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John Bianchi

Dallas, TX
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  • Doomed Planet

  • Mission Earth, Volume 10
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

The wait is over. Powerful forces are on the move. Entire planets hang in the balance. The moment of truth is finally at hand - and it’s a real blast! In the middle of it all stands Royal Officer of the Fleet Jettero Heller, a man determined to save both Voltar and Earth from extinction. Together with an outlaw emperor and an army 100,000 strong, Heller lays siege to Palace City, which has fallen into the depraved and diabolical hands of Lombar Hisst. But the success of Heller’s great adventure is far from a sure thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And amazing satire of current day earth

  • By John Bianchi on 08-08-17

And amazing satire of current day earth

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-17

I would highly recommend this audio book to anyone who enjoys political and cultural satire. I would rank this right up there with Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (although many people mistake it for a children's story rather than cultural satire - the same will likely be true with this book).

I found myself often laughing out loud and nodding my head sadly as Hubbard pokes fun at many of our strange foibles. It is rather remarkable that this book was written so many years ago, as many of the tendencies he points out still manifest themselves today. Most notably, the use of PR and the press have become, if anything, more outrageous than they were 30 years ago. Years after this book made that clear, I watched Michael Jackson hounded literally to death by those very tools.

This is the book for anyone who wants to learn what is really going on in our culture today and can enjoy laughing about it at the same time. If you don't have a good sense of humor, don't bother - you won't get it.

  • The Enemy Within

  • Mission Earth, Volume 3
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Earthlings: Beware! Do you know who your enemies are? Your neighbor? Your boss? Your butcher? Your wife? Only the Voltarians know for sure. They’ve successfully infiltrated our little world - and it may never be the same. They walk among us. They work among us. And they’re making themselves right at home, prepping the planet for a power play unlike any you’ve ever seen before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The soul of wit

  • By John Bianchi on 02-06-17

The soul of wit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Being somewhat dated (written in the mid-1980s, I believe) this satire of modern day America lacks cell phones, the Internet, and even any significant mention of computers! Despite all of that, the reader will see clear parallels between this story and many very current events. If anything, the technological changes that have occurred in the last 30 years have exacerbated these phenomena. If you enjoy a wild ride performed brilliantly with a great sense of humor, these books are for you.

  • Black Genesis

  • Mission Earth, Volume 2
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

They’re here. They’ve arrived. And they’re all eyes. The Voltarian scouting party - illegal aliens extraordinaire - on a top-secret expedition led by one Jettero Heller, Royal Officer of the Fleet. His mission: rescue the planet from pollution - and make it safe for the upcoming invasion. His problem: the planet may not want to be saved - and the invasion may just be a trick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read series!

  • By Erica on 05-03-18

Excellent satire

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Fantastic. Had me grinning from beginning to end. Hubbard sure knows how to tell a story.

  • Battlefield Earth

  • Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, and others
  • Length: 47 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409

In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 06-27-16

Best Sci-Fi I've ever read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-16

Absolutely enjoyable from start to finish, this is by far the best science fiction novel I've ever read. I only wish that Hubbard had written a few dozen more just like it.

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