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  • A Hymn Before Battle

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734

With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive Ringo

  • By james on 03-05-09

Action: 15%; Exposition: 85%

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-09

I expected an action-packed military sci-fi novel. Instead I received hours and hours of characters dealing with frustrating and confusing bureaucracy and dumb orders from incompetent superiors. Long parts of the book were just frustrating.

Like a lot of military sci-fi, this book spends way too much time focusing on the minutiae of military organizations. "Too much" in this case means approximately 3/4 of the book. These parts were'nt particularly enjoyable. I soldiered through (haha).

When the action sequences finally began they were pretty good. No complaints there. It's just that I expected that there would be action scenes throughout the book, not just piled on at the end.

All in all, this book was acceptable. I listened all the way through The narrator was good. I didn't ask for a refund. However, I have no intention of purchasing another John Ringo title. One was more than enough.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Woken Furies

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,315
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,416

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a first

  • By customer on 02-10-08

Great book ruined by terrible reader

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-07

The previous two novels in the Takeshi Kovacs series are read by Todd McClaren, who gives Takeshi a jaded, world-weary and unimpressed air that fits the noir feeling of the novels *perfectly.* The reader of Woken Furies takes an opposite approach and as a result makes Takeshi sound like a testosterone-junkie street punk hopped up on meth. To add insult to injury, a cheesy microphone-in-a-coffee-can effect is used to let us know when Takeshi is imagining a line of dialogue.

Let me be clear: I worship Richard K. Morgan and his books. But I could not force myself to listen to the narrator of Woken Furies. I'm so disappointed that Todd McClaren or Simon Vance didn't read this title as well. Instead of Woken Furies, download Thirteen or Market Forces, both excellent titles. Woken Furies is a good book but a miserably disappointing audiobook.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Angels

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,805

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, hard-boiled space action

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

Fabulous Noir Sci-Fi

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-05

I've enjoyed Richard K. Morgan's science fiction more than any other books I've ever downloaded from Audible (and that's a lot). The plot of Broken Angels is sufficiently complex to keep your interest but not overwhelming. There's plenty of tension to draw you forward. The scope of the novel is sufficiently grand to remind you of why you like science fiction in the first place.

Takeshi Kovacs, the hero, is fabulous. Imagine Han Solo and Clark Gable and James Bond being grafted into one personality... that's him.

Warning: there are a couple of steamy scenes not for the prudish -- and can be very distracting while you're at work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 130

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Wonder it Was a Top BookSense 76 Pick!

  • By Patrick Y. on 04-24-05

Another book ruined by the reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-05

Have you ever gone to a cafe on open mic poetry night and heard the bearded man in the black turtleneck and beret read his poetry like he was holding a baby? That's exactly how this reader sounded. I couldn't pay attention to the words because of the oceans of false emotion the reader (an "actor," I'm sure) sought to instill in every word.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Pieces of the Puzzle

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 13

With The Pieces of the Puzzle, Robert Stanek masterfully creates an intelligent thriller that weaves the excitement and intrigue of a sophisticated mystery with the fascinating secret world of international espionage. The leader of a special operations unit returns home after a mission gone terribly wrong to find himself a wanted man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BAD, BAD

  • By Randall on 11-12-06

An unfortunate string of thriller cliches

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-05

From its opening scene, this book seems like a pastiche of every spy novel you've read. Characters are so shallow that to call them cardboard would be an insult to cardboard. I struggled to follow the narrative thread but ultimately, the narrator's breathless yet monotone voice destroyed any interest I had in continuing to listen to this book.

Perhaps if you already know the story, or you're utterly inured to threadbare cliche, you'll enjoy this title. Otherwise, I'd recommend the Richard K. Morgan titles instead.

19 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • An Unpardonable Crime

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Edgar Allan Poe is an American boy in England, a child standing on the edge of mysteries. In 1819, two Americans arrive in London. Soon afterward a bank collapses. A man is found horribly mutilated on a building site and an heiress flirts with her inferiors. All the while, Poe's young schoolmaster struggles to understand what is happening before he and his loved ones are destroyed. But the truth has its origins in the New World and the Old, in a bitter episode of corruption during the War of 1812.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worthwhile

  • By Anne on 05-27-04

Excellent narration, okay story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-05

This is a plot-driven mystery in which most of the plot is concealed from the reader until 3/4 of the way through. I'd much prefer to know more about what was going on earlier in the book. And the way the main character overcomes his nemesis is extremely difficult to believe.

That aside, the story captures the time and place very well.

The Edgar Allen Poe tie-in is extremely weak, because Poe appears only as a young boy.

The reader was the best voice-actor of all the audiobooks I've ever listened to. I had no trouble at all with any of the broad range of voices he took on -- truly a masterful performance. Bravo!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Rising Sun

  • World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat
  • By: Patrick K. O'Donnell
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Patrick K. O'Donnell has made a career of uncovering the hidden history of World War II by tracking down and interviewing its most elite troops: the Rangers, Airborne, Marines, and First Special Service Force, forerunners to Americas's Special Forces.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Vet accounts = 5 stars; Narrator = 1 star

  • By Sean on 10-04-05

Tedious and repetitive

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-05

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but each anecdote started with the narrator describing what the eyewitness was going to say. Then the story from the veteran. You have to listen to the same story, twice. This is fine for people with very short attention spans but if you're going to pay attention to your audiobook, this is not a title for you.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

  • By: Shelby Foote
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 42 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 1 begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the great literary achievements of all time

  • By Judd Bagley on 01-09-09

Narrative history at it's finest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-04

I know almost nothing about the American Civil War. Shelby Foote's account is vivid, full of character portraits and details of a vanished society. Sometimes difficult to follow (I imagine there are diagrams of battles in the print version) but always delightful to listen to.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful