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William

Winter Park, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (847)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "A Classic"
    "Must Read Classic"
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    I do not know why it took so long for me to actually listen to this book, as it has been on my "to read" list for decades. It is a wonderful and thoughtful story (3 actually) that asks tough questions and will cause you to rethink your opinions on some weighty matters.

    It is a product of it's time (late 1950's) but is still relevant today. It is a great book to read with a group due to the discussions the book generates. Highly recommend to all!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The First Casualty: Jump Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Michael McConnahie
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth - a planet they’ve never even seen. Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause of the Unity Party - and its ambitious new president. These four soldiers on opposing sides of the battle are about to discover the true nature of this terrible war: a quest for profit - from the high command of both sides. What they will risk is nothing less than their lives. For although truth may be the first casualty of war, it’s not going to be the last….

    Dan says: "Bad Tech"
    "Was lost due to one voice"
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    The reader is awful. Every character has the same voice. Kept getting lost of who was who. Actually could not finish it was so bad, and I have loved all of the other books in this universe. Will stay away from this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (589)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "Other Philip K Dick books much better."
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    Actually the Audible book Blade Runner is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Plot and story full of holes. Not Philip K Dicks best work. Not his worst either, but close. The Movie actually makes the story a must read. Without the movie, the novel alone is mediocre at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Distant Deeps: RCN Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Captain Daniel Leary and his friend, the spy Adele Mundy, have been in the front lines of Cinnabar's struggle against the totalitarian Alliance. Years of war have been hard on Daniel and harder still on Adele, whose life outside information-gathering is a tightrope between despair and deadly violence. Their masters in the RCN and the Republic's intelligence service have sent them to the fringes of human space to relax away from danger. But the barbarians of the outer reaches have their own plans, plans which will bring down both Cinnabar and the Alliance.

    Dan says: "Keep 'Em Coming"
    "Great Story, Bad Audio Edits"
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    I love the RCN series. Can't get enough. However in this story, the audio edits seemed extreme in amounts and audio difference. It kept taking me out of the story. My be best if read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (395)

    There are two sides to any quarrel... unless there are more. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

    David Hurwitz says: "Missing: Honor and Nimitz"
    "Not Honor Harrington, But Still Worth It."
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    Some show that David Weber's latest in the Honorverse is "Honor Harrington Book 14", others just say "Honorverse Novel" (#26?), others say Michelle Henke Series Book #3, Saganami Island Book #3, or Talbott Quadrant Book #3. Why not just add Wages of Sin Book #3?

    Much takes place during the same time period as the last Honor Harrington book "Rising Thunder" (In fact, while reading at the beginning I kept thinking "have I read this already?") and it is a sequel to "Storm of Shadows" .

    Whatever you want to decide, Book 3 or Book 26, like or dislike, it does give more detail and background that I have to assume is preparing for the future of the Talbott Quadrant and the War with the Solarian League and of course Mesa (Mesan Alignment). It seems breaking the story in different series provides clearer story lines for each.

    I loved the book and it made me want to go back and read the other 2 Saganami/Tallbot books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nova War: Shoal, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gary Gibson
    • Narrated By Charlie Norfolk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Dakota and Corso discover not only that the Shoal are caught in an aeons-long conflict with a rival star-faring species, but that the Bandati have resolved to make an alliance with this race by giving them deadly knowledge acquired from the Magi starship; forging an unholy alliance with the Shoal-member Trader. Dakota is determined to stop them - but the destruction of millions of inhabited worlds appears inevitable.

    SciFi Kindle says: "Slow start, strong finish"
    "Starts slow, then more goodness."
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    Listened to the book on Audible. Still love this series. First half of this book was a bit slow due to the introduction of new aliens that played a pivotal part in the story. But at the half way point, it takes off!! On to book 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Light: Shoal, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gary Gibson
    • Narrated By Charlie Norfolk
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes. Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible.

    C. Hartmann says: "Cool character & plot ! Do you like Chase Colpath?"
    "Great Fun!"
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    Stealing Light by Gary Gibson is the first book in The Shoal series. This book is my kind of book. I consumed it eagerly via Audible. Yes, it has it's faults as many other reviewers have noted, but due to the excellent reader (Charlie Norfolk), the book came alive and the faults fall quickly to the background.

    It was fun and full of action. It is like an Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space, Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict and Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Diving Universe book combined!

    Highly recommended as an Audiobook listen!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2304)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Warbreaker - Spoiler Free"
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    This is a difficult to write. I have read almost everything Brandon Sanderson has written and given 4-5 stars for all of them. I have at last come to Warbreaker and was having a lot of trouble getting through it.

    I was about 1/3 of the way through listening to the book on Audible and not only was I having trouble with the story, but the reader. The reader sounded like a very poor imitation of Wil Wheaton, especially when reading the character Lightsong. However, I do try not to let the reader influence the story. So regardless of the poor reader, the first 1/3 of the book was nothing but characters introduced and story of them written in such a way as to explain a magic system. A system so complex and unlike anything else I have read that it actually needed a 1/3 of a book to explain. Thus the characters are not engaging or interesting in anyway other than a “vessel” of learning the magic system.

    This is the first Audible book I have listened to in a long time that I had trouble going back to. For the first time in 3 years, I listened to music when I worked out, not the book. I was tempted to “Lem” (quit), which is difficult for me due to my love of Brandon’s books & stories.

    So what did I do? I took a couple of days off of listening to the book.

    Once I returned, it was around Chapter 20 (book)/Chapter 10 (Audible) that an actual story seems to show itself. A hint of a story. No more continuing teachings of the magic. Could this be what I had been wanting and waiting for?

    Well, sort of. It did have a story and there seemed to be a purpose that the characters had, although somewhat veiled. So I kept at it. I pushed through. Always having the feeling I was missing something big somewhere in the story. I was only being told a part. And the part that I did know was only a sub-part.

    Once finished, I certainly can understand those that loved the story. It was just frustrating for me personally. It wrapped up very quickly in the end explaining everything that was kept from you. Ultimately the quick end and the mysteries illuminated so quickly was a bit much. But there was no other way due to how the story was written.

    What was most interesting is the book seemed to be the opposite or antithesis of Elantris. Color where there is Grey, living mortal gods, not dead gods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (417)

    Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

    R. Jones says: "The start of something really good"
    "Great Story, Poor Reader"
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    Good start to the series. Was disappointed with the reader (Audible) as it was like listening to Capt Kirk and he would end sentences so soft and low, I could not hear what he was reading! Luckily the next book in the series is a different reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict receives a cryptic message asking for help from celebrated writer Vicki Greene - who has been mind-wiped. She has no memory of her past life, or of her plea for assistance. But she has transferred an enormous sum of money to Alex, also without explanation. The answers to this mystery lie on the most remote of human worlds, where Alex will uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval - a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

    Steven says: "Moderate Departure from Previous Books"
    "A Slight Departure"
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    This is the first of the Alex Benedict novels I have listened to vs. physically read. Right off the bat, it did take me a while to stop expecting "Boss" to show up. This is due to the narrator, as I have listened to all of the Diving Universe books she has narrated via Audible.

    The story itself was ultimately satisfying, yet a departure from the previous books. I can only assume that redoing the same old troupe was getting old for the author. Although I would like him to go back to what make's Alex a great series. But overall, I was well satisfied and will listen to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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