From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
Given the ideas of witchcraft, magic and time travel, I was understandably skeptical. The performances and the historical scope of the book made for a fantastic read/listen. I would highly recommend this book.
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As Soldiers Live opens, Croaker is military dictator of all the Taglias, and no Black Company member has died in battle for four years. Croaker figures it can't last. He's right. For, of course, many of the Company's old adversaries are still around. Narayan Singh and his adopted daughter - actually the offspring of Croaker and the Lady - hope to bring about the apocalyptic Year of the Skulls. Other old enemies like Shadowcatcher, Longshadow, and Howler are also ready to do the Company harm.
I am sad these characters will not return. The Black Company books are a tour de force for great fiction and a realistic depiction of the camaraderie of fighting men and women.
For years, Glen Cook's Black Company series has built a major audience among fantasy fans. Told from the "worm's-eye" view of the soldiers and functionaries who fight in the trenches of vast sorceress wars, this epic has riveted a generation of readers. If the Joseph Heller of Catch-22 were to tell the story of The Lord of the Rings, it might read like the Black Company books.
Mr. Andrews brought this book to life possibly better than many readers I have listened to in over 100 titles on Audible. This is another great addition to the Black Company. I am anxious to complete the series, but alas only one book remains.
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.
Ray Porter brings this first person narrative to life in an irreverent and intelligent way. I really wasn't sure how well that I would like this story but I was pleasantly surprised. I have already recommend this to several of my friends. I am anxious to listen to the next installment of The Bobs in Space.
Soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds, including the IX Legion of Rome, are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing and transported to the far side of the galaxy. Thinking they have been granted a reprieve, their relief turns to horror when they discover they face a stark ultimatum: Fight or die.
This book was not awful, as some of the previous reviews stated. I do question the choice of narrator. I have a feeling that they hired Rob Goll based his foreign sound. English is clearly NOT his primary language. it may work for sounding exotic, but it made for some painful listening at times. This book feels as though there is much source material left out. The author introduced many characters just to nevet really do anything with them. Hardly any real character development for the Legionaries, the Highlanders, the U.S. Cavalry. This could have been a great story. Alas, it is what it is. Not bad but not great.
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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.
Neil Gaiman never fails to awe me with his creativity and storytelling flair for drama. I love that he owns these tales as any good bard should. Neil makes them his own in his style of retelling and in this encourages you to share and pass on the same. He doesn't claim dominion or authority over the source material. He just adds a new voice to the fireside tale or mead halls. It is a brilliant recording and wonderful addition to my collection.
A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".
Nick Offerman's reading of Mark Twain seems only natural and is as pleasing to the ear as it is to the mind's eye. Offerman's/Twain's descriptions of people and events are perfect. I had forgotten how wonderful the prose of Mark Twain can be. I hope they bring Offer an back for the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from the constables and private justice of colonial times to present-day SWAT teams and riot cops. Today relentless "war on drugs" and "war on terror" pronouncements from politicians, along with battle-clad police forces with tanks and machine guns, have dangerously blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. Balko's fascinating, frightening narrative shows how martial rhetoric and reactionary policies have put modern law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.
Like most things in government, the policies of policing are broken. Balko details many issues facing the citizens at large who sadly have traded away our right ever time, piecemeal in lieu for the illusion of safety from ourselves. Now, not only must law abiding citizens fear criminals but our protectors who for good or for ill are taking liberties with our freedoms. State sponsored seizures of property and assets, ultra-violence, wrongful death and injuries with no victim recourse sounds like something out of 1930's Germany and that could never happen here at home. Hopefully after reading this, you too will join together and help take back our nation before another family is hurt or destroyed with no recourse.
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In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
Narrator Will Patton brings Bill Hodges to life in the final chapter of the Mr Mercedes Trilogy. Another brilliant submission by Mr King, who continues to amaze me. Definitely worth another listen (all three books) as I'm sure there are threads I have missed that Mr King has woven that seemed inconsequential at the time but would make sense in hindsight. I'm sure any new reader would thoroughly enjoy this series. I certainly have. Highest praises to Mr King who rarely ever lets me down.
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From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling.
Salman Rushdie brings us a brilliant modern parable that is both entertaining and philosophical. In the great tradition of Orwell's Animal Farm, Rushdie's latest opus will hold up well for multiple readings and deeper examination.