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Michael

What an amazing thing a book… to step out of our lives, if just for a moment, to a different world of fantastic new ideas and possibilities.

Riverton, Ut, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1007)

    On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.

    Joki says: "Mixed Bag"
    "And the plot builds!"
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    Evan Currie has really done a lot of great work here. The plot is advancing and moving significantly forward. I really love the way he takes such different technologies and plays them out against each other and the descriptions of the way each technology works is fascinating. I must say I am really enjoying this series and recommend it.

    Great job Evan, keep them coming!

    Audible, great job of finding this series and getting on audio book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Homeworld: Odyssey One, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (834)

    War comes home to the Sol system when the Drasin track a human ship back to Earth, with devastating consequences. Facing massive force of invading alien ships wielding terrible power, the crew of the NAC spacecraft, their allies, and the people of Earth must mount a desperate effort to stop them. Doomed from the start, but with nowhere to retreat, Captain Eric Weston commits his ship to the defense of the human race even as the human outposts in Sol system fall one by one before the unrelenting Drasin onslaught.

    Joki says: "Satisfying End to an ARC - Ready for Book 4!"
    "I’m dying to find out what happens next!"
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    Okay, no messing around! The action is moving along swiftly and, to me, in unexpected ways. If there was one complaint it would be that I have to wait for the next book to be written.

    This series would make an amazing movie! If you haven’t read the first two books, buy all three today and you won’t be disappointed!

    Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1518)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Fantastic beginning of a great new series!"
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    This book took me by surprise. I didn’t know much about it and thought I might as well try it to pass the time while I waited for another Lost Fleet/Lost Stars release. To my pleasant surprise I found myself really getting into this book! There is a strong sense of discovery and stepping into the unknown. The interplay of technologies is fantastic and the story is rich and diverse, full of new concepts that open a whole realm of new possibilities.

    When I finished the book I found myself not only waiting for the new Lost Fleet/Lost Stars books, but for the next in this series as well. (By the way, the next two books are great as well… now I’m just waiting for the 4th!)

    What a great book and a fantastic beginning to a new space series.

    I recommend reading this… and the next…. And the next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (436)

    The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

    Hyacinth says: "The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision."
    "In Iain's own words "What was it all for?""
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    What would have made Consider Phlebas better?

    When I read a book I have an expectation that I would be well entertained, that I may learn some new worthwhile ideas or concepts and if I’m lucky, I may experience a fascinating journey with believable characters that I can relate to. Most of all, I read a book with the expectation that it will be worth the read.

    When the story ended I was astonished that it was over and that it had ended so poorly. There is a section at the end that explains a number of other things after the story ends, which only made it worse. Indeed I was left dismayed that I had listened to the book at all.

    Iain Banks once said in an interview:

    “There's a big war going on in [Consider Phlebas], and various individuals and groups manage to influence its outcome. But even being able to do that doesn't ultimately change things very much. At the book's end, I have a section pointing this out by telling what happened after the war, which was an attempt to pose the question, 'What was it all for?' I guess this approach has to do with my reacting to the cliché of SF's 'lone protagonist.' You know, this idea that a single individual can determine the direction of entire civilizations. It's very, very hard for a lone person to do that. And it sets you thinking what difference, if any, it would have made if Jesus Christ, or Karl Marx or Charles Darwin had never been. We just don't know.”

    From this I understand that the book was written to make a point that most people’s lives don’t really make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. And those that do should truly be admired. To make the book better this could have been shown by using a supporting character and having the protagonist ponder on this idea.


    What was most disappointing about Iain M. Banks’s story?

    I was disappointed by some of the graphic and pointless scenes, the disjointed way the book moved along and at times the completely unrealistic and unexplained changes in a characters behavior and motives. However, the overarching disappointment of this book was the abrupt pointless ending.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading Iain's comments, I at least understand why he wrote the book the way he did and the message he was trying to get across. Unfortunately, at least for me, it left me wondering why I had wasted my time listening to this book.

    If you want a great read, try Evan Currie’s series that starts with “Into the Black: Odyssey One” or the amazing series by Jack Campbel that starts with “The Lost Fleet: Dauntless”

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3113)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2530)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "More Please!"
    Overall

    This book is almost like a new series in the same series. I have really enjoyed the storyline and look forward to see what happens next.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4378)
    Performance
    (2677)
    Story
    (2715)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Excessive language and sexual content"
    Overall

    Great SciFi when you can get to it. The excessive foul language and obsession with sexual content really detracts from the book. I also found myself frustrated with the extensive detail on things that simply don’t matter. At one point I actually yelled out loud while listening “Who cares?!” I would love it if someone would carve out the language, sex and stuffing. Do that and this book would really great SciFi book!

    27 of 75 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (759)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Like a stake with too much fat"
    Overall

    This book was all over the place. It jumps from scene to scene with people you don't know. It has a lot of promise and the background and plots look good, it is just the execution that is bad. I really wish someone else would write this story and cut to the point.

    Also, be warned the language is really bad.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    "A story more therapy then science fiction"
    Overall

    This story had so much potential. Great ideas, and plot, but it seamed to me that the whole story boiled down to a girl coming to grips with being terribly abused. This story may actually help someone who has gone through this, but for me I found it very depressing. I couldn’t even finish it, even with fast forwarding it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Robert Sean Leonard
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Brian says: "the BEST reader EVER, excellent book"
    "Not recomended"
    Overall

    The language was so bad that it was hard to even hear the story through it. I really don’t like bad language, but this wasn’t just a matter of being offended at their choice of words. The language actually got in the way. It was like trying to see through a window with half drawn blinds. Does this author think that every person, including highly educated professionals speak like street gangs? It is disappointing to see an author so ineloquent that they must resort to using such profanity to express their ideas.

    I do not recommend this book. There are many other better written titles to spend your hard earned money on, no to mention you time.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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