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  • WWIII

  • You Could See It Coming
  • By: Philip Lienert
  • Narrated by: Josh Kilbourne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 3

In World War III, retired military officer Steve Van de Kamp finds himself thrust into the center of an international crisis. How will the world look after World War III? Will extremist Muslims bring about their desired end of the world?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another right-wing religious screed

  • By carl on 09-30-15

Another right-wing religious screed

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Any tea party member in good standing

What could Philip Lienert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was just not my cup of tea, not being a conspiracy nut bathed in Christian fervor

What didn’t you like about Josh Kilbourne’s performance?

Pacing, pronunciation, diction and above all editing.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I want my credit back

Any additional comments?

In all seriousness, this book has it all. From bible prophecy to the fed, and the tri-lateral commission, every right-wing, Christian fundamentalist rant out there. All wrapped around an implausible plot with cardboard cut-out characters. If you are in that mindset, go for it. If not, at least you can return the book.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Ship

  • A Novel
  • By: William Brinkley
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 29 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 778

The unimaginable has happened: the world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the USS Nathan James is relatively unscathed, but the future is grim and Captain Thomas is facing mutiny from the tattered remnants of his crew. With civilization in ruins, he urges those that remain - 152 men and 26 women - to pull together in search of land. Once they reach safety, however, the men and women on board realize that they are the earth's last remaining survivors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is a tough listen, for more than one reason.

  • By J on 03-27-17

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The Last Ship was totally unexpected. When I finally got through all 29 hours I felt it was time well spent, although again, it left me with mixed feelings.

What did you like best about this story?

Books like this are simply not written any more. It had the feel of post-apocalyptic novels like On the Beach or Earth Abides. However it was written in an almost 19th century style. Think Melville or even Poe. Very formal and philosophical.

Did The Last Ship inspire you to do anything?

Pick up Moby Dick again.

Any additional comments?

As I said before, the author was extremely erudite. In other words he would not use a fifty-cent word if a two dollar word was available. This book would be a treasure-trove for scrabble fans. Because it was written in the late 80's it is a bit anachronistic technology-wise. The author also allowed some glaring errors in order to heighten the plot.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Fallen Race

  • The Shadow Space Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kal Spriggs
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Baron Lucius Giovanni, Captain of the battleship War Shrike, finds himself without a home or nation, his ship heavily damaged, and crew in bad shape. The odds against their personal survival are slim. The time of humanity has come to a close. The great nations have all fallen, either to the encroaching alien threats or to internal fighting and civil war. The aliens who seek to supplant humanity, however, have not taken one thing into account: Lucius Giovanni.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Story and Concept, But a Little Rushed

  • By Striker on 06-24-14

Both author and narrator need seasoning

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Would you try another book from Kal Spriggs and/or Jonathan Waters?

Doubtful but perhaps

Would you be willing to try another book from Kal Spriggs? Why or why not?

This book was clearly a freshman attempt. It had some good story and plot points, but he really needs to refine his craft.

How could the performance have been better?

It didn't sound like the narrator had much experience. He talked too fast, slurred words and mispronounced words because he hurried. He also needs work on his character voices and accents.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Tears of the Sun

  • A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Admit it, you're in for the duration

  • By Robert on 09-21-11

Filling in the backstory

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

Reviewed: 03-31-14

Where does The Tears of the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 20%

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were several

What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm used to McClaren. Changing narrators now would be jarring.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would've liked to, but it takes a couple of days

Any additional comments?

I really don't understand all these negative reviews. Like David Weber, Stirling writes in great detail and many layers. If one allows oneself to become invested in the narrative, these books are very compelling. I will be listening to the entire series many times in the future.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Armageddon's Princess

  • A Lexus Toulouse Mystery
  • By: Anthony Pacheco
  • Narrated by: May Ling Su
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Investigator Lexus Nancy Toulouse, ex-soldier extreme: finds her Libido Generator is on the fritz, learns her old warship wants to "get back together" (despite the fact she already has four husbands!), loses whatever war-torn sanity she had left in a crime reenactment and becomes the Princess Concubine to the mysterious Empress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite A Story

  • By carl on 03-13-14

Quite A Story

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

What made the experience of listening to Armageddon's Princess the most enjoyable?

His ability create a very believable future world. It's very obvious the author was heavily influenced by Heinlein's later work (heavy in the confused sexuality dept.) mixed with a lot of Scalzi. If you don't mind some very explicit and at times confused sex and violence, you will probably enjoy this very much.

Any additional comments?

I'll be waiting for his next book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Meridian 144

  • By: Meg Files
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10

A young woman and her lover are scuba diving on an old sunken warship off a Pacific island when the world above them on the surface turns into a monstrous fireball. The sunken wreck shudders and tips. This spectacularly conceived story may well assume a place somewhere between Nevil Shute's On the Beach and Margaret Atwood's Surfacing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excruciating

  • By carl on 03-11-14

Excruciating

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I loved Neville Schute's "On the Beach" and "Earth Abides", but this was less a post-apocalyptic survival story than a tortuous winding path through a very damaged woman's psyche. The author seemed to be using her struggle to survive her present situation as an allegory explaining her past miseries. Unfortunately, the protagonist is totally unlikeable. Shallow, manipulative, completely reactive, and not very bright. certainly not the kind of woman I'd want to be stuck on a desert island with. Oh, did I mention every other character in the book is about as shallow as a piece of tinfoil? If you're curious, or desperate feel free to take a look, You can always return it and find something worth while.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Who knows?

