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Nathan

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Glen Bernie, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (911)

    The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

    Conrado says: "Another Great Old Republic novel"
    "As Expected"
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    Story

    Story is unsurprising and a fine listen is you are a Star Wars fan. The narration was good, with each character easily identified. The sound effects and music could get in the way at times, but did add to the story in others.

    I would recommend it for Star Wars fans, but for those just after a good Sci-Fi story I would have to say there are countless better options.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (691)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "A tiny piece of a pandemic"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you enjoy post apocalyptic, end of days, global catastrophe titles, this one might leave you a little disappointed. It is a close look at how one family man in the American suburbs deals with a global pandemic on a local scale.

    The story if decent and his struggles are well told. The way the story unfolds is fairly predictable and does not really provide much in the way of twists, truly desperate situations or heartbreak. It pretty much happens as you would expect with an american hero protecting his family.

    There is little to no content on the pandemic at the global scale, and I am not sure it would have added much to the story even if there was.

    If you really like the genre and there is nothing else about give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    A new queen has usurped the throne and is leading Cenaria into disaster. The country has become a broken realm with a threadbare army, little food, and no hope. Kylar Stern plans to reinstate his closest friend Logan as King, but can he really get away with murder? In the north, the Godking’s death has thrown Khalidor into civil war. To gain the upper hand, one faction attempts to raise the goddess Khali herself. But they are playing with volatile powers, and trigger conflict on a vast scale.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Night Angel is brilliant!"
    "A good end to a a good series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    With some time between the second and third books in the Night Angel trilogy I was quickly able to pick back up the story and the characters. Brent Weeks increases the pace and action in the third book as there was a lot that had to happen to tie up the overarching story lines. Some of it does feel like it is rushed and could have benefited with more time to expand upon.

    The conclusion is however satisfying. There is certainly enough left unsaid to create opportunities for future expansion on this setting but there is no glaringly unanswered questions or disappointment.

    The narration is well done, easy to listen to with good character definition.

    The Night Angel trilogy was enjoyable and surprisingly epic in the final chapter if a bit rushed. I would recommend it if you are looking for some decent Fantasy to add to your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (240)

    Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet; they will take the luxurious gaming house, The Sinspire, for all of its countless riches.No-one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.

    Joshua says: "Fantastic Read/Listen"
    "Double Wow!"
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    I said Wow when I finished The Lies of Locke Lamora and now we add Pirates! Double Wow.

    Scott Lynch has continued his fantastic series with more characters to love and hate, more intrigue, more cunning and layers of deception, more twists and turns and more heartbreak. Locke and Jean are working a long con in a new land and are thrown into a tangle of intrigues from various counter aligned powers with third parties throwing spanners into the gears at every turn. The book builds and builds then comes to a painful but satisfying, neat but open ending. A perfect set-up for the next book that leaves you satiated until then.

    Once again Michael Page is fantastic, He picks up the returning characters like the last book never ended and the new are diverse and well read. Pages' Locke just oozes with self pity, it drips from your headphones right into your ears.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (351)

    They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

    Tracey says: "Very Entertaining!"
    "Unexpectedley awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow.

    That would be the best way to describe what i thought of this book when I had finished it. Never read or listened to a Scott Lynch book before and never heard Michael Page's narration. They both are in my stable of favourites now.

    To the book itself. The story is told in a present with flashbacks style which actually took some getting used to at first but by the end made the story work perfectly. It is filled with fantastic characters, richly developed and full of their own flaws. Threads of story lines are sewn throughout and add great promise for future titles in the series.

    The violence like the colourful language is brutal but used exactly as much as needed. While it makes this a book not to be listened to with your children in the car, every bit of it makes the story better.

    The narration is superb. Accents, character identity, emotion you can feel and perfect consistency. I've not heard such a fantastic range of completely unique voices since Steven Pacey in Joe Abercrombie's First Law series. A definite hats off to Michael Page.

    I eagerly look forward to Red Seas under Red Skies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4820)
    Performance
    (3333)
    Story
    (3368)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "Decent, but unremarkable."
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    The story has promise, a never ending war and a warrior from the past brought back to lead an armies last ditch effort. However I can only describe it as hard to listen to. The main characters reluctance is driven home again and again and not a lot actually occurs as far as driving the storyline for the length of the book, I felt every minute of it. The space combat is also passable, neither action packed and nail biting or detailed and interesting.

    I will come back to the series if there is nothing else available. However I would recommend the Honor Harrington series, Early Vorkosigan series, The Expanse amongst many others over the Lost Fleet at this point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: The Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful. This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

    Andy says: "Best Dresden book yet!"
    "Will not disappoint"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jim Butcher delivers another fantastic Dresden file. This book completes brings a couple of long story arcs to a satisfying and in some cases surprising close, only to throw a few more spanners in the works and leave us eagerly anticipating the next chapter.

    There is some excellent character development with moments to both cringe and cheer for our favourite good guys. Plus plenty of Dresden wit and very up to date pop culture references to keep us amused, one in particular almost groan worthy but both hilarious and uplifting at the same time.

    As always five stars for James Masters narration. Flawless character definition, comedic timing and every emotion where it should be.

    The only flaw is the time we will now have to wait for the story to continue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (849)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "What would they do without Groats!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    An entertaining misadventrue with everyone's favorite cuz Ivan. If you have any fears for a Vorkosigan novel without Mile's as the protaganist then allay them. Ivan makes for a good lead character and his development in this story is both entertaining and satisfying.

    With comic relief from Byerly and even Simon the story unfolds with in classiv style with plenty of questions and ah ha, moments. Finished off with a very satisfying conslusion, there is little not to like about this book for any Vorkosigan fan.

    As always Grover Gardner re-affrims his place as my favorite narrator, giving a performance without failing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Zati says: "Fun and Twisted"
    "Great from start to finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great new cast of characters along with some familiar names. Things kick off right from the start and keep pace righ to the end. Great characters, well developed and in Abercrombies style often put to beffitting or undeserved ends.

    Once again Steven Pacey puts in a flawless performance, every character unique and he hits every whispered, whimppered, croaked, shouted and stranggled line without fail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (575)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Interesting, Informative and Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The methods discussed in this book are interesting, well explained and may just work. The examples presented are in some cases amazing, others outrageous and more often than not amusing.

    The narration is very good, clear and read with an enthusiasm to make this work of non-fiction enjoyable to listen too and not a chore.

    Well worth listening too

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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