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Jeffrey W. McClure

Salado, Texas United States
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  • Ancillary Justice

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,504

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the Narrator to finish the story.

  • By Zillah on 12-08-14

Slow, confusing start. Singsong Performance

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This book was, for me, a chore to read for quite a few chapters. First, feminine pronouns are used for everyone, even though the author identifies some of the characters as male. I finally came to the conclusion that all the characters of all the species were female but some assumed the role of a male. That is just an educated guess as it is never made clear. Second, this is one of those books that drops the reader into the middle of a story without explaining any background and offering precious few clues. The story is tolerable if one has no need to know why anything is happening or what the purpose is for the actions of the protagonist. The challenge is listening to the narrator who repeats the same intonation sequence sentence after sentence and makes little or no effort to change intonation from one character to another. It does have potential, but this first book is one of the longest lead-ups to what hopefully will be worth the effort.

  • Iron & Blood

  • The Expansion Wars Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634

The Federation's military command is desperate, and with their fleet still in tatters, they make a last-ditch effort to free the planet: They pull Captain Jackson Wolfe out of retirement and put him in command of a ship they hope can get past the defending armada and provide support to the beleaguered Marines and civilians fighting on the surface of the contested world. There is no reasoning with this enemy. If the Terran Federation wants their planet back, they will have to pay the price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost finished in one sitting

  • By Thomas Allen on 06-28-17

A great Sci-fi read or listen

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Dalzelle hit a home run again. The only part I didn't like was that it ended. The story is running a bit faster now so we don't get to know the players quite as well who have come on the stage late, but it does move right along.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,438

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book. Well written and very creative!

  • By Leslie on 06-25-17

A dark and sometimes hard to accept fantesy

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

If you like being inside the head of a succession of psychotic homicidal maniacs that alternate between rational, professional, thought and sudden unreasoning suicidal or homicidal insanity as disaster and death loom almost constantly, this is your book. It is absolutely action-filled, so boredom is rarely an issue, but turn off critical thinking as you punch the "play" button. An example: in much of the book the party of protagonists is in an environment where the temperature is 170 to 200-degrees Fahrenheit and, as a result, must wear "cool suits" that unexplainedly cool their bodies and even the air they breathe, but frequently the author includes observations about the female characters' hair bouncing around in plain view outside the suit. When there is dust in the air, the characters sometimes react to it and other times are immune. There are many other minor, but to a detail-oriented person, jarring examples of similar things that just don't make sense.

Again, the book is action packed and has good character development and a suspense filled plot but I found it depressing and the characters thoughts and actions inconsistent and somewhat shallow.

58 of 72 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,815

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

A Riveting Near-Today Science Fiction Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

WARNING: Once you get into The Fold, you may lose a night's sleep. It is well written, well paced, and generally scientifically accurate. Sadly, "scientifically accurate" usually means "awkward," but not this time. Character development is well done and spread through the narrative and dialogue in a natural free-flowing manner. I highly recommend the book both for its written content and for the excellent reading by Ray Porter.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Veiled

  • Alex Verus, Book 6
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710

Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and he'll do whatever it takes to get them - even if it means accepting a job enforcing magical law. Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Motions

  • By Coral on 08-16-15

A good, don't-want-it-to-end magic mystery.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Glad there are more in the series because the adventures of Alex Verus are immersive and great for leaving this world behind. The tales have more plot twists than a Gordian knot. I particularly like the moral and wisdom lessons scattered throughout the book. Good writing, good development, excellent scene setting. What more can one ask for?

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,721
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,946

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

I almost cried when book two ended

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

I moaned and wanted to cry when the narrator said, "End of Book Two." Read/listen to the first book first because this one is not a stand alone. By halfway through book one, you will be hooked on BOB in all of his glorious manifestations. This is science fiction that would make Heinlein or Asimov grin and be proud of the tradition they started.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Faceless Killers

  • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray - translator
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new favorite detective series!

  • By Joanna on 09-03-10

An all around good book

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

This is not your typical detective novel. Instead it is a rich, compelling journey through six months of a small town Swedish detective's life. There are few heroics, but rather the grim pursuit of professional duty by a very human and thereby flawed person. My only disappointment was when I realized the story was over.

This is a straight forward, third-person story but the evidence and the investigative trails are so twisting a d full of surprises that it needs no literary tricks to keep the reader engaged.

Dick Hill did an absolutely fantastic job of expressing the moods, the fatigue, the loneliness , and the moments of success in the thoughts and emotions of the character.

  • Blood Song

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,990

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but the narration did not live up to it.

  • By Anthony on 06-29-16

A Mysterious Gripping Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

Any additional comments?

This is a gripping tale that, as do most good stories, begins a bit slow. As it progresses the elements of the novel series unfold and leave a reader/listener enthralled. One warning though, I have gone to bed wanting to listen to just a bit of the book and suddenly realized three hours have passed. That is the way of Anthony Ryan's writing. Methinks he has inherited a bit of the Irish bard's muse.

While this is a full novel in many ways, including length and richness, and actually does reason some degree of conclusion, be prepared to go for the next three or you will forever be filled with unanswered questions.

I downgraded the narration by one star because sometimes in conversations between the scribe penning the tale in the story and the protagonist, I found myself confused as to who was talking. In a printed novel, they would be separated by paragraphs, but Seven Brand, normally an amazingly good narrator, has portrayed their voices so similarly that they sometimes are indistinguishable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886

Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn and awe mixture

  • By Greg on 08-26-16

Continuing an unparalleled epic

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Peter Hamilton's mind must be a huge supercomputer! The interweaving of personalities, alien races, plots and subplots is like reading a symphony written by one of the classics masters. This is the second half of The Pandora Star and should be read as such. The characters are richly developed, the story lines are well thought out and deep, and the mysteries are deeply thought provoking. It just doesn't get much better than this.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Chasm City

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028

The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Tango on 10-11-13

A skein of complexity ending in pure truth

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

Chasm City is a masterpiece in prose and verbal narrative. It does take some patience as it seems to start out of sync in space and time and is a story that appears to begin in the middle and work its way not only backward and forward simultaneously, but at the same time in various directions. Like life itself, this app read to make no sense until with the perspective of having vicariously lived it, one looks back with the perspective of both knowledge and hard gained wisdom to see the pattern that unknown until it had formed.

The book is written from a first person perspective of the protagonist and John Lee both does a masterful job of putting the listener in the protagonist's head and clearly delineating the voices of the other characters so well that there is clear recognition without dependence on a written description of the origin of each voice.

Again, be patient. The early parts of the book seem disjointed, but there is a method to Reynold's madness.