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  • Legends Never Die

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

Jason Burke is a broken man. The loss of his friend and crewmate on an ill-fated mission to a Pillar World has left him in a downward spiral of rage and self-destruction. But what if Lucky hadn’t actually died on that planet? While Omega Force tries to pull itself together for the sake of their friend, they also learn that a ruthless new faction has seized control of the ConFed Council and now threatens the stability of the entire quadrant. To make matters worse, the rise of this new regime might be their fault.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted more

  • By Anders on 09-29-18

It's About time!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and the author took too long providing us with this latest installment of "Omega Force." The series has chronicled the (mis)adventures of 6 souls (5 organic and one synth) who found each other when they were about to be sold into slavery or murdered. Having saved each other, they formed a strong bond and have used their talents in an attempt to help others. I have been a fan of Sci-fi for a very long time, and I cannot name another story, or stories, where the author has provided 6 individuals of 6 different species from different planets, all of which have been given six different histories and therefore completely different personalities, and has knit them into an interesting group who fight against evildoers, while bickering like only family members can. They sometimes make me laugh out loud (to the dismay of my wife who usually is trying to sleep while I listen with headphones late at night). If other readers know of another series even close to this one, please let me know. If you are new to this series, I strongly suggest that you start at book #1, "Omega Rising." This book centers around finding and restoring Lucky to the living, and dealing with a threat from their common past. This book does not resolve this threat, and if you find that you hate cliff hangers, well, wait for #11 before finishing #10. Note to Mr Dalzelle, please hurry up with the next book!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dreadnaught

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell - introduction
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,067

The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got me into audio science fiction audio books!

  • By ApplesOverOranges on 07-06-13

A Delightful Novel

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This is the first novel of the second half of the Black Jack Geary saga. While the story can be enjoyed without first reading the “Lost Fleet” series, starting with Dauntless, I would suggest first starting at the beginning. The author uses these novels to deliver a very enjoyable, almost never ending series of battles. The stories are told from the viewpoint of a ship’s captain, who lost his ship in the first battle of a hundred year war. After lying in a lifeboat frozen for a century, he wakes to find out that the Alliance has turned him into a hero of mythical proportions, who was supposed to return from the dead to win the war.

The author tries to explain to his listeners the value of tradition as well as military discipline. While the books were written many years ago, the books provide an excellent platform to discuss issues of today, from authoritarian regimes, to torture, to artificial intelligence. Spoiler Alert! The author, a career naval officer knows that torture has no place in a democracy, and the ends do not justify the means. Despite the fact that our society found no need to “break the rules “ while defeating the Nazis, some people still bring it up again and again. Jack Campbell has provided us with excellent stories while reminding us to keep our values no matter how far we travel.

  • The Terrorist Watch

  • Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack
  • By: Ronald Kessler
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Although it has been over five years since the 9/11 attacks, Americans still do not have a clear sense of how our government is waging the war on terror. In The Terrorist Watch, best-selling author Ronald Kessler takes listeners behind the scenes to reveal exactly how our leaders, charged with protecting the American people, are stopping terrorists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable information with Republican rantings

  • By Wyatt on 11-25-07

Interesting listen, but far from reality

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-09

This book attempts to present a view of the conduct of the "war on terror" but is really an apologia for the Bush administration. He conveniently blurs the distinction of the war against Al Qaeda with the war in Iraq, forgetting to mention that there was no relation between Iraq and 9/11, and that there were no terrorists in Iraq before Bush created them. Somehow he fails to mention Bush's infamous comment after a PDB mentioned that Al Qaeda was determined to attack the USA, "OK, you have covered your asses," doing nothing. He repeated says that 9/11 could not have been prevented, but I wonder what would have happened if Bush had called in the directors of the CIA & FBI, and demanded that they work together.

The Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame fiasco is likewise distorted. There is an attack on the reporter who broke the story while there is no mention that there was no other source of Plame's identity other than from The V.P. and that this was retribution, plain and simple. Several anecdotes are interesting; otherwise the book was a total waste of a credit.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • State of Fear

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,444

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did I read the same book as some of you?

  • By F on 10-05-05

The worst!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-08

Out of the 364 books that I have listened to, this is by far the worst. Crichton uses this audio to preach non-scientific views on Global Warming, or rather, his assertion, that there is no problem of Global Warming, only a State of Fear, hence the title. If there were a way to get my credit back, I would demand it be returned. The only honest part of the book is that it is listed as fiction.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code

  • A Covert-One Novel
  • By: Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another WOW!

  • By Lawrence on 12-06-12

Not worth a review, much less a listen!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-03

This "thriller" trades in on the Ludlum name, but doesn't provide a plot that makes sense. Characters make really stupid statements, such as the Vice President asking for the name of a covert agent who is in the field so he can pray fror him - this in a White House which is "riddled with leaks." As if that provides a "need-to-know." I lasted to the end to see if there was a reward for the diligent listener; there wasn't. Sadly, when authors die their talent dies with them.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful