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Hika

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  • The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone brilliantly interpret twenty of Edgar Allan Poe's most chilling stories and poems - an unforgettably intense listening experience!

    tom says: "Excellent performance, poor formatting."
    "ok"
    Overall

    Classic narration for sure. Unfortunately the audio needs to be cleaned up, and edited so the listener can skip from story to story. As it is, one must fast-forward to move past a poem or story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Supervolcano: Eruption

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    A supervolcanic eruption in Yellowstone Park sends lava and mud flowing toward populated areas, and clouds of ash drifting across the country. The fallout destroys crops and livestock, clogs machinery, and makes cities uninhabitable. Those who survive find themselves caught in an apocalyptic catastrophe in which humanity has no choice but to rise from the ashes and recreate the world.

    Ann says: "Jerky horrible narration."
    "Not credit worthy, read worthy, or just worthy."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Harry Turtledove and/or Jim Frangione?

    When you download a book entitled


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harry Turtledove again?

    Never Nada


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    More energy, but reading this would be a challenge for any narrator...even Frank Muller in his prime.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anything negative you can think of


    Any additional comments?

    Really, really bad book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Andrew Feinstein
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    The downloadable audiobook edition of Andrew Feinstein's powerful exposé, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, complete and unabridged and read by the actor Gildart Jackson.

    Hika says: "Where your tax money goes..."
    "Where your tax money goes..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Nobody needs to read this book to know the military industrial complex's of the US, UK, China, Russia, and Israel are out of control. What this book does is cronicle the outrages, and there are many by many. Obviously a tremendous amount of research has been done here. The author covers all the major players in the weapons game, and many of the smaller ones. Anyone who wonders why the US spends almost %5 GNP on the military, or how cost overuns work in the manufacturers favor, or what the real effect military programs have on job creation, needs to listen to this book. The level of legal bribery of US politicians by the military industrial complex is very depressing. The author digs the dirt on pretty much every country that buys and sells munitions...and its a really dirty business. An almost overwhelming (the corruption is for sure) amount of information, from coldwar manipulations of the soviet threat for the purposes of promoting weapon systems (a sales strategy that is used to present day) , to Iran-Contra, to the current Obama administration. Everything you wanted to know about the global arms trade but were afraid to ask....be very afaid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It names names, dates, and places.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1117)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Must listen"
    Overall

    A story of someone who stood up for his principals while other religous leaders and institutions sold out to the nazis. Listeners will find much to think about after hearing this book. There are many lessons that apply to ourselves, our churches, our employers, and our government. Narration good, research exellent. Very highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1119)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Hardcore survivalist novel"
    Overall

    Off the beaten path book for sure. The writing is decent, the narration good. Basically its a book about the financial collapse of the United States and to a lesser degree the world. A bunch of survivalists get together form a survival club (formed 10 years of so before the collapse) and they of course prepare for the worst...totally rebuilt dodge power wagons...loads of food, weapons, and a bug out location in the northwestern U.S. They fight the obligitory heathen motorcycle gang (a must have foe in these types of books), and finally take on the United Nations, killing troops from from various Europeon armies with incredible skill and daring do. Unfortunately, all their enemies are pretty much incompetent (at one point, one of the militia members shoots 40+ bad guys before finaly getting killed). In the end they fight off the enemy forces, and reclaim america, stripping the federal government of its former authority/power. This is a book for the tea party crowd for sure. There is much description of gear and how-to advice for the would-be survivalist. The story is fairly entertaining, but character development is minimal. If you are like me and a sucker for these escape type books then its worth a listen. Just beware there is an endless list of weapon and equipment nomenclatures, to include manufacturers and models, which gets to be annoying for the non sky-is-falling reader.

    1 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
    (2188)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1552)

    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!!!"
    "First half good...Second half dull."
    Overall

    Started good, and the maple syrup thing was pretty funny...then it gets bogged down with right wing rhetoric and some very tedious space construction. In short it started taking itself too seriously. I will pass on book 2.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Overkill: Orphan's Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (171)

    At 23, Jazen Parker has completed his Legion hitch a hero. But in four months, hell have a price on his head. Worse, hes lost his past, and he cant find his future. Worst of all, hes chosen to search for them on the deadliest planet known to mankind. When Jazen reluctantly hires on to a Trueborn Earthman tycoon's safari to bag a deadly trophy, the reluctant mercenary finds himself shipped out to Downgraded Earthlinke 476, the outpost at the end of the universe known to everyone except its tourism bureau as "Dead End".

    Readalot says: "Excellent first contact story"
    "A nice escape"
    Overall

    Suprisingly good. Moves at a good pace, and the combat is not overdone. Looking forward to the next book for sure.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1144)

    Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

    Frank says: "Best of the trilogy"
    "XXXOOOXXX"
    Overall

    Really got romantically sappy. Enjoyed the first book, liked the second, and rolled my eyes after the third. They must get the overblown love interest in there no matter how tedious it is....this is about as bad as Faile Bashere and Perrin Aybara in the WOT series...well almost.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5366)
    Performance
    (3357)
    Story
    (3386)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Reminds me of..."
    Overall

    A knock off of Lucifer's Hammer? Its pretty darn close. LH is much better though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The book focuses on four naval commanders, two American, two Japanese, whose lives collided at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 - a clash involving more ships (almost 300), more men (nearly 200,000) and covering a larger area (more than 100 thousand square miles, roughly the size of the British Isles) than any naval battle in recorded history.

    Hika says: "Good"
    "Good"
    Overall

    Pretty well written with good narration. Not really much new here. Uses "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailor", and Ugaki's diary "Fading Victory" as the primary sources, so if you have read them then pass on this. "Fading Victory" is a very good read and a must-have for any Pacific War buff, but it is not available in audio format.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Triumph: Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg And Why It Failed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tom Carhart
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    A fascinating narrative, and a bold new thesis in the study of the Civil War, that suggests Robert E. Lee had a heretofore undiscovered strategy at Gettysburg that, if successful, could have crushed the Union forces and changed the outcome of the war.

    Hika says: "Awful History"
    "Awful History"
    Overall

    I will paraphrase the authors logic...Since none of the participants ever discusses what the author thinks was "Lee's Real Plan" and there is nothing in writing regarding "Lee's Real Plan" then OBVIOUSLY the plan must have existed!!! Amazing how none of the Rebel leadership ever discusses this after the war? Even more amazing when one considers all the finger pointing after the battle (and there was much). Lee was one of greatest maneuvering army commanders of all time. But, he did suffer from attack frenzy at times, and he had difficulty disciplining wayward subordinates. It was these two flaws in Lee's leadership that contributed to the Confederate failure at Gettysburg. Pickett's frontal assault on the third day WAS the plan. Lee may have considered the middle of the Union line to be weakened from supporting the flank defenses which had been attacked the previous day. The Cavalry was sent to the rear of the Federal army, but it was never counted on as a critical component of the day 3 attack. Cavalry had evolved into the scouting, screening, and raiding arm of the army, and not in an assault capacity as used in the Napoleonic wars (the author argues that Lee wanted to use it as such). The thesis looses even more credibility when one realizes that Stuart's troopers and horses were exhausted even before making it to the battlefield. Pickett's charge was a big gamble, but one could argue that Lee took an even bigger chance with his army and successfully so during the battle of Chancellorsville fought just two months prior to Gettysburg. This book spends entirely too much time covering the background of the characters, and events (a lot on Napoleon's battles), but nothing concrete to support his claims. The traditionalists of the battle got it pretty much right; Lee did have a bad day. I think the author needs to take the facts of the battle for what they are and not grasp at what is not there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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