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  • Heechee Rendezvous

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

After millennia had passed, Mankind discovered the Heechee legacy (an alien culture that fled to the relative safety of a black hole) - in particular an asteroid stocked with autonavigating spacecraft. Robinette Broadhead, who had led the expedition that unlocked the many secrets of Heechee technology, is now forced once more to make a perilous voyage into space - where the Heechee are waiting. And this time the future of Man is at stake....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first two

  • By Randall on 11-10-18

Not as good as the first two

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two in this series (The Heechee Saga), but this title seemed a little forced. The book dragged on a little then the end seemed to be a bit of, jump the shark, and over to quickly.

But having said this I will continue with the fourth book in this series. I do love Frederik Pohl's works.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Mornings on Horseback

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy -- seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma -- and his struggle to manhood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this one

  • By Randall on 11-05-18

Did not like this one

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I am in the process of listening all of McCullough's titles. Now I only have Truman left, and I am wondering if I want to take a chance.
This book seemed so incomplete , and left me wanting. The author is usually so detailed that you feel you know every detail possible on the biography . It seems like that McCullough just got board with his subject, and skipped two thirds of Roosevelt's important achievements . I don't know what happened or why this is so incomplete.

I was aware that the description of the book said it covered the years between 1869 to 1886, and I am hoping that McCullough does a follow up bio of the rest of the Roosevelt life. I will purchase the second volume if it ever comes out, but will feel a bit ill used by needing to purchase the second volume.

Another major complaint in this book is the reader (Nelson Runger), reads soooooooo slowly that I listened at 1.5 speed.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams

  • Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,917

The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid this Void. An Abyss It Is. Step Away! 😱

  • By David D. Schneider on 03-05-16

NEGATIVE 5 STAR

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

THIS AUTHOR IS ABYSMAL!
This was the second Hamilton book I tried, and it
was as bad as the first.I will never choose this author
again. The first book..The Dreaming Void... was really bad, but
this author seems to get good reviews so I tried a second book.
I slogged all the way through the first book to the miserable end.
This second book, I gave up on in less than 2 hours.

There is sooooo much wrong with this book that I don't know where
to begin.

Overly sexual.... just like The Dreaming Void
Hard to follow... Just like The Dreaming Void
Tedious and unimaginative ... Just like The Dreaming Void
Misogynistic to nauseam.. Just like....

The author tries to make his female characters strong and enlightened,
but it just disgustingly misogynistic and I choose to never purchase
another of his books. I can't believe anybody would like this.

30 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • March Upcountry

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761

Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 GREAT WRITERS 1 FANTASTIC STORY

  • By Randall on 08-26-18

2 GREAT WRITERS 1 FANTASTIC STORY

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Both writers do a wonderful job writing separately, but it adds so much more
when they join up.This book takes it's time in the set up, and the main character
seems to be an unlikeable dweeb.

Just like in other Weber and Ringo novels plenty of interesting action takes
place. As the story progress we find this unlikeable prince marooned on
a distant planet . The military guard assigned to protect him all believe him a
spoiled peacock, but prince Roger surprises them all.

As usual Stefan Rudniki does a fantastic job of narrating this book. He brings
each of the characters to life.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Clockwork Angels

  • The Novel
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Neil Peart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself. He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ALL AROUND GOOD BOOK

  • By Randall on 08-08-18

ALL AROUND GOOD BOOK

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This book so much reminds me of Paulo Coelho's
The Alchemist. Both books are about a young mans
journey, and how it affects him and how he
matures throughout his travels. It's a story about
not being satisfied with the status quo and how
your decisions have consequences that will challenge
you. Just a nice and easy read, maybe YA.
The reader was awesome, he did a great job.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Terror

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984

The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good then, NOT

  • By Randall on 07-24-18

Very good then, NOT

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18


I love a good historical fiction, and three quarters of this book was fantastic.

A tale of hardship followed up by bad luck and tragedy. Not to give anything away, but they find themselves stuck fast in the ice while trying to find a passage to sail north of Canada. they begin to be hunted by what appears to be an extremely large Polar Bear.
The crews of the 2 ships struggle to survive and many parish. The story is told in, through the eyes experiences from many different crew members .
BUT THEN at about chapter 62 the story tales a bad left turn and never recovers.
This is my first Dan Simmons book and I was impressed in his many detailed characters,and the telling of the story through their experiences.
I will definitely try another Dan Simmons novel soon

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,862

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My second Monster Hunter book

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

My second Monster Hunter book

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18


This is my second Monster Hunter book and the first in this series. My first read ( or listen ) was Monster Hunter Memoirs Grunge and that was really cheesy, with a main character who was a real douche. This book seems to have a little of the same problem with it's main character , but not nearly to the same degree. This story was well thought out and has several likable monster hunters and monsters. There is non stop action and a variety of cool monsters. I think it became a bit unbelievable when the main characters keep miraculously surviving unsurvivable situations. Having said this I might give book number two a try also.

34 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,433

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

A new type of vampire

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18


The Passage is a well written novel about vampires, with a new and creative twist. I thought the first several hours laid out a good foundation to the rest of the story. Justin Cronin did a wonderful job in the introduction of all the main characters. They were well thought out and interesting. Overall the book was pretty good. I look forward to book number two.

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge

  • By: John Ringo, Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,748

When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission. Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This Abomination Broke My Heart

  • By Tracie on 10-02-16

My first in the monster hunter series

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18


This was not a very interesting book. The main character was very one demential and so full of himself, that it was a constant distraction from the book. The entire storyline of monster hunting sounded like it would be fun, and I will probably try a different one that Larry Correia wrote alone.

I think the reader did a good job on this book considering he was being paid to read such drivel. I hope to hear him again in another book soon.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,832

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre

  • By erin george on 10-03-18

Will Patton great - story so so

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18


Will Patton did a wonderful job of reading this novel. He adds so much to this book. I will watch for him again.

I read or listen to everything I can when it comes to Stephen King and he has been my go to author for almost 30 years. In the past few years he has become political in his books and it has been a huge turnoff. But in this book he toned down is political rhetoric and it's not distracting to this story.

The outsider is a typical SK story and is well thought out and suspenseful. It has all the ingredients of Kings best novels, a really bad guy ( the outsider ) and the good guys hunting the bad guy. In this case he throws in Holly Gibney from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. In that story she played an essential part in the mix of characters. After Holley is introduction into this book it seems to take a turn and never gets back into a believable storyline . I didn't like her in this role but many readers seemed to enjoy her introduction.

31 of 35 people found this review helpful