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Michael Jacobi

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  • Give Me Back My Legions!

  • A Novel of Ancient Rome
  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Publius Quinctilius Varus, a Roman politician, is summoned by the Emperor, Augustus Caesar. Arminius, a prince of the Cherusci, is playing a deadly game. He serves in the Roman army, gaining Roman citizenship and an officer's rank, and learning the arts of war and policy as practiced by the Romans. An epic battle is brewing, and these two men stand on opposite sides of what will forever be known as the Battle of the Teutoberg Forest---a ferocious, bloody clash that will change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Correcting a misleading review

  • By mike Wayshak on 10-30-09

Not Harry's Best

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Having read several of Turtledoves other works, I looked forward to this one. I should have saved my credit. The characters were, frankly, not very likeable. I got into the story about three hours and couldn't figure who was the protagonist. The history is fascinating. Roman Legions march away into the German forest and never seen again. But this novel makes it all kind of boring and I just could not get interested enough to finish it. Turtledove's other books are terrific, so I suppose everyone is entitled to an off day.

  • A Pillar of Fire by Night

  • Carrera, Book 7
  • By: Tom Kratman
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

Carrera's held off his enemies coming by sea from the north, in the process dealing the naval and amphibious forces of the Zhong Empire a stinging defeat. The Zhong won't soon forget the blood-stained waters and the heaped-up bodies on the shores of Balboa's Isla Real. Now, though, his adopted country of Balboa is under assault from the east, from the south, from the west, from the air, and from space. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only 14h 55m.. Why Oh Why!? ;)

  • By Munte on 10-24-18

If I Had More Stars I'd Award Em to Col. Kratman

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

We're getting close to the final hoorah here as Carrara and company respond to the Tauran and Ghong forces. After their bloody repulse from Balboa in the last volume, the author ties up various loose ends and cliff hangers in this one. We still have at least one more to go, and I can't wait to read it. I've been where the bullets fly, but only as an N.C.O., so I have little criticism about the ideas of logistics and tactics. However, this is a rousing good military science fiction story and that's plenty.
Of course, the entire series presents political ideas that many may not be comfortable with. The character development is really good and the story makes good sense. However its vital that you start with book one and go through them in order.

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Excellent is too pale a compliment

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I have seldom read a better series of books than those that make up this saga. The situation is fascinating. A modern man from earth, a chemist by trade is suddenly sent to a distant world set in the 18th century. How he brings modern inventions to this new culture and how he teaches historic military tactics from earth sets up a wonderfully well thought out situation. Added to the really thought provoking story are the well crafted three dimensional characters. I felt they were almost real people. The hero is a likable guy and the supporting characters are believable. The conversations are also believable, Now for the narration, Its among the best I have heard. I can't heap enough praise on this series of books. Many of the series I read give me a sense of satisfaction at the end. This one made me sad there were no more stories, no new visits to a wonderful world with great characters narrated by a top rank author. If I could, Id award ten or a dozen stars in every category. I urge you to start with this one then follow the other volumes to their conclusion.

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  • The Assassination Option

  • A Clandestine Operations Novel, Book 2
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

James Cronley thought he had done well - he didn't know he’d done this well. His first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Central Intelligence Directorate has drawn all kinds of attention, some welcome, some not. On the plus side, he's now a captain; promoted to Chief, DCI, Europe; and in charge of a top secret spy operation. On the minus side, a lot of people would like to know about that operation, including not only the Soviets, but his own Pentagon, as well as a seething J. Edgar Hoover.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Cold War Starts

  • By Jean on 01-08-15

Not the W.E.B. Griffin We Love

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

If I hadn't had such a high expectation of this series I would perhaps have stuck it out. But having just rerun the "Corps" series and the "Brotherhood of War" series I just had to go on with this series. Boy was I mistaken! I got through the first one, and tried the second hoping it'd get better. It got worse! The main character was just unlikable. He was mostly annoying and was certainly not someone who would be in a position of trust in an intelligence operation. Every time he got some highly secret information it seems like he couldn't wait to share it with......anyone! And even after having an operation compromised by his dalliance with someone's wife, he just couldn't resist climbing into the sack with another one. And his runaway mouth was constantly cited, seemingly every other page. The plot was difficult to follow, the characters were shallow, the voices were odd and the personae kept changing from good guy to prick without any sense of why. Save your money and skip this series.