What does Carly Robins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did the best she could with what she was given.

Was Meridian 144 worth the listening time?

Not really

  • Einstein Must Die!

  • Fate of Nations, Book 1
  • By: Chris Kohout
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 18

1910 AD - Impending war with England has given Nikola Tesla the chance to build his dream: a weapon to end all wars. The American steam-powered Beowulf tank is larger than a house, and carries enough firepower to face an army. Beowulf also has a mechanical brain, embedded with the consciousness of Colonel Browning, America's best military strategist.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Utter Lack of Logic

  • By carl on 01-06-14

Utter Lack of Logic

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

What would have made Einstein Must Die! better?

Where to start? Sophomoric writing, no historical accuracy about the era, historical figures, or situations.

What was most disappointing about Chris Kohout’s story?

lack of any structural consistency in his plot or technology involved. Supposed to be set in the early 1900's yet the book begins with a sea-battle between a Ship of the Line and a Constitution class frigate. It gets worse from there.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Corey Snow?

I think he did the best he could with the material.

What character would you cut from Einstein Must Die!?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

Yeah. I know Steampunk has its own rules, but this book felt like it was written from a ninth-grader's study hall day-dream. Thank God for Audible's return policy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakers

  • Book 1
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 543

In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Alien Apocalypse

  • By Bob on 04-22-14

Far Better Than I Expected

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

Reviewed: 09-08-13

What did you love best about Breakers?

I bought this book because it was cheap so I wasn't expecting much. It's kind of a cross between Independence Day and the Stand without the mysticism of the latter. Once you get past the kind of graphic descriptions of the plague victims there are no huge situational suspensions of disbelief...at least no more than one of the Die Hard films. But anyway don't spend a credit on it, just buy it. It's a good day read and a bargain for the money.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Given Sacrifice

  • Emberverse Series, Book 10
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Proof there CAN be too Much of a Good Thing...

  • By Matthew on 01-17-14

Great Ending To This Part Of The Saga

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Given Sacrifice to be better than the print version?

TGS was probably the most satisfying of this series since The Sunrise Lands, probably even more so. I've enjoyed all of these books but at times parts of them-sometimes large parts-seemed to be more place-holding than moving the story along. At other times the whole thing seemed rushed, like the author was up against a deadline. S.M. Stirling is a very compelling writer however, and he has never been boring. I'm pretty sure anyone buying this book has read the entire series. If not, do so before you read this one. These are not stand alone books and I would imagine the frustration quotient from trying to figure out who is who and keep up with the storyline would be huge. Also, knowing virtually the entire life stories of the characters make them like old and comfortable friends. That being said, TGS wraps up this part of the saga very well, with enough plot twists to keep the reader entertained and anticipating more. Stirling is evidently writing a trilogy within a trilogy: Dies The Fire and its two sequels, The Sunrise Lands through this one, then at least two more, covering three generations. I can't wait till next September.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Malmont
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

In 1943, when the United States learns that Germany is on the verge of a deadly innovation that could tip the balance of the war, the government turns to an unlikely source for help: the nation’s top science fiction writers. Installed at a covert military lab within the Philadelphia Naval Yard are the most brilliant of these young visionaries. The unruly band is led by Robert Heinlein, the dashing and complicated master of the genre. His “Kamikaze Group,” is tasked with transforming the wonders of science fiction into science fact....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Perfection!

  • By Jim N on 08-31-12

This one is a lot of fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-11

I don't know if the anonymous one star reviewer listened to the same book I did, but I thought it was great. Certainly not of earth-shattering importance, but a vastly entertaining ride throught the early days of Science Fiction and World War II. All of the early pulp greats are there: Campbell, Gernsback, Dent, Gibson, as well as the next generation of writers that made SF the genre it is today. Heinlein, Asimov, deCamp and yes, even pre-dianetics L Ron Hubbard all working to solve a mystery involving a lost secret of Nicola Tesla with possible war-winning ramifications. Writing in an old pulp serial cliffhanger style, the author threw everything into this book, even the kitchen sink. On the way he solves the Philidelphia experiment, find New York's lost Catalin Vault and even runs into the mythical Junkers 390 Amerika bomber, all in a wildly improbable story interwoven with a plethora of carefully researched facts. He even included cameo's of a teen-aged Ray Bradbury, Forrest J Ackermann and many others. The author may offend some by treating Hubbard more sympathetically than he may deserve, but still in all, it is a really fun listen and well worth the credit. In fact, as soon as I submit this review I'm going to listen to it again If you're unsure, check out it's extremely high rating on Amazon. You won't be sorry

4 of 4 people found this review helpful