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  • A Talent for War

  • An Alex Benedict Novel
  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Gregory Abbey, Jack McDevitt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

Everyone knew the legend of Christopher Sim. Fighter. Leader. An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a ragtag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the back of the alien Ashiyyur. But now, Alex Benedict has found a startling bit of information, long buried in an ancient computer file. If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Book is Good, But...

  • By Sandy on 12-24-14

Good but rest of series is better!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-11

I had listened to the 2nd-4th books of this series (which can be read in pretty much any order) and came to this one last mostly because it did not have the same reader. This book is OK- a good mystery with interesting back story. The subsequent books, however, are much better. They are told from the perspective of Chase (the "sidekick") and the reader of those is great. They all involve search for historical artifacts, adventures, and a bit of sleuthing so there is a lot of information on the fictional history of their (future) society as they go about their investigations. Fun SF.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Echo

  • An Alex Benedict Novel
  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Eccentric Sunset Tuttle spent his life searching in vain for forms of alien life. Thirty years after his death, a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic, indecipherable symbols is found in the possession of Tuttle's onetime lover, and antiquities dealer Alex Benedict is anxious to discover what secret the tablet holds. It could be proof that Tuttle had found what he was looking for.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story But A Male Narrator?

  • By Terry on 11-05-10

great story but...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-11

I do enjoy this series quite a bit. I agree with others that the reader is a little lacking. I do not have a problem with a man reading a woman's part (but I do miss the former reader!) but I do not like his consistent long pause before saying "I said" or "he said." It's a little robotic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful