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J

Livingston, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (455)

    Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

    Jeffery says: "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    "A lightweight but very enjoyable space opera."
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    A good book to listen to in a comfortable chair by the fireside with a bottle of your favorite beverage ready at hand. Kris Longknife turns out to be an interesting protagonist and the book has some of the characteristics of the old Doc Smith space operas. I've ordered the second book in the series and looking forward to another pleasant evening of the Longknife saga.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1834)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Whew! Too long, too many plot lines..."
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    ... an endurance test. I should have quit this series after the first volume! But I muddled through. All my comments in the review of Pandora's Planet apply, except the narrator lost some of his annoying sing-song cadence. I believe that was mostly the author's writing style.

    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
    Overall
    (4059)
    Performance
    (2385)
    Story
    (2422)

    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"
    "Hard to follow"
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    I made two efforts to follow the story of Pandora's Planet but was put to sleep both times by the hypnotic sing-song narration. I finally got enough of the basic content to follow the story, but the narrator doesn't really help the book. When the book changes location or characters, the narration goes forward without a sufficient pause or change of tone to give a useful hint.

    On the other hand, after forcing myself to listen to the first segment twice, I finally got the gist of the story and was able to follow the character/location/resurrection issues without losing my place.

    The story itself is interesting enough, so I have now purchased the next volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deserter: Kris Longknife, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    Kris Longknife had no choice about growing up rich and pampered. When she did have a choice, she joined the Marines. But now, a friend needs help halfway across the galaxy - and with a military heritage coursing through her blood, it's time for Kris Longknife to be a hero.

    Mariya says: "Planet Traps & Booby Traps"
    "Author should have quit while he was ahead!"
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    The first book in this series was interesting, a bit "campy", with bits and pieces that reminded me of the old space operas. This 2nd book is incoherent, repetitive, poorly researched -- two sailboats racing on the same leg of a "race track", one close-hauled, the other running before the wind -- and generally nonsensical. I think I'll pass on the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3422)
    Performance
    (2275)
    Story
    (2305)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "Satisfaction continues!"
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    Campbell continues to develop the saga of the lost fleet as "Black Jack" Geary struggles to maintain command of the fleet that views him as some sort of larger than life hero. His main tool is to retrain the fleet in the more sophisticated battle knowledge of an earlier time -- techniques and strategies that have been lost with the deaths of so many space navy commanders over a century of conflict. This creates opponents among the fleet captains who prefer their own glory-seeking methods, even while his continuing success against enemy fleets reinforces the hero worship of his crews - a hero worship he wants to reject.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4589)
    Performance
    (3119)
    Story
    (3152)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Pleasant surprise!"
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    I've been a fan of CJ Cherryh for 50 years, but somehow missed Jack Campbell. Out of curiosity, I downloaded this book despite the wobbly underlying premise (space navy hero retrieved from long lost cold sleep awakens and saves the day for the good guys) and was delighted to find a well-written space navy battle fleet story with convincing science, believable characters and a compelling narrative. I recommend the book to any Cherryh fans reading this review. I've now downloaded the next two books in the series and look forward to finding the time to listen to them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4186)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3543)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "A little fluff of a book"
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    ... but just what you need sometimes on a cold November weekend. The premise is a bit thin, but the book is well-crafted and enjoyable, especially with a plate of hot biscuits and a teapot of hot Irish Breakfast tea on the side table. Oh, did I mention Irish butter? Mmmmm....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "Childhood favorite"
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    I first read this book when I was a teenager. I finally decided to give it another go. Even though the underlying "history" has passed it by, I have to admit that I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the first time. There's just something about the way Heinlein put words together to tell stories that made those stories timeless. He's one of the few writers from my childhood that I truly miss as a septagenarian.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born: Stainless Steel Rat, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Slippery Jim is here a brash 17-year-old who has left his parents' porcuswine farm, planning to embark on a life of crime. The book opens with Jim bungling a bank job so that he can be arrested and sent to prison, where he plans to learn the art of being a master criminal. Deciding that the Bishop should be his mentor, Jim sets about proving himself worthy of the master's attention.

    Cliff says: "The backstorry on Jim"
    "A 'prequel' to the Stainless Steel Rat series"
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    This book maintains the general sense of the earlier books in the series. It feels a little strained at times, like the author was reading his notes from the earlier books, but is nevertheless a good read. If you liked the earlier books, you'll like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14503)
    Performance
    (11902)
    Story
    (12526)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "A romance of mismatched love and kinky sex"
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    Having had some extended contact over the past 40 years or so with what is now called the BDSM community, I have to say this book reads true to reality for the behaviors and issues associated with folks into kinky sex. It all started for me when a one-night-stand "professional conference romance" led to the hotel room of a professional colleague where the woman asked me to tie her hands to the head frame of the bed. She explained that she couldn't orgasm with her hands free. I was hesitant, but complied. We both enjoyed the evening. The book is dead on about the desires and repulsions of newly met potential partners, from the first page to the last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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