books first. These two books introduce you to the world Hamilton has created and gives you a great basis for the technology and the Universe in which this series revolves.

    Next, this series actually follows the events of two time lines, one is the universe itself in the present (present of the story), the other is the life events of a single man who lives inside the void.

    For those who are fans of the Pandora's Star /Judas Unchained books you will be happy to know several of the key characters in those books either play a major role here or make a cameo appearance, but they fit right in and you do not feel like this is just regurgitated storyline.

    Finally, you have to give the story some time to build up, throughout the first book Hamilton is setting the stage, and with a story like this one it takes time, by 2/3 into the first book you should feel right at home with the story organization and from that point on it is smooth sailing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1396)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Too predictive for my tastes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I first picked up this book because of my longing for a good space/alien/future tech series but now that I am into the second installment, I am just burnt out. I will finish the series (that is the obsessive compulsive in me), but I find that I am predicting the storyline 1 or two steps ahead of the author.Another problem I have here is the shear number of chapters, in the second installment I am only halfway through and at chapter 114. The chapter breaks leave the story too disjointed and feels haphazard.The story itself is also played out. Kids find alien ship, kids get super powers, kids try to over throw the evil doers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (966)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "The story clears alot up."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    If you are like me and saw the 2001 movie and felt lost in the ending half of the movie, the book clears it all up. I must have watched 2001 20 times and still was somewhat lost during the final half of the film. Having listened to the audiobook I now realize how much of the true story could not be conveyed in film.

    If you are like me and would really like to understand the ending of the film, read/listen to the book, you will walk away with a far greater understanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12047)
    Performance
    (7418)
    Story
    (7307)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "The title and Narrorator says it all"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Go F--king listen


    Any additional comments?

    If it were not for Samuel L. Jackson narrating this, I may have over looked it. But he makes this title worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6153)
    Performance
    (5730)
    Story
    (5731)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Why was this never thought about before"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The simple brilliance of the story concept amazes me. If you have grown up with Star Trek in one form or another you will immediately understand the story premise. However this story does seem to favor the original series more than any other.

    My recommendations: Do not over analyse the story, but instead enjoy it as the comical parody that it is.

    After you listen/read you may too find yourself wondering why no-one has ever thought of this before.

    A great listen, if you are looking for a break in the heavy, thought provoking Sci-Fi of today. This story is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5407)
    Performance
    (4902)
    Story
    (4966)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "The ending we all needed"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about A Memory of Light?

    An unexpected ending that keeps you on the hook till the very end. Unlike some of the WOT books, this final installments keeps the action going throughout. The multiple story lines are blended together smoothly.

    The ending sequence is not what I expected but exactly what was needed.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    The Way of Kings


    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    As always the narrators were spectacular. You can expect the same quality you have experienced throughout the series


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Well worth the wait


    2 of 2 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
    (11400)
    Performance
    (8809)
    Story
    (8867)

    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!"
    "Your Wheel of Time replacement"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    With the WoT drawing to a close, I believe the Stormlight Archive will fill the void nicely. You can see a lot of Sanderson's refined work here. Sanderson has laid down a very strong and compelling foundation for a true Saga.

    I do not want to give away any part of the story in this review, you should experience this work for the first time through the reading, not through this review. Just know that this is a story well worth the credit or cash.

    Oh and it's long so be prepared to spend many hours zoning out to the sounds of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. These are the same narrators that brought so much life into the WoT and they carry that passion here as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3730)
    Performance
    (3414)
    Story
    (3423)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Humans vs. Advanced Alien Technology"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    This first salvo of the Star Force series is a good listen, I would place this is the same area as John Ringo's Troy Rising series minus the heavy political commentary and minus the actually superior Alien species, just the superior Alien Technology.

    As others have said, Larson does tend to repeat himself alot, and you will find your self thinking, why is he explaining this again. One example is how many times he will describe nanites, and the injections.

    On a positive side, Larson doe snot overly explain technology nor does overly describe things, leaving you to fill in the rest with your own imagination.

    In all the story is very good, and worth the credit. I am currently at book 4 of the series and it is still worth the time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The explination of Alien visits and abductions.


    What about Mark Boyett???s performance did you like?

    Mr. Boyett has a strong voice although he does have a limited range when it come to multiple character voices. You will find he uses the same voice for several characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4123)
    Performance
    (3057)
    Story
    (3084)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "A gem in a pile of stones"
    Overall

    First, this is the first book I have listened to by this author so I cannot say if previous or future works will measure to this, but if this book is any indicator of what to expect then this is an author to watch for.

    The story is a new twist on the space marine shoot-em-up adventure where in the end the main character learns about himself and the universe around him. The twist comes in the fact that the main characters are not the young 18-something snot nosed know-it-alls fresh out of High School, but instead a group of 65 year old men and women given a new lease on life. It's the age old "If I had my knowledge of today in my body at 20" wish lived out, with some alien slaughter to boot.

    Even if you are not heavy into war type Sci-Fi I still think you will enjoy this book.

    Worth buying and worth the time to listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1608)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "OMG! What a great story"
    Overall

    Never have I been so captivated by a book that before I was even done with the first book, I was on here buying the rest of the series (that is currently available). This book is one of the few that I can say keeps you interested from start to finish. A great read / listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1795)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1188)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "It's an ending..."
    Overall

    Like so many stories, I felt like the ending here left you wanting more. The majority of this book I felt was very good, but the final few chapters seem to overly rush events and after the conclusion of the main story arc I do not think enough time was spend on what happens to the main characters after. This is especially true with Edeard. Given the events that bring him into the final act, I would expect there to have been more about what he plans for his life. Also I was not a fan of what was done with Gor in the closing chapter. Other than that, I think this is still a great listen and if you have made it this far in the series then you own it to yourself to experience the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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