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  • Into the Looking Glass

  • Looking Glass Series, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

When asubatomic physics experiment causes a massive explosion, interdimensional gateways open in Florida - and aliens pour out. Some intend to bring Earth to its knees. Others seem willing to help, but will annihilate the planet if Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller can't stop the menace from spreading.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Way different...

  • By Trip Williams on 09-23-13

Mediocre story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-10

I didn't like the book much. The story itself is quite predictable. The book lacks much human relationships and you have nobody to empathize to. You have a main hero who is a kind of super human: a physics genius who doesn't need any sleep and quickly recovers from major injures received when fighting off alien invaders in breaks from his scientific discoveries. All other people in the story serve minor roles and generally exist only as a background to show off the main hero's awesomeness. There are many parts of the book which do not make much sense. Couple examples come to my mind: you have humans and aliens learning magically each other's languages in a matter of days. Ok, I could buy that aliens are super smart or have means to help to learn new languages but there is no way it would be possible for humans. Another example is that book is way too USA centric to the point of stupidity. I mean you have an alien invasion which affects whole world but the way book describes the world's reaction to the events one could think that Earth consists of USA, France which could be just another state of USA, Middle East which role is to be a place where bad evil terrorists lurk and maybe a couple of small unimportant countries who only capable of complaining about the way USA handles the situation.

13 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,532

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Okish book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-09

For me the book for interesting enough to listen to the end but I'm definitely not going to re-read or re-listen it again. To my taste the characters are somewhat one-dimensional and I often found parts of the plot somewhat unconvincing. There is too much of soap opera in this book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful