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  • Blackhawk

  • Far Stars Legends Series, Book 1
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Blackhawk: a wanderer, a man running from a dark and sinister past. A genetically-engineered warrior, a capable and accomplished killer, he is also a lost soul, a man who has fled to the deepest reaches of space seeking his true identity. The Far Stars: the farthest extent of human habitation in the galaxy, a sector of a hundred inhabited worlds, it is a dangerous expanse full of pirates, mercenaries, and cutthroats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but Too much

  • By george Lickley on 05-11-17

Mary Sue! Show don't Tell

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Hid Family is all dead, his friends are all dead, everyone he meets, right dies. but he is the most bad ass thing in the universe . All told from a third person point of view. BORING

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47,216

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Reminded me of Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Very fun and exciting story. I enjoyed the youthful Female protagonist. The world is well built and the story line definitely entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Sushi

  • An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice
  • By: Trevor Corson
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in 19th-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I want to see Top Chef: Sushi on the Food Network

  • By David on 10-18-10

Great information on sushi, meh on style

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-17

The information about sushi was interesting and highly informative. i did not care for the narrative style. The slice of life that goes no where, with characters i didnt really care about was not for me.

  • Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

  • By: Aron Ra
  • Narrated by: Aron Ra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 450

Religious fundamentalists and biblical literalists present any number of arguments that attempt to disprove evolution. Those with a sympathetic ear often fail to critically examine these creationist claims, leading to an ill-informed public and, perhaps more troubling, ill-advised public policy. As Aron Ra makes clear, however, every single argument deployed by creationists in their attacks on evolution is founded on fundamental scientific, religious, and historical falsehoods - all of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen!

  • By Ms. Gray on 11-06-16

incredibly informative and illuminating.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-17

There is so much here, i will likely have to go back and read it again to catch more. and i might need to take a few classes in paleontology on biology or at least learn cladistics.

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,935

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

very political take on first contact.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-17

This book was not at all what I thought it was going to be, and it was very entertaining and thought provoking. A nice change on a familiar genre with likable characters and realistic treatment of events.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How God Became King

  • The Forgotten Story of the Gospels
  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

New Testament scholar N. T. Wright reveals how we have been misreading the Gospels for centuries, powerfully restoring the lost central story of the scripture: that the coronation of God through the acts of Jesus was the climax of human history. Wright fills the gaps that centuries of misdirection have opened up in our collective spiritual story, tracing a narrative from Eden to Jesus to today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jesus' life matters, not just his death

  • By Adam Shields on 03-17-16

Alt Title- Why Theocracy is good

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Let me start by saying that the author is knowledgeable in his field, well read, and writes well. I enjoyed his writing style and use of the language. It is his concepts that are morally repugnant.
He starts by referring to "Richard Dawkins and his ilk" seriously, one of his ilk is reading your book to attempt to understand your point of view. Then he goes on to say that when you remove the supernatural from inquiry you get science, (which I thought why are you saying this like it is a bad thing?) and when you remove the supernatural from politics you get Democracy (again I am thinking, and that is a good thing, so why are you claiming it is bad) This is the ground from which the rest of the book is based, Science and Democracy are bad because they are based in Humanity and human knowledge. Seriously, i tried to read further to understand where he was coming from to see if maybe there was some rational basis for his objections. That was pretty much it, God should be in charge, and by god he means his particular version of god viewed the way that he does and all else is heresy. So essentially he should be in charge of everything and it should all conform or be destroyed (while he never explicitly states that heresy should be destroyed it is an undertone in the contempt that he holds for anyone that doesn't hold his exact beliefs.

I would advise that people Avoid this book and the thought process behind it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • At the Sign of Triumph

  • Safehold, Book 9
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 34 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341

The Church of God Awaiting's triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than 2 percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it possibly resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow wow wow

  • By Mark on 11-14-16

Finally an end.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-16

I loved the series, but it just kept going and going. The narrator was great as always, the story line was complex, and sometimes I really wanted a map.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,121

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Very well written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-16

Excellent book, wonderful characters. fabulous world building and magic system. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to the next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,058

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

painfully slow narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-15

The performance ruined this series for me. Slow ... with ... huge ... pauses... between ... words. Even stepping up the playback speed didn't really help. The information was okay, though there were small errors in information (no one carries a hawk on their shoulder, nor were the swords so heavy that they needed two hands) that brought into question the rest of the information.
It was nice to hear about the common folk during the time periods though.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

  • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

Good but a bit dry

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-15

Obviously this is a series of lectures, so the format is rather dry and well lecture like. The information however is amazing and shows the depth of viking culture and influence on history. I made connections to all sorts of things in other historical periods and realized their roots.