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Philip

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  • Tropic of Serpents: Memoir by Lady Trent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marie Brennan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp wyrms of the tropics. The expedition is not an easy one....

    Philip says: "A romp in make believe world you believe there was"
    "A romp in make believe world you believe there was"
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    I loved the first book in this series, "A Natural History of Dragons". I love this one perhaps even more. Set in a world similar to Victorian England but not quite with Dragons and manners. What fun with the irrepressible Lady Trent leading the way into the modern age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Never Sleeps

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    For four thousand years, the Guardships have ruled Canon Space - immortal ships with an immortal crew, dealing swiftly and harshly with any mercantile houses or alien races that threaten the status quo.But now the House Tregesser has an edge: a force from outside Canon Space offers them the resources to throw off Guardship rule.

    Philip says: "Wonderful book ruined by bad narrator"
    "Wonderful book ruined by bad narrator"
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    This is a very interesting world and it is a pity it is a stand alone. I enjoyed the story and the rich universe Cook created. The narration is another matter. I do not know what would make anyone think overly heavy accents (and not good ones at that) would be a good idea. If you can stand it this book is worth the listen. If I had it to do over I'd have bought the paper version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

    Martin Coughlan says: "Highly enjoyable Sci-Fi Series"
    "Epic Failure"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What do you get when you add cyborg warriors, evil intelligent blood thirsty aliens, first contact (that really second contact), human romance and cat creatures with physic powers? A massive mess with a disjointed narrative. I couldn't even finish the first book .

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Decisive Battles of World History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.

    Ken Mitchell says: "Excellent survey of decisive battles in history"
    "A great quick look at the history of the world"
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    This was a nice survey of the history of warfare. I am ready for some more detailed examination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • StarFire: Vince Lombard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Lee
    • Narrated By Jason Brenizer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status.

    Douglas says: "Great Story--Well Read!"
    "Just OK at best"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you are looking for a great book, keep looking. This is just OK if you are looking for some light weight filler.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (516)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "Madness, Ruin and Death"
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    This War was the result of a lack of imagination or at least the inability to recognize that the world had changed. Had any of the principle actors recognized this it would have been a very short war and a very different world when it was over. Would it have been better? Who is to say but many of the millions who died would have live and given a chance to contribute. Every world leader should find this and The Guns of August on a mandatory reading list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert L. O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    For fans of Victor Davis Hanson, Donald Kagan, and Barry Strauss comes a rich, sweeping account of the most imitated---and vicious---battle in history.

    Douglas says: "Hannibal's Legacy"
    "So much more than just another story about fools"
    Overall
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    This book explains not only the what but also the why and then what happened next. I couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@"
    "Just the same old thing again"
    Overall
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    This is a tired concept and not enough different to make it a worthwhile listen.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Her Own Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    Seventeen-year-old Lady Claire Trevelyan, left alone after the Arabian bubble financial disaster claims home and family, now leads the cleverest gang in the London underworld. Between outwitting a rival gang, inventing a device that will net her and her scientist employer worldwide fame, and keeping her mother from marrying her off, she can almost forget that a powerful lord wants to get closer…and if he succeeds, can destroy it all with a single word…

    Mike says: "Great Story, Halting Narration"
    "Lady Claire Trevelyan just keeps getting better"
    Overall
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    The First book started slowly but I took a chance on Book 2 and the Steampunk world opened up and pulled me in. Wow what fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (545)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "Lady Claire Trevelyan captured my imagination"
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    The story starts rather slowly, but give it time and Lady Claire will capture your imagination. At the end of the first book I found I couldn't resist buying the second book. Wow, all of a sudden I was in this Steampunk London.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Remake

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In Remake, Connie Willis explores the timeless themes of emotion and technology, reality and illusion, and the bittersweet place where they intersect to make art. It's the Hollywood of the future, where moviemaking has been computerized and live-action films are a thing of the past. It's a Hollywood where Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe are starring together in A Star Is Born, and if you don't like the ending, you can change it with the stroke of a key. A Hollywood of warmbodies and sim-sex, of drugs and special effects, where anything is possible.

    Aser Tolentino says: "I Don't Even Like Musicals..."
    "Good but a little dated"
    Overall
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    Technology has caught up with the writer to the point that what was very different about the story is common place (almost) so while I liked the story I can't say I'd recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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