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Ron

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  • UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Richard Belzer
    • Narrated By Richard Belzer
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Patrick Weldon says: "Great Audiobook."
    "Never met a conspiracy he didn't believe!"
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    I will break this review into 2 sections. Content and Audio.

    Audio:
    It is read by Belzer and at times sounds as though an eighth grader is reading it in front of the class. Other times it seems as though Belzer is riffing and if you are getting content that was not in the book. There are annoying sound drops accompanying his "factoids" and other areas. It's like the "I'm in hell show" and Bob and Tom are the hosts! Only without the humor... hence the hell part!

    Content:
    He pulls most(over 90%) from books by conspiracy king Jim Maars. So much so that in fact the book should be retitled as being the cliff notes of Jim Maars' works. Thus, it is a sideshow of Belzer trying to push something off as fact and ignoring recent evidence to the contrary. In fact he touts the infamously debunked "Norman Similas" photo as being a given fact. As if he had actually seen the image. Which of course he hasn't because it doesn't exist. This is allegedly a photo taken from across the street that supposedly shows 2 figures standing at the window and a rifle barrel sticking out.

    Other leaps of logic, tenuous threads, debunked nonsense, and blind faith in Jim Maars' research(if you can call it that) without the slightest rechecking of the data permeate this work. The snarky quips and humor that was only funny circa 1982 also rule the day.

    In short, go watch Oliver Stone's JFK. It is more entertaining, just as factual, and no annoying Belzer jokes.






    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Wreck: The Slaver Wars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Raymond L. Weil
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Disaster has struck the first Moon landing to be attempted in years. Commander Jason Strong and his fellow lunar explorer Greg Johnson have become stranded with no way home. In desperation, they set off in their lunar rover to check out an anomaly they discovered on their descent. What they find will shake their beliefs and what they know of human history. It is the beginning of an adventure that will take them far out into the Solar System and to a discovery that is beyond belief.

    Natalie says: "Awesome Series!"
    "Complete waste of time!"
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    Would you try another book from Raymond L. Weil and/or Liam Owen?

    NO! This author must loath the editing process or the "editor" should be shot. There are so many "WTF" and "Are you serious?" moments that the book was complete unenjoyable.


    Has Moon Wreck turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But if this was one of my first ventures into I would be very concerned about wasting more time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Give the performer a better script and I am sure he could have been better. Seriously, there was not much to work with here.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Moon Wreck?

    Well, I would have suggested a few things.

    1) The premise is pretty good. Begin there and rethink everything.
    2) Rethink the characters and their motivations.
    3) Stop endlessly reminding people of concepts and events that just happened. It is unnecessary and annoying. People do not want to be annoyed while reading things. So stop reminding then of those annoying things. Like the times that you restate some event or concept that just happened. Those things can be annoying. ;)
    4) Spend TIME explaining things like how everyone speaks english, has similar gestures, similar rank structure. Also, come up with a better reason for the similarities and accentuate the differences. (of course you have to actually have differences to accentuate first). This is supposed to be a race of humans that evolved and lived on multiple worlds independently from earth. You might want to spend some time addressing how the hell that is possible.

    That would be session 1 of about 50 meetings. This entire book needed 3 more years of development.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I can express in words how bad this entire thing is. I'm not sure what possessed this author to think this was done enough to produce a book or series out of. It is an ill conceived and ill explained nightmare of ineptness. Horrible, terrible, and easily the shittiest attempt at Science Fiction I have had the unfortunate opportunity to witness in at least 5 years.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5281)
    Performance
    (4798)
    Story
    (4854)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A good way to end the series."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Memory of Light the most enjoyable?

    I have physically read the previous books and soon discovered that my internal pronunciation of names and places differed greatly from the official version. Sure I could have looked in the back of each book for the pronunciation guide, but that just never did. At any rate, it took a bit to acclimate myself to the WOT world again. The new names and places I heard made that acclimation take longer but at the same time I enjoyed itall the more.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    It is impossible to view this book on its own for this question. It has to viewed as one small part of a vast universe. So, that being the case, youcan only compare it to other epic series. For me, I see it as a very tame and PG version of the Game of Thrones series combined with unique magical elements. Some things are very naive and exploratory in a way that only young people can view the world. Other parts tackle concepts and plots that surface only after a lifetime of worldly experiences.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time.


    Any additional comments?

    This series could not have ended better. However, I was a bit let down by the Padan Fain characters role. I was also less certain why the fate of some characters ended so. On the whole It was a fantastic end to the series. I think Robert Jordan would have been proud of how it was wrapped up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (386)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Awesome book wth great Movie Potential"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Action and intelligence combine to make a fast listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialog and character depth.


    What about Robbie Daymond’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked trying to visualize the implanted technologies retinal projections.


    Any additional comments?

    If this does not become a movie, Hollywood is really missing out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Henry A. Crumpton
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert here tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career while illustrating the growing importance of America's intelligence officers and their secret missions. The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Henry Crumpton's espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America's spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever.

    Ron says: "A biographical Text Book."
    "A biographical Text Book."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The organization. He organizes it in chronological order in parts, intelligence collection methods in others, and in other various ways. It makes allows for too many rapid departures and side stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Break it out into clear sections. Only occasionally drift off subject. Do not use the side story as a vehicle to lengthen the book and drive home obvious points. Its a book on Intelligence for the love of Pete! People interested in reading this subject probably have at least the basics down.


    Did David Colacci do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Only one Character so hard to say. But he was very dry.


    Did The Art of Intelligence inspire you to do anything?

    I wanted to know more about some of the key individuals and events talked about. So i wiki'd them. I guess that counts.


    Any additional comments?

    Though it is informative, it is like reading a text book. 70% of the information you already know or have been exposed to. you have to wade through the personal and political agenda of the author to get at some of the better bits of info though.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Reasons Why

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Asher
    • Narrated By Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (559)

    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

    FanB14 says: "Good Book for Parents & Teens to Share"
    "Frustrating"
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    Would you listen to Thirteen Reasons Why again? Why?

    No. I don't like to listen to them twice. nothing against it. There are just too many choices of new material.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jay Asher? Why or why not?

    Possibly, if it was reviewed well.


    What about Debra Wiseman and Joel Johnstone ’s performance did you like?

    they seemed very in tune with the voice of the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A cry for help is sometimes never spoken.


    Any additional comments?

    As a father, it makes me worry that people actually feel this way. Will I know if my child has these thoughts and designs to act on them?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26377)
    Performance
    (20176)
    Story
    (20256)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Remarkable"
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    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Epic Story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion Lanister. He is intelligent and sly.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Amazing!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Its not always good to be King!


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this book. It is a little slow to get started. I think that is because they are setting the stage for the inclusions of a ton of characters. Probably most like the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series in style.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17850)
    Performance
    (13950)
    Story
    (13987)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Astonishingly GOOD!"
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    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    A superb epic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion Lannister. He is equal parts likable and despicable. Evil and Good. The most dynamic character I have seen created in a long while.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    WOW!! I felt like I was sitting in a play hall. This is not a reading, it is a masterful performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    About ever 30 minutes there was at least one.


    Any additional comments?

    I can accumulate points fast enough! I really want the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (105)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "Fantastic!"
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    This was a fantastic listen. I was riveted. I highly recommend this one. I usually listen to these while cutting the yard or doing odd jobs around the house. I often found myself pausing and just standing around listening intently. It really grabs your attention and your imagination. Ecellent research and well developed characters make this a superb book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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