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Gerald

fitchburg, WI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 561 titles in library
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  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (744)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Needs work"
    Overall

    I'm afraid that this book really isn't very good. The characters are so 2 dimensional that they are almost 1 dimensional. Don't bother. Try one of his later books.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Empress of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kage Baker
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers it could get. Outcasts, misfits, and dreamers emigrated in droves to undertake the grueling task of terraforming the cold red planet - only to be abandoned when the BAC discovered it couldn't turn a profit on Mars. Mary Griffith and her struggles and triumphs are at the center of it all, in her bar, the Empress of Mars.

    Dave says: "I love this book."
    "Classic... Just Classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Empress of Mars again? Why?

    This is a wonderful character driven sci-fi that in many ways feels like Heinlein's work. This is a wonderful little novel. Really... this is worth the credit.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1739)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1202)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "Important"
    Overall

    May be the first truly important book on the subject of sex this century. Ground breaking. Read this book.

    30 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (240)

    Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

    Richard says: "Unique, informative history of the CIA"
    "Historically interesting ... but manipulative"
    Overall

    Interesting book. Fun. But, has a tendency to leave out some very important historical details. Extremely white washed version of the history of the CIA. Paints some people who where clearly villains as patriots. If you're going to read this book... spend some time on "Legacy of Ashes." They balance each other.

    2 of 2 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
    (2233)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1598)

    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!!!"
    "Kind of Early Heinlein-ish... Only offensive"
    Overall

    If you like good sci-fi, and hate the liberal media... then this book is for you.

    If you have any world view that differs from that found of Fox News... Then this author is going to spend quite a bit of time calling you a "Socialist." Actually, he is going to spend the entire book ranting about liberals.

    The expression of different ideologies within fiction can be a very good thing. Spreads the brain and expands your world. But, when a book seethes with hate for one specific group of people (ie. people who's opinion differs from that of the author), it becomes offensive. This book is a good example of an author exercising his first amendment rights. It is also an excellent example of bad business sense. Rule one: if someone is willing to buy your book(s), don't spend the entire book insulting your potential customer. Limit it to a couple of paragraphs at the very most.

    I subtracted only one star for this mistake. I don't know if I will buy his next book in the series.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful

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