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derek

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  • Storm Assault: Star Force, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1293)

    In Storm Assault , the eighth book of the Star Force series, the story moves in a new direction. Massive fleets are built by both Star Force and the Imperials - but there is a third player in the game: the Blues.

    Diane Rivers says: "The Emperor must DIE!"
    "Entertaining story but frustratingly stupid hero"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This books targeted audience is someone with the intelligence of a 12 year old boy.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The basic concept of the series was very creative and the alien species development is actually fairly good and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    But the hero has every characteristic of a horrible leader.Stubborn beyond belief.ArrogantStupid eager to kill off men without a good reason to do sounwilling to listen to adviceTears down the moral of his teamemotionally unstable Unable to learn simple obvious lessons from his repeated mistakes.(these characteristics have continually worsen as series progress)Victory is usually achieve by the hero denying reality long enough for it to magically change. Either the enemies weakness change or actual physics of armor/weapons change. reads like a really cheep action movie where the hero wins in spite making extraordinarily stupid mistakes that hand victory to the bad guys. But then by shear stubborn will power manages to pull off an unrealistic victory.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Control Point: Shadow Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Myke Cole
    • Narrated By Corey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (173)

    Myke Cole is an expert at ratcheting up suspense and delivering pulse-pounding adventure that leaves audiences breathless. In Shadow Ops: Control Point, the world has seemingly gone mad. People are waking up with magical powers, such as the ability to raise the dead or call forth storms. The only thing staving off a plunge into chaos is the Supernatural Operations Corps, headed by Oscar Britton. But when Oscar exhibits a power of his own, the hunter becomes the hunted.

    Eugene says: "get on with it"
    "mix of Heros, Expendable, and Hunger games"
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    What disappointed you about Control Point?

    Almost every thing.
    - The plot is almost a complete rip off of TV series from Heros. With a slight military flavor and limited set of super powers.
    - The dialog of the Expendable. yes just about that bad.
    - The main Character " a full grown man" has the same emotions of the hunger games teenage girl. It possibly even worse than the third hunger games book/movie.
    - Oh yea, he also through in Jar Jar Binks for good measure. The sad thing is that Jar Jar Binks probably the most intelligent character.

    I am not sure what to compare with but the tactics is frustratingly stupid. I am not a pretending to be a military expert. But seriously this was bad even by Hollywood standards. So I seriously hope our national security is never really dependent on this mans intelligence. Because if so we are screwed.


    Has Control Point turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, since the problem is the author, who would probably ruin any genre.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes, the narrator did a decent job with what he had to work with. There narrator was the only thing that made the story bearable. (that and the unrealistic hope it would get better)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration, hope, Frustration, Disappointment, Frustration, a little hope, Frustration, Anger, Frustration, and more Frustration.Ok, not the most frustration book I have ever read, but it is close.


    Any additional comments?

    I are curious like me and you will probably listen anyways. So am warning you that it continually get worse for the entire book. You will want to believe it can get better and the book might be saved. This is do to little parts of the book that aren't too bad. But do not trust this feeling it is false...... I warned you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4304)
    Performance
    (2576)
    Story
    (2632)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "The Greatest Classic!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. Having listen to lot of books across different genres, I think this by far one the best. I think that almost everyone would enjoy this book. Or at-least find it interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A tie between Edmond Dantes, Abbé Faria and Julie Morrel. Edmond because he is simply awesome and somewhat critical to the main plot. The Abbe and Julie because their characters have a subtle yet profound effect on Edmond.


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

    I am not sure if I have listen to John Lee before. But He does a Great Job in this book


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

    I wanted to. But unfortunatly I was unable to schedule 47hrs long time slot.


    Any additional comments?

    I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. It has a creative and fascinating plot, entertaining and believable characters, and examines the difference between justice and revenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Hika says: "Very Good"
    "Warning! You will listen to it multiple times."
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    If you could sum up The Sea Wolf in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Manly Poetry


    What other book might you compare The Sea Wolf to and why?

    On par with The Count of Monte Cristo. These are the only 2 books that I have actually listened to more than once and will probably listen to again. I am not sure what I like most about them. But I think some of the key components are as follows. The characters are believable, and very few books actually achieve this. Both have creative plots without any blaring holes. Both examine our motives. And they are both just well thought out and written books back when people took the time to do thing wright.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Wait, there was a narrator? Hmm...I didn't notice, since the story came alive in my imagination. .....Yes, he was that good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many it might be easier to list the parts that didn't. Only I can't remember what they were exactly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like either Poetry, Philosophy, Ships, Romance, Logic or just plan manliness. Then you will like this story. If you like them all then you will love this book, because it has them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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