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  • No Surrender

  • My Thirty-Year War
  • By: Hiroo Onoda
  • Narrated by: Lane Nishikawa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

In the Spring of 1974, 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine army and police, hostile islanders, and eventually successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and waiting for the day when his fellow soldiers would return victorious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story!

  • By Erik on 04-13-14

Sometimes you SHOULD surrender!!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This book serves as prime example on how NOT to live your life.

Rather than being exciting, the story is insanely frustrating. It's like watching Chinese water tourture: Slow and pointless breakdown. You know how it all ends, you already know what the facts are, so hearing how Hiroo Onoda turns every information he receives on its head to fit the paranoid fantasy he's built up over many years is just so goddamn irritating.
Can't say it doesn't remind me of the grim political landscape of today.

Onodas sense of duty stems from a combination of misplaced loyalty to country (mind you - a country he has been in service of for more years than he has actually lived there, and doesn't seem to be particular eager to get back to), brainwashed idealism, illusions of grandure (he thinks the enemy is dropping fake leaflets from planes and prints years of fake newspapers just to capture him?) and institutionalization (I suspect), he fights for a cause that is not. His "war" amounts to nothing else than wasted years, being a nuisance to honest farmers for years.

But most frustrating of all is the questions: "What was it all for?", "Do you regret the way you wasted your life?" "How fucking stupid do you feel?" These questions most essential to the whole story Onoda finally asks at the very end of the book AND THEN THE BOOK ENDS WITHOUT ANY ANSWERS rendering this a narrative of events and not a single self reflection. Fuck that.

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,034

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-22-11

Huge in every way

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This was great - Can’t say it didn’t drag out a little in the Middelfart but what 1000 page book doesn’t? I was never off and most of the time I was on like crazy. Will highly recommend any fantasy fan.

  • Altered Carbon

  • Altered Carbon, Book 1
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smooth book - the recording, not so much

  • By Æ Mann on 01-21-18

Smooth book - the recording, not so much

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Marvelous book - smooth blend of the sci-fi and detective elements which is really cool. Even 400 years out there's still femme fatale, a criminal underbelly hidden in the darkest corners of the city and a corrupt elite preying on the weak.

The performance was all right but the quality of the recording was lackluster. Sometimes you can hear background noise and the push of the record-button.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,796

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Goddamn it must be so hard to be a character in Khaled Hosseini's books. They take so much punishment but it makes the beautiful, tender moments linger that much longer.

  • Death's End

  • By: Cixin Liu, Ken Liu - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 28 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fermi paradox meets first contact.

  • By John S. Robinson on 10-01-16

Unlike anything

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

This trilogy is beyond epic. Extremely though provoking, philosophical and clever to a degree that I couldn't wrap my mind around it all the time. I found the book to be somewhat cold at times - the author is clearly more engaged with technology and mathematics than he is with human emotions- but I guess that's often the case in hard si-fi where technology drives the plot. This being the case it's obviously not a book for everyone.
To me personally though it was one of the most exciting series of books I've ever read. A hidden treasure that came into my life without me having ever heard of it a left an impression on me I won't soon forget

  • The Dark Forest

  • The Three-Body Problem, Book 2
  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem

  • By Æ Mann on 11-20-17

A gem

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

This is the kind of book you always hope for when you open up that first page. This was the book I never knew I needed. A classic outside of the western culture bubble where I usually find my reading material. I was so glad that I had the opportunity to read this. This was a rarity. Exceptionally clever, thrilling, a single book exploding with enough ideas and ambition to rival even the longest fantasy series out there.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 45,998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,931

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

Still fresh, still awesome

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

The premise is still oh so cool, but although it builds and expands greatly on the storylines of the first book, I still can't help but feel that it could push it even further.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,785
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,508

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will never forget it...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-31-17

Really enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This was fun and oftentimes informative. Sometimes it did seem to go off topic but for most parts it was great

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,811

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Great si-fi.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

This was an ingenious way to explore so many different si-fi storylines and themes. Very thoughtful, broad and most of all a lot of fun

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Palace

  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Against the mythical dreamscape of America, Auster brilliantly weaves the bizarre narrative of Marco Stanley Fogg, an orphan searching for love, his father, and the key to the riddle of his origin and fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I don't get it, I thoroughly enjoy it though.

  • By Æ Mann on 08-16-17

I don't get it, I thoroughly enjoy it though.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

It feels like an ode to storytelling itself. Each chapter is its own like individual colors of a mosaic. Beautiful and engaging