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Jack

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

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  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    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?

    Martin Coughlan says: "Highly enjoyable Sci-Fi Series"
    "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 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons from the Sea: The Strongbow Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Judson Roberts
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In Dragons from the Sea, Book Two of the Strongbow Saga, Halfdan Hroriksson has escaped - for now - the enemies who murdered his brother and seek to kill him, too. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Halfdan knows he must first gain experience as a warrior. He joins a Danish army gathering for an invasion of Western Frankia, for among its fierce chieftains and seasoned warriors he may find the allies he needs.

    Jack says: "Not great but it hold your attention"
    "Not great but it hold your attention"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dragons from the Sea the most enjoyable?

    The author does a good job of getting us into the head of the main character. Other characters are more skeleton but they Ft. The storyline develops well and takes some interesting turns and twists.

    I enjoyed it enough to buy and read the entire series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z-Risen: Outbreak

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    When the USS McClusky (FFG-41) was overrun by the dead, Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed, and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly, were forced to abandon the ship and take their chances in San Diego. Now they are stuck in a city that has been completely overrun with zombies, and as the days go by, they must range farther and farther away from "fortress" in their search for supplies.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Jackpot"
    "Punch by punch narrative - boring"
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    What could Timothy W. Long have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    May be an interesting read for the teenager seeking a step by step, blow by blow first person narrative. I was looking for more that. Describing every blow and its impact gets monotonous fairly quickly. It is a poor substitute for character development and a plot line that will leads us somewhere.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End is Nigh: The Apocalypse Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Mur Lafferty, Rajan Khanna, Kate Baker, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

    Jon says: "Amazing, couldn't put it down!"
    "Not interested in a book written by a committee"
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    What disappointed you about The End is Nigh?

    My fault. The book is a collection of related stories by a group of authors. That was not what I was looking for. It may work but the first story did not make a believer of me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Call to Duty: Book I of Manticore Ascendant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Weber, Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (210)

    Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

    Jean says: "Astronautical adventure story"
    "Mediocre teenager becomes warp drive expert"
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    What did you like best about A Call to Duty? What did you like least?

    It was easy to listen to is the best I can say. The story line and the characters were simplistic and predictable. Not bad but not a series I would buy into again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legionary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gordon Doherty
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    376 AD: The Eastern Roman Empire is alone against the tide of barbarians swelling on her borders. Emperor Valens juggles the paltry border defenses to stave off invasion from the Goths north of the Danube. Meanwhile, in Constantinople, a pact between faith and politics spawns a lethal plot that will bring the dark and massive hordes from the east crashing down on these struggling borders. The fates conspire to see Numerius Vitellius Pavo, enslaved as a boy after the death of his legionary father, thrust into the limitanei, the border legions, just before they are sent to recapture the long-lost eastern Kingdom of Bosporus.

    CS says: "A visceral historic cross-section"
    "Too many inconsistencies interrupt the flow."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The storyline was interesting but the author and editor were sloppy. Too many times things happen that did not square with the scene just before. Whole armies appear in relief within a few days when it would have take weeks to even notify them of the situation. The sloppiness capture more of my attention than the story itself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Whistler?

    The narrator in parts of the book had the habit of speaking the first half of a sentence at a higher decibel than the second half of the sentence. This grates on the ears as you shrink away from the volume then strain to hear the rest. Keep it at one steady volume and use tone and emphasis to add intensity to the telling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Eagle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Simon Scarrow
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

    Erik says: "Enjoyable historical fiction."
    "Nerd becomes a Roman legionnaire"
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    If you could sum up Under the Eagle in three words, what would they be?

    Very enjoyable story, well written with a complex style that builds on characters and descriptions to tell a story about the atypical Roman legionnaire in 50 AD


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier of Rome: The Legionary Book One of the Artorian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Mace
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later Rome is finally ready to unleash her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent his adopted son, Germanicus Caesar, into Germania with an army of forty-thousand legionaries. The come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation. With them is a young legionary named Artorius.

    Harry says: "Full Metal Jacket for The Roman era"
    "Enjoyable story but lacking in sophistication"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the Roman historical novel. This one was interesting but do not expect a refined literary style. Descriptions are simple, characters predictable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marching with Caesar: Birth of the 10th Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By R.W. Peake
    • Narrated By Simon Burdett
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Titus Pullus, the hero of the 10th Legion and the Marching With Caesar series, tells his story from the very beginning of his life, starting with his relationship with his father, how his friendship with Vibius Domitius began, and how their burning ambition to join the Legions was helped by a veteran nicknamed Cyclops. Enlisting in the 10th Legion, raised in 61 B.C. by Gaius Julius Caesar, Birth of the 10th Legion recounts the first campaign ever conducted by Julius Caesar as a commander...

    Rollin says: "Outstanding story of a young Roman legionaire"
    "First person account of a Roman in the X Legion"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is told in the first person as if the author is dictating his story to the scribe. It lacks artistic descriptions of the surroundings that you find in more literary novels. That is not a limitation but an advantage of this style.

    I enjoyed listening to Titus tell the story of his boyhood and rookie year in the X Legion. The story reads as you would expect from someone speaking conversationally.

    Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Crisis: The Perseid Collapse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Davis Sound, LLC
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    In the aftermath of the brutal attack on his family compound, Alex Fletcher embraces his rapidly expanding role within the New England Regional Recovery Zone (RRZ). Fueled by a limitless drive to protect his family and a rekindled sense of duty, he enlists the reluctant aid of a local militia commander - to ease the public's fears of a federal government takeover.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "I think I'm becoming paranoid"
    "How did Book 3 go so wrong?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoyed the first two books of the series. The story and events were believable and the books flowed well. In Book 3 we have another disaster that nearly wipes out the infrastructure of the East Coast. Rather than a continuation of the struggles that Alex and his family would face, we are presented with the implausible tale of how the Federal government would seek to use small, under trained, ill-equipped local militias to secure the population. It just did not ring true at all. Why bypass the State, County, and local Police organizations let alone the many fire departments, Red Cross and other first responders.

    It seemed the author wants to weave a story of how substantial the militias are rather than construct how a real disaster would play out. The constant hints that Homeland Security was out to rob Americans of thier Open Carry Righrs became boring. Yet the author saw no contradication with the militias denying fellow Americans the freedom of assembly and movement. Of course in a emergency that leaves millions without power, food or water, security forces would be expected to disarm people carrying and bruising weapons in their vincity. But the author sees that as some conspiracy to deny Americans of their essential rights while ignoring the millions who face disease and starvation and denies them the freedom to move to safer ground.

    Good book if you believe paranoid militia members are there to save us when disaster strikes. It would have been so much better if the story was cast in the more believable light of a Federal response that worked with already in place law enforcement and disaster relief organizations. It seems the author had an agenda to push and the story suffered because of it. But if see black helicopters around every corner than you may like Book 3.


    0 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
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1598)

    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

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