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R. King

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  • Raising Caine

  • Caine Riordan, Book 3
  • By: Charles E. Gannon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Caine Riordan, reluctant diplomatic and military intelligence operative, has just finished playing his part repulsing the Arat Kur's and Hkh'Rkh's joint invasion of Earth. But scant hours after the attackers surrender, the mysterious but potentially helpful Slaasriithi appeal to Caine to shepherd a diplomatic mission on a visit to their very alien worlds. The possible prize: a crucial alliance in a universe where the fledgling Consolidated Terran Republic has very few friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad enemies

  • By JC on 01-12-18

Another ripping good yarn

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Charles E Gannon continues to build a fun and engaging story with a wonderful mix of square-jawed action in an interesting science fiction story. The aliens are very different cultures and he crafts them well.

  • Trial by Fire

  • Caine Riordan, Book 2
  • By: Charles E. Gannon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity’s first encounter with alien races, sudden war clouds burst. With Earth's fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with the non-humanoid enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really great, enjoyable listen

  • By Michael P. Long on 03-08-15

A great blend of hard SF and adventure thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I hesitate to call it Space Opera since it seems more grounded in real science than that, but the cast of characters and their heroic activities are still a rip-roaring good time. Certainly the excellent voice acting contributes to that atmosphere of square-jawed, steel eyed daring-do but that is all to the benefit of an entertaining listening experience. This is a wonderful blend of Lucifer's Hammer and Dos Savage. Enjoy.

  • The Secret of Black Ship Island

  • Heorot, Book 2
  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The oldest children of the settlers on Avalon are now in their late teens and want independence from their parents and guardians. And they especially don’t want them around for the initiation ceremony held on Black Ship Island for the younger children just reaching their teens. But when previously unknown creatures make their deadly appearance, things go horribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another interesting tale from Avalon.

  • By R. King on 01-26-17

Another interesting tale from Avalon.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

If you enjoyed Legacy of Heirot then you should give this one a listen. This story bridges the gap between the previous books and you can see the tension between the earth born and the star born growing, but this is still a tale of daring-do in the face of an unknown world.

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  • The Secret Knowledge

  • On the Dismantling of American Culture
  • By: David Mamet
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

For the past 30 years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. In some of the great movies and plays of our time, his characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system. But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mamet's Rubicon

  • By Kirk on 08-13-11

A Very Interesting Perspective

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-16

A thought provoking introspection from someone raised in a liberal environment who comes to question that dogma. A brilliantly written piece that explains much about the why, then counter-points that with some of the unintended but inescapable consequences and the reasons that belief system was ultimately rejected by the author.

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  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,806

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

A Classic Well Worth the Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

A classic from Heinlien that resonates with world events. Give it a listen to explore the ideas being examined.

The performance was good, although a bit more differentiation between speakers would be better. Some audio oddities that might have been due to my using my phones speaker rather than stereo output.

  • A Learning Experience, Book 1

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,215

When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship - and their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept / Hated the prosletyzing

  • By Alton J Henley on 08-12-16

Fun popcorn for individualists

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

This is not literature for the ages, but it is fun listening for those that still believe in self-determination or are just sick and tired of the current politically correct environment. If you are now thinking "what politically correct environment" then this book is probably not for you.

  • The War on Guns

  • Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies
  • By: John R. Lott Jr. PhD
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

When it comes to the gun control debate, there are two kinds of data: data that's accurate and data that left-wing billionaires, politicians, and media want you to believe is accurate. In The War on Guns, economist and gun rights advocate John Lott turns a skeptical eye to well-funded antigun studies and stories that perpetuate false statistics to frighten Americans into giving up their guns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real facts on guns.

  • By Vanessa Tran on 11-18-16

If you believe yourself objective, listen

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

Dr Lott brings a much needed counter-point to the otherwise very distorted and one sided coverage of issues of personal defense, the rule of law, and freedom. This is the side you never get to hear. Listen, follow-up, check his sources and then judge for yourself.

  • Dorsai!

  • Dorsai Series, Book 1
  • By: Gordon R. Dickson
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence. No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe. Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder than any ordinary man. But he is different as well, with talents that maze even his fellow Dorsai. And once he ventures out into the stars, the future will never be the same....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • dorsai

  • By breckoz on 03-07-14

A Classic that still holds up well

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Although a bit dated these days in terms of modern culture and technology, it is still well worth following Dickson as he explores his ideas.

  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

  • By: Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pageturner....you feel like your inside the story

  • By james on 02-06-12

A great positive portrayal of the Seals

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

If you are a US citizen you owe it to yourself and the brave citizens who defend us to listen to this story.

  • Manxome Foe

  • Looking Glass Series, Book 3
  • By: John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Recovering from their first mission, the crew of the Vorpal Blade - humankind's first interstellar craft - is called into emergency action when an alliance gate colony is attacked. Who was the lethal alien enemy? What exactly happened at the colony? And dare the Vorpal Blade's battle-weary misfits engage a potentially superior force?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps me sitting in the car

  • By One voracious reader on 08-15-10

Best book I have heard in a long time.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

A wonderful blend of military SF with the right mix of drama, epic space battles and gallows humor. Great pacing and excellent writing keep me engaged throughout.