Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2010
The story was good. The technical military stuff e.g. "halo" jump, night ops, military hardware was great. The political stuff was very enjoyable. But the narration was often distracting. Dick Hill has a challenge when it is time to transition to the 4 female characters. It is so weak that it is just plain distracting from the story. His handling of female voices sounds "corny", contrived, almost comical. I liked Dick Hill in some past counter terrorism audio books but I guess they had no or few female characters. I loved the military, political, inter governmental agency politics and the overall theme of protecting our country even if extreme measures are sometimes needed. Dick needs to have a female SO stand in for him on the female parts.
Love the Dusty Rhodes western novels. Enjoy men overcoming adversity. Working hard, fighting hard, living by a sense of right and wrong which is not governed by human laws but by a inner sense of moral right and wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed.
I am a child of the 50's. Everybody bought a set of encyclopedias for their house. Research was accomplished by visiting the library and researching articles and books via the research dept using the readers guide to periodical literature. Today we have everything at our fingertips with a laptop computer and the internet. In high school and college we took American history,and world history(divided into sections over the past 2000 years. This amazing series begins much earlier with the "Big Bang theory" and takes us to the evolution of stars, the universe, the Sun as one of the stars, photosynthesis and early life in the ocean, single cell, multi cell, life movement from water to land, evolution of early life to more advanced life, human life evolving from hunters, gatherers, to agrarian people. Buy this history and learn in a concise series of lectures "Big History". If you read this series together with Jean Auel's trilogy beginning with "Clan of the Cave Bear: You will have more enjoyment of the pure history matched with enjoyable fiction.
Part 3 of a 3 part trilogy chronicling the early life of a female born to survive a prehistoric earthquake, early childhood being raised by "knuckle dragging" pre homo sapiens humans, and being abandoned to survive alone. Cast out of the Clan at the age of a teenager she is now skilled with medicinal herbs, hunting skills, and early notions of what causes" the spirit" of a man or woman to create a newborn baby. Ayla, the primary character dispels myths, in her mind, of what she was told as a child of the reason for what we today would think of as religion or sacred history or mythology. She learns new things via travel and her use of horses as a friend and beast of burden. She discovers how to strike fire within seconds, which revolutionizes the ability of humans to bring heat relief within minutes, enhancing survivability. She discovers cultural differences from other people through her travels, aided by her discovery of horses as a mode of transportation, Then we learn how connection to other human communities helped humankind grow at a exponential learning of hunting and better socialization skills/discoveries e.g.. sex for pleasure vs. sex for increasing your hearth. I read this trilogy decades ago. Now I've enjoyed these 3 stories in audiobook format 2 times before I wrote these reviews on all 3 of Jean Auel's novels. Enjoyable way to enjoy prehistory. Great narration. Jean Auel made me wait too long to allow Ayla and her lover to finally find peace with their commitment. That frustration made me "drop a star" on the "Story" rating. I loved this trilogy and recommend highly.
Ayla, the prehistoric woman character in this book, is abandoned by her clan. Hunting for food she discovers a earth shaking discovery: horses can offer more than food to eat when hunted and killed. They allow you to cover more distance to explore uncharted territory. They allow you companionship. They allow you to carry more food from the kill area of the hunt to a safe area for butchering away from other predators eg. hyenas and lions. Enjoy Ayla's discovery of an evolutionary survival breakthrough for humankind. Ayla is an amazing!
I read all 3 novels over 25 years ago. I don't have the patience to write a proper review but this listen is great. Do you love history? How did we evolve?,,,,, presented in a totally entertaining way,,,,, without the boredom of typical boring history classes. Men, understand women in a different way from thousands of years of history. See women in awe and love and respect. I am now in the second book and can't wait for the 3rd. You may love this series!
Read my review of Book 1 of 3. This writer is outstanding! Get all 3 and you will be happy. I can't wait for the next book. Same satisfaction as "Mitch Rapp" who works to protect our nation, but this character works for money as an assassin but has a conscious and "monster skills"(weapons, strategy, technology, intelligence). Fun and exciting.
Read my review of Book 1! I loved this new addition to suspense! This is totally worth the money!
I am 4 months overdue in writing this review. I have listened to all the books in this series and I just want more. We have another top writer of suspense! This author introduces us to a assassin who is as clever as Sherlock Holmes( in his deductive thinking), He only needs minimum clues to find his prey. He is as cold blooded as they come yet does not tolerate people who use swear words. Great fun! Great Listen! I listened to all the books in this series 2 times. I am late in this review because I wanted to write a outstanding review, but I don't want to wait any longer so this is short and sweet. Enjoy!
At the end of my first listen I understood so little of the story I decided to start all over, and not because I enjoyed it so much. I felt I must not have given enough of my concentration to a novel designed to stimulate the mind of a smart person. I said to myself "I'm smart. I'll listen again but this time I'll try to listen better". I no longer blame myself. I rate the plot and the narrator poor. The plot is not close to linear. The plot jumps from WW1 to WW11 to Cold War era to post 911 to dream sequences to Civil war recollections to more dream sequences to what you may think is a dream sequence but is not one. The author introduces prehistoric anthropology, genetics, global war, theology, nuclear technology all woven in a web of science fiction. The story is crystal clear when it is reverting back to a 1917 scene because the author clearly states "it is 1917". But all the other periods in history, in which the author time warps, you have to continually unravel.
I imagine the the narrator's tenor voice with excellent diction and mild inflections earned A's in high school and college speech classes, however his tone and only "mild" inflection invite "daydreaming" and no real personality development. If you daydream for even 30 seconds you are lost and have to rewind. The number of times I had to rewind because I was "lost" are countless.
If you can solve a "Rubik's cube in 30 seconds you may enjoy this book. Personally, after 2 listens, I wondered if the author was self medicating on a mind altering substance while mentally writing a sci-fi novel showing off his knowledge of pre-historic anthropology, physics, biology, genetics, "master race" themes, world and sacred history, and theology. At first I thought it would be mind provoking and thought the reviews I read before my purchase were mostly 5 stars. Now I think I must have been lured into buying a book which only had, at the time, around 100 reviews of 5 stars. Now a lot of negative reviews have brought the average down to 4 stars.
The story was a great idea but the plot and narrator variables did not do it for me.
DeMille does a great job on this one. Detailed plot, great characters, lots of interesting action. I enjoyed a lot and will re read again this month.
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