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Roger

Moncton, NB, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1140)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Culture Smulcher"
    Overall

    I have to say that I loved the first two installments in the Troy Rising series but "The Hot Gate" left me seriously dissappointed. One can only take so much discussion about the latino / anglo cultural differences which seem take up several hours of this story line. Listen to the first hour and that last 3 hours and you won't miss anything but the frustration of waiting for a story to develope. Praying that book 4 is better,

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: Empires at War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Doug Dandridge
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

    Richard D. Laudenslager says: "Smart, Realistic Military Science Fiction"
    "Huge potential...but..."
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    What did you like best about Exodus? What did you like least?

    Great original story that has a chance to develop into a good series but the story had way too much potato and appears to be saving the meat for book 2.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Introductions of many characters in the story that take up substantial reading time but the characters are never seen again. Likely for future books in the series but when one of the few and short action sequences do occur the characters involved are totally new.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best scene was actually the free preview on the Audible website of the actual exodus from Earth. The book itself is all character development for (I'm assuming) future books is the series.


    Did Exodus inspire you to do anything?

    Yes...wish for a better conclusion. This book DOES NOT stand on it's own and requires you to get book 2 which I may purchase if it is released soon. If they wait too long I'll likely totally forget about the series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to write a series then (in my humble opinion) the first book should leave you fulfilled enough to WANT more in the series and not left hanging and furious at the author for putting out a work that far from complete. The narration by Finn Stirling was first rate and I look forward to listening to more of his work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HAB 12: A Scrapyard Ship Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Wayne McGinnis
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Captain Jason Reynolds faces new challenges, not only on Earth but from the far side of the universe as well. The only way to stop the Craing this time will be to square off with them on their home turf. Jason's been informed that three powerful Craing warships, having similar technology as the Lilly, will soon be en route to Earth. The Alliance must destroy the Craing's wormhole means of distant space travel to avert Earth's total annihilation. Unfortunately, there's no way to reach the Craing worlds in time, at least not through conventional means.

    Joy says: "Wait for the entire series to come out"
    "Potential is there but no recomendation."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really wanted to like this book (series) but after finishing Scrapyard Ship and Hab 12 I simply can't recommend them. Simply put the story has way too many improbable if not impossible scenarios in quick succession with last second rescues or eureka moments.


    What could Mark Wayne McGinnis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I liked the original tech and weaponry introduced in this series but it was too overwhelming in it's implementation. Also it became too predictable with the realization that EVERYTHING discovered or that was brought up in a conversation became fact much too soon.


    What aspect of L. J. Ganser’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing wrong with the performance at all. Probably the only reason I actually finished the books. But I won't be finishing the series.


    What character would you cut from HAB 12?

    Easy choice...Alice ! Obvious story padding or a marketing character if the books are ever made into a movie. Highly unlikely!


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (685)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "I must have missed the boat."
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    What would have made Terms of Enlistment better?

    A bit too much character development and not enough meat to the story.


    Has Terms of Enlistment turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not from the genre...but Mr Kloos needs to bring more to plate. This book feels like Kloos wants to write a series but I think a series needs to have a great beginning to draw you in and Terms of Enlistment is moderate at best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end...so I could go on with my life or a new book.


    Any additional comments?

    Luke Daniels performance was the best part of the book. A lesser performance and I likely would not have finished it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of a Queen: Annihilation, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    The Humans have destroyed 2,000 Alliance Warships and now they are taking the war to the worlds responsible for attempting to destroy Earth. The Alliance still has more than 48,000 Warships but the way things are going, they may not be enough. A new Queen has come to power and her impact on the struggle will be monumental.

    Chuck says: "I just couldn't stomach it."
    "The most fun story I've read in over 40 years!!"
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    What did you love best about The Power of a Queen?

    I simply loved that it was a classic Space Opera story in the old tradition of E.E. "Doc" Smith. I mentioned in a review of the first book that Saxon Andrew writes in the style of Doc Smith and he's impressed me even more with The Power Of A Queen. I'm sure there are many who will nit-pick the writing and find faults here and there but my only complaint is that it was too short and now I have to wait for book 3...hopefully coming SOON. If you just want to enjoy the ADVENTURE and don't want to have to "think" much about "the science" then you'll love this story like I did.


