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Paul Douglas

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  • 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 1,281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

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
  • Beer cans are all the rage

  • By Jotham on 04-03-2017

Fun action space adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2019

This book really surprised me. Initially I thought the American bravado and Southern accent would put me off, but this was wonderfully written and just as wonderfully performed by R.C. Bray who really brought the story to life. Skippy and Joe’s relationship has me cackling away on numerous occasions.

Nice to have a sci-fi that has all the usual elements you want and throws in some clever humour so it doesn’t fall into the common sci-fi trap of taking itself too seriously. Orville anyone?

  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time from individual people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reader, excellent story

  • By Claire on 11-06-2018

Good story, but not as good as his others

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

Reviewed: 05-08-2018

Brandon is one of my favourite authors and I thoroughly enjoy his books. This book has a unique and interesting magic system, as always with a Sanderson novel, but I felt this story lacked a little ‘something’. Still well worth a read though. Some of the characters went on an interesting journey and there are a few twists and turns to keep things interesting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Reishi Adept

  • Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 7
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Isabel learns that Phane can use her link with the darkness for his own, terrible ends. And Abigail rallies the Coven to face the Sin’Rath, a threat now magnified a hundred fold. Battle rages across the Seven Isles, and Alexander Reishi stands at the center of it all. As forces converge on the Nether Gate, he departs on a desperate quest to free Isabel, kill Phane and banish the Shades for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Patricia on 21-10-2018

Great fantasy romp

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2018

Likeable characters, epic fights of varying scale and it didn’t feel like it outstayed it’s welcome despite being 7 books. Enough new twists to the typical ‘fantasy magic system’ to keep it interesting. Had a great time listening. I would love a follow up book/series to see how the characters have gotten on. Endings to these epic series always seem a little rushed, guess you just want to hang out with the characters a little longer.
Great job David! Excellent narration by Derek as well.

  • You Are Not So Smart

  • Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
  • By: David McRaney
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • simply brilliant!

  • By Mr. Paul Henry on 25-03-2019

Fascinating look into the human psyche

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

Reviewed: 15-01-2017

David's work on both his books and podcast is top notch. Well researched content, 'punchy', entertaining, well laid out and the narrator suits the style. Look forward to listening again.

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • The Expanse, Book 1
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent beginnings

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-09-2017

Good sci fi epic

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

Reviewed: 27-08-2016

Great space opera. Characters a little one dimensional at times and a little long in the middle, but all up well worth a read.

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to this series 3 times

  • By David on 29-06-2018

An enjoyable journey

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

Reviewed: 28-09-2015

Nicely done light fantasy with some great characters. Really enjoyed the journey and finished off nicely.

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  • Theft of Swords

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Royce Melborn is a superb thief, his partner; Hadrian Blackwater is a skilled mercenary. They make a profitable living as agents-for-hire to wealthy nobles until someone sets them up to take the blame for the murder of the king. Sentenced to death, the two are saved by an unlikely woman with a simple demand that will change the course of a kingdom, and the foundation of an empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its an excellent start.

  • By Anonymous User on 07-01-2019

Light but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2015

Very light fantasy with enough interest in the characters to keep it enjoyable. Good background story for when you're engaged in chores.