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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 10,594
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,819

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

Good story but room for improvement

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Having seen the movie, I was pleasantly surprised that the book went into a great deal more background and detail.
It would seem that this book was one of Heinlein's outlets that allowed him to tell a fairly decent story and at the same time rant about what is wrong with the world today and his opinion on how we can improve our society. In many respects, I agree.

The performer had an excellent ability to mimic various accents and dialects, but his reading was very staccato with prolonged breaks between sentences. As a result, the narrative didn't flow very well. Otherwise it was a good buy.

  • Logan’s Search

  • By: William F. Nolan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Logan is running with the fate of the world in his hands. Earth is free and at peace at last. But not the Earth on which Logan stands. For him a nightmare has just begun. In the 23rd century on Parallel Earth, your 21st birthday is your Lastday. Parallel Earth is a dazzling paradise of artificial delight - of instant pleasure and infinite joy. Here, in a terrifying computerized society controlled by ruthless police assassins, is the world that Logan once destroyed. Now his fate is to live that horror once again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What could have been.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-06-18

What could have been.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I'm sure Nolan got many questions in his career about the society in which Logan's Run took place. It seems that Logan's Search was an opportunity for the author to explore that world a little more. It was fairly done.

  • Dragondrums

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 3
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445

When the voice of Piemur, an apprentice at Harper Hall, changes, he has to leave the companionship of Master Shonagar behind. But his disappointment is soon replaced by a new challenge. He is to enter the service of the Master Harper himself as a rider of dragons. Soon, he embarks on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hold. The future of Pern hangs on his success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling story

  • By Thomas Aaron Vansant on 10-31-15

Well done.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This book was a very good way to round out the three-book series. I was pleasantly surprised that it focused on a different character than the previous books and provided some insight to prepare the reader for The White Dragon.

  • Wielding a Red Sword

  • Incarnations of Immortality, Book Four
  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

Wielding a Red Sword depicts a mere mortal who is called to serve as a god-like incarnation. It is the thrilling story of Mym, an Indian prince who takes up the Red Sword to become Mars, the Incarnation of War. To avoid breaking his betrothal to the princess Rapture and the war that would surely result, Mym accepts the fearsome office. As Mars, he plans to keep Rapture by his side as he stops the suffering caused by Earth's incessant wars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Author's Note

  • By MSU Spartan on 07-20-15

Acceptable but room for improvement

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This volume of a truly great series is probably tied with Green Mother as my least favorite of the series.
At times it seemed as though the author was meandering about with no clear direction to go with the story. Having read much of his work, it is fairly evident when he is off his game.
That being said, the book does fill in its corner of the series and when rolled in together with the other associated installments, it becomes quite palatable.

  • Bearing an Hourglass

  • Incarnations of Immortality, Book Two
  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap. Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit saucy, and full of Zest

  • By Don on 12-08-07

Good story but room for improvement

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

The second in the series, Anthony really does a good job on this chapter, but the multiple side plots make it seem as though he was struggling to fill in pages. They don't really detract from the main plot, but they weren't really necessary either.

  • The Kill Order (Maze Runner, Book 4; Origin)

  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,544

The prequel to the New York Times best-selling Maze Runner series. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth, and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Totally superfluous

  • By Eric Francois on 11-28-14

Don't overuse a plot device.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Would you try another book from James Dashner and/or Mark Deakins?

Probably not at this point.

What was most disappointing about James Dashner’s story?

The awful, repetitive attempts to throw an unexpected tragedy at the protagonists. It cropped up in the previous books and wore thin, but this one was just too much. Every time the protagonist was about to succeed in something, he would stumble or fumble or trip or the enemy would turn the tables. It got so bad that it became expected and about 2/3 through the book I started fast-forwarding every time it happened.It might be a good thing for a story once or twice in the book, when it happens with every turn of the page, it just gets old, worn-out and a bad joke that only made me cringe.
Other than that, the overall plot was good. But the writer really seemed desperate to try to catch the readers off-guard. The more he tried, the more I expected it.

Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

Alex

Could you see The Kill Order (Maze Runner, Book 4; Origin) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

  • Battletech

  • Blood Legacy (Blood of Kerensky: Volume Two)
  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Blood Legacy continues the saga of the Clan invasion begun in 3030. Jaime Wolf has brought all the key leaders of the Inner Sphere together to put to rest old blood feuds and power struggles. But old hatreds and suspicions die hard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to the clan invasion

  • By Jason on 12-03-15

Good story but room for improvement

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Battletech to be better than the print version?

Not really

What was one of the most memorable moments of Battletech?

having to back up and listen to some parts again to try to make out what was being said over the sound effects.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Graybill?

Yes

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Part two in the Clan Invasion Saga

Any additional comments?

Don't make abridged books. It's a rip-off.

  • Battletech

  • Lethal Heritage (Blood of Kerensky: Volume One)
  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

The year is 3030. For the past 300 years, since the Star League collapse and the rise of the Five Successor States, these mortal enemies have fought over space, land, and politics. But a new threat looms just outside the Inner Sphere. The descendants of an old Star League general, the Clans, bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen, have come to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensible if not a Battletech veteran

  • By Jason on 07-09-08

Acceptable but room for improvement

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Where does Battletech rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've always liked the Battletech series. I am sure I would have liked this one too, but I was disappointed to realize it was an abridged version.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Read the entire book.I liked the narrator. He made the story-telling experience much more enjoyable than just reading. But either he needs to speak up or be aware of the volume of the background sound effects. There were multiple times when I couldn't tell what he was saying due to the noise.

What does Christopher Graybill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I drive a 1 hour commute each way in my work. These books help while away the time. Christopher has a talent for communicating emotion with his reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

I have two complaints about this product.
1. I am not a fan of "abridged" books. I read the book many years ago and was hoping to get a similar experience. I felt that too much was left out.
2. On several occasions, the sound effects drowned out the narrator.

  • A Storm of Swords

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,868
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50,812

As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 12-22-07

A little diasappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

was good but there was too much sex profanity and vulgarity it detracted from the story