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  • Invaders

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 660

They came from the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina. First they studied us. Now they're among us, threatening human existence as they search for the Starcore, the greatest device of the lost Polarions. Logan is captured in the Nevada desert but escapes in Greenland. There he finds an extraterrestrial stealth ship, giving him the means to take the battle to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By AL on 03-11-17

Should have been good but not my thing

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Based on the outline and the glowing reviews I thought this book would be a real winner but was I ever wrong. I don't usually write reviews but I wanted to post a counter point to the five stars reviews to save some of you a credit if you are on the fence.

It's a painful listen, the story reads like it was written by a high school sophomore living out a juvenile fantasy. I guess some people like this style of writing, kind of a gear porn thing where equipment and tactics are described repeated and in great detail. I get it, it's a Jeep, move along. I'm sure there's a name for it but I see it most in amateur end of the world stuff.

The sad thing is the author got me on another book two years ago and it had the same issue. I guess it's a style that works for some, just now for me. Christian Rummel was great as always, just a good craftsman hampered by poor materials.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Learning Experience, Book 1

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309

When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship - and their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept / Hated the prosletyzing

  • By Alton J Henley on 08-12-16

Fine story ruined by politics

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

What would have made A Learning Experience, Book 1 better?

Leave the great story concept and take out the ham-handed political posturing.

What could Christopher G. Nuttall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

FAR less politics.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say, I stopped listening about two hours in.

What character would you cut from A Learning Experience, Book 1?

The alien, I seem to sympathize with it as a fellow prison to this story.

Any additional comments?

I read the reviews but didn't think the complaints over politics would bother ME but was I ever wrong. The writing wasn't juvenile like some odd little sci-fi books I've taken my chances on here but boy was it ham-handed!

A political point made once is great, a couple times is fine if done well but to be beaten about the neck and shoulders in every scene is just too much. I even agreed with some at first but 8 chapters in enough was enough, To the generic characters in the story, I get it you're angry "tough guys", that doesn't make you any smarter. Pulling the plug on this waste of a credit.

What a shame, this seems like a great story concept, and another fine read by one of my favorites, C Rummel. What a pro he must be to read this stuff with a straight face...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Disciplined Investor

  • Essential Strategies for Success
  • By: Andrew Horowitz CFP
  • Narrated by: Andrew Horowitz CFP
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The Disciplined Investor focuses on demystifying the often-complex world of investment planning. With proven strategies and easy-to-follow instructions, it is the only guide you will need for investment success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite investor guy!

  • By Bert on 05-29-08

It's a Miss

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-09

After hearing the author many times on the TWIT podcast I thought this would make a good choice for a first investment book to read since college but unfortunately I was very mistaken. The author is also the narrator which proves time and again to be sure sign of problems. The reader is both dry and animated if that's even possible.

It's probably a problem of subject matter not being conducive to an audio book. The author has his own podcast; I'd recomend listening to a few of them before selecting the book. I'll listen to a few myself to hopefully get more into the spirit before pulling this one out of the library for another try.

One star because I couldn't make it past the first ten minutes.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful