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  • Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

  • Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
  • By: Barry R. Posen
  • Narrated by: Jim R. Sartor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

The US, Barry R. Posen argues in Restraint, has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics. Since the collapse of Soviet power, it has pursued a grand strategy that he calls "liberal hegemony", one that Posen sees as unnecessary, counterproductive, costly, and wasteful. Written for policymakers and observers alike, Restraint explains precisely why this grand strategy works poorly and then provides a carefully designed alternative grand strategy and an associated military strategy and force structure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Problematic, frustrating, but of some use

  • By Christopher Weuve on 10-11-18

Problematic, frustrating, but of some use

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

First, about the performance: “new-clee-er,” not “new-cue-lar.”

Second: the author has a tendency towards assertions without examples (let alone evidence), largely ignores the changes in warfare where they don’t support his thesis, has a simplistic view of submarine and air operations, and seems to be fond of looking at the parts rather than the whole. I was expecting more.

  • Army of None

  • Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
  • By: Paul Scharre
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Paul Scharre, a Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger, explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death. Scharre's far-ranging investigation examines the emergence of autonomous weapons, the movement to ban them, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. Through interviews with defense experts, ethicists, psychologists, and activists, Scharre surveys what challenges might face "centaur warfighters" on future battlefields. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robots, weapons, and AI oh my!

  • By Tyler Quinn on 07-24-18

The book is better than the performance

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The book is a thoughtful and thorough discussion of both the technology and the implications of autonomous systems. It’s worth a listen, despite the performer. He not only doesn’t understand the concept of acronyms (it’s “SAC,” pronounced “sack,” not “S-A-C”), but occasionally has weird pronunciations for non-acronyms (it’s “USS Vincennes,” not “Voncennes”).

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  • The Fires of Coventry

  • Federation War, Book 2
  • By: Rick Shelley
  • Narrated by: Tim Pabon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Coventry: One of the founding worlds of the Second Commonwealth. It lies just eight light years away from the Commonwealth’s capitol world, Buckingham, but it’s mostly been ignored during the Federation War. No longer. The Federation has its sights set on taking Coventry by any means necessary. Their first wave of attacking troops have set Coventry aflame in an effort to force out the population and keep local resistance at bay as they establish a base for attacking the heart of the Commonwealth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete recording doesn't help

  • By Christopher Weuve on 12-17-15

Incomplete recording doesn't help

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

What disappointed you about The Fires of Coventry?

1) It's a mediocre story, based on strategists being stupid.
2) The opening couple of pages of the book is missing.

What aspect of Tim Pabon’s performance would you have changed?

I would have removed the weird pauses and improved the characters' voices.

Any additional comments?

This book really doesn't move the trilogy forward at all. You can safely skip it.

  • Return to Camerein

  • Federation War, Book 3
  • By: Rick Shelley
  • Narrated by: Tim Pabon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Prince George, Earl of New Britain, was supposed to hold a position of great importance on Buckingham, capitol world of the Second Commonwealth. However, Prince George wasn’t on Buckingham. He hadn’t been for seven years, in fact. The Federation War had stranded him on the resort world of Camerein, His Royal Highness little more than a footnote to the long, bitter war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as I remembered

  • By Christopher Weuve on 12-17-15

Not as good as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performer has a weird cadence, often putting pauses in the middle of sentences. I had grown used to the sometimes bad voices in the first two books, but some of the voice choices for characters in the third book -- such as the gay hairdresser voice for the Prince -- were particular bold and unfortunate.

Was Return to Camerein worth the listening time?

Yes, but I probably won't re-listen to it. There are some interesting bits involving space combat, but there are two many problems with the plot in all three books. While the tactical bits are well done, the strategy both sides use is baffling at best. It's problematic that things happen because everyone is being stupid.

Any additional comments?

The sequencing of scenes really seems out of place. At some point you figure out that the author is jumping back and forth in time. I think this is because it's supposed to enhance the mystery, but there is a difference between presenting the reader with a mystery and trying to confuse him.

