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Ernesto I. Ramirez Gomez

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  • Deep Space

  • By: Milo James Fowler
  • Narrated by: Don Wang
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Deep Space collects seven short stories from the outer rim: "Live by the Ten, Die by the Gun"; "From Gaia to Proxima Centauri"; "Resurrection of the Hornet"; "Autonomic Zen and the Art of Destruction"; "From Scheol My Soulfire Burns"; "Dance by the Light of the Moon"; "Tomorrow's Dawn".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Space Theme not the authors best, but still ok

  • By Susana Duarte on 03-24-19

Holes and Deus-ex Machina

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

The first story "Live by the Ten, Die by the Gun" is full of plot holes that bring down the structure, add that to the fact that Judge Lucy acts in a few scenes (beginning by undermining her security chief... who NEED to be aware of all dangers and weapons on board), added to that a "magic" weapon who can do about everything but the Sheriff knows nothing about it... and some villains that doesn't seem to be ready to go the whole length to reach what looks like a cham of a mission.
"From Gaia to Proxima Centauri" is more solid but it still presents "holes", since Gaia search for time gaps and finds none, but she is told there should be...
"Resurrection of the hornet" is a flash fiction but one depending on a Deus-ex Maquina super item.

and so and so... all in good ideas, but lacking in the execution.

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genre defying conspiracy fiction

  • By Carl on 09-11-12

love it, but sometimes can be a bit confusing

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

it might be me but at time I found a few momwnts confusing , which the written book made clearer, it might be the narrative, or some mistakes on the narrator when using one or other character.

But the story is pretty good and complex, definitively weird.

  • Into the Wastes

  • By: Milo James Fowler
  • Narrated by: John Carrick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Into the Wastes collects 10 short stories from the post-apocalyptic badlands. Stories include: "Soulless in His Sight", "You Kill Me", "Survival of the Fittest", "For a Handful of Crowns", "Drawn from a World of Hurt", "Breath of Life", "Sins of the Father", "Like Clockwork", "When Tomorrow Comes", and "Idan's World"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A disturbing, engrossing post apocalyptic collection

  • By John on 03-14-19

Worlds of Darkness and hope

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Quite an interesting set of worlds and probably futures, very grim and yet there is a lot of hope in most of the stories.

My favorite so far is Idan's worlds, is one of longer ones too, but I like the development of the characters and the hellish setting the now live in.

  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,297

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a Terrific Book

  • By Daniel McAfee on 08-01-08

great story, women voice need more work

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

The story is very good and in the second "read" you notice the details around the twist, the only thing is that chapters that long can be tiring. Dick Hill does an amazing storytelling work with Bosch, but he needed a bit more work with his women

The Jewel of Dantenos
    The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure: from the World of the Godling Chronicles, Book 0.5
    
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    Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    2,714 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Jewel of Dantenos

  • The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure: from the World of the Godling Chronicles, Book 0.5
  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,361

Filled with confidence and no small measure of arrogance, young Lee Starfinder, along with Millet Gristall, set off on their very first adventure. Lee quickly discovers that life beyond Hazrah can be far deadlier than he could have ever imagined. And soon he must learn that muscle and steel cannot replace loyalty, bravery and friendship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • guess just not me

  • By Hunter on 06-07-17
  • The Jewel of Dantenos
  • The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure: from the World of the Godling Chronicles, Book 0.5
  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins

Interesting world and chars, just not the main one

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

The setting is interesting in how it uses the characters and the existence of the gods, the daughter traveling with her father's murderer until she can fight him face to face and maybe win (but probably further and further away from that), but otherwise, the main character is a bit of a bore, he is the stereotype hero of prophecy and has money because it was inherited to him by his previous patron (which unless there is a good reason after that seems a bit ridiculous), his servant and secondary character is a little bit more interesting, but the relationship between them is a little tiresome.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,036

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Red Sparrow: Modern Cold War propaganda

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

When last year I heard the announcement of <b>Red Sparrow</b>, a spy thriller with <b><i>Jennifer Lawrence</i></b> I become quite excited about the prospect. I mean, I was not one of the guys hoping this movie will cover the place of <b>Marvel’s Black Widow</b>, but hey it was a good beginning… until the reviews came up and we had to reconcile to the idea of <b>Atomic Blond</b> being the only badass action-packed female spy thriller of the year.

