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J

Livingston, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Sign of Chaos: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (217)

    Following the cliffhanger ending of Blood of Amber, Merlin is stranded in surrealistic Alice in Wonderland-esque bar where the Mad Hatter serves cocktails. Managing to escape, Merlin meets new family members - one of whom is intent on killing him. As events escalate, Merlin finds himself surrounded by his worst enemies - including his ex-girlfriend - back from the dead.

    J says: "Formulaic, but still a fun read."
    "Formulaic, but still a fun read."
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    I first met Zelazny's Princes in Amber books a long time ago. By the 7th or 8th book they became a little too formulaic, but still enjoyable. Much, much better than the recent spate of twinkling vampires and ethical werewolves. I'd love to see these books rewritten in the depth of "Tales of Ice and Fire", or "Harry Potter'. Zelazny has the mythology charted, but his palette, however entertaining, is a bit narrow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (930)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Extraordinary! Don't miss this one."
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    I bought this book on a whim because of the subject matter. My domestic partner once served as Nursing Supervisor at a state-operated residential school for the adult deaf and blind. That school was located on the campus of another larger state-operated residential school for deaf and blind children. During that period, she and I both became sensitized to the issues faced by deaf and blind people of all ages. I was curious how the author would handle those issues.

    The author has done a superior job of communicating Caitlin's experiences of gaining sight as a teenager, and blending them with the issues of an emerging artificial intelligence, into a fascinating tale of growth and development. He has merged, as it were, the story of Helen Keller with Heinlein's story of a sentient computer ("The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress") into a tale with all the adventure of both.

    I had not read author Sawyer's work before, but I have now added the two sequels to this book into my wish list and consider them both Must Buy books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1533)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Starting for the third time."
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    I bought this audiobook not knowing about Connie Willis, but hey, it's one of my favorite topics -- time travel, right? It's one of my favorite narrators, Jenny Sterlin, Right? What I didn't expect or care much for was a long dissertation on the social and procedural complications of an infectious disease in a techno-academic environment.

    I've set the book aside a couple of times, but I haven't given up. Not yet. I started it again a few minutes ago, and maybe this time I'll figure out how to read this thing. Maybe I'll pretend that it's a complicated Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes adventure and just listen to Jenny Sterlin's hypnotic voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1151)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "A saga of the Syndic worlds."
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    Not a bad book, but I miss Black Jack and the exquisite tension between the man and the legend. This book has the political and military content, but struggles to separate principal characters from the general background.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (463)

    Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

    Jennifer says: "Great stories for Mercy-verse fans"
    "A comfortable read..."
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    ... but not up to the standard of the main series. These are side- and back-stories, and don't have the depth and richness of Briggs' principal work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taking the Virgin into Captivity: Impregnating a Sex Slave (Rough Sex Erotica)

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Terra Williams
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Meadows
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Taking the Virgin into Captivity: Impregnating a Sex Slave, tells the story of a sexy 18 year old virgin who finds herself reluctantly abducted into a new life of captivity with men that she does not know. As she adjusts to her new surroundings, she accepts her new life of sex slave captivity and begins to sexually satisfy the new men in her life. She is soon given the gift that will last a lifetime, a new baby to love and care for!

    J says: "Lightweight porn"
    "Lightweight porn"
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    I bought this out of curiosity. Standard teenager level pornography. Spend your credits on actual literature like Fifty Shades of Grey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2086)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4382)
    Performance
    (2680)
    Story
    (2718)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (612)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (427)

    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
    (3816)
    Performance
    (2637)
    Story
    (2666)

    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
  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (568)

    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

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