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Michael McCarthy

Florida | Member Since 2005

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  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5527)
    Performance
    (3497)
    Story
    (3529)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "A mediocre addition to the genre. Derivative."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about One Second After? What did you like least?

    It was mildly entertaining. However, it was a derivative addition to the genre, retreading over covered ground, adding nothing new except an EMP.

    The main characters were inconsistent: stoic and rational most of the time and then suddenly driven by emotion in the most cliche and predictable ways.


    Would you recommend One Second After to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's entertaining, but not noteworthy. I'd recommend a classic like Lucifer's Hammer instead.


    Could you see One Second After being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not worthy of a movie or series.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Starship: Pirate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    Seeking to find a new life for themselves, Cole and comrades remake the Teddy R. as a pirate ship and set sail for the lawless Inner Frontier. There, powerful warlords, cut-throat pirates, and struggling colonies compete for survival in a game where you rarely get a second chance to learn the rules. But military discipline is poor preparation for a life of pillaging and plundering.

    James says: "It Gets Better"
    "Not for military sci-fi lovers."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Mike Resnick and/or Jonathan Davis and Mike Resnick ?

    I tried the first book in this series. It was the same.

    These books are not for the hard science/military sci-fi lover. Too many things inconsistent with military and hard science sci-fi to be enjoyable for me. I kept getting taken out of the story by things that didn't work. (You can't have FTL travel *and* Newtonian physics applied at the same time to a starship. No naval officer gets command of a ship without knowing anything about how a ship works. You can't be both smarter than everyone else around you AND ignorant of the common things in your area of expertise.) The drama was too melodrama for my tastes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mike Resnick again?

    The writing, in general, was good and I've read other stuff by the author before that I liked. However, after two books from this series, I don't think this is the area of the genre that he should be writing for. It seems like military sci-fi written by someone who doesn't know military sci-fi for people who also don't know hard science military sci-fi.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis and Mike Resnick ’s performances?

    Maybe, but not in this series.


    What character would you cut from Starship: Pirate?

    The Hammerhead is the main villain and I would cut that character. He was so over the top, I kept expecting him to stop, strike a pose, and twirl his mustache.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship: Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (202)

    The date is 1966 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now, and the Republic, created by the human race - but not yet dominated by it - finds itself in an all-out war. They stand against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The main battles are taking place in the Spiral Arm and toward the Core. But far out on the Rim, the Theodore Roosevelt is one of three ships charged with protecting the Phoenix Cluster.

    Eivind says: "Move along, nothing to see here"
    "Not for military sci-fi lovers."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is looking for hard science or military sci-fi.


    Would you recommend Starship to your friends? Why or why not?

    I've read two books of the series, and I wouldn't recommend them to fans of hard science or military sci-fi.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Mike Resnick ’s performance did you like?

    It was satisfactory.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, but I'd watch it on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are not for the hard science/military sci-fi lover. Too many things inconsistent with military and hard science sci-fi to be enjoyable for me. I kept getting taken out of the story by things that didn't work. (You can't have FTL travel *and* Newtonian physics applied at the same time to a starship. No naval officer gets command of a ship without knowing anything about how a ship works. You can't be both smarter than everyone else around you AND ignorant of the common things in your area of expertise.) The drama was too melodrama for my tastes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    SeaDuck says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Satisfactory story, but sub-par narration."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    50/50 recommendation. The story spent more time outside of subs than in them. It was interesting, but not something I couldn't put down.

    I ended up being annoyed by the stiff narration and mispronounced words and that overshadowed the story.


    What didn’t you like about Tom Weiner’s performance?

    Stiff narration and mispronounced words. Narrators should do a little research--especially for books with real places and technical jargon--to get the pronunciations correct. Distracting when it's wrong and disrespectful to the material.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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