    Have you listened to any of Liam Owen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only previously listened to Liam in the original Annihilation book and I find the for the first 20 minutes or so I'm thinking that I might not like his narration but in both books I quickly got used to his style and even appreciate what he brings to the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No question about it. I couldn't stop until the end and then was very disappointed that it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I'm hoping Audible will jump on this series and get the rest of the books produced sooner rather than later. (Are you reading this Audible???)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Love Conquers All

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    Tag, an exceptional young human living in Central City on the planet Earth, tries to keep his powerful, one-of-a-kind skills undetected by leading an ordinary life and staying under the radar. But one day, on the way home from school, Tag's compassion leads him to make a decision that alters the course of his life - and history.

    Michael says: "Great Scifi Action Audiobook!"
    "E. E. Doc Smith Has Returned"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Purchased this audio book purely on the fact that a couple of previous reviews made comparisons to the E E Doc Smith and his great space adventure books. I wasn't immediately convinced but as the story rolled on it hooked me and now I want more. No hard sci-fi here...just a fun story and high adventure with some original and novel tech to drive the military aspect of the story. I'm now hoping that Audible picks up the rest of Saxon Andrew's works. (C'mon Audible...please make it SOONER and not later.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just a good fun read without the long winded technical crap. Good story that pushed a lot of emotional buttons.


    What about Liam Owen’s performance did you like?

    Took a LITTLE getting used to but overall quite satisfactory and he did add quite a lot to the emotional part of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have to admit that the emotional scenes tugged on the old heart strings harder than most other books I've enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been hoping and praying that another author would come along with the style and sense of adventure that E E Doc Smith displayed in the Lensman series. I know this is only my first Saxon Andrew book but think (at this point at least) he's got a new fan in me!

    2 of 2 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
    (803)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (742)

    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!"
    "Get the whole series!"
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    What did you love best about Homeworld?

    Actually, I hated the ending...BUT I also LOVED the ending. What can I say? It just came out of left field and took me totally by surprise. Really unexpected!! Can't wait for the book 4.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd have to say Weston of course. A real "man's man" in the tradition of the heroes from the books by E E Doc Smith (which I highly recommend).


    Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just books one and two and loved them both.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5142)
    Performance
    (4674)
    Story
    (4726)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "You'll laugh..you'll cry.....I did."
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    If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

    Roller coaster ride


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    A poor comparison, but the only books I can compare A Memory Of Light to would the the mega battle scenes from the Sci-Fi Lensman Series by E.E. Doc Smith where millions of battleships and dreadnoughts would fight to the death with no quarter asked or given.


    Any additional comments?

    An exhausting book that will drive you to the depths of depression then slowly but surely pull you back to the light. The "Final Battle" was just PERFECT.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tony Daniel
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    For alien Commander Arid Ricimer, there was no going home. His species was winning the war with Earth, but the civilization he had fought for was gone, destroyed from within by ideologues and bureaucrats. So he does the only thing that makes sense to a person of integrity—he attempts to defect to Earth with his officers and an entire spaceship, a vessel that mounts a superweapon of almost unimaginable power.

    C. Hartmann says: "Wahhh--Hoooo!!! The real thing. . ."
    "A Bit Disappointing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Guardian of Night the most enjoyable?

    The narration was very well done as I find most of the books from Audible are.


    Any additional comments?

    The story takes place in an interesting universe and I was entertained by the technology that was developed and used. But I'd read this story / plot years ago in a book by Tom Clancy called

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seeds of Earth: Humanity's Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Cobley
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    First contact: the dream that became a nightmare when the first alien life encountered swarmed locust-like through the solar system. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable. With little hope of halting the invading forces, Earth's last, desperate roll of the die was to send out three colony ships - seeds of Earth - to different parts of the galaxy

    A User says: "Just plain BAD"
    "A fun ride ??????????"
    Overall

    A fun ride...NOT ! The only thing entertaining about this book is the ability of the reader to use the various accents to perfection...which is why I give it the single star. Based on the previous review I stuck to this book waiting for an entertaining story that never developed. I'll be avoiding the sequel like the plague.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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