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Justin

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (391)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "Incredible information"
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    As a fan of Cold War history, I thought this a wonderful exploration of the pre-glamour years of the Space Race. The book explored the deep connection between the arms race and space race to a degree that's often overlooked. Like so many accounts, this book makes me wish I had been around for this unique time in history.

    As has been mentioned, the interspersion of dramatic music is annoying, and I tend to wonder if the narrator correctly pronounces Sergei Korolev's name, but the book is nevertheless absolutely worth your time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5067)
    Performance
    (2833)
    Story
    (2847)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Jean says: "Dead Or Alive"
    "Sadly, the Ryan series ain't what it used to be"
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    I think the Jack Ryan storyline has pretty well played out. I'm a huge fan of the earlier novels, up through Executive Orders, but making Jack Jr. the new hero feels a bit contrived. At this point, several things are working against the story. First off is the sheer improbability of so many 'incredible' circumstances happening to the same characters. Second, and more importantly for the narrative, is that the history of the 'Ryanverse' now differs so drastically from actual history, and yet Clancy has nevertheless tried to tie them together. The attempt leaves too many holes.

    As an individual story, this one is entertaining, but still smells a bit of a rehash. Plus, the ultimate nefarious intent does not have the incredible (and believable) suspenseful lead-in that made The Sum of All Fears so outstanding.

    As much as I love Clancy's novels, I think it's time to lay this storyline to rest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3556)
    Performance
    (2590)
    Story
    (2600)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "An incredible documentary"
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    Shirer really seems to have the inside scoop on Adolf Hitler's rise to power. The book is an excellent account of the remarkable set of circumstances that came together to make the Nazi party what it was. Note, this is not a play-by-play of the war, but focuses a bit more on the politics and important figures surrounding Germany during that time period.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3416)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2054)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Enjoyable"
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    As a fan of apocalyptic fiction, this was a credit well spent. The basis of the story has a refreshing root in actual science (it is Niven, after all), so it comes off as believable in that regard. Some of the characters never felt entirely fleshed out, however, and there are a couple of relatively jarring jumps in timeline.

    The premise of any worldwide apocalypse story begs for a multitude of settings around the world. Writing them all would create a never ending story, but Lucifer's Hammer goes the other direction, detailing effectively nothing but one section of California. I'm sure some people appreciate this book for not being The Stand, but I miss seeing something of the world at large.

    Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the listen, and it was fun to go back to some Cold War era fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (703)

    Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

    Eileen says: "Classic King on audio - FINALLY"
    "Vampire horror at its truest and purest"
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    One of King's greatest works, 'Salem's Lot is a vampire story as the genre was truly intended: horrible, mysterious, and captivating. Stoker's influence is clearly evident (as King makes note of in the foreword), and I think he picked the best aspects to include. Don't be frightened (for lack of a better term) away by "modern" vampire stories; you'll find no fawning 13-year-olds here. The Lot is worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5546)
    Performance
    (3797)
    Story
    (3807)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Abridged version falls short"
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    I had previously read both the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z in print, and was excited to listen to WWZ as read by a "realistic sounding" cast. The performances are, for the most part, quite well done, and of course the writing is excellent, but I feel this abridged version cannot do justice to the WWZ experience. Even despite the intervening years since I read it, I remembered quite a few sections that are not included here, and really think listeners miss out. Max, you included fan-made artwork in later printings of the book - please follow that cue and heed your fans' cries for unabridged readings!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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