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Jack

End of the world and Sci Fi are my favorites with a lot of historical fiction added in

USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (450)

    This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent and Worthwhile Book"
    "Commentary too random and disjointed"
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    What disappointed you about Fooled by Randomness?

    The theme was both disorganized and too narrowly focused on financial traders? It lacked specific real world cases and examples.


    1 of 1 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
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1298)

    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"
    "No depth of character"
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    What would have made Into the Black better?

    Focus more on the human interactions, motivations and emotions and far less on the machinery that surrounds them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Evan Currie again?

    Probably not unless he makes the move to building characters involved in challenging situations. A walking tour of the technology and layout of the equipment in play is just not as interesting as how humans grapple with the problems at hand.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Benjamin L. Darcie?

    Yes, the story was the problem not the voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (576)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Sophomoric"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage boys who think and converse at the level of a lunch room table.


    Has Terms of Enlistment turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This genre can be done well. Old Man's War is a good example of scifi action with intelligent characters who have moved beyond the limitations and experience of the teenage mind.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Do not scream. Even when the character is yelling do not scream the words into my ear.


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

    Disappointment, waste of time, frustration that the writing could not move beyond a few stereotypical characters.


    37 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

    Jack says: "Reads like a teenage sci-fi novel"
    "Reads like a teenage sci-fi novel"
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    What disappointed you about Hard Duty?

    The characters are shallow. The author seems to almost use the text from previous sections to describe the current scene. The sentence structure rarely exceeds six words. The story was filled with cultural anachronisms that could never fit with an alien race.


    What could Mark E. Cooper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story served its purpose. It moved along enjoy to allow me to mindless follow along on my commute to work. The author in the first few chapters switches back and forth between two set of characters on different worlds. He then spends nearly 20 chapters on one set and we are left wondering what happened to the others. He should have switched back occasionally to keep the other characters as part of the story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I am going to read the next book in the series. A mindless book filled with ridiculous inconsistencies is ok occasionally.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Metro 2033

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dmitry Glukhovsky
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth....

    Jameson says: "Fantastic voicework and great story"
    "We'll written but could never find the story line"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The author writes well. The writing is descriptive and enjoyable. My issue was that I could not determine where the story was taking me.


    Has Metro 2033 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it is a well written book but not a story I could appreciate.


    What character would you cut from Metro 2033?

    I would keep nearly all the characters. The author uses each new character encountered to tell us about the people and culture that character represents. I would just prefer if the author gave us a better sense of why we were wondering the Metro system.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Inherit the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH"
    "Takes too long to make any sense of."
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    Would you try another book from James P. Hogan and/or John Pruden?

    No, the beginning third of the book was a maze of unrelated characters and time periods. I gave up after the first five chapters. Not sure why the author would think we would be interested in characters who we could not place within context of some story line.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns....

    Mike Naka says: "surprisingly good"
    "Just too mant stupid characters"
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    Would you try another book from Shane Gregory and/or Scott Aiello?

    No, it was not the writing style. It was the lack of characters acting in a way consistent with the situations they are in.


    Has The King of Clayfield turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the end of the world can be interesting but spending it with really dumb survivors is even worst than the end of the world.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Become a Rainmaker: The Rules for Getting and Keeping Customers and Clients

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Fox
    • Narrated By Jeffrey J. Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Ever notice that there are people you work with who just make business happen? Listen to How to Become a Rainmaker to figure out the secret of being a storm front in your company. Let it pour!

    Kenneth says: "Short effective parables on selling"
    "So basic you want to skip it"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If your aim is to be a Rainmaker you probably know a little more than the verge sales person. So skip all of the basics that come in Sales 101. We already know that spilling coffe on the customer's desk is a no no.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey J. Fox’s story?

    Far too simplistic. Give me five key things a rainmaker does that others do not. Forget telling me all the basic that any competent sales person has before they apply for a job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1291)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Sure took his time for a guy in a hurry"
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    What would have made Going Home better?

    For the author to have done some long distance backpacking. For a 200 mile trek this guy was carrying everything but the kitchen sink. WhenUFOu are travelling long distance you drop ounces to save weigh in your pack.


    Has Going Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The genre is good but this author seemed more interested in telling us what the next thing in this guy's pack was. If I am fighting my way back to my family with little kids in the middle of the end of the world as we know it, I am sure that I am doing a lot more miles than this guy each day. He stops more often for days at a time then could every be justified if his passion was his family.

    The author wants to tell the tale of how a survialist could pull different gadgets from his pack not how a father pushed the limits of his endurance to reach his little ones.The storied turned me off to this series for sure.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    The dead walk. Now the real battle for Seattle has begun. When a gas leak causes the National Guard to forcibly evacuate the neighborhood, Lester isn't going anywhere. The former dope pusher has a new clientele… the kind that require him to deal lead instead of drugs.

    Mark says: "Eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint"
    "Sex obsessed characters mask the zombie story"
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    Would you try another book from Timothy W. Long and/or David DeVries?

    Not unless I could return it if this is indicative of his story lines.


    What could Timothy W. Long have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This is a zombie story. Yet it spends most of the story on the unrelated, juvenile sex activities of the main characters. It jumps around to bring in characters for a chapter just to kill them. We do not need to spend a chapter learning the why and how the members of a soon to be dead rock band obtained theIr stage names. It read more like "fill up the space" text than a coherent story line.I tried to stay with it but gave up shortly after the halfway mark.


    Have you listened to any of David DeVries’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance was fine. The problem is all content


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It held potential but lack in execution. Keep the character development relative to the overall story. A substantial part of the writting was devoted to juvenile learing and sex acts that did nothing to add to the characters motivation, habits or abilities.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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