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Ron

POLAND, OH, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    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"
    "Spoiled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had difficulty understanding the prose of this work. The author seemed to include too much detail that didn't lend to the story or progression of the story. Details seemed to nag me and I felt disinterested at times.


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

    I enjoyed the imagination in the work. At time I could visualize the world the author wanted to paint for me. However, the author didn't bridge the minor character into the story. It was like listening to two separate works.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mikael Naramore?

    No, but I wish Mikael Naramore would have read the work slower. With the extra annoying details the author added, while being read at a quick pace, didn't help my comprehension of the work.


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

    Yes, because the screen writers would cut out the unnecessary crap.


    Any additional comments?

    Aspartame is bad for you.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1277)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "Solid Follow Up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Solid story. Liked hearing the Syndicate side of the aftermath. Great characters. It's like a planet where everyone is evil and suddenly, as a whole, they all discover kindness in the same month.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1159)

    No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

    Jan says: "He made it home... now what?"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narrator seems to stumble at times but improves. And then I had to use my big words to complete this review. Penis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1952)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1807)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Nathan says: "Loved it!"
    "A great listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good characters and story. The author is responsive on Twitter too. Enjoyed the plot line and action. Plenty of action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (498)

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    Daniel says: "Good story - but"
    "Wanted More"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like a series but this book could have done more than just paint the foundation for the rest. Felt hollow, like looking a tubes of paint and a blank canvas.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Put more story in it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Narrator was good.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Minds: Mortality Doctrine, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it's addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

    Aaron says: "The Maze Runner + Ready Player One + TRON"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Eye of Minds?

    I found the story to be dry and juvenile. The narrator's voice I didn't like. Maybe I'm spoiled on Brent Weeks & Jim Butcher.


    Has The Eye of Minds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Luke Daniels reading it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    none


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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