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Samuel

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  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (2207)
    Story
    (2216)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Great story, terrible narration."
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    Pretty catchy start to a new series, so thanks in advance to the author. To Mr Sullivan, the narrator, I would recommend a new line of work. You have a very monotone voice, and your delivery is so robotic, it brings to mind my physics lectures in college. It also puts me in mind of text to speech software.

    I can now fully understand why you were only contracted for this one book, not for the rest of the series.

    The truly disappointing thing about this is that you have been working in the books on tape industry for a while now, and your lack of emotion, performance, and interest in your work hasn't been fully discussed... until now.

    To would- be buyers of this book, I would strongly recommend the series and therefore this audio book, but keep in mind to avoid this narrator where possible in the future.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    Sally Howes says: "Great books are the ones that make you THINK"
    "This series has amazing potential"
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    Brandon Sanderson's second book in the Stormlight Archive is a pretty great listen. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a awesome job of bringing the characters to life. I literally was walking around for three and a half days, oblivious to the world. I could NOT put this down.

    There are some minor annoyances with the story, mainly that the 48 hours wasn't enough time, and I really wanted the ending to be a bit less open, but that is likely to be an opinion isolated to myself.

    I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in a compelling drama driven fantasy book. There's heaps of action, and a seasoning of romance (but definitely not a great deal).

    I would also really recommend the first book in the series to give you a grounding of the characters past lives, although this, being incredibly well written may allow readers to jump straight in.

    Good luck and good listening,
    Sam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3405)
    Performance
    (2545)
    Story
    (2553)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Not only a great book, written by a true dude too."
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    Joe has had a massive impact on the fantasy world with his debut trilogy "The First Law"

    The story revolves around some truly interesting and humanized relationships, and the internal reflection and conflict which each of us experiences from time to time. Due to this it is a very easy listen, and despite initial dislike of the characters flaws, you come to admire their determination, courage, and perseverance.

    One of the nice things about the book is the very realistic portrayal of Logan Nine-fingers or "The bloody Nine", in regards to his internalized struggle to remain human in the face of the horrors he perpetrated in the past.

    Many of the twists appear to head one way, but then truly twist into something else, keeping your mind alert to the nuances of the dialogue, and setting.

    Recommend as a Must have for fantasy readers.

    Enjoy. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Discworld: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    In the 'fantasy' universe of the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series, everything runs on magic and common sense. The world is flat and million-to-one chances happen nine times out of ten. Our world seems different - it runs on rules, often rather strange ones. Science is our way of finding out what those rules are. The appeal of Discworld is that it mostly makes sense, in a way that particle physics does not.

    Siri says: "The science"
    "Combines Knowledge Bombs with humor and Discworld"
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    If there is any trilogy I can recommend to a fan of humor, fantasy or Discworld, it would inevitably be the Science of Discworld series.

    Co-written by Pratchett (Narrative) Stewart (Science) and Cohen (Science), The science of Discworld offers an amusing but insightful perspective into our beliefs, our knowledge, and our behaviors.

    One friend of mine described it as the Ketamine of the book world. You begin to analyse yourself for the behaviors mentioned in the book, and to grasp at how ultimate and expansive this universe is.

    Great work of scientific art.

    Enjoy :).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1783)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1030)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "If you like fantasy or want to get into it!"
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    It's the Belgariad.

    Yep.

    So... you haven't heard of it?

    BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! LISTEN TO IT TODAY!!!!!!!

    One of the all time greats of epic fantasy. Includes: gods, men, knights, barbarians, spies, magicians, sorcerers, monsters, daemons, princesses, and an orphaned scullion boy with a strange birthmark on the palm of his hand.

    Please, read this and enjoy it. You may need some $$$, there are five books in the series, and another five in the sequel series.

    If you have a lot of spare time, or are a casual listener, I STRONGLY recommend.

    Enjoy :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sword and Scimitar

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Simon Scarrow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (38)

    Malta, 1565: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation. Amongst those called to assist is disgraced veteran Sir Thomas Barrett. Loyalty and instinct compel him to put the Order above all other concerns, yet his allegiance is divided.

    Thomas says: "Good story of a great moment in history"
    "Not what I expected, but still a good listen."
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    This book starts slow, builds slow, but ends with a bang. The narration is neither great nor terrible. At best, it doesn't interfere with the storytelling, at worst, it can be dry.

    The story isn't particularly intricate, you can predict most of the twists before they occur, but intrigue isn't really why people read Scarrow's novels. The reason fan's do is the action, and the action is up to the usual standard... when it starts.

    There is a brief battle in the prologue, and a few skirmishes here and there to keep narrative momentum, but the final few hours are an addicitve listen.

    You don't bond with the characters like Macro or Cato, but the beginnings of attachment form by the end of the story.

    All in all not great, but still well above average for this genre of fiction.

    Enjoy :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1383)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "A good listen but not Clancy/Telep's finest hour."
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    This book has recieved some pretty negative reviews, mainly due to the apparent shift from Clancy's authorship, but also in part due to another type of story. Whereas in the past the focus of the action has been on the political interplay between organisations of the military industrial system,(with the possible exception of R6 and Without Remorse) this novel focuses on speculation of what a JTF would face if it were played off against a cartel.

    This speculation is inherently weakened by the lack of political motivators for the storyline ( by which I mean the characters unquestioningly following orders to protect the country, and everyone is always on side in the chain of bureaucracy). This causes the flow to be unbroken, with no spectacular twists, divergent goals, nor character motivators for emotional connection to the reader... with the exception of the main character.

    An example of this is that when a secondary character on the good guys team dies, there is little emotional attachment as there was when the Caruso twin's lost Brian, or when Rainbow was ambushed in R6, etc, etc.

    In spite of these inherent story weaknesses, there is a good storyline spinning from the "What if" scenario's developed in the book, and if you give it a chance, and are willing to sit through the seemingly interminable introductory hour and a half of unrelated action and flashbacks of a new character, you will eventually be rewarded by some easter-eggs related to the main Jack Ryan chain of books.

    SO... all in all, a good listen, but not Clancy/Telep's finest hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2238)

    Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears.

    Aser Tolentino says: "There is Still a Need for Black Jack"
    "The lost fleet has found another winner."
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    The Blackjack Geary storyline continues with this latest book in the series, following the fleet past the extreme boundaries of Syndic Space and into the unknown. All in all, great story, great characters, brilliant conflict, and intense pace. The performance doesn't lack one bit.

    Buy this series if you need a new escape.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Weapon: Freehold, Book 2 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Z. Williamson
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, completing training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive. At the peak of his career, he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet: Earth.

    Anthony says: "Sci-Fi action on steroids, but with a story"
    "One of the Sci-Fi Greats"
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    I was first introduced to this series a few years ago by a friend.
    Wow.
    The tenets of the freehold sound like a fantastic way to run things.

    The story starts off with the development of a special forces recruit (development, not training) and proceeds to give an account of his experiences in that field and during the war with earth, his actions, his daughter, and their attempts to escape the over-regulated and incompetent bureaucracy following their attacks.

    Can't wait for someone to make audio-books of the rest of the series.

    A well written, well thought out, and well recieved book which I highly recommend to anyone.

    Thanks mike.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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