  • Europa Journal

  • By: Jack Castle
  • Narrated by: Kate Zane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

In 2168, a mysterious five-sided pyramid is discovered on the ocean floor of Jupiter's icy moon, Europa. Commander Mac O'Bryant and her team of astronauts are among the first to enter the pyramid's central chamber. They find the body of a missing World War II pilot, whose hands clutch a journal detailing what happened to him after he and his crew were abducted by aliens and taken to a place with no recognizable stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audio SciFi Mystery !

  • By SueS on 07-14-17

Great Concept Poorly Realized

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Save your money or credit. This one is not worth either. The story is a chopped up mess and the characters are really two dimensional and not very likeable. The cast harks back to the painfully hokey (by today's standards) of the old SciFi movies in which we have a learned scientist, a "happy go lucky idiot" and a foil. It really didn't work well then and doesn't work here at all. Add to this that the author is apparently ignorant about aircraft. The flying boat sent to rescue the five lost flyers is given as a "PBY"(produced by Consolidated) when in fact the aircraft was a Marlin, (produced by Martin). And, according to the author the plane had big loading doors in the rear, (perhaps confusing it with a C-130). Couldn't stand to finish it.

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  • Campbell Playhouse: Rabble in Arms - March 3, 1940

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays, as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Old Friend Now Audible

  • By Michael Jacobi on 10-02-17

An Old Friend Now Audible

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

This is great for two reasons. First, Kenneth Roberts wonderful novels about the years leading up to and through the American Revolution are still alive and available. Second, because this old time radio adaptation of his work "Rabble in Arms" combines the color and grit of the original Kenneth Roberts work with the genius presentation by Orson Wells. Certainly it is an adaptation and loses much of the detail that makes the original novel so wonderful but for what it is, a gateway to listeners to become interested in the original body of work from which it comes, it is terrific. Invest a credit. The presentation is fun because it evokes those days before TV when you listened spellbound to radio drama. Then go find the complete novel and read it. You will not regret it!

  • Footfall

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,185

They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best

  • By Flatlander on 06-24-10

Cultures Clash In Interstellar War

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

This book is an old friend that I first read many years ago. This iteration does not disappoint. It offers good character development, lots of action and some pretty profound cultural observati0ons./ At once a great action sci-Fi romp in the old school tradition, with invaders versus heroic earthmen. But on a deeper level, it presents some questions about what qualities our culture offers that bind it together and hold it firm under stress. We also get a look at the invaders and the way they see our planet and the things that bind them together and which can split them apart. This is a good investment of one of your credits and it comes highly recommended.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,639

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Unexpected Cliff-Hanger Ending

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Initially I didn't like this one. It's told from multiple timelines and is occasionally difficult to follow just where you are in time. That having been said, once into the storyline, I was better able to orient myself to the story. The big complaint is that it leaves you hanging. I normally don't buy stories that come in multiple books. And so far the Walt Longmire stories are pretty complete, each to itself. This one is definitely NOT. There are at least two plots left hanging. I wish I had happened across a review that warned of this before I purchased this one. Not of course that it is bad. I would simply have waited for the complete story to be published so I could read the entire story at once. In this, it almost seems like this has been written with a television series in mind. I would certainly recommend your purchase of this title, but if, like me, you like to get the complete story at one go, I would wait for the next chapter to come along.

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    Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    4,067 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,668

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

A Fine Lookback At The WW2 Homefront

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Great listening! This ls a series of 30 minute radio type programs that take you from Pearl Harbor to VJ day, zeroing in on the "Homefront". Great snippets of actual recordings abound, making this an easy way to learn the history of those watershed years. I could hardly stop listening until it ended. I heartily recommend it!

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  • The Pen and the Sword

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 2
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254

The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Binge Listen

  • By odin on 08-01-17

21st Century Meets 18th

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Some authors give us undeveloped characters, two dimensional images that are not especially likable. That is definitely NOT the case here. The characters in these books are fully developed, three dimensional believable and, yes, likable folk. In fact, the main characters are so well developed that we can visualize them in living color. The meticulous development is the reason I almost gave up on the series. We are so buried in the various aspects of the people in this world, the action seems at first, ponderous and very slow. Its very like reading one of Jean Auel's "Clan of the Cave Bear" novels for the detail that is furnished. But, once developed, the action arrives. Its a lot of fun to watch the protagonist introduce modern concepts and products to the 18th century culture in which he now finds himself. And there is a mysterious force hanging over all, the force that stranded him on a new world that is so hauntingly familiar yet so different than his own. Buy the first volume in the series and enjoy the methodical character and situation development. It will be well worth the time you spend. Buy the other two in order and be ready for future stories in this universe. It'll be good value returned for every credit you invest!