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John D. Ramey

Hawaiian Islands | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
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  • 178 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014

  • Walk the Plank: The Human Division, Episode 2

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected. Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories.

    Brian says: "Bad style - at least for audio version"
    "Great series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Walk the Plank to be better than the print version?

    I believe they are pretty equal, but as a person that does a lot of commuting on the subway I find the audio book to be more convenient. Plus I can listen to it while jogging.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Walk the Plank?

    The story itself, it's only 30 minutes long and part of a larger collection of short stories.

    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    He's a good narrator that gets the story across without seeming to hammy or boring.

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

    Yup, only 30 minutes!

    Any additional comments?

    Scalzi is a pretty good author for fun sci-fi. Nothing extremely academic in his writing, but I love it! Give "Old Man's War" a try and if you like it then pick up all of the human division. Better yet, just buy all of the Human Division, it's only 69 cents (for subscribers) an episode!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rip-Off!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others

    In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

    carmen says: "not just for sci-fi fans"
    "A good collection of short stories."
    If you could sum up Rip-Off! in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, funny, satisfying.

    Let me explain, some of the stories are really great. They range from serious to silly, and I have to say that I enjoyed each of them. Some of them aren't as strong as the others, but that's to be expected with a short story collection from different authors. I'll admit that I got the book largely because of Scalzi's short story (which is good by the way) , but my favorite of the lot has to be "The Evening Line" by Mike Resnick. It was just so over the top that I caught myself laughing out loud every couple minutes. Definitely slapstick but what can I say, right on my level. "The Lady Astronaut" by Mary Robinette Kowal is also one of the better stories, quite touching to be honest. All of the stories were good, but I do think that only a couple of them will get re-listened too.

    What other book might you compare Rip-Off! to and why?

    Hmmm. Hard to say because it's a short story collection. There's something in here for everyone though.

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

    There are so many different narrators that it's hard to quantify. I will say that most of them do a fantastic job.

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

    Nope, I preferred ti split it up by stories while walking the dog.

    Any additional comments?

    Nothing except to say that you should give it a try if you are at all interested in Short Stories. The ones here are pretty entertaining.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "A good book, but is hurt by its characters."
    What made the experience of listening to Under the Dome the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is quite good, although (and maybe I'm being naive) I have a hard time believing a lot of it.

    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    I'd say this is one of his lesser works. Nothing really wrong with it, but not a whole lot that is amazing.

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

    Honestly, no I have not. The narrator did a pretty great job in my opinion and I would consider listening to another of his in the future.

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

    Hmmm.. Maybe "Remember George Bush Jr?"

    Any additional comments?

    It's a good story, but King can be a bit.... ham handed with the characters. Very white hat/black hat. You know where everyone is from the get-go with this one. Worth a listen because, hey it's King. But I'd say start with his other, better works before getting this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tommyknockers

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

    Grant S. Burroughs says: "The old Stephen King"
    "Great book"
    Would you listen to The Tommyknockers again? Why?

    Sure, I love relistening/rereading books and have no problems at all with the quality of this one.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a King classic. Enjoyable from start to finish.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There wasn't a whole lot of variation in the characters. Don't get me wrong, the narrator does a great job reading the book, but there isn't a huge amount of variation in the individual characters' voices.

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

    I tend to get larger books, so it would have been impossible to finish it in one setting. Did I want to listen more regularly when I had to do something else? Did I want to keep listening? Yes!

    Any additional comments?

    A good, solid book and reading. If you are a fan of Stephen King you won't be disappointed in this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "An amazing book with a top notch performance!"
    Would you listen to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress again? Why?

    I have and I will! The narrator is amazing, giving each character their own feel and personality. He does accents, inflections, and tones of voice all very well. Seriously an amazing audio book.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike, for sure.

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

    Amazing story telling, great voices, and his accents are all amazing.

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

    The ending, moved me to tears. If you don't cry a little then you aren't human.

    Any additional comments?

    The best audio book out there, bar none. If you only choose one book to listen to, this should be it. Don't let the SF label put you off, great read with a good message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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