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  • Belichick

  • The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
  • By: Ian O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

From a New York Times best-selling author, the definitive biography of the NFL’s most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach, Bill Belichick. Veteran sports writer and award-winning author Ian O’Connor delves into the mind of the man who has earned a place among coaching legends like Lombardi, Halas, and Paul Brown, presenting sides of Belichick that have previously been unexplored. O’Connor discovers how this legendary coach shaped the people he met and worked with in ways perhaps even Belichick himself doesn’t know.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-09-19

Well written and insightful

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I recommend this book, in reading about Belichick's approach I was reminded of Herb Brooks and the approach he took in managing the 1980 US Olympic team. Well written and well researched.

  • Ruins of Empire

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 3
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

Captain Tyler Barron and the crew of Dauntless are finally enjoying the rest they've earned while their aging battleship gets the repairs and refit it desperately needs. But their respite will be short-lived. In the Badlands, deep in the haunted vastness of pre-Cataclysmic space, a new discovery threatens to upset the balance of power. Orbiting a world in a distant system is an ancient battleship, vastly larger and enormously more advanced than anything possessed by the contending powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story great series

  • By Eric on 07-18-17

I like the series but...

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I really like the personal interactions among the characters in the story and the performance is good. The issue I have is that the space battles are just not realistic and I prefer more realism. The tactics used by both sides in the battles are essentially WW2 tactics where two carrier fleets sail into each other and slug it out. In an actual scenario, I would think that stealth, advanced missiles, kinetic weapons, AI, and automation would play prominent roles. As was has evolved in our time, we see trends where humans still lose their lives but in much fewer numbers due to advanced technology, intelligence and doctrines designed to take advantage of such. I think more real science is needed.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,261

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Really slow....

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I don think I will be able to finish this one... moving on... pages and pages of trivial narration

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,588
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,547

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much respect for the Victims and the Families

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-16-18

Not really what I was expected

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I was hoping for some insights into why DeAngelo committed all this violence but there was absolutely nothing. Just a story telling about the police investigation. It’s a good story and the law enforcement agencies involved should be very proud of the tenacity shown by their officers and stories told by the survivors but not really what I was looking for. Thanks

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge, Part II

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,577

Legion Dark Ops calls upon Chhun, Wraith, and the survivors of Victory Company to form an elite Kill Team of legionnaires in the aftermath of the Battle of Kublar. Their mission is clear: find and eliminate those responsible for the Kublar disaster. Standing between them and their objective are a maze of corrupt Republic officials, a spy on the verge of losing himself in deep cover, and the Zhee - a murderous species that will stop at nothing. But the biggest threat of all might be the truth they seek to uncover - a truth that could ignite a revolution. And engulf the galaxy in flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good military/sci-fi series

  • By Rusty on 06-06-18

Needs more realism

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I like stories with more realistic action and good science. This story was a virtual bloodbath on the order of Starship Troopers movies. I like some shoot em up in stories but this was too much, it is highly doubtful space war in the future would be conducted like this. The naval broadsides hearkens to a time of sailing ships, Nelson and the battle of Trafalgar more than insightful battles of maneuver and speed in the future. Carriers, battleships and corvettes with no limitations on maneuver in gravity wells with thousands of sailors and no accommodation for AI or automation. Foot battles have no maneuver, very little armor and assaults on fixed fortifications are tactics that are just not realistic in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,675

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Part 1 was great!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

The last 2/3 of the book seems to have been written by a different author. The mindless introspections went on for pages and pages... I had to fast forward through a lot of it. I almost put it aside but managed to power through to the end. Some introspection is needed to develop a character but this went way beyond what was necessary... at one point I was wondering if the authors were being paid by the word... I give it two stars for pet 1 and zero for that last 2/3 of the book.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Desolator

  • Stellar Conquest, Volume 2
  • By: David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Artie Sievers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

When an enormous and potent alien ship appears in the colony system of Gliese 370, EarthFleet's Marines must investigate. What they find within will change the course of humanity's future yet again, as they face Desolator. The risks are high and so is the price in blood - and the payoff: new technology far ahead of their own, which may provide the key to fight the alien Meme Empire

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible performance

  • By Joshua on 07-25-17

Not well written or performed

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

The first book in the series was much better, I couldn't finish this one... I do not recommend it.

  • Space Carrier Avalon

  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Avalon was the flagship of the Castle Federation in the last war, now 20 years past. The first of the deep space carriers, no other warship in the fleet holds as many honors or has recorded as many kills. No other warship in the fleet is as old. Accepting the inevitable, the Federation Space Navy has decided to refit her and send her on a tour of the frontier, showing the flag to their allies and enemies as a reminder of her glory - and then decommission her for good.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New CAG Curses Legendary Star Carrier

  • By Sailfish on 01-04-16

Ok story but predictable, kinda boring...

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

I thought it was pretty average as military sci-go goes... nothing really surprised me, it's always nice to go to war against an incompetent enemy... makes things easy. I fast forwarded through all the lesbian stuff, it has no bearing on the story and sexual orientation is irrelevant. Just not that memorable...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Man of War

  • Rebellion, Book 1
  • By: M. R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

In the year 2280, an alien fleet attacked the Earth. Their weapons were unstoppable, their defenses unbreakable. Our technology was inferior, our militaries overwhelmed. Only one starship escaped before civilization fell. Earth was lost. It was never forgotten. Fifty-two years have passed. A message from home has been received. The time to fight for what is ours has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope from Ashes

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com on 07-23-16

Boring..

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

I listened to about half of this book and then tossed it. With all due respect I found it to be monumentally boring, little action, far more descriptive detail than the story requires and such conversations that seem more contrived than natural. I won't be finishing this one or purchasing the second one in the series.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,506

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

starts a bit slow but....

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Columbus Day to be better than the print version?

I would because the voices of the characters is really well done by Bray.

What did you like best about this story?

The story starts a bit slow but stick with it. Toward the middle and end it really picks up... I laughed out loud at some of the Skippy's one liners. Talk about an AI with a personality! Loved that AI, it really adds alot to the story in my opinion. As a matter of fact, its not until Skippy is introduced that the story really begins to take off.

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

RC Bray's Skippy voice is fantastic. He nails it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationship between Joe and Skippy is really well done. They are both a bit lonely and out of their element. Their friendship and ultimately their mutual respect make both of them better and more capable. Rich character sets.

Any additional comments?

I recommend it. The only reason that I gave the story four stars is because it is a bit slow in the beginning. Good story overall. The descriptions that really do not influence the story are not overly detailed. I will get the next two in the series when they become available later this year. Makes my daily commute to / from work much more enjoyable.