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Paul Kain

Seward, Alaska USA
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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,468

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

To long and drawn out

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

This book seemed to drag on forever. I didn’t enjoy the long drawn out story. This was not my favorite book by John Grisham.

  • The Swarm

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for a theoretical physics geek

  • By Daniel A. Dennett on 09-20-16

A great prequel

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Loved the filling in some of the story in between 1st and last fornic war. The narration was outstanding. I can't wait for more

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Vanguard

  • Ark Royal, Book 7
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

HMS Vanguard is the most powerful battleship ever to be commissioned by the Royal Navy, but she is not a happy ship. Her commanding officer is eccentric, rarely seen on the bridge; her former XO has deserted his post; and her first middy is resentful because he hasn't been promoted as he deserves.... But when a first contact mission goes badly wrong, HMS Vanguard and her crew are plunged into an interstellar war against a new and deadly alien threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed story

  • By Jean on 05-30-16

A great addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

This was a great addition to the series. It takes the story in a whole new direction with new aliens to fight.

  • Home World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 6
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,326

When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill's legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it's too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obstinate to the Core

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-04-16

Worthy of a binge listen

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

I loved the latest book in this on going story. Looking forward to the next book.

  • Retreat Hell

  • The Empire's Corps, Book 8
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

After the disastrous mission to Lakshmibai, the very existence of the commonwealth is called into question by politicians on Avalon. But as the political firestorm mounts, a call for help arrives from Thule, a highly developed world facing a major insurgency in the wake of the empire's collapse. Reluctantly the commonwealth deploys the Commonwealth Expeditionary Force to Thule. But all is not as it seems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming repetitive.

  • By M. Kalus on 06-28-15

A good read not as good as other books

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

I liked the continuation of the Terean marine story. The book the pace was very slow and got tedious at times. All in all this book was not my favorite by a long shot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starfire

  • By: B.V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,272

On June 30, 1908, an object fell from the sky, releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history - or something else. Alien artifacts have been uncovered since the 1908 event, and a new star drive is discovered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spy flick meets First contact. :)

  • By Antonio Stevens on 04-27-15

A great prequel

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

Loved the new characters in this story. This story is not the fast moving story of the other books no epic space battles.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mindstar Rising

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,435

It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Portrait of a SciFi master as a novice

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 01-13-12

Great story line

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

Reviewed: 11-16-13

Would you listen to Mindstar Rising again? Why?

I would listen to this book again. The story was a little slow to start, but it captured me in the end. Towards the end I did't want to stop listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line about the gland enhanced main character. The story starts slow but becomes a murder mystery that draws you in.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,178

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - wrong reader!

  • By Erika Shaffer on 06-06-13

Continued Great story telling

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

Reviewed: 10-03-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I enjoyed this book as a follow up to the Hunger Games. It left me at the end looking for part three.

Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She did a great job with the different parts and characters.

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

Yes but I had to put it down. Left me thinking at times about what was next

Any additional comments?

A great listen

  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,632

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

Another Fantastic book from Daniel Suarez

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

Yes. I really enjoy technology based books and Daniel Suarez is the best author out there combining thriller plot lines with tech.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The doctor from the rain forest. She suprised me many times in the book.

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

He did well developing each of the characters in the book and bring them to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was fascinated and at times scared about where the technology of drone warfare might take us.

Any additional comments?

Daniel Suarez is the best tech author out there combining thriller plot lines with deep technology setting it in our current times. If you enjoy this book try his first two books also they are fantastic. I look forward to his next book coming out he has not disappointed yet.

  • Survivors

  • The Morningstar Strain, Book 3
  • By: Z. A. Recht, Thom Brannan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,157

Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies. A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I hoped for but still good

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 03-03-14

Excellent final book in this outstanding series

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

What did you love best about Survivors?

The continued weaving of this story in book three. It is always great to see an author really continue a story through three books to such a high standard. I really enjoyed each book. I was sad to reach the end.

What other book might you compare Survivors to and why?

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller is great if you enjoyed these books. It doesn't have all the excitement with the dead coming back to life. It is more thoughtful and hopeful.

Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He did an excellent job developing each character.

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

Yes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful