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King of the Road audiobook cover art

A big disapointment

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, the author fell back upon the poor story telling techniques that turned me off of his other works. Weather it was creating false suspense by not revealing plot irrelevant character background till later in the book, dumbing down normally perceptive characters so they don’t ask obvious but ‘story damaging’ questions or creating false conflict between characters because important character history plot points are not revealed just to create a crisis in the future. Not to mention a need for a larger suspension of disbelief than should be warranted in a modern fantasy hidden world story. The author should put greater trust in his own story telling abilities and respect his audience more.

As always Bronson Pinchot's voice work is excellent though a couple of times he uses the wrong voice for character. To me this is more of an editing issue than a voice acting mistake.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Monster Hunter Files audiobook cover art

A much better example of a shared world.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

In short; this is a great series of short stories that truly shows the strength of the MHI universe.

The stories in Monster Hunter Files are a mixture of fleshed out characters previously created by Mr. Corriea, complete new characters created by the authors for the MHI universe, and in one case a port in of an already existing character (who could have existed in the MHI universe very easily to begin with) into the world of MHI. Your mileage may vary from one story to the next, but all (accept John Ringo’s story) create characters and situation that at least feel like MHI stories.

Oliver Wyman’s voice acting is outstanding, as usual; perhaps too good. One story’s twist was ruined for me because I recognized the character’s voice and realized that something was up before the big reveal. Khistine Hvam does an excellent job as per usual as the voice of Jane Yellowrock, and I really hope that they use Bailey Carr as the voice of Monster Hunter Guardian.

Finally a big shout out to Larry Corriea for having the courage to let others play in his universe. I can hardly wait for more.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad audiobook cover art

Far more than just a history of Spain

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

I was really surprised just how much I got out of the Great Course. Not only is it a really good survey course of Spanish History, but the Professor Salisbury covers a wide variety of material that, while was a part of Spanish History, impacts upon other parts of World as well.

Definitely worth the listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Thank You for Being Late audiobook cover art

It is as if Gen X didn't even exist

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Written by a baby boomer who appears to have looked up from his own navel long enough to realise 'Hey my grandchildren aren't going to have things handed to them on a silver platter like I was. That's not fair.'

Friedman's ultimate point seems to be that the rate of change really started increase in 2007 with the introduction of the smart phone and social media. The fallout of which is a degree of uncertainty that means today's young people have to scramble to get a head with no real guarantees of success.

While the world that he describes certainly does exist today the main point that he completely misses is that this world has been in existence since the mid 80s with the rise of personal computers. This fact and it impact upon society, and how badly Friedman missed it was clear to me when he started to describe what young people now had to go through now to find work. As I was listening to this part, I thought to myself 'gee that sound like my work experience, and the work experience of a lot of my friends, since I graduated from university:in the early 1990s.

And it is things like this drove me insane with this book. Friedman's assumption that just because HE'S discovered these issues that they have only recently coming into existence. Sorry Tom but like many issues related to Boomers you weren't there first, and radial change has been the norm for decades not years. 2007 wasn't some mythical tipping point, but just another year of change in a long line of changes. Just ask anyone who came of age after 1990.

Oliver Wyman did his usual superb narration: unfortunately like in Grunge his presentation was in service of a text undeserving his talents.

Holding Juno audiobook cover art
  • Holding Juno
  • Canada's Heroic Defence of the D-Day Beaches: June 7-12, 1944
  • By: Mark Zuehlke
  • Narrated by: Kyle Munley

Book wrecked by narrator.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

While Mr. Zuehika's material is top notched it is often made suspect by Mr. Munley's mispronunciation. Words like PIAT, RAM, Haida are all badly pronounce, he even mispronounced adjutant.

Even though I know these mistakes aren't Mr Zuehika's fault such basic mispronunciations can not help help but cause the listener to question the overall accuracy of the book.

The fault for this I lay squarely at the feet of the book's audio director, better care should have been taken to ensure words were properly pronounced.

Which is a real shame because Mr. Zuehika's 'just the facts' primary document prose is excellent. Especially for such a critical book which covers a period that has been given lip service by so many historians. If D+1 to D+7 was better covered outside of academia maybe such units as the 12th SS wouldn't be lionized the way the are today.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Within the Sanctuary of Wings audiobook cover art

A great ending for a great series

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

A really great read that I enjoyed listening to from start to finish. Who would have thought that one of the best series I've ever read about the joys and hazards field work as a scientist would be so fantastical.

Ms. Reading does a fantastic job as the narrator bring the characters to live. She IS Lady Trent to my mind.

Highly recommend the series for any young people interested in biology or the social sciences. You be hard press to find a better real world role model.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Brotherhood of the Wheel audiobook cover art

Epic fantasy meets ashfault

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

This book is one of the best I've read it a long time. It's a modern tale with really good characters, an interesting plot and action/combat scenes.

But what I find most praise worthy is that at it heart its a story about good people helping other good people to stand up and say 'not on my watch' when the forces of darkness rise. In that way the book reminds me of Gemmell at his best, something that truly surprised me when I realized it half way through.

One last note: Pinchot was a perfect choice for narrator for this book, his different accents bringing the book truly to life for me.

Nightwise audiobook cover art

An unfortunate mistart

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

After reading the Brotherhood of the Wheel I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately it was a really bad misstep. To my thought its really just a poor John Constantine clone and far to dark for my taste.

It also requires a great deal of buy in the books mythological backbone without taking the time to explain the rules, something that I greatly dislike.

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Why orginal documents are so critical.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

From the start of the 19 century to today I believe that it has been more accurate to say history is written by the loser. This had been the case both world wars and the American Civil War. The Lost Cause myth has been the main example of this fact for the later war.

Bomekemper's book is a counter to this myth and does a fantastic job using original documents and raw statistics to do so.

Well worth the read.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

European History and European Lives: 1715 to 1914 audiobook cover art

A great place to start

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

This is an older Great Course but it is also one that best that I have listened to. Professor Steinberg does a fantastic job using biography as an entry point into the larger history of Europe, Then time and again he uses that larger history to show the unique character of the person he is talking about. His style is engaging and understanding all throughout.

A great entry point into modern European History, heck into history and its importance and power in general: this is one that should not be missed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful