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Mawson Lakes, South Australia

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 378 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2014

  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "A Sci Fi Harry Potter ?"
    If you could sum up Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Light, historical & entertaining

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cragbridge Hall, Book 1?

    When a character is mauled by a bear in what proves to be a very realistic simulator.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The characters experience with 'driving' the avatar, while climbing into the watchtower.

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

    Almost managed it, an afternoon and the following morning while in the workshop. I actually used this book as a successful sorbet to remove the experience of a less well written and performed novel.

    Any additional comments?

    I'll definitely be following the characters in the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

    Share Faerber says: "love this series, but less politics. more battles"
    "I think this series is done."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would certainly recommend the series upto but not including this installment. The first third of the book dragged on, spelling out the 'evil Solarian plot' as if the readers are intellectually challenged. The overuse of pompous (supposedly 'aristocratic english lords and ladies ?), and the equally distracting ' I'm an incredibly smart engineer, therefore I struggle with proper sentence construction, in a sort of cockney accent'...

    Would you be willing to try another book from David Weber? Why or why not?

    I'll probably give Mr Webber's work a miss for a while, give him a chance to flush this series out of his system and get back to the more raw and tractable style of the first books in this series.Please slow down on the use of tech development that appears itself to run at light speed. Eg. missiles, drives, sensors, etc that are twice as good and twice as fast with a much bigger bang - every few 'months'. I'm sure Moore's law will still be a reasonable guide in our future.

    What aspect of Allyson Johnson’s performance would you have changed?

    As mentioned, the automatic assignment of a pompous accent to anyone remotely related to the royals. I was yanked out of the storyline on several occasions as Allyson used a childish, high pitched, almost sing song voice - claiming that the person delivered the line in a slow, cold and menacing tone...

    Could you see A Rising Thunder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.Condensing the whole series into a movie would be far better.

    Any additional comments?

    Please drop the over the top explanation of the plot to the reader - we're not dumb, we read books for entertainment.Please use discipline when editing the book and reduce the amount of waffle.David has some good ideas for future technology and the interaction of the various worlds. He doesn't overdo the worm holes and even disables the ships from engaging in battle when transiting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Price Honour: Merkiaari Wars, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Only by the grace of God and the use of Nanotechnology were they defeated. The result of that Nanotech? Vipers, a regiment of super soldiers tasked with protecting the Alliance and annihilating the Merki. It was a job they performed with distinction, a job they completed almost two centuries ago. A job that cost them their humanity.

    Trip Williams says: "Much Better!"
    "Kiddie story"
    What would have made What Price Honour better?

    The characters lines are from the 1950's and attempts to render emotions are childish and one dimensional. Writing lines spoken by characters in this century let a lone the next would improve it immeasurably.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark E. Cooper again?

    No. I listened to the first book in the series and can't make it past chapter 2 in the second book. It's just severely irritating on several levels - and I was welding at the time - still boring !

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators rhythm is more suitable to a goldilocks and the three bears genre and emphases were just wrong. His voice is also not strong or agile enough.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line was OK for a Mil/SciFi book and with decent editing and narration could have been entertaining.

    Any additional comments?

    I think this material would be suitable for 10 years old and younger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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