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  • First Man

  • The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
  • Written by: James R. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

When Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the Moon became a legend. In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this "magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Biography

  • By Langer on 2019-03-22

Good Biography

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-22

This book is very well researched. Much of the narrative is based on recorded interviews and documents, some of which are pretty dry. War records and stuff you could get from the IMDB. Pays some lip service to controversies...Aldrin's personality, Aliens, "Faking" the landing, but doesnt really confront the issues. Very accurate but does little to explain who this man was. Still, fascinating guy and an enjoyable book

  • The Bonehunters

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 6
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 42 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha'ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y'Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire's greatest champion, Dassem Ultor, was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death. But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reader Growing On Me

  • By Langer on 2019-03-19

Reader Growing On Me

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-19

Really Great Fantasy. Erickson is masterful. His writing is fascinating, emotive, and full of humor. This continuation of the Malazan story is fantastic. The performance seems better than previous efforts or maybe just less irritating. Good effort

  • Return of the Crimson Guard

  • A Novel of the Malazan Empire
  • Written by: Ian C. Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 32 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The return of the mercenary company the Crimson Guard could not have come at a worse time for the Malazan Empire. Drained by constant warfare, betrayals and rivalries, many see the grip of Empress Laseen weakening. Conquered kingdoms and principalities test their old independence. Into this fermenting civil war on Quon Tali - the empire's homeland - comes the Guard and the ingrained memory of their vow of undying opposition to the existence of the empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Fantasy Novel

  • By Langer on 2019-03-13

Outstanding Fantasy Novel

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-13

Esselmont weaves a lot into this story. Malazan vs Malazan. Crimson Guard vs Crimson Guard. Malazan vs Crimson Guard. Throw in humor and Political intrigue. Add Ascendants, Seguleh, Stormriders. Wow. Too bad the reader isn't great. Most accents are okay. A couple are pretty bad

  • Midnight Tides

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 5
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

After decades of warfare, the five tribes of the Tiste Edur have finally united under the implacable rule of the Warlock King of the Hiroth. But peace has been exacted at a terrible price - a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst deadly. To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether has devoured all of its less-civilised neighbours with rapacious, cold-blooded hunger. All, that is, save one - the Tiste Edur. For Lether is approaching a long-prophesied renaissance - from kingdom and lost colony of the First Empire to Empire reborn. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Story. Lame Reading

  • By Langer on 2019-03-08

Superb Story. Lame Reading

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-08

Cam Esselmont and Steven Erickson have created a vast, complex fantasy world that nearly rivals Westeros/Essos and Middle Earth. Esselmont's style is more narrative and complicated, while Erickson's is more nuanced, almost poetic. Humor mixed in seamlessly (Tehol Beddict and Bugg are hilarious). Incredible writing, a joy to read. Unfortunately the narrator seems to try his best to wreck the story. The guy has three voices...a growl of a couple of timbres (sometimes with a bit of Scottish brogue), an imperious arrogant accent, and what he considers a female expression ( sometimes with a bad 'Apu' Indian accent) but just sounds like an effeminate version of his normal reading voice. He changes pronunciations from chapter to chapter (SOL'uh'TA'ken one moment, SOOL'Tay'Kun the next). It almost ruins the experience. Still well worth reading if you can ignore the performance.

  • Night of Knives

  • A Novel of the Malazan Empire, Book 1
  • Written by: Ian C Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy back-water port. However this night things are a little different. This night its residents are bustling about, barring doors and shuttering windows. Because this night a once-in-a-generation Shadow Moon is due and threatens the good citizens of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker, beings.... And it was also prophesied that on this night the Emperor Kellanved, missing for all these years, will return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good story of the Malazan world

  • By Langer on 2019-03-02

A very good story of the Malazan world

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-02

Esselmont's style is more narrative than Steven Erickson's. Both indeed compliment the other. I kind of prefer Erickson's more sweeping style but Esselmont's works very well. Great story, reader is excellent

  • House of Chains

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 4
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 35 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Different narrator

  • By Hasan on 2018-03-29

A great novel marred

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-28

This is the Fourth in the Book Of The Fallen series. Fantastic story and introduces great characters like Karsa Orlong and Trull Sengar. Ralph Lister (reader of the first three books) is a far better narrator and this book would easily rate five stars but for the performance. Still, well worth reading

  • The Event

  • Written by: Nathan Hystad
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Cities all around the world reported strange alien vessels descending. Some saw them as the heralds of a new age; others fired everything they had at them. All were taken as the beams lashed down and drew them into the sky. Dean was left behind, seemingly the last man on Earth. A trail of clues left by his dead wife guides Dean on a perilous journey across America and beyond to learn the truth behind the mysterious ships and save humanity from its doom.   

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Kinda cool premise...poorly executed

  • By Langer on 2019-02-23

Kinda cool premise...poorly executed

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-23

Not sure what genre this book fits into. It reads like a rejected manuscript for a Twilight Zone episode. The writing is banal, cliche'ed and predictable. There are a couple of plot twists, but they are seen from miles. The reading is melodramatic with some annoying accents. I downloaded this one because it was on sale. Waste of 4 bucks. Should have got a Latte or something

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  • Memories of Ice

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 43 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm’s army and Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old - the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. But ancient undead clans are also gathering; the T’lan Imass have risen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Langer on 2019-02-22

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-22

Erickson continues the history of the Malazans. The story is rich and the humor much more evident in this story. The performance is excellent

  • Locked On

  • Written by: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Pulp

  • By Langer on 2019-02-15

Pure Pulp

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-15

I wonder what happened to Tom Clancy to get him to put his name on this book. A Willie Nelson-style tax bill? This is nothing like Clancy's previous eork. Unrecognizable. Lou Diamond Phillips sounds like he had a cold. Each time he takes a breath it sounds like a gasp. Good reader, but very annoying. A fun book if you are looking for a paperbook action story, but not if you want a Clancy story

  • Deadhouse Gates

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 34 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ive never been drawn into a book this much before

  • By Sandy on 2017-10-09

Great Military Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-12

Erickson continues his story of the Mslazan Empire in the world he and Esselmont created. That world gets richer and richer as he goes. This novel has far more foreshadowing and fits more in the series but still can stand alone as a story. Reading is fantastic, down to nasal voices after a broken nose and muffled voices after a facial injury. Loved this one