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Kevin

Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

Herndon, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (426)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Very interesting concept - good performance"
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    This book is one in a series of books by Jack McDevitt that are sort of like a long miniseries, but each book has a definite, independent story. This one has several fascinating twists. I think that the author does not follow through with all the story ends, but it is still a fun story and the ending, while somewhat predictable, is still a bit surprising.

    Worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson’s epic work, “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

    Matthew A. Razzano says: "Great conclusion"
    "The Final Chapter"
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    This is a fitting end to this series. Its a well told story tracing parts of the true Baroque period in the guise of SCI-FI. This series was okay. Some of the books are great, others are a bit slow. Overall, its a fun few of our history told through some interesting characters. Over the course of the books, the fun heros do get somewhat lost in the story. The are very compelling in the first few books and not so compelling in the last.

    But I am glad I read the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2603)
    Performance
    (1647)
    Story
    (1679)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "Its a sequel - but still pretty good"
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    The first book was a great story. This one takes a different slant and tells another interesting story. It is not as compelling as the first, but still holds together. The bad guy is surprising (figuring out who or what it is). The time tombs are still confusing to me - must just be a bit dense for this one.

    Overall a pretty good audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By N. K. Jemisin
    • Narrated By Casaundra Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

    Theresa says: "I enjoyed this audiobook."
    "Interesting Concept, well performed"
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    Story

    I picked this up as one of those books that did well in the SCI-FI award competition. The concept is interesting in that you have immortal beings with great power who have been cast down so to speak to serve a particular human family. This has had the result of stopping wars and disputes due to the overwhelming power of that one family.

    It also brings in infinite corruption and a total lack of human dignity in those rulers. The story goes about how this is all changed by a young woman brought in to be a sacrifice. Its a good story but lacks energy. It spends alot of time with the young woman moping around once it is clear what will happen to her.

    I thought it could have been held together better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1844)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Solid action story, weak on dialogue"
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    This book will keep your attention, the reading is great. The dialogue is a bit like a soap opera at times. The ending is a little on the weak side, but overall pretty interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Currency: Book Seven of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Neal Stephenson, Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (287)

    Daniel Waterhouse finds himself embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows for decades. It is a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint (and closet alchemist) Isaac Newton and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a. Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    Rusty Korhonen says: "Very Keen Indeed!"
    "Exciting adventure"
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    This is one of the better books in the series focusing at how currency came to be the source of the English economy rather then just coin. The book does a great job providing a fun adventure story through the streets of London and Europe while educating one on the politics of the time.

    The reader is great and really brings out the characters - even to the changing age of the characters. Really good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of the Vagabonds: Book Two of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (560)

    A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe - London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer - risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox...and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

    Dale says: "Less Math Fiction, More Action"
    "The Series from the Vagabonds point of view"
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    This story focuses more on Jack and Eliza and their adventures. it covers a different part of society during the same time period. Kind of makes you wonder how we came to be given this part of history. The story is engaging and thought provoking. I find the topic interesting and the reading is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1067)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Good first novel"
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    This is a pretty catching novel of what is a series about a pretty fascinating time in history. While I am not always sure what the point of the book is, the tale is great. The characters kind of flow through life, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. The time period is fascinating and you meet a lot of characters you will see through the rest of the series.

    Great reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon’s Gold: Book Six of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (305)

    The year is 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, where he joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt down a criminal gang attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with "Infernal Devices," or time bombs. Unbeknownst to Daniel, however, Newton has an ulterior motive: to wrest the Solomonic Gold from the control of his arch-enemy, the master counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    Andrew Pollack says: "My favorite in the series so far"
    "Good story - but kind of wanders"
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    This was a quick read covering some interesting tales with all the favorite characters. I did feel the author got a bit distracted in this book. While the story carries well, the historical side kind of wanders and is hard to keep track of.

    The reader was great - I am constantly laughing at some of Jack's antics. Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7220)
    Performance
    (5177)
    Story
    (5208)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "A good finish to a great series"
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    This is a good book to close the series with. Brandon has done a great job with this series and closes out all the loose ends. I loved how he ended the story and how he explained how the world got to the way it was. Pretty inventive ideas.

    Great read and great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gestapo: A History of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jacques Delarue, Mervyn Savill (translator)
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layered history of the force whose work included killing student resisters, establishing Aryan eugenic unions, and implementing the Final Solution.

    Peter OHandley says: "Once read never fogotten!!"
    "Remembering the Gestapo"
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    This is a very good history - if a little dated - of the Gestapo. It was written in the late 40s and early 50s when the allies were still learning about the overall history of the Gestapo. This book really demonstrates the total lack of humanity exercised by the Gestapo (if one needed a reminder). It is disturbing to look around today and see just how close society can get to that level - for very similar reasons. It showed just how much in-fighting there was in the german high command and almost how childish they became - except that this all takes place of the absolute horror they created.

    The reader is very good. Good historical book to read - but we all know it does not have a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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