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Jonathan

Alaska | Member Since 2011

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  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (903)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Not as good as his other work"
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    Hopefully you are familiar with Hamilton's other works like the 2 + 3 book commonwealth saga. I truly enjoyed how complex and deep those stories were so I thought I would give this one a shot too. Easily as complex but not as enticing as his other works. I use this as a filler between other audio books and am not sure when I will ever finish it but it just doesn't draw me in at all. Felt like it was building towards a grand climax and then just fell away so who knows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1344)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Nice premise, needs some polishing"
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    I was very intrigued by the notion of using science to prove God and of Alien races far more faithful than ourselves but this story fell a little short for me. Much like religion itself, it takes a mighty leap of faith to prove God's existence. That said, I am glad to see a story like this out there and I think it is definitely worth a listen, just not a favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1378)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1250)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Has Potential"
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    I am a sucker for anything Atlantis-based so I gave this one a shot. It took some neat turns working in historical fiction here and there which is a nice touch but I was hoping for more sci-fi and maybe a working space ship or two...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (801)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

    D says: "They’re back ready to die; again"
    "Another Hit"
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    What did you love best about Dust World?

    As you can remember from the Starforce series, Larson is great at coming up with new ways of getting into trouble in seemingly plausible scifi settings. Just awesome. If you haven't read the first book in this series or the Starforce series you should start there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1462)
    Story
    (1479)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Just Great"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This takes a "reasonable" approach to how man kind might leap forward very quickly into the space game. The overall plot is classic American dream material. A clever man thinking quick to make himself more awesome and save the world all at once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1126)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Let Down"
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    Would you listen to The Hot Gate again? Why?

    This is the continuation of the Troy Rising series and if you loved it like the rest of us you will clearly need to keep reading to see what happens next.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Ringo before, how does this one compare?

    Unfortunately up until this book the Troy Rising series has been pretty balanced between getting to know characters and the action of actually dealing with aliens and this book just doesn't cut it for me. There is SO much time spent on explaining how Latin/South American culture is basically inept in any sort of meaningful success and how the "Norte's" are trying to whip them into shape that the book leaves little room for any actual story moving forward. I do really like how it provides new perspective for events we have glimpsed before but the bottom line is I bought this book to know more about the conflicts between Earth and the Aliens and I was subjected to way to much filler.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    While Comet is pretty well the main character for this story I still like Tyler the most. He is a home grown no nonsense kind of man who gets things done. Good Man.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Latin America = useless


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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