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Plainfield, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 312 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steven Strogatz
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

    Ryan says: "Engaging, but maybe better suited for non-audio"
    "Could not get past the narrator"

    The plodding pace of the narration, where "every syll a ble was care fully pro nounced" at a pace just slower than anyone would normally speak really grated on my nerves. I checked out my playback status and found I was still on chapter one! I don't think I can stand to listen to any more of this recording. The author's analogies were too frequently phrased with hyperbole. Very disappointed.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Days Gone Bad: Vesik, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Eric Asher
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I've faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and... damn, I need a vacation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Phenomenal Start to an AMAZING series!"
    "Narrator hurts the story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is a trend in this book with the author making a statement, followed in the same sentence with a "but" or"though" which leads to an attempt at humor. About one in every 5 sentences show this pattern. Only after listening for a while does it take on an aspect of being contrived as well as a habitual pattern of communicating. This process is emphasized by the vocal inflections of Mr. Dufris. Can't change the author. I would strongly encourage a different narrator. I am very close to losing all interest in this piece. I would NEVER consider another book in this series if the same narrator is used. Interestingly, he does a very good job with other character voices.

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

    Yes, with a different narrator.

    Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good with all but the main character, Vesik (who, wouldn't you know it, has to talk throughout the book, or else there would be no story), comes across with a sarcastic or snide quality to his humor. This quickly becomes painful to listen to.

    Do you think Days Gone Bad needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Why not? Very similar in subject material to the Dresden series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Josaphine says: "Yumm!"
    "Victor's review dated 9/25/2008 was 100% correct"
    Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Holter Graham?

    I would only read another book from this series if I had my memory wiped totally. Even with a lobotomy, I truly believe I would, with an emotionless expression, put that book down and walk across the busiest street I could find, hoping to end it all.

    I wish I had read a few reviews, and considered that the female raters probably were 15 years of age, and enjoyed the soft porn aspect of this book. The printed description was not evident in my first 2 hours of listening. I found the material "painful" to listen to. I kept skipping forward, chapter by chapter, looking for some type of plot evolution... didn't find it. Please read Victor's review. I couldn't have said it better. I threw away $22.00. I just finished a Brandon Sanderson book, which on a scale of 1 - 10 was "10"; Acheron was proof that hype will make someone money, every time. Now that I think about it, the target audience for this material is 11 year old females. And the narrator was part (but only 10%) of the problem. There was nothing redeeming about this production.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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