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Ira

Utopia, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 16 reviews
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  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    Thousands of years after mankind has become extinct, a party of alien archaeologists try to learn the mysteries of mankind as they excavate in a gorge on Earth. This Hugo and Nebula Award winning novella by Mike Resnick is a gripping exploration of human origins and motivations.

    Eric C. Stover says: "Birthright"
    "Good short sequel"
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    A very fitting follow up to his Birthright: Book of Man which leaves one with an undefined feeling at the end which was an excellent book. This book was creative and thoughtful. Good novella.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Rebellion: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    The Third Frontier War is over, and the Western Alliance is triumphant. All across human-occupied space, colony worlds celebrate the coming of peace. But peace is an elusive dream, and more trouble is brewing. The war was expensive, and the economies of the Superpowers, always fragile, are on the verge of total collapse. The Directorate, the shadowy intelligence organization that has become the true power behind the Alliance government, plans to strip the colonies bare to pay the costs of war.

    Matthew says: "solid sci fi"
    "Once again the narrator butchers a good story"
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    The story development was good altho it could have used a little more storyline development. The story progresses a little too rapidly. However.....once again the narrator really takes away from what would be a good book. His range of character voices is absolutely terrible. He makes male battle hardened troopers sound like timid gals (nothing against our hardened women in our armed forces) and vice versa. At times it is was very difficult to distinguish which character was actually talking. The narrator has a very poor range of voices and almost shouldn't even try. Anyway, it is a good story. You just have to bear the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cost of Victory: Crimson Worlds, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    The Third Frontier War is raging, and all across human-occupied space worlds are burning. Massive fleets struggle for dominance and kilometer-long war ships exchange thermonuclear barrages. Battered in the early years of the war, the Western Alliance is resurgent. The brilliant Admiral Augustus Garret leads the Alliance fleet from victory to victory, taking the war to the very heart of the enemy empires.

    DocJim says: "Read Book 1 First!"
    "Short changed"
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    This book is actually better than the 1st book. However, the author short changed his readers by taking the last 3 chapters of his 1st book and inserting them as the 1st 3 chapters of this book. I don't like paying for something twice. I hope the 3rd book is not this way. That is why I gave it 3 stars and not 4.

    Regardless, the story is becoming much more interesting and the character play and storyline is much improved and involved which is good. It is becoming more than just an external milk toast narrative of events. The reader has a chance to feel more involvement in the story.

    Although I still am not overly impressed with the narrator's style, and his "nasally" voices, the storyline is getting more exciting and involved and I will get the next book in the series. The narrator style is annoying (at least to me and my apologies) and I nearly went ahead and bought the "hardcopy" version just so I wouldn't have to listen to him. Maybe I am becoming "desensitized" to him or maybe he has slightly improved, but i will get the next audio version of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (274)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    "Narration is tiring"
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    Overall I thought the story was fairly decent but the narration I found was "irritating". The narrator tried to add in some sound effects which was creative but he narration rhythm was monotonous. The book would have been so much better in my opinion with a different narrator. As for the story itself, it suffers from being more of a "story narration" rather than characters "experiencing" the story. I will try the 2nd book of the series, but if it is more of the same, I will probably drop the series.

    0 of 0 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
    (1798)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1641)

    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"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    After 1st getting into the book with it revolving around adolescents, I was initially a little skeptical. However the story developed quite nicely with many twists and turns. I am just about finished with this Book 1 and I am looking forward to Book 2. Actually this is a great book and story. One well worth reading or listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1316)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "Better than the 1st"
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    This book is better than the 1st. The character development was in more depth and the characters added had very distinct personalities. The addition of the Under-Secretary and her mouth were a true delight. The tension leading to the unknown was ratched up with this book. Looking forward to Book 3 and what it holds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1655)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Well worth it"
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    Wasn't sure about a new author I was not familiar with. All I can say it was Well Worth it. The book was great from start to end. As result I just downloaded the 2 sequels and look forward to others. Most details were tied up and explained so no loose ends technically altho a few physics area may be suspect. The narration could have been a little more diverse because at a few points I had to go back and relisten to determine who had supposedly made the statement. Overall a great listen and now I am looking to listening to #2 and #3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4765)
    Performance
    (3018)
    Story
    (3055)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Making a short story long"
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    I found the book had a good story line but the author really drug things out in very detailed descriptions of things. Too detailed and I found myself saying, "ok let's get on with the story". As for the narrator, he is very distinct in reading but very little differentiation between characters and you had to really try to concentrate which character was really speaking. Overall I found both tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4175)
    Performance
    (3663)
    Story
    (3680)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Excellence once again"
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    Clancy has continued to improve with age and this is another example. Whereas many of his earlier books set the stage and background in exhausting detail for 150-200 pages before any action started, this book is an example of the change made beginning with Rainbow Six where some of the action starts right up front. Great book and gets harder and harder to put down as the story progresses. This is continuing along those lines with our familiar story and I am eagerly looking forward to the next addition.

    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
    (4100)
    Performance
    (3754)
    Story
    (3761)

    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..."
    "Excellent & Creative"
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    Loved the book. It reminded me of Ringo's "Troy Rising" but on a more realistic tract and story line. Excellent book and I just downloaded the next in the series. Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (3540)
    Story
    (3541)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Catchy Title & Read"
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    Interesting and somewhat different kind of book. It is not an action packed book but a different twist on public relations and the twists and turns associated with dealing with people, or in this case an alien race. Often funny it is also serious at times. Overall a fun and different type of SF.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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