In December, <b>Audible</b> (I have been indulging quite a lot in it lately) offered a 2 for 1 audiobooks for the cost of 1 credit, and one of the options was <b>Red Sparrow</b>… I checked it and found it was around 17 hours of listening material and had good reviews. I took it along with a cop thriller. My plan was to listen to it and then watch the movie and compare both. After doing both, these are my impressions. Beware, there are spoilers ahead.

Red Sparrow is the story of <b>Dominika Egorova</b>, a Russian SVR agent (aka spy) and the niece of <b>Ivan Dimitrevich Egorov's</b>, First Deputy Director of the SVR, niece. Her mission is to approach Nate Nash (horrible name), a CIA agent, and establish “trust” in order to learn the identity of a mole inside the Russian government code-named <b>Marble>/b>; and when Nate and his superiors learns who Dominika is, he is ordered to recruit her to spy for the USA. It soon becomes a race to learn who recruits who while they develop feelings for each other.

First, the story is relatively good and entertaining, is full of details from the spying world and I love the fact that every chapter ends with a recipe of whatever food was shown during the chapter, which is part of the good craft. A good story not only need events, but details to live it, and Red Sparrow is full of sounds, colors, smells… and there is always food, something some authors could learn from it.

Sadly, the Red Sparrow suffers heavily from the same problem as old American movies and shows, it is absolutely biased and naive to the point of becoming some sort of propaganda. By this I mean it returns to the old white and black hats of movies, where characters are easily identified by being good or evil… and for a spy movie, this is utterly naive.

Besides Dominika and Nate, most characters are rather plain, even if they don’t appear so immediately. Nate and Dominika, both have lots of qualities and flaws (Nate has a deep confidence issue and Dominika a serious temper she not always can keep in check) but otherwise the rest of the characters are used for exposition, some advance the story and while they have personality, they are stereotypes, even more the villains are cartoons: evil, despicable, even Bond Villain-like (<b>Sergey Matorin</b>, for example, is sadistic, crazy and his right eye is opaque white blind… and the things he does… well, you can’t have a more complete Bond Villain resume unless you go to his bosses).

In the CIA all guys in the field are good guys (bureaucrats on the other side are greedy and part of the problem, even when doing things right), from the Russian side the good guys, with the exception of the mole and Dominika, all become victims of the system. And all good guys are proficient at what they do; they efficient, diligent, and professional; if things went wrong is because the situation was already beyond their power or it was someone’s else mistake (like the FBI).
Villains on the other side are in general despicable, impatient, some bordering on genocidal maniacs (some crossing that borders many times over, like Matorin), the only thing stopping them of committing greater atrocities is how it would be reflected in their image. The only «efficient and professional» villain is the NY Resident who serves as Swan’s handler, but then he «secretly» despises her.
So we have field guys and double agents who are good, the opposition in the SVR is useless and easy to fool, the FBI are inept cops unable to see the big picture, the NSA rarely gets important info and has traitors inside, and (BIG SPOILER) the Russian mole is a female Democrat Senator, who is not only despicable, she is sloppy, greedy and vain (besides a sex addict).

And there we go into the sex issue. Nate is chauvinistic (and so is everyone in Russia, except for the mole) and not only doesn’t believe at first that Dominica is an SVR agent equal to him (or superior since she is smart and graduated top of her class) also after recruiting her, he undermines her capabilities and skill. Also, the author must be very naive to make us believe that the CIA doesn’t use sex to approach and/or control assets they handle. But returning to the approach of sex in the story: sex is bad as it’s shown through different characters.

•Anya, a Sparrow in training was unable to cope with it and killed herself, while the rest become jaded like «old whores»
•Dominika pushes herself to excel even in Section #4, Sparrow School, but even after she is trained she complains to her uncle for having being sent to «Whore School» and in the field she resist every opportunity to use sex to accomplish a mission (while her superiors use the fact of her being a Sparrow or the use of sex as a way to further humiliate her)
•Martha, Dominika’s friend in Helsinki and a retired Sparrow, has found a way to live with it, but even as she was once “Queen Sparrow” she was reminded by her lover that he could not marry someone like «her».
•Stephanie Boucher, the Russian mole and counterpart of Dominika, is shown to be addicted to sex, she is known to have «really got around» while a teen and her handler insinuates that she is dirty as another reason to dislike her.

