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Dennis Jameson

Alameda, CA USA
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  • Guardian

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,147

Admiral Geary's First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary's mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire - an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another 5 STAR Book!

  • By Dennis on 05-09-13

I really like this series.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-19

Thought provoking, while still a wild ride. This is my second time and it gets even better as it gets more comfortable.

  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

  • By: Adrienne Mayor
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's fascinating exploration of the origins of biological and unethical warfare, draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern methods of war and terrorism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read for those interested in Antiquity

  • By Christopher on 07-08-10

One of those oh shit non-fiction books

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

I wish I had access to the bibliography to dig deeper. Book was one of those that whet the appetite for more .
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  • The Encircling Sea

  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Flavius Ferox, Briton turned Roman centurion, is charged with keeping Rome's empire intact. But from his base at Vindolanda on the northern frontier of Britannia, he feels enemies closing in on him from all sides. Ambitious leaders await the chance to carve out empires of their own while men nearer at hand speak in whispers of war and the destruction of Rome. And now new threats are reaching Ferox's ears. Stories about the boat-dwelling men of the night who have cursed the land and come ashore only to feast on men's flesh. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again!

  • By Joshua on 01-08-19

Another Colleen McCullough

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Goldsworthy does for Roman Britain what McCullough did for Republican Rome. I had a fair idea of what the mechanics looked like, but this was like seeing the machine in operation. If you are interested in Rome, the Roman Army and/or Roman Britain this novel brings the history to life.

  • The Queen's Pardon

  • Alexis Carew, Book 6
  • By: J.A. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Trapped on a hostile world, hunted by pirate bands, and abandoned by her fellow captains, Alexis Carew must lead her small band to safety, even though it seems every hand is set against her. Stalked by pirates in the skies above and shadowy alien figures on the planet below, Alexis must convince former enemies to trust her even as she discovers where the tendrils of her true enemies lead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By stevekaw on 06-15-19

Couldn't wait.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I was delighted to see another installment was available, and I couldn't wait to begin and I wasn't disappointed. I guess I now like Steam Punk! I really like the narrator, she is absolutely delightful even if her feminine voice can seem a bit incongruous while detailing some gruesome scene--but it works.

  • The Pirate Queen

  • By: Susan Ronald
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Dubbed the "pirate queen" by the Vatican and Spain's Philip II, Elizabeth I was feared and admired by her enemies. Extravagant, whimsical, and hot-tempered, Elizabeth was the epitome of power. Her visionary accomplishments were made possible by her daring merchants, gifted rapscallion adventurers, astronomer philosophers, and her stalwart Privy Council, including Sir William Cecil, Sir Francis Walsingham, and Sir Nicholas Bacon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too lilttle about Elizabeth!

  • By Eunice on 12-20-07

Mile wide inch deep

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Very superficial coverage of a deep subject. Not even an introduction of the subject as too much left out. Does make me want to learn more, and there were enough tid-bits to whet my appetite for more. Excellant narration.

  • Storm World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 10
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,329

In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best. Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World. Circled by six moons, the planet is ravaged by wild storms and tides. Battles are fought in raging hurricanes, and death stalks the soldiers on both sides.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bit more of the same... but still fantastic

  • By Elliot on 01-31-19

Another Homerun by Larson

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

The Undying Mercenary series has been a solid performing military sf. Always entertaining, it also provides an intriguing look at future possibilities.

  • World War II at Sea

  • A Global History
  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 252

World War II at Sea offers a global perspective, focusing on the major engagements and personalities and revealing both their scale and their interconnection: the U-boat attack on Scapa Flow and the Battle of the Atlantic; the "miracle" evacuation from Dunkirk and the pitched battles for control of Norway fjords; Mussolini's Regia Marina - at the start of the war the fourth-largest navy in the world - and the dominance of the Kidö Butai and Japanese naval power in the Pacific; Pearl Harbor then Midway; and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Patrick on 02-14-19

One Volume History of WWII Naval War?

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Too much history to adequately tell in one volume. Too much left unsaid, little analysis of either victory or defeat.

  • Tides of War

  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

One man. Two armies. The fate of the ancient world in the balance. In Tides of War, Steven Pressfield presents an epic saga of Greek strife and conflict with the same historical precision and heartbreaking human scale that made his last novel, Gates of Fire, an international best seller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but doesn't sparkle.

  • By Matthew on 02-06-06

Hard to follow an already confused tale.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Historical fiction about a bewildering time and a much maligned character. Shed virtually no light or insight into actions by any of the involved characters. Besides the known historical figures no idea if the lesser characters were real or fictitious and in the event who I should even care about.

  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,808

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Jack is Back

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Reacher is a force of nature, which is why Tom Cruz misses the whole point of being Jack (No Middle Initial) Reacher. Size does matter. Nice back story filling in missing parts of Reacher's biography. Makes up for the relatively low body count.

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,160

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Scalzi Rules

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Answers the question can a decent, mild mannered and self-effacing person be utterly ruthless when the need arises. I really hope HBO or NETFLIX or someone options this and turns it into a series.