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Terryn

I like Star Wars, Foundation series, Redwall Series, Bloody Jack series, and westerns for fiction. In nonfiction, I like books about Catholic theology, American history and government, and economics.

Middletown, Connecticut United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1532)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Mike Naka says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Great prequel to The Phantom Menace"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. The story was great. It gave a lot of background to what happened in Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, but it was also a great story in itself. It was interesting to hear the story told with the Sith being the main protagonists, to see what their motivations are. Although the book is titled "Darth Plagueis", it is really about both Plagueis and Sidious. It shows how Plagueis became a Sith Lord, how he tried to unlock the secrets of life (which is important in Episode 3), and how he recruited Palpatine to be his apprentice. It shows why Naboo and Tatooine were critical in Sith plot. I highly recommend it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    Memorable moments were when Plagueis met Palpatine, when Palpatine feel to the dark side, and when Plagueis was surprised by events even though he thought he had everything under control.


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

    This is my first Daniel Davis performance, and I thought it was excellent. Of course, Lucasfilm does a good job on all the Star Wars audio.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Episode 0: The Dark Side Emerges


    Any additional comments?

    I think George Lucas should make a movie from this book. I don't understand why he hasn't made any more movies given the volume of expanded universe books. He runs the risk of the general public "moving on" and forgetting about Star Wars. This would make a great "Episode 0" because of its tie to the prequel movies. Then he should make films from Zahn's Outbound Flight and Thrawn trilogy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (882)

    Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly.

    Terri says: "Clan of the Cave Bear"
    "Very enjoyable book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Clan of the Cave Bear the most enjoyable?

    I found this book to be very enjoyable mostly because the author spent a lot of time in the minds of the characters, going through their thoughts and inner debates. I find this very interesting in a story. For example, I enjoyed the novelization of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith much better than the movie (which still was good) because it got into Anakin's head. In this book, you can really see what Ayla and the other characters are thinking, and that makes me bond with them more. I also liked the time spent just explaining how the people of this prehistoric time lived. I found it fascinating.


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    Ayla, of course, is the heroine, and so I liked her the best. But I also liked Creb and Brun. They were both honest and virtuous. (I don't know if I spelled the names right, because I only know them from listening.)


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely plan on reading the other books in this series. This was a fairly long book, and so it took me about 3 weeks driving back and forth to work to get through it. When it was over, I found I missed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Scott Hahn
    • Narrated By Paul Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    In A Father Who Keeps His Promises, the popular Catholic apologist Scott Hahn focuses on the “big picture” of Scripture: God’s plan in making and keeping covenants with us throughout salvation history—despite our faults and shortcomings—so that we might live as the family of God.

    William says: "Uplifting"
    "Good introduction to the Old Testament"
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    What did you love best about A Father Who Keeps His Promises?

    Scott Hahn introduces the Old Testament by pointing out how it is the story of God's creation of man, his promise of salvation, and how despite man constantly straying from God through sin and infidelity, God always keeps his promise to man and stays with him.


    What other book might you compare A Father Who Keeps His Promises to and why?

    If you like this book, you will also like Peter Kreeft's "You Too Can Read The Bible". This book (Hahn's) focuses more on the beginning of the Bible and goes deeper here. Kreeft's book gives a brief overview of just about every book in the Bible, but not in as much detail. Both reveal underlying themes that made the Bible more understandable and meaningful to me, showing how history is really "His Story", the story of God's love for man, His invitation to eternal life, and what happens when we go astray.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would make an excellent companion to a Bible study on Genesis, Exodus, and some of the early books of the Bible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

    Michael Kellogg says: "Fascinating and informative"
    "Enlightening history"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook. It gives plenty of examples of how the Catholic Church really changed the world. I am fairly well-read on Church history, but this book went deeper than my previous studies have and I learned quite a bit. In particular, the section on how the Church in Spain built the foundations for international law in response to the exploration of the Americas was fascinating. Popular culture today can't get beyond the Inquisition, which it blows out of proportion. This book shows how the Church actually built the ideas that eventually led to the idea of inalienable rights. It also shows how the Church developed economic ideas that led to modern Western economic freedom. This is a scholarly work that educates and debunks many myths.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael A. Stackpole
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    The alien Yuuzhan Vong have launched an attack on the worlds of the Outer Rim. They are merciless and they stand utterly outside the Force. Even the Jedi are rendered helpless by this impervious foe, and their solidarity has begun to unravel. While Luke struggles to keep the Jedi together, Knights Jacen Solo and Corran Horn set off on a reconnaissance mission to the planet Garqi. There they uncover a secret that might be used to undermine the enemy - if only they can stay alive long enough to use it!

    Chris says: ":-)"
    "Fairly good story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Star Wars. It continues the NJO series and finishes the Dark Tide duology.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have changed the wrap-up after the climax of the story. The wrap-up as written was unsatisfying, and disappointing after the good ending of the climax.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    Corran Horn is the star of this novel.


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

    This book showed the Jedi gaining some ground. it also showed the foolishness of trying to make premature peace with a warrior culture.


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILER ALERT:

    I thought the introduction of the spores was an ingenious way to give the New Republic an upper hand over the Vong, but this storyline just dies in this novel. I also thought it strange that Corran Horn defeats his enemy, yet instead of getting a hero's welcome he is blamed for the Vong's deceit. I found this unsatisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Michael A. Stackpole
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    It is a perilous time for the New Republic. Just when unity is needed most, mistrust is on the rise. Even the Jedi feel the strain, as rogue elements rebel against Luke's leadership. When alien invaders known as the Yunnan Vong strike without warning, the New Republic is thrown on the defensive. Merciless warriors, the Yunnan Vong glory in torture. Their technology is as strange as it is deadly. Most ominous of all, they are impervious to the Force.

    James says: "3 Hours of tine spent not bad but not great"
    "Good continuation of the NJO series"
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    If you could sum up Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

    Classic moral myth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anakin was my favorite character. He is being shaped to be the best Jedi of his generation.


    What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection, tone, and exclamations bring the story to life. Anthony Heald has narrated several SW books, and I became familiar with his style. He was like an old friend telling a story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book brings us deeper into the world of the Yuuzhan Vong. We begin to learn more about their culture, and how different it is from that of the New Republic. They seem very powerful and cruel, verging on the sadistic. But we see signs that they are not invincible. This is part 1 of a duology within the NJO series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    As the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim. An enemy appears from outside known space, bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen. Suddenly, Luke, Mara, Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, along with their children, are thrust again into battle. But this time, all their courage, sacrifice, and even the power of the Force itself, may not be enough.

    Temporal Singularity says: "Anthony Heald's reading is slow torture."
    "The Start of a Different Kind of Star Wars Saga"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book starts a new series for Star Wars. It is a long series, about 18 books long. It begins with a novel idea: The SW galaxy is invaded by beings from another galaxy, the Youzhon Vong, who have a militaristic culture. They shun technology and have managed to develop, or "shape", living things to do what humans use machines for. They consider the inhabitants of the SW galaxy to be infidels who are only fit to be enslaved or sacrificed to their gods.

    This book introduces the series. It has the first invasion and encounter with the Vong, who appear to be very powerful. It is an engaging story, but SW will suffer a great loss in this story. It is clearly a set-up story and leaves a lot of loose ends. It is good to have read the prior post-Return of the Jedi stories to really understand the Jedi personalities in this series.

    A few words about the series. This is different from prior stories. It is decidely darker in tone. Also, because the series is so long, the pace within each story is slow regarding resolving the long term thread of the Vong invasion. There are multiple authors, and so the writing is uneven. Some stories are great but others are so-so. There are also some inconsistencies where one author seems to be bringing the story in one direction and then the next ignores some of that and goes in another direction. There certainly could have been better coordination among the authors.

    If you love SW, you should read this series. But be warned, these stories are darker, and in certain of the stories you will want to throw your iPod at the wall and you will swear you want to quit SW forever. Stick with it. There are good stories here. True, I would have advanced SW in a different direction after Zahn's "Hand of Thrawn" duology, but no one asked me for my opinion. If you want SW, this is where it is at.

    As time permits I will review each story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9142)
    Performance
    (7217)
    Story
    (7254)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Great story about the triumph of the human spirit"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Hans. He was very kind to all, especially Leisel. Even in the face of great danger, as he takes in and hides a Jewish man.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story about the triumph of the human spirit. It takes place in Nazi Germany. It follows the story of Leisel, a little girl who has lost her brother and father, and whose mother gives her up to foster care. Hans and Rosa take her in and give her a humble but loving home. It describes how they survive in increasing Nazi-ized Germany. Even as German citizens they feel Hitler's oppression. This is a well-written book, with some very emotional scenes in it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Platonic Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Peter Kreeft
    • Narrated By Peter Kreeft
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    This engaging course of lectures begins by providing a detailed and accurate overview of Plato's philosophy and it's central idea - the idea of a transcendent reality that has popularly become known as the theory of the Forms. Professor Kreeft then takes us on a concise journey through Western Philosophical history to show how that central idea - the theory of forms - has either been built upon or reacted to by philosophers ever since.

    criticaltom says: "intellectual dynamite"
    "Great overview of Plato and later philosophers"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Platonic Tradition to be better than the print version?

    The audio version worked for me because I could listen to it in the car while driving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Platonic Tradition?

    I thought this was a great book, but then again I have read several of Peter Kreeft's books and they are all great. I can honestly say that no author has had a greater impact on my thinking than Professor Kreeft.

    This book gives a great overview of Plato, and it also touches on Socrates and Aristotle. It explains Plato's philosophy and how he was influenced by Socrates, who was his mentor. The book goes on to discuss how other ancient philosophers, including Jesus, had similarities to Plato. Kreeft shows how Christianity is both faithful and reasonable, and how Plato's philosophy fits into it.

    He also discusses later philosophers, many of whom have positions that are not consistent with Plato. I think Kreeft lays out a strong case for the truth of much of ancient Greek philosophy, and how it is one of the pillars of Western Civilization.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in philosophy or theology, or even current affairs, you will find this to be an interesting and enjoyable book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darksaber

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, cloaked by the Force and riding with the hostile Sand People, have returned to the dunes of the desert planet Tatooine in hopes of finding what Luke so desperately seeks: contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke is hoping the old Jedi Knight's spirit will tell him how to help his love, Callista, regain her lost ability to use the Force.

    Terryn says: "The Return of Admiral Daala"
    "The Return of Admiral Daala"
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    What did you love best about Star Wars?

    This book was a continuation of the Callista/Luke love story, as well as a follow-up from Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy. I liked the Admiral Daala character from that trilogy, so I was glad to see her return. She is just so evil and mean. I also liked that Captain Pelleaon appeared, as he was Thrawn's number 2 in the Heir trilogy and is the Grand Admiral in the Hand Duology. This explains some of the inbetween. The Dark Saber was a clever idea, being that it is the opposite of a "light" saber. This was an enjoyable story, although the part at the end is a bit hokey with how powerful the force is. That is a bit inconsistent with the other stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't know if I had one favorite. I liked Daala as an evil admiral, but I liked Callista as a strong woman defending her friends. Kip was his wreckless-in-a-good-way self in this story.

    I have read other reviews where readers only want the movie characters, but I like it when the expanded universe introduces new characters if it is done well. If keeps the stories fresh and opens the possibilities for more storylines.


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

    As a performance, this was fine. I do think the abridgment cut out more than it should have.


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

    See my comments from Children of the Jedi.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I listened to this book. If you like Star Wars, you will like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Children of the Jedi

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Children of the Jedi introduces Callista, a Jedi warrior of long ago who gave her life to foil one of the Empire's darkest plans, a plot to destroy a sanctuary for the families of Jedi knights. The plot involved a dreadnaught, one of the Empire's most devious inventions. Crippled during the war against the Empire, the vessel has drifted through space for years. But now it is slowly reactivating and resuming its inexorable mission. And only Luke Skywalker can feel its evil presence.

    Terryn says: "Luke falls in Love!"
    "Luke falls in Love!"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    I love Star Wars, and so I have read or listened to a lot of the books. I plan to work my way through the rest. In this regard, the audio versions allow me to get through the stories faster.


    If you’ve listened to books by Barbara Hambly before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first Barbara Hambly story I have listened to. It was more of a science fiction book than one of political intrigue. It wasn't my favorite SW book, but I still am glad I listened to it.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    I liked Callista the best. The love that developed between Luke and Callista was the best part of the story.


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

    I don't like to read or listen to a book in one sitting. I like to read a little, reflect, read a little more, and reflect a little more. In this way I savor the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a stand-alone story, but it was also the first book in the unofficial Callista Trilogy. The abridgment was a little severe on this. I wish they had included more details from the print version. But all in all, I am glad I listened to this. The Callista romance was a good story line for Luke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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