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Ronald

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  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1136)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Brooke says: "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    "Adult Fantasy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend to adults. A lot of the material is just too intense and too dark for younger audiences. However, the story and characters are really interesting. There is a juxtaposition between the sexual naivety of the main two male characters and the hard edges of most everyone else


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kylar and Logan - for different reasons. There possibly could have been a bit character development, but I am looking forward to Book 3. As for the characters, they are both coming of age. It is fascinating to watch these men come of age in such a rotten set of conditions.


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

    Yes. I thought Boehmer's performance was terrific. Full marks.


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

    I was surprised by some touching moments late in the book - did not expect that emotional reaction. Some funny moments, but not meant to be an overly humerous book.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely recommend this book for fans of sword and sorcery. This is one of the better series, on rough par with Joe Abercrombie or Patrick Rothfuss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (276)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "Solid Thriller with Some Interesting Plot Twists"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostage to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed a number of characters - the brothers and the main character weer all interesting.


    What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Good narrator. Would definitely purchase audiobooks that he narrates.


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

    No - too long.

    But this was hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun book. Felt like two stories distilled into one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Honor: A Fenris Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    AD 2457. The longest space voyage in history has begun: 230 light years from a ravaged Earth to the pristine star system of New Eden - a beacon of hope following the Doom Star days. Aboard the ship are human colonizers, the Space Navy, fierce “Monitors” once bred to fight Cyborgs, and four “Specials” - humans with psionic abilities, capable of ripping holes in space to jump vast distances.

    Connor says: "Telepathics in Space!"
    "Satisfying Military Sci-Fi"
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    Would you listen to Alien Honor again? Why?

    Again? No. But I am ready to get Book 2 of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The POV of the main character was interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firestar: Firestar Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble. Public schools breed apathy and ignorance, and politics has become the art of the quick fix. There is one woman, though, who has both the vision and the money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, is determined to bring America, and the rest of the world, back on track. She founds an educational subsidiary in hopes of raising a new, less cynical generation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Slow Rise"
    "In a word - Tedious"
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    What did you like best about Firestar? What did you like least?

    Trouble identifying with the main characters. Very long and boring.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Flynn? Why or why not?

    I will inquire, but not at the top of my list right now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whiskey Rebels

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    At his most desperate moment, Ethan Saunders is recruited to find his ex-fiancée's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her Revolutionary War veteran husband distill whiskey on the western Pennsylvania frontier. As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.

    Lulu says: "In My Top 10 - Maybe Top 5 At Audible"
    "A Great Historical Novel"
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    If you could sum up The Whiskey Rebels in three words, what would they be?

    This is a wonderful story of the late 1700s Philadelphia - after the American Revolution. Took me an hour or two of listening before I really started to enjoy the novel. The author wrote his characters with language of the time; it takes a bit of time to adapt my own listening style. Liss is a terrific author with a sly sense of humor. I am moving on to the Coffee Traders.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The two main characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Delta

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Tony Park
    • Narrated By Mark Davis
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    After a failed assassination attempt on the president of Zimbabwe, ex-soldier-turned-mercenary Sonja Kurtz is on the run and heads for her only place of refuge, the Okavango Delta in the heart of Botswana. She's looking to rekindle a romance with her childhood sweetheart, safari camp manager Sterling Smith, and desperately wants a fresh start and to leave her perilous warrior lifestyle behind. But Sonja discovers her beloved Delta is on the brink of destruction. Soon Sonja finds herself caught in a deadly web of intrigue....

    Lia says: "Amazing book"
    "Another Terrific Tony Park Novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In a heartbeat. Park brings Southern Africa alive with his storytelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Generally, the setting. Southern Africa seems so exotic, with wild animals and people from a wide mix of backgrounds.


    What about Mark Davis’s performance did you like?

    Perfect narrator for Tony Park


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

    No - too long. But very hard to put down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds"
    "Not my favorite work by Reynolds"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend other Alastar Reynolds books over this one. The Revelation Space series is terrific. In comparison, this was only so-so.


    Would you recommend Blue Remembered Earth to your friends? Why or why not?

    Same question - same answer.

    I would recommend other Alastar Reynolds books over this one. The Revelation Space series is terrific. In comparison, this was only so-so.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful African accents. She was the most enjoyable part of this audiobook. I was not surprised to learn she is also an actor.


    Could you see Blue Remembered Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was good. However, Reynolds has a lot of books that are near great to great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5708)
    Performance
    (5442)
    Story
    (5455)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Great Book That Could Have Been 1/3 Shorter"
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    What made the experience of listening to Words of Radiance the most enjoyable?

    Sanderson has writing style that is enjoyable, and Kramer/Reading are terrific narrators.


    What other book might you compare Words of Radiance to and why?

    One cannot help but think about the final few WOT volumes.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are great narrators - an experienced team, and they deliver the goods.


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

    LOL - no. Book is around 48 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that the story could have been tighter. The book was too long, and some better editing could have cut out 8 to 16 hours. I enjoy a good long book, but the filler stuff can be a bit irritating. This was the only reason I did not give the book 5 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Like a Mighty Army: Safehold, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (417)

    For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

    Roy J. Meek says: "A long suffering reader ploughs on"
    "7th Book of What Should Have Been a Trilogy"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would have combined with past four books into one. I will give Weber credit - this book is the best of the past four. However, the series has frustrated me for some time because the author is more interested in long discussions of weapons technology and political machinations over plot advancement. It has been clear for some time how the Safeholdian War is going to end (Its been crystal clear since book 2 or 3). So let's get on with the super-extended appetizer and move onto the buffet - The ultimate fight with the Gbaba. I actually like the technology discussions; however, it has felt like the plot has been on hold for a long, long time. Weber - time to bring it home in Book 8.


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

    Nimue returning to the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Merlin bringing back Nimue.


    Could you see Like a Mighty Army being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hmmm, maybe not.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator is terrific. I believe that Wyman has done the entire Satehold Series. He is top-notch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    Sarah says: "A good educational course on the British Empire"
    "British imperial history for Americans"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would for someone interested in history


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that each of the lectures were generally around 30 minutes. Each lecture was well organized and presented in an easy to understand manner.


    What does Professor Patrick N. Allitt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does bring to life many interesting topics, such as Britain's various colonial occupations of India, Australia, the US, Canada, Egypt and the Middle East, South Africa, West Indies. The more modern chapters were particularly compelling, particularly how Britain ultimately dissolved the empire in India/Pakistan and Israel/Jordan/Palestine/Egypt.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, but the chapters most interesting were on Africa - Boer War, finding Dr. Livingston, Egypt.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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