  • The Omega Point Trilogy

  • By: George Zebrowski
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

6599 A.D.: The war between the Earth Federation and the Herculean Empire had been over for more than three centuries. The planet in the Hercules Globular Cluster was a cinder; the few descendents of the surviving Herculeans lived on Myraa's World, half a galaxy away, in what seemed to be a religious commune. But on an unnamed planet, deep within the Hercules Cluster, two survivors, father and son, gather their resources and plan to enforce a reign of terror over the Federation worlds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Megalomaniac author's story about a megalomaniac

  • By Sumit G. on 05-18-12

I had forgotten how bad this is

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

What do you think your next listen will be?

Just finished Glen Cook's The Dragon Never Sleeps (GREAT BOOK!), about to start Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy.

What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s performance?

"Better than deserves."

What character would you cut from The Omega Point Trilogy?

Can't think of many I'd keep.

Any additional comments?

I generally try to avoid bad reviews, except in those cases where it's SO bad I wish someone had warned me off.

This is one of those times.

The book only really has one interesting plot-related idea, that the Terrans would really rather capture and rehabilitate the terrorist main character, rather than kill him. Of course, this horribly backfires through a series of increasingly weird and arbitrary deus ex machina moments.

There's some interesting tech ideas, which I remembered, any which continue to be somewhat nifty. The story, though, is a waste of time, and the cool stuff isn't enough to make it worth it.

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  • Voyage from Yesteryear

  • By: James P. Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ed French
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Voyage from Yesteryear is a 1982 science fiction novel by the author James P. Hogan. It explores themes of anarchism and the appropriateness of certain social values in the context of high-technology. The inspiration for the novel was the contention that the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland had no immediate practical solution, and could only be solved if the children of one generation were somehow separated from their parents, and hence did not learn any of their prejudices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hogan's best and deepest story

  • By theNaturalist on 12-21-16

As good as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

What did you love best about Voyage from Yesteryear?

Nice early Hogan book, not one of his best, but not his worst either. Entertaining story, glad I listened to it.

What didn’t you like about Ed French’s performance?

Fine performance, EXCEPT he consistently puts the emphasis on the second syllable of "Terrans" (e.g., "tear-anns"), and he pauses in weird locations in the middle of sentences. Both these things can be distracting.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,599
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,444

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great book -- OUTSTANDING performance

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this book, to several friends, all who have fallen in love with it.

What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

Not a book -- but it's really the fictional complement to the movie "Apollo 13."

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

He is the absolutely perfect as a complement to Mark Watney, the main character.

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

Yes. It's a little long to actually do that, though. I thought about burning a day of leave just to stay home and listen.

  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

  • By: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,942

This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good info just not suited for audio

  • By Colin on 03-17-15

The book is very good, but the reader is GREAT

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

What did you love best about The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)?

First, Ferriss has written a provocative, engrossing, inspiring book. Not perfect, as I think the author's perspective is a bit narrow in places -- buy the book, listen to the book, but keep a salt shaker handy. Second, Ray Porter is so PERFECT for this book that I'm tempted to say get it just for him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

NA

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

NA

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

Yes.

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  • The New Concise History of the Crusades

  • Critical Issues in World and International History
  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Claton Butcher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accurate Crusader History

  • By LBO on 10-25-16

Could have been so much more

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

Reviewed: 05-14-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. The writing style is somewhat flat, and the storytelling is dry. There's little sense of the geography of the place, and how that affected options, beyond statements like "this coastal city was the key," without any explanation as to why. It's generally only of use to someone who already had a good understanding of the area.

Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas F. Madden? Why or why not?

I'd have to see it first.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was okay, but not great. There was something about the cadence of the narrator that made it all blend together. Worse, the constant and somewhat exaggerated foreign pronunciations made it EXTREMELY difficult to keep all of the Frenchmen straight.

Do you think The New Concise History of the Crusades needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It doesn't need a follow-up so much as a replacement.

Any additional comments?

This is a topic I find fascinating, yet halfway through the book I am considering setting it aside. (Note: As I just said, I'm only halfway through it. Make of that what you will.)

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