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george

I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 55 reviews
  • 86 ratings
  • 198 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Crystal Soldier: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.

    Shawn says: "A good introduction to Lianden"
    "Average story, decent narrator, drags in places."
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    I think this book could have used a good editor to trim some of the unnecessary fill from this book. Some parts were needlessly over dramatic. It kind of drags. The interview at the end of the book where Miller (author) interviews Collins (narrator) was interesting. I'll not be listening to the rest of the books, I think I'd rather Wikipedia it instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Pass this one by."
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    It was just kind of boring. It dragged on. I really enjoyed Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan, but this is far from his best effort. The narrator does a decent job, but the story barely held my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4730)
    Performance
    (4290)
    Story
    (4299)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "97 out of 100. It's that good."
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    I only chose this book because it had such high ratings, and I figured, that all those people can't possible be that wrong. Well, they're not. First let's start off with the narrator, Bronson Pinchot. We all know him as Balki from Perfect Strangers. Okay, throw that out of your head right now, because his narration of this book is perfect. He's fantastic. I can't believe it's him. Other narrators should listen to his narration of this book, so they can say to themselves, "ahh so that's how it's done." The story, and world that it takes place in are original, interesting, intelligent, enjoyable, etc. It's everything a fantasy/sci-fi action novel should be. I'd say it's 50% steam punk, and 50% fantasy. If I had any criticism of this book it would be the lame cover, and title. Hard Magic? You'd think after creating such a rich world and story he could have come up with something like, Tesla's Geo-Tel, or The Imperium Unleashed. But hey, no book is perfect. I'm looking forward to books 2 & 3, and happy to see the Bronson Pinchot will be the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2820)
    Story
    (2824)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great! 99 out of 100"
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    The only reason I didn't give it 100 out of a 100, is that no novel is perfect, but this is one of the best novels I've read/listened to in a long, long, long, long, time. The story is great, the narration is excellent. I don't know how one improves this story. I was telling some friends that it's basically Cast Away (the 2000 movie with Tom Hanks) but it takes place on Mars, and it might be better. It's really good. If you don't believe me look at the average rating of the book. That's how good it is.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1144)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "okay story, okay narration, okay overall"
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    I really like his other novel, A Conflict of Interest. That book was really good. This one was just okay. I guess one can't write a really good book all the time. The end of the book saves it from being a 3 star novel. I think the narrator is just a little over dramatic in the reading, but that might just be me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (617)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "83 out of 100"
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    I didn't see the movie, but I understand the movie is good. This book could have used a good editor, which is why I suspect the movie was good. I just wasn't that impressed with it. The narration is decent. The story is so so. The characters are nothing special. There are better books out there to listen to first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rabbit Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte, James Jenner
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Marshall Karp is an acclaimed playwright known for his witty sense of humor and crackling dialogue. His debut novel The Rabbit Factory stars the irreverent LAPD detective duo of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. Dean Lamaar is the architect of an entertainment empire and the creator of iconic characters like Rambunctious Rabbit and McGreedy the Moose.

    MidwestGeek says: "Bizarre but engaging mystery.1st-rate performance."
    "95 out of 100."
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    What a great book. Great story, great characters, well written, good plot, narrated very well, etc. I really can't think of any criticism. It's not a standard "who dunnit", it's better. I think everyone will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (747)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (689)

    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"
    "I'll be reading/listening to the 3rd one."
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    The story is good, definitely above average. If it was me, I'd find a way to delete the character Prax, as he is a whiny generally pitiful character. I loved the foul mouth old woman, but if you don't like rough language, then you might be very offended by her character, and the book might not be for you. Jefferson Mays does a good job narrating the story, and the story on a whole moves along at a decent pace. There really aren't any major plot twists, but that's not necessary for this story. Also, if you've not read the first book, you won't be totally lost in the second. I think you could read the 2nd, before the first, and still enjoy both books. I will be reading or listening to the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "More twists and turns than Space Mountain."
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    It's been a long time since I gave something 5 stars across the board. This is not my normal genre, (it takes place during the 1880's) but don't let that deter you. This is a exceptionally good mystery. It seemed that every time I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong. This book is one of the better books I've read in the last year. I give it 96 out of 100.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (870)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "83 out of 100"
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    The story isn't bad, and is occasionally funny, but the narrator is either a mouth breather, or is so out of shape that he's almost out of breath the entire book. I think if he had just slowed his reading some and not inhaled/exhaled constantly into the mic, I might have given the book 87 out of 100.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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