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  • The Sacred Band

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Morris, Chris Morris
    • Narrated By Christopher Crosby Morris
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, the legendary Tempus and his stepson cavalry rescue 23 pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired lovers and friends, to fight on other days.

    Tom Barczak says: "The voice of Gods."
    "Better Seen, Than Heard"
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    I am not familiar with the Sacred Band series. In fact, knowing that there were earlier tales would have saved me a lot of frustration trying to figure out who all the characters were! I presumed it was a stand-alone novel, so I gave it a shot.

    I've made better decisions.

    I slogged through the first few chapters of a torturously boring narration and gave up. I believe I've seen paint dry faster than the pace Mr. Morris reads at! It was also mono-emotional; the level of intensity given for a battle scene was the same as for sounding out a character's introspective thoughts.

    I can't properly rate the overall story and three stars may be a disservice to the authors. Still, it seems an interesting idea. I'll try reading the series rather than listening to it… from the beginning book, of course!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4238)
    Performance
    (3733)
    Story
    (3736)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Not Really Feeling It..."
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    I enjoy listening to Mr. Scalzi's previous works, but I have to admit that after the first hour or so of this particular piece, I was singularly uninterested in finishing the audiobook. Artistic license and a ho-hum performance detract from what is actually a pretty good story. Maybe it's just me, but I wasn't really feeling it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Breakout: Merkiaari Wars, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Kate Richmond, former army ranger and ISS operative, has seen a lot in her life. Sabotage, espionage, cyber theft, and assassination missions have all played their parts in her journey to becoming a viper. Nothing surprises her much any more, not even a full scale incursion of an alien race by the Merkiaari!

    Trip Williams says: "Book5?!?! Need Some "Book 5" Here!!!!"
    "Horribly Disappointing"
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    I am not entirely sure what this volume was meant to represent. The moronic story of Kate is aggravating to listen to. She may have been a favorite within the first two novels, but it is decreasingly enjoyable when the author continually puts Kate's own self-interest over everything. By doing so, Mr. Cooper jeopardizes the attempt to continue a thread of a story line or plot with the other characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1389)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Gwen says: "Poeticly Written"
    "Not What I Thought..."
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    I started listening to Royal Assassin as soon as I had finished the first book of the Farseer Trilogy, eager to see how the characters and story would play out.

    It took a while to slog through it. The second installment is long, and sometimes moves at a crawling pace... enough that I tend to tune out during the listen. Perhaps the unapologetic bleakness of the characters has something to do with that?

    It is an intricately woven tale of honor, loyalty, betrayal and love, but the oppressively depressing quality of the lives of her characters leaves me wondering if the third book in this series by Ms. Hobb will be even more masochistic.

    Admittedly, life is not fair in the land of the Six Duchies. I'm impressed with the style, depth, and quality of writing on display. Still, although I have purchased the third book of the trilogy, I don't plan on listening to it anytime soon.

    Kevin

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (699)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "Still Going Strong..."
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    This is a continuation of a series that I rank in the upper 25 percent of favorites so far. I've listened to a fair number of stories and a equal number of series, and this one does not leave me feeling flat. After seven installments, I like where the storyline is going... even if I cannot accurately predict how it will play out for the individual characters. Perhaps that is half of the fun? Honestly, it is a good 'series' listen, but one cannot enjoy the tale unless the story is heard from the beginning. This is not a stand-alone episode, even for one familiar with the characters. I found myself, in the first hour of the listen, trying to remember who/what/where/when/why. A bit distracting, but easily overcome as memory returned and the delight of the story unfolded.

    The narration is gold-standard good; Mr. Dufris is an exceptionally gifted actor and his performance is never stale or disingenuous.

    I can't wait to hear how Dennis Silva will save the universe!

    Kevin

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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