Last but not least, if you want to keep tabs on enemy super spies, forget about tracking equipment, hacking smartphones, what you absolutely need are some old timers. Even specialist in infiltration and people with superpowers (Dominika can see the true colors of people and their attitudes, and even she was oblivious of being followed by one) are defenseless against geezers who are able to follow people for hours through obstacles and disengagement tactics.

So, in summary. Good story, but big in propaganda: Sex, except in love, is something to be ashamed of, the CIA officers are Good but bureaucrats are bad, FBI agents are inept, Russians are easy to outmaneuver, Democrats are debased and narcissistic (especially if women) and geezers are the ultimate spy kryptonite.

The movie stays close to the base story but has (obviously) many differences and a lot fewer characters. First of all, Nate is shown a lot more inept at his work, since one of the first no’s about working in enemy territory is to not use the subway as its full of cameras, he is even noticed by a soldier in the train. Besides, knowing himself being followed by a car he takes part in an exchange with Marble. And even touches him, disregarding another point of the book about the use of «spy dust» which invisibly marks anyone touched by an American, since the luggage of every American is fully marked with an invisible component that appears under UV light and when studied can tell which specific American it belongs to. And he brings a gun to the meeting, further endangering himself and his asset.

The biggest differences between the book and the movie are the central theme, while in both stories is about the search of the mole, the novel is a bigger story about tradecraft and character development, the movie instead is a mystery. In the first one we always knew who the mole is, and soon enough we learn about a mole in the US government working for the Russians, in the movie the mole is kept secret until the end and then is a bit shoehorned as a twist and then Dominika’s action creates a new twist we would have hopped and enjoyed in the book.

Another big difference is Dominika´s determination. After losing her dancing career and being involved in an assassination, Dominika need to consider working for her uncle and while he just wanted to keep her around in some menial position, she demands and gets to be made into an SVR agent, while in the movie she was forced into either joining or dying. So while in the movie she just wants out, in the book she pursues her career diligently until the system destroys her loyalty.

Another thing is how Dominika’s handles her temper, in the movie when she discovers that she was betrayed and her career destroyed by a couple of dancers she murders them in a fit, while in the movie she acts as she does in the twist of the movie, cold, patient and slow… she makes subtle changes that made one of the teachers to discover and, since that kind of relationships are forbidden, to be expelled them, their careers destroyed. She is shown to be ruthless and guiltless, but of course, she was justified by their actions.

All in all, I enjoyed the movie for what it was and it does stir away from the propagandistic nature of the novel by showing more round characters, the world in bigger shades of grays and a smarter twist. Still, some of the dialogs suffer greatly.

  • The Last Move

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,465

In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she's the final victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Burton consistently writes winners!

  • By shelley on 09-21-17

A bit predictably, superbly acted

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Very good story, a little bit predictably, but is superbly acted.
Very deep and interesting characters.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,229

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Is easy to know where things will end, but what matters is the trip, not the destination.

Six H.P. Lovecraft Stories
    
    
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        Brian Kelly
    
    


    
    Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    91 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Six H.P. Lovecraft Stories

  • By: H. P Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, better known as H.P. Lovecraft, was an American author of horror, fantasy, poetry and science fiction, especially the sub-genre known as weird fiction and many feel he is the acknowledged master of creepy, weird and unsettling stories. These are six stories by Lovecraft that literally span his career; some being written when he was barely a teenager and one ("The Shunned House") only published after he had died.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • horrible narrator...ruined it all

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-10-18

good stories, read too plainly

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

ok no all the stories from Locecraft has aged equally well, but a couple here at least were good, but maybe is just me, but the voicr of the reader or the plain voice of the telling in most places didn't help bring the full image of the stories.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,098
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,046

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

revelatory

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

excelent work and very revelatory, but a few of the voices, speciakky the heavy accented are a little hard to understand if there is any noise.

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