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Tripp Southern

I work from home and to prevent cabin fever I walk my dog for hours each day, listening to audiobooks.

Southeastern USA | Member Since 2010

  • 8 reviews
  • 128 ratings
  • 420 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014

  • The Departure: The Owner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Neal Asher
    • Narrated By Steve West, John Mawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need 12 billion to die before Earth can be stabilised. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanised overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level. This is the world Alan Saul wakes to.

    Cody says: "Neal Asher Delivers Again"
    "Asher is a lazy writer"

    Too much "Deus ex machina". Still, enjoyable in a average manner. I won't ask for my credits back but I would recommend you find one of the thousands of better authors out there before you dredge the middle of the "acceptable" barrel.

    One complaint is that this and the second in the "series" are really one book. For a book to truly be one of a series, at least when said books are written by real writers and not hacks, there must be at the minimum, some kind of proper ending. Nope, not here. Be prepared to buy the second one if you want closure.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "I can't stop thinking about this book"

    I've always judged a good book as one that I enjoy reading and a great book as one that I can't stop thinking about once I've finished it. Two weeks out from finish and there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about something from Matterhorn.

    It was tough getting through the first one or two chapters. I found the author's style clumsy and thought the protagonist a bit two dimensional. Heck, there were even times when I felt I was being whacked with an allegory stick. But that was just ME being lazy. once I slowed down and read (listened) I was engrossed.

    I want to say so much more need to read it yourself. I will say this thought. If like me, at the end of chapter one you think you don't like Matterhorn, don't stop. The journey may appear arduous and arbitrary and some of the characters a bit simple, but it was, sometimes is and many, many are. Stop looking for meaning in everything and just solider on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sparrow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By David Colacci

    Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

    yvette hatfield says: "Far fetched book but good summer listen."
    "This book is NOT as smart as it thinks it is"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who would enjoy it. I imagine someone who doesn't much care about the past. Not ancient history, but like hours or days in the ago, back when they read the first two-thirds of The Sparrow, when it was a (flawed sure but enjoyable) different book, than last third.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Doria Russell again?


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Colacci’s performances?


    What character would you cut from The Sparrow?

    Not worth the effort to even consider

    Any additional comments?

    After finishing this book I feel like I was...ummm...violated. If I wanted to listen to several hours of thinly veiled racism, classism, uninformed opinions and blind praise of religion I'd gone to my parents house for the 4th of July.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hale
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Learning of Bruno's ability to speak, Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges.

    Casey says: "Prepare To Be Dazzled!"
    "Repetitive and Disturbing"

    I am no prude, believe me. Nor am I some wingnut who comes to a place like this hoping to be offended. Why do I even feel compelled to defend myself? Well, this is why; I was greatly disturbed/disgusted/sickened by this book. Not just once or twice, but many times. They say that nothing can be unseen. I???d like to add that nothing can be unread either. And how I wish I could ???unread??? the first 1/3 of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Well written overview of a complex topic"

    This book, while a "high-level" view of the topic that does tend to over-generalize and over-emotionalize at times, is well written. The author is an well-respected therapist and her anecdotes should be viewed more as field notes from the front lines than as the end-all/be-all on the topic of sociopaths. Personally, I never felt the author was implying anything to the contrary.

    Enjoyable, informative and well written; I've listened to several chapters more than once, and I can't say that about many of my Audible purchases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "I did not enjoy this book"

    I did not enjoy this book, though I finished it at least. The characters were the issue, poorly developed with not a redeeming quality between them. The story would sway from tedious slogging detail about the most mundane topics, and then blow through interesting bits in a paragraph or two.

    I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton's "universe" and have devoured them all. I guess I was hoping for something of that quality with this series. Alas, no.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Deepness in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    Amen-Ra says: "A science fiction classic"
    "Much, much better than 'A Fire Upon the Deep'"

    I enjoyed the first book, ''A Fire Upon the Deep'. It was okay. But this is a masterpiece. I did not want it to end. I don't want to give anything away, but if you read the first book and thought, like me, that you really didn't care for more of the same, don't worry, this isn't. Pham is the man!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney

    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    "Not really about Collapsing Societies"

    It should have been called "Collapse of some Pacific Islands and the Deforestation of a handful of other Places". That would be a much more descriptive title, but one less likely to sell books. I certainly would not have wasted the money on it if that had been it. Diamond really "phoned it in" on this one, which is sad. He is a real talent, or has been in the past, but this book is not in the class of "Guns, Germs and Steel".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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