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Joshua

VALLEJO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (919)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "Instantly Engaging"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutley. Great follow-up to Laviathan Wakes. If you like Firefly, then you'll enjoy the Expanse books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Avasarala because I want a Grandma like that! Not that my Nana isn't great, but Avasarala's pretty cool.


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

    Just Laviathan Wakes. It was a nice continuation of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    Striker says: "Decent Story, Lacking Good Narration"
    "Changed Narrator on book 4!"
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    Would you try another book from James S. A. Corey and/or Erik Davies?

    I'll still read Corey. I'll listen to Davies if I have to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elvi was fun because she was like a child, all wide-eyed and fascinated by everything.


    What aspect of Erik Davies’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have changed the fact that he was not Jefferson Mays. I hate to judge Davies like this (He's only doing his job), but he got the voice of every character wrong. I've loved these characters for several books now, especially Avasarala (I wanted to scream in all of her scenes). Even after 20 hour of listening, I could not get used to it. Davies wasn't bad, he was just not Mays. It was like when you listen to an audiobook of a series you've always read in print. The way they say everything is just .. off. It's a disjointed feeling.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yeah.


    Any additional comments?

    The story slumped a little, but what can you expect halfway into a long series. It was still enjoyable. If it weren't for the wrong voices, I would have really liked it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shambling Guide to New York City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mur Lafferty
    • Narrated By Mur Lafferty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead! Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume - human.

    Trick Brown says: "A Pleasantly Different Urban Fantasy"
    "Wow. That was not what I expected. It was better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The author narrates it. You know exactly what the author wanted to convey because she performs it. Its also an awesome book.


    Any additional comments?

    The most common description of the book is about a woman who writes a travel guide for monsters.

    That's true. And its so much more. It's way more engaging that it has any right to be (I haven't read a book so fast since Old Man's War, and that's about the highest praise I can give).

    Mur's great. The book's great. Read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1267)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "Each Book is Better Than the Last"
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    What did you love best about The Republic of Thieves?

    Everything. And we finally got to see Sabetha!!!! I'm in love too.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    His voice brings me back to all the great novels he's voiced. You cna't go wrong with his stuff.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hammer and the Blade: A Tale of Egil and Nix

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    So here’s the plan: Kill the demon, steal the treasure, and retire to a life of luxury! It sounds easy when put like that. However, most unfortunately for warrior-priest Egil and sneak thief Nix, when the demon they kill turns out to have worshippers in high places, retirement is not an option. A wonderfully fast-paced fantasy adventure redolent of the classic tales of swords and sorcery, from New York Times best-selling author Paul S. Kemp.

    Adnan says: "4 stars standard sword and sorcery fantasy"
    "Perfect Sword and Sorcery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the perfect book. Not too complex but easily gripping. Just clean fun.


    What other book might you compare The Hammer and the Blade to and why?

    A Conan story written by a modern author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very firs scene!


    Any additional comments?

    I have been looking for a a book for several months. It reminds me why I fell in Love with the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3209)
    Performance
    (2502)
    Story
    (2506)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Stop what you are reading and read this book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is one of the best books I've read since Name of the Wind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lies of Locke Lamora?

    The twists and turns and more twists and turns.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancient Empires before Alexander

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert L. Dise Jr.
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Complete your knowledge of the ancient world with this comprehensive look at the dozen empires that flourished in the 2,000 years before the conquests of Alexander the Great. Over the course of 36 insightful lectures, you'll follow the Egyptians, the Mycenaean Greeks, the Persians, the Carthaginians, and others as they rise to glory, create administrative and military structures, clash with one another, and eventually collapse.

    Joshua says: "No customer support from the publisher"
    "No customer support from the publisher"
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Robert L. Dise Jr.?

    No


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The publisher could have offered the supplemental reading material for a proportional price (they want $10+ to get the course outline. I paid ~$11 for the credit which bought the entire course). Does doubling the price seem reasonable for an outline, an outline that can be made into a simple PDF and emailed with little to no additional actual cost to the publisher?This is not an issue with Modern Scholar courses.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't think the professor looked at this course as if it was for an audio audience; it seemed he was trying to give regular classroom lectures without any visual keys. Lecturing to an audiobook-only audience is a distinct skill from lecturing to a group of people live.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid buying courses from this publisher until they update their policy on supplemental materials. Suggest Modern Scholar courses if appropriate.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (800)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Cool. It was a cool Western. How'd he do that?"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lamb first got down and dirty in the bar with the 3 offshoots.


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

    The ending made me smile a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish that I could have downloaded it on my Audible App instead of having to rely on iTunes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (369)

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Kenneth says: "I'll Read another Bobby Dollar Book"
    "A Cool Introduction to Noir"
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    What did you love best about The Dirty Streets of Heaven?

    The way he skirted the line between religious sacrilege and religious respect. Williams took an Angel as his main character and managed to make the book not at all about religion.


    What other book might you compare The Dirty Streets of Heaven to and why?

    The Desden Files comes to mind for the tone is not the theme.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (595)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    Brett says: "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    "Excellent Start"
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    Where does FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High. I loved it. I couldn't have asked for more from my first episodic reading experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The underdog winning.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Continuity (I listened to all of the